First Coyote Sighting.

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    JDShapp
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    Ever since hearing coyotes howling at night on my rural property several years back I’ve tried to prepare myself for the day, or rather night that I’d run into one. Tonight was that night, or at least I believe it was, and the encounter was anything but typical. I’ve read up on what I could for them. I’ve reminded myself of the tail down posture, and skittish nature countless times. At least part of that is out the window. The coyote, or coyotes that showed up tonight while shy were brave enough to come out under the light of my 200 watt outdoor lighting. Not only that it was willing to come well within 40 yards of my truck under said light.

    I’m officially out area of limited expertise. If anyone has tips on building a hide, or effective lures to draw this thing in I’m all ears. These are the things I have at my disposal. For air rifles I have my .25 Wildcat, .30 BT65 QE, and .45 Texan with a shroud. Optics wise I have my various scopes, and ATN X-sight II. As for camo I have some covering I’ve picked up at walmart a few years back.

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    guod123
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    Between my neighbor and myself we had 7 dogs, their total weight was under 60 lbs. He had an outdoor fenced in run about 3′ high. The yipping was a pretty good call. I experienced them at a distance while walking my dogs. They grew bolder, and foot prints were visable on many mornings. I put my spoiled Chihuahua in the bathroom and closed the door. He wined wanting out. I recorded it, placed the recorder in the backyard on a 100′ extension cord. I hit play, and unplugged from time to time. I opened two windows and waited. Three were visable at the end of my property, I lost sight of two and one provided a 40 yd shot. I used a .22 this was before my pcp days. The dogs, their scent and sound was a very familiar to them, and they threw caution to the wind.

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    KatoKevin454
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    if you could, leave food scraps, like chicken guts and bones or fish guts and bones, dead rodents work good too, leave them out in an area you could make a easy shot, let them get use to finding food there for several days, then when they get bold and come in for feeding, snipe them with any of the Air guns you have, all are capable of taking a Coyote with proper shot placement.
    or set up a chicken coop, if you don’t mind chickens, Coyotes can’t stay away……..if you have any small animals, Coyotes will come around, they are opportunist’s, my friend has killed over 300 Coyote in his backyard over the past 20 years he has live in Valley Center Ca. they just keep coming, they are after his dogs and cats, and when they were little, “his Kids”, He has killed several Coyote that were stalking his Kids….. he lost about 6 cats and 1 dog over the years from Coyotes, I have killed 5 Coyotes there myself with my AR and SKS, Still waiting for an opportunity to get one with the Air Gun, I’m going to try my HW100 .20 cal or the Mrod .22 cal or the Texan .45 cal, all will do the job.

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    BeemanR7
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    JDShapp,

    I have coyotes that often come within 50 yards of my house at night. Recently, one left fresh tracks in the snow right up against my house. The next night I spotted him with my X-Sight II HD 400 yards out in the field, but he never came close enough for a shot until I gave up at 2AM and finally went to bed. Sometime after that he came and took the squirrel I had set out for bait.

    I don’t use camo, only dark clothes. No blinds or calls or other extraordinary means. I just bag my Condor on a small table and sit in a comfy swivel/roller chair on the patio and watch through the X-Sight till I see them coming. I wait and take aim near the bait (squirrel or table scraps) and clobber them when they get near. Nothing special, really. They can’t see me unless I move, so I remain motionless. My odds of success are better on the nights when the wind is in my favor. If they smell me, they’ve learned to avoid me and stay away till I go to bed. I use infrared flood lights to illuminate the area so I don’t have to use a gun-mounted IR torch. My experience proves that they can see my IR torch when I move the gun. So, I don’t use it at all. You can buy really good IR flood lights on Amazon for $70 each. They’ve already paid for themselves by saving me having to buy expensive CR123 batteries for my torch. And they light up the whole area.

    Good hunting.

    BeemanR7

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    JDShapp
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    Good news is after setting up a trail cam I’ve yet to see the coyote on it, but that may be due to all the rain we’ve had. Bad news is I’ve spotted all kinds of possums and raccoons again. Also spotted quite a few grackles and starlings since its mounted on a upside down 5 gallon bucket. Safe to say though my trail camera is getting a work out.

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