Weather report said Sun was supposed to be great wind wise and it was spot on.
For what ever reason the first 1/2 of the day sucked. I made 5 stands in prime looking yotie country and drew blanks on every one, never even saw one out and about. So I pulled up stakes and moved about 20 miles to some new country that looked good on paper. To access it I had to stop and get permission to go thru some private. 30 min of chewing the fat with a crusty rancher and promising to shoot every &^%^$^% coyote I saw, I got permission to hunt. Worked out good cuz this ranch was rather extensive to say the least, more so when you included the non private portions.
So I start in and find a nice creek bottom with a wheat feild along it with several draws leading back into the hills. So I park behind a little hill and set up on the other side. About 5 min into the setup here come a pair racing each other to be first. When they drop into the creek bottom at about 250 yards I shut off the call and when they pop back up I hoot and stop both at about 150. Looking them over ral quick I decide on the big male and squeez one off. Click! ^%$^&!!!!! I forgot to take off the safty! With my set up and set trigger this rquires me to reset the set trigger. While doing this I must have also taken the safty off. So while two fluffy Monatan pales are standing there looking around getting nervouse I touch one off by accident without even looking thru the scope in the general direction of the coyotes. Man was I mad! 5 hours of blanks and to blow a sure thing like this for stupidity.
Drove down the ranch road about a mile and decided to set up on the break between a fallow and recent wheat feild. On this stand there was the same creek bottom sans any cover and the terrian was really flat for over a mile out in front of me. There wasnt anywhere to set up I liked so I just layed in the stubble in my snow camo. About 10 min into it I see a coyote hauling bacon way, way, way out there. In fact I had to glass it to confirm it was a yote. Never slowing that coyote came in running from over a mile. When he got to about 200 I stopped him with a holler and bang! DRT. Yea im on the board.
Well from then on it was smokin. Pretty sure, based on the lack of tire tracks in the snow and the wanton abandon with which coyotes responed with on almost every stand from then on, this area hadnt been hunted at the very least this year. so heres a run down of the next 4 hours. There was so much sweet country and large number of coyotes I was only sitting 10 min or so and then driving 1/2 mile to the next prime spot so I was able to make a large number of stands in a short time. Over the 2nd 1/2 of the day I prob stayed in a 4x4 mile area.
Stand 3- literally 10 secs after turning on the call, here come 5 from 3/4 mile out. 3min later I was walking up on a nice female who had outrun the other 4.
Stand 4-Found a section of CRP surrounded by wheat stubble. After setting up I see a big dog sitting on a hill watching me. Crap! Oh well prob not the only dog around. Turn on the call and start looking. Pretty quick I realized I set up in a poor spot. the CRP grass is 4 feet tall and I cant really see to shoot. Too late now cuz heres a coyote coming in hard with another coming over the hill. The first comes right to the call but every time I stop it its in tall grass and I cant shoot. Guess what samr thing on the next one, no shot possible. Well here comes another. So I try stopping this one out around 250 where I can at least see it. No dice, it wants the rabbit. Well this one left using a route that wasnt as thick. I stopped her at about 275 and popped her. After looking at her I shoulda held for 200 cuz I clipped her across the back and can see a lot of sewing ahead when I put her on the stretcher.
Stand 5- Driving around I find another CRP field. Like an idiot I set up in it rather than out in the stubble. 5 min into the call her comes a coyote that thinks its a kangaroo. Its pogo hopping in the air to see over the grass. Jumping 3' off the ground. pretty funny to watch. Anyway, at about 200 yards I start trying to stop it. Shut off the call and howl. No dice, all this does is turn the kangaroo straight at me. so Im sitting there and can only see the coyote when it hits bounces up, and its getting closer. Nothing will stop this coyote so at about 35 yards I try to shoot it at the peak of its parrabola on one of its jumps. LMAO what a waste of a shell. still laughin that I thought I could do that.
Stand 6 Blank
Stand 7 blank but saw 4 coming when I stood up. Crap!
Stand 8- Set up in a patch of snowberry 1/2 way up a big knob overlooking a large series of draws with wheat stubble about a mile down in the bottom. Looked like money to me. Sure enough, 5 min in here comes one hauling bacon over the hill. stop him at 100 yards and another yotie for the stretcher.
on the way to stand 9, I tried to get thru a drift. No dice, lost 40 min getting out.
Stand 10 I was driving along a big creek bottom with cottonwoods and lots of willows. Look super sweet but the wind was blowing totally wrong for it. I finally found a spot where I could maybe pull off a stand. NOPE couple min in I see a pair coming in from my left and downwind'ish. I just watched them until they ran into my scent and slammed on the brakes and reversed directions fast.
Its now about 515 and Im looking for a cherry spot to finnish up. Ive done a big loop to the north and swung around south and now Im angling north again to get out before dark. I really want a CRP/wheat location since these are money today. Well just before dark and almost back to the ranchers driveway ( I can see his house about 2 miles away), I find what Im looking for. side by side wheat and CRP that stretch for a section. I set up against a fence post and start the call. 5 min go by, then 10 and then 15 and Im like screw it im sitting till its dark, I figure I maybe have 7 or 8 min of shootinng light left when way out in the wheat stubble I see 2 blobs scraming across the snow towards me. When they start getting close I start looking thru the scope but cant see them not enough light even at 4x. At 70 yards I can see the lead dog in the scope and howl and stop it. Bang! I hear it hit but the muzzel blast blinds me so I look over the scope and see a coyote coominng right at me. I quickly try to work the bolt thinking its the one I jsut shot and somehow partially jam the action. As the yote comes under the fence 30 yards to my left Im still thinkin its shot. Its acting weird and slowing down. I try to get it in the scope but its too dark. It runs right up to the call all puffed up and sorta hunches up and swings around the call and then hauls ass outa there. For some reason I still think its the one I shot, so I send moose after it. Yea hes dual purpose. But theres no chance hes going to catch this thing. LOL When I stand up I see a really pretty pale coyote laying dead 50 yards from me. Shes so pale she blends in nice in the snow.
So good day all in all. Really have to start bringing my shotgun with me on all stands. Cost me some $$$ on this trip