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    A friend of mine is a licensed aerial gunner here in Wyoming. Him and his brother have shot over 200 digs in the last month and a half. That includes several 20 dog days. There are three wolves roaming the Muddy Mtn area and they've been specifically trying to find them without success. Last year I spent several days picking up dead dogs on my snow machine. Haven't had time this year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Triple BB View Post
    A friend of mine is a licensed aerial gunner here in Wyoming. Him and his brother have shot over 200 digs in the last month and a half. That includes several 20 dog days. There are three wolves roaming the Muddy Mtn area and they've been specifically trying to find them without success. Last year I spent several days picking up dead dogs on my snow machine. Haven't had time this year.
    Your friend has my dream job! I first read about the aerial gunners when I was in high school and did a paper on them. I love ranching but that always looked like the greatest job ever. I started keeping track of my coyotes several years back, and estimating my count from the earlier years I think I'd be somewhere around 480 coyotes in my life. Hunting them from the air might not be considered sporting by many, but it sure looks like fun to me. Knowing how fast coyotes can re-populate controlling them isn't all about being sporting anyway. I love calling them around here but I will usually get 30-40 a year and I know trappers that get well over 100. Other methods are needed to control the population, they get smart to calling before you can get them thinned down to far in any one area.

    I listened to a podcast recently where Al Morris was interviewed. He said that in one study 80% of the fawns killed by coyotes were buck fawns. They concluded that the doe fawns pee behind their beds while the male fawns pee in their bed and lie in it. When coyotes jumped the fawns they almost always followed the male instead of the female due to that scent. One more reason to shoot more coyotes.

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    I got a little more detail on last weekend's hunt here, took this from my coyote journal entry I made on the day. I was to tired to write it all Saturday night.

    I was asked to enter a little local contest by a friend so we got a 3 man team together for it. We ended up winning with 7 coyotes and called in 10 total. For this area this late in the year that's a pretty darn good day. The best day a group I was with had ever had before was a 5 coyote day following an ice storm so it was my personal best day.

    We kinda ignored the wisdom of finding stands close together to decrease driving time and just hunted each of our best spots we hadn't already hunted to hard. We spend 40 minutes between 8:30 and 9:10 driving across the county but got 3 coyotes on the ground in those 2 areas. All those coyotes came as singles and circled in checking the wind pretty hard on the way in. After that we had a bit of a pattern found for what they liked that day and made more shorter stands as we hunted toward the check-in town. Our next stand we got busted and had a coyote bolt back out, but he stopped at 200yds to bark at us. One of my partners hit him with his 243 just as I squeezed the trigger on my AR, and he flipped over we thought dead. We really thought we had both connected, I saw my partner's bullet hit through my scope. Going down there we found he had dropped off a bank and found just a few blood spots but no coyote. We spent a while checking the draw to make sure we couldn't recover him but found nothing else. I got lucky in the next spot and killed a triple. It was my first triple ever, I've got doubles and a quad but never a triple. I shot one coyote as he stopped 60yds from me and 20yds from my call/decoy. The others bolted across the ditch instead of back down it, and I rolled the 2nd at 120yds and the 3rd at 170yds. I'd switched to my custom 243 built off a Ruger M77 with 85gr bullets as the wind was picking up. I shoot a lot but won't deny there was a lot of luck involved there. Things slowed down after that. We called and missed one coyote about 4pm and got another about 45 minutes later. It came bombing in hard from an unexpected direction and my buddy missed it at 30yds. I also missed as it smoked by me, I was prone at the time and trying to lead it wasn't working well, but I rolled him at 90yds after I got to my knees. I was set up lying over a pond dam to shoot a grassy ditch far below me.

    We had a great time and got better at hunting together. I did all the calling and really didn't plan to shoot much. I'd planned to take hard chargers while another guy took the downwind, and the 3rd guy watched our backs for anything coming behind us. I almost never have 2 other guys, seldom have 1 other hunter with me. I almost always hunt solo. Some of the places we hunted I'd left alone because they are so hard to hit solo. The downwind guy got the first 3 coyotes of the day and hit the one we lost, I got the next 4. Only one tried to come in behind us and it was the one that we missed.

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    Found 4 boxes of 85gr Speer bullets online at Graf & Sons, got them all coming for the 243.

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    mcseal you got me interested in coyote hunting after reading your stories. I just bought a FoxPro inferno and a decoy and have went out a few times. already I have not seen any yet but I'm pretty sure my buddy and I have called one in but we set up in a really brushy/ thick area and could not see it visually, but we did hear something come in really close then circle us.

    Anyways I been trying to hunt public land in North Carolina but have not had any luck there I'm going to keep trying and start knocking on peoples doors that have farm/cattle land and hopefully get some luck.

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    Good luck and keep after it, it takes time to get it figured out and sure doesn't work every time. This is a tough time of year to as mating season is in full swing here. I'm having much less success since my last post. Using howls and mating sounds coyotes often seem to come in slower so I have to make longer sets too. It makes sense that most coyotes would more cautiously approach another coyote where they might have to fight than approach a screaming rabbit to eat. I'd approach a Big Mac more aggressively than I would a Big Dude who might try to kick my you know what!

    If you hunt with a buddy try to put him downwind. I often have a 2nd guy or 3rd guy a couple hundred yards or more downwind to catch ones that circle in out of sight. I think it's more important than ever this time of year.

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    Well #12 did die tonight but no great story. He made the mistake of stopping within range of the vehicle between stands, he thought he was far enough away from me to be safe stopping to look back but I didn't! It's more fun to call them in but we will be calving in 2 weeks and I'll take them how I can. I actually saw one there at 3pm this afternoon while hauling hay but he took off instantly and the calling stand I tried there when I got done at 4:30 didn't work. I think maybe the coyotes 400yds from my house that are still living are educated on calling? I spotted and shot him there after my first 2 stands calling while heading to a new area.

    I bought a Sako L579 243 a couple years ago that I carry in my overhead rack in that vehicle because the 22" barrel doesn't try to rub holes in my headliner like a 24" barreled gun will. I think this rifle could tell some stories if I knew the history, one side of the stock is faded out and the metal of the muzzle (not quite into the crown) on one side is worn off at an angle from riding on a truck seat with the barrel against the floorboard. Maybe it was never in a window rack and just rode the seat, when I met the guy to buy it he pulled it off his truck seat to show it to me. It was a truck gun long before I owned it. I removed the classic K4 Weaver that was just to blurry to use anymore and stuck a VXIII Leupold 4.5-14x40 on it and it showed it could still shoot. I had the trigger worked over, the stock bedded and barrel floated after it proved it was worth sinking a little money into with it's initial accuracy. My gunsmith kind of laughed at me for sinking money into a rifle that looked like that but he knew if I was spending money it shot. It shoots most anything I feed it under 1" but really likes 90gr Accubonds. They exit all coyotes but make a pretty small exit no matter the angle. I had my 204 in my Eberlestock pack I carry use to carry my giant FoxPro Prairie Blaster 3 in the back seat but the Sako was quicker to get on target when I spotted him. The 204 does a great job on coyotes unless I have to shoot through heavy grass, so when I use it calling I always have a bigger rifle in the truck for targets of opportunity that I might have to shoot through big grass to kill. I get a kick out of using a truck gun with history and am kinda glad I'm not the only one who would treat a Sako quality rifle like it was meant to be used. Since it was already beat up when I got it I don't have to worry about beating it up I guess.

    Even though that rifle doesn't have a long history with my family, I think when I pass it down to a nephew in a few years it will become an heirloom. In our area where coyotes and whitetail are the biggest game a tackdriving 243 with a premium bullet is a tough package to top. Shoot it a lot and learn to shoot it well and the rifle will never be the weak link. I will miss that rifle when that day comes, but I will get a kick out of it being a truck gun for a youngster and continuing it's legacy. I will make sure he knows that if he ever decides to sell it I get first chance!

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    I got busy and didn't keep up on the stories, but I shot #28 for the year while baling prairie hay today. He wanted to hunt mice in the windrows and I happened to have a 223 in the truck. If the fall is good it might be a record year. It's really dry here, worst drought I remember so the grass is short and the coyotes don't have as many hiding spots. I just as well get some good out of the drought.

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    I need to get out your way... :-)

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    Come on out. It's not that I see coyotes every day though, just that I spend every day working where coyotes live and then call a lot after work.

    #29 died Tuesday on my way back from helping a neighbor ship his yearling steers. Apparently this young coyote was to enthralled with the mouse he was digging for to run when my truck stopped, horse stomped around in the trailer, and I got my Mossberg MVP 223 on him. He ignored me for probably 45 seconds and dug facing straight away from me before turning to enough of a quartering away angle I felt safe shooting. The 55gr V max stomped him.

 

 
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