Last week was one for the books – made 15 sets and had action at 10 of them with numerous animals being shot throughout the week. Overall, I called in 12 coyotes and 3 red fox with 5 coyotes and 2 fox being shot. It was definitely the week for me to be hunting instead of typing, so I only hit the highlights.
1st set – Just as I sat down, I noticed a coyote heading across the field in front of me… couldn’t believe it! Scoped the animal to identify the target and barked which slowed him to a trot… cartwheeled him!! I’ve been wondering how long it would be before I would walk up on a coyote but didn’t expect it. I don’t know what that guy was thinking? Called the spot and decided it was time to go collect the critter. As I’m walking out to pick him up I see a coyote running straight away from me at about 150 yds. I drop to one knee, get on him and squeeze… Whack!… down he goes. Unfortunately, he got up and ran off before I could get another round into him. Apparently he popped out of the brushy fencerow at the same time I decided to pack up.
2nd set – Called a nice valley – blanked
3rd set – Got set up on a ridgeline, about 6-7 minutes into the set I saw a coyote right over my buddy’s shoulder coming in from behind him. For a minute I thought he was going to be in his lap, but he saw him at about 60 yds and dropped him. Kept calling and had 2 coyotes howling at us from the ridge in front of us… worked them a bit and they popped out into the field at about 300 yds. We watched the pair work their way in and finally the female stopped on the other side of the corn stubble to make a plan. The male was working his way into the stubble to the north so I figured that I better shoot before she follows. Touched off the shot and she went down… ranged it at about 210 yds after the fact.
4th set – Crossed the road and called another ridge and had a red fox come streaking in from behind us. Couldn’t get on him in the corn stubble so I kept working him. He popped up in front of us and tried to cut across the field at about 90 yds. I barked him to a stop and my buddy and I both shoot… definite bang flop on that one. Turned out to be a great night of calling with 4 coyotes and 1 red fox shot.
1st set – Had a red fox pop out of the woods about 150 yds away. The call was off so I decided to try some lipsqueaks to try to coax him in. Let a few squeaks go across the field and he came in on a string. Barked and shot him at about 80 yds… beautiful red fox. Called a bit more and decided to wrap it up. While my buddy and I were replaying the scene I noticed a coyote over his shoulder at about 180-200 yds staring right at us. We hit the deck and tried to get set up for the shot. When I pulled my scope up and started to line up I found out there were two of them. Just as I’m about to squeeze they bolt and head for the hills. Two quick shots with no success… I really hate missing coyotes
2nd set – Started calling a big valley and catch a coyote slipping in to our right at about 300 yds. The setup was perfect so I tried to work him in as close as possible. It was awesome watching him close the distance in the scope. At about 90 yds he decided to cut north so I barked and took the shot… huge swing and a MISS! I have no idea what happened but he didn’t drop. Took a couple of shots on the run to no avail. Those are the kinds of things that keep me up at night.
3rd set – Blank, called it a night after the set
Good luck out there…