Here's a follow up story to my hunting trip from Saturday, where the predators won and I lost. Today it didn't work out that way for the ol' wily coyote.
I knew I had to use different tactics, since it was only 3 days since I spooked out that nice coyote Saturday afternoon. I hiked in a long ways and came in from a different direction, trying to get into what I thought was the coyote's home territory without getting busted. I was playing the wind to my advantage and was planning to make them think an intruder coyote had sneaked in their back door.
I got to a spot that I felt was close enough to get their attention and I setup my CS-24 and Mojo decoy. They were about 25 yards in front of me, slightly to my left. I had a good 50-60 yard view up the small clearing, which had a dogleg to the right at the far end. I started off with some Coyote Female howls, which aren't super aggressive, but really let them know another coyote is there. I ran that for about a minute and then went silent for two minutes. Then, I played a more aggressive Male Coyote Bark Howl sound and then went silent for another two minutes and then went into the Snowshoe hare distress. About a minute into the snowshoe, here he comes from the far end of the clearing. He was just trotting on in, totally focused on the Mojo decoy, unaware that I was sitting there with cross hairs on him. He kept walking on in, thinking that my decoy was going to become a little afternoon snack. Little did he know I was hiding with the crosshairs on him, just waiting for the right moment. I knew that if he crossed my path out in front about 25 yards, he'd smell me and take off. Low and behold, he stops about 15 yards from my tracks and I put the 6 PPC right through the boiler room. I kept calling for another 15 minutes, figuring that would be my only stand since it was getting dark, but no more takers. Here are a couple of pictures...hard to do self portraits in the cold. 26 pound male with a more redish colored fur.