I have invested plenty of time and money into predator hunting over the past two seasons with the hope harvesting a couple of critters. Most of my time has been spent researching the "how to's" and scoping areas with high amount of coyote, fox, and wolf traffic. Well, I am still unsuccessful and still have to take a coyote or fox. But today had a very exciting outcome.
A buddy and I hit our local fur bearer hunting grounds more or less to get out and away from the house, but bagging an animal would make it all worth while, but wasn't nescessarily expected. There was a specific creek bed I wanted to hunt and I had our stand planned out in my head. On each side of the creek are large lakes with concentrated amounts of coyotes. My plan was to set up on a straight away that consisted of about 150-200 yards in each direction, then the creek bends around a corner both ways. We setup in a distanced back to back manner where one person was looking up the creek and the other was looking down creek, and the ecaller was sitting betweens us on the opposite side of the creek playing the dinner bell song.
I started with a woodpecked in distress call. On and off for the next 10 minutes I used that call, no takers. So, I switched to challenge barks just to spice things up, no takers. Then the good ole cottontail in distress call sparked some attraction. I here my buddy fire off a round, I turn around, and there is a coyote layer deader than snot 50 yards from where he was sitting. The coyote was heading toward my caller with a decent trot from 200 yards out, a shot finally presented itself at 50 yards. The 55 gr. vmax did it's job well but made a bigger hole than we had hoped. It was a male that we estimated to be 2 years old and 25lbs.
Eventhough I did not get to take that animal it was a blast someone, anyone, I fur hunt with became successful at taking a fur animal. I would guess I have well over 50 hunts without even taking a shot, and I know one day I will have my chance, but it was unexplainably exciting just to even be apart of anothers success. Also it was probably beneficial to me helping someone else skin THEIR coyote before I tackle my own.
Once I get the pictures I will post them.