I went out after rabbits today with my .17hmr. I took rabbits out of this spot as recently as march and april of this year and seen them out there throughout June, before I went TDY. This is my first visit since June: I was there about 15 minutes when I saw a red fox joggin across this field. I took a 200yd shot at the running fox and it dropped!! About 2 seconds later it jumped up and circled violently while nipping at it's hind leg. It then hobbled off into a wood where I spent 2 hours searching for it with no success. When I emerged from the wood there were two coyotes at about the same distance. I watched them for 15 minutes as they chased and snapped at each other, all the while remaining just out of range. They never knew I was there and I watched them til they left. I'd like to go back and try my hand at calling/shooting predators. I've been reluctant to predator hunt in the past just because I like to spend my time afield looking for critters to eat but they're in my spot eating my food!
I've never been out after predators and the rabbit population in this area was great last year so I didn't think I'd need something bigger with me.
Sorry about losing the fox, I'll be taking either my .270 or my .223 next time I'm in that area.
My .270 is a winchester model 70 with an older nikon scope that's right on the money at 200 yards with 150 gr Federal Power shoks.
My .223 is a bushmaster 16" barrel with open sights that I'm a decent shot with 55 gr remington ammo out to 200 yards on still, larger targets.
Is the 150 gr too much umph for these types of critters? I'd love to buy a scope for my AR but it's not in the budget right now.