I finally rolled my first coyote! I haven't kept track but this was probably my 10th or 11th set over the last year since I first became interested in coyote hunting, and first with my new FX5. I was having no luck hunting bears in the Caribou Hills (after having spent much of the week hunting moose on Tustumena), and I had heard some coyote chatter late the night before, so the next morning I set out for a little knoll on top of a small ridge with my caller and 338. The sun was warm so set out my caller down wind from where I figured the coyotes would come from, laid prone on the tundra and started calling.
I started with some vole squeaks and crow calls hoping that I might call in a curious black bear, but I soon fell asleep having been so relaxed by the suns heat and the distinct lack of bugs and wind. I'd wake up every 20-30 minutes and hit the crow call again. The last time I woke up I saw two coyotes headed right for my caller at a distance of about 200 yards. My rifle was already in position so once my nerves were calmed (its taken me over a year to get to this point!) cranked the 3-9 Bushnell up to 9 and squeezed off a 225 grain TSX. When the light weight T3 came back to rest and I got my eye lined back with the scope I saw some feet flying around then nothing. I gathered myself, took a few minutes to let him expire and further calm my nerves. I had spent the last 6 days unsuccessfully hunting moose/bear, so this was salvation or sorts.
Its not a big coyote, but its my first.