I Shot a Massachusetts Coyote Tonight


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EddieCoyle
December 23, 2005, 07:46 PM
Let me set the stage:

On an impulse buy, I picked up a Walther G22 bullpup .22 LR rifle last week. While Christmas shopping at Walmart, I bought a cheap BSA red dot scope. It was beautiful here today (in the 40's), so I went to my local range to sight it in. Since it was .22 day, I brought my Ruger MKIII in a nylon Uncle Mike's holster.

Side note: I normally don't carry a .22, but the gun laws here in the Commonwealth of Mass. state that you must either have a gun "on you" or locked up in order to transport it. Since I was shooting .22's, I didn't feel like putting a trigger lock on the Ruger so I holstered it.

I pulled in to my driveway after going to the range and when I got out of my car, I heard my 78 year-old neighbor screaming bloody murder. I looked down to the end of the street and there were three coyotes attacking her Jack Russell terrier. She's was walking the little guy (awesome dogs by the way) on one of those retractable leashes.

I ran down yelling at the coyotes. Two scooted slightly away, but one was biting the little dog. I walked up with my Ruger drawn and shot the bastard in the back from about 12" while it was biting the dog. I didn't want to go for a head shot because I was afraid that I'd hit the dog. He let go of the dog and just kind of sat there (I think the 1st shot severed the spinal cord). Shot #2 was right between the eyes (it dropped like a stone). After the first shot, the other two coyotes took off.

Here's the aftermath:
Sparky (the Jack Russell Terrier) is cut up but in good shape - he's going to be fine. Just for the record, he fought like a tiger. I love those little dogs. He's current on his rabies shot so they're going to monitor him to make sure he's OK. Another neighbor that works for the Highway Dept. is disposing of the corpse as we speak. Both neighbors agreed not to get the law involved because I discharged a firearm within 500' of an occupied dwelling without the owner's consent (bad news here).

The lesson here is: Always carry a gun because you'll never know when you need it. Also, coyotes suck, and they've made it all the way to the east coast.

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jamz
December 23, 2005, 07:58 PM
Nice kill.

You must live in western MA, right?

-James

Larry Ashcraft
December 23, 2005, 08:05 PM
Copied from your sig line:
Rule No. 1 - "Have a gun".
Glad you were there, and armed.

EddieCoyle
December 23, 2005, 08:10 PM
You must live in western MA, right?

Nope. East/central. I live in Middlesex County.

gripper
December 23, 2005, 08:19 PM
Hey Neighbor!!!We get the coyote both around my residence and my place of work ( Bedford Ma).Luckily my dog is a fat old senile Dobie,she's a bit of a mouthful for them,or else I'd be racking up an (unlicensed) body count of the coyote population. I kinda admire the little bastards,but since they've lost their aversion to "developed areas" they area freaking nuisance and a hazard.
What sdid you hithim with,CCI Mini Mags?

EddieCoyle
December 23, 2005, 08:40 PM
What sdid you hit him with,CCI Mini Mags?

The cheapest Walmart 550-round box of Federal ammo that they had. Copper-washed, hollow point.

kbheiner7
December 23, 2005, 08:44 PM
Way to rescue the Jack - they are cool little dogs. They'll pull a 'coon twice its size out of a hole so the hounds can tear into it. Spunky little mutts.

The Goose
December 23, 2005, 08:50 PM
Good job neighbor. My old Jack, who is gone now, was stalked by a coyote last year. Luckily a thrown rock sent him off. I had the rock in my hand and we were in the woods so when I saw the coyote I just instinctively pitched the rock and then drew my 649 Bodyguard. I was probably slightly more then 500' from a house, but was still glad I did not have to shoot.

Love those Jacks. Mine once fought a raccoon and was doing well until the raccoon latched onto his snout and held tight. I could not shoot the raccoon as it was too close and frantic (and in a crowded neighborhood). I beat the raccoon with a long pole and it let go and sauntered off. My Jack Russell, Jasper, pranced around proud as a peacock like he had won. The standing joke btween my wife and I was that Jasper's comment was something like "Yeah he scarred my snout, but you should see the inside of that coons mouth"! LOL!

geekWithA.45
December 23, 2005, 11:15 PM
Well done, but I must say....


You're failing to implement the last step of "shoot, shovel and shut up."

jefnvk
December 23, 2005, 11:39 PM
I'm gonna go with geek.

I dunno exactly all that you could get into trouble for in MA, but I could think of a few things in MI. Starting with game laws.

Standing Wolf
December 23, 2005, 11:49 PM
Well, yeah, but was it one of those horrible terrible awful wicked evil malicious criminal guns from New Hampshire?

Taurus 66
December 24, 2005, 01:27 AM
You didn't want the fur, make a doggie coat for ol' Jack Russell there? Those winter walks can be brutal in MA.

EddieCoyle
December 24, 2005, 02:55 AM
You didn't want the fur, make a doggie coat for ol' Jack Russell there? Those winter walks can be brutal in MA.

Nope. The fur has holes in it.

whm1974
December 24, 2005, 05:29 AM
On an impulse buy, I picked up a Walther G22 bullpup .22 LR rifle last week. While Christmas shopping at Walmart,

Do they use the same mags as the P22 pistol? I'm supprise Walmart even carries something so evil looking...

-Bill

EddieCoyle
December 24, 2005, 10:57 AM
Do they use the same mags as the P22 pistol? I'm supprise Walmart even carries something so evil looking...

-Bill
Sorry, I wasn't clear - I got the Walther at a gun store, the red dot at Wally World.

The bottoms of the magazines for the G22 are contured to "blend into" the stock. I doubt if they'd fit the P22.

HighVelocity
December 24, 2005, 11:37 AM
Hooray EddieCoyle! Those yotes are a real menace. One grabbed my aunts little yorkie dog right out of her "fenced" back yard. JUmped the fence and grabbed him on the run and bailed over the other side. My aunt was less than 10 feet away but unarmed and totally caught by surprise. (She lives in Kali) All they found was his collar. :(

4v50 Gary
December 24, 2005, 11:40 AM
Congratulations for saving the Jack Russell and bagging Wiley E. Coyote. :)

mbs357
December 24, 2005, 11:44 AM
Dang, I was hoping you were going to take it out from your car, Quigley style.
But still, good shoot.

shermacman
December 24, 2005, 11:53 AM
From Mass Whole to another: Ya done good!
Coyotes, deer, wild turkey and now black bear have discovered that suburban American has the greatest foraging on Earth.

petro
December 24, 2005, 11:55 AM
I've seen at least one coyote up close and personal here in SE PA, Lancaster County. He ran across a rural farm road my wife and I were on in seperate cars. It ran from right to left, trucking as fast as it could. I'm thinking the farmer on that side probably just took a shot at it. It never posed a threat to me or mine, as we were all in cars, and it barely even acknowledged us...

If they are here, they are every where north of here... and a bit south as well.

M.E.Eldridge
December 24, 2005, 12:26 PM
Here in Central Ohio we got coyotes. On the weekends I like to set up in a farmer friend's woodlot where they tend to roam and call them in, shoot them of course, and sell the hide( I get about .50 per hide from a taxidermist friend). Here there is no closed season on them and no bag limit that I'm aware of.

jdseven1
December 24, 2005, 12:37 PM
I live in southeastern Mass and we have seen an increase in the number of coyotes. Good going on saving that dog and Good thing you have good neighbors.

thumper723
December 24, 2005, 09:29 PM
I grew up in Carver, and my parents still live there. My mom has been stalked by Coyotes on horseback, and one got into the horse pen last year.

Luckily Pogo (a Donkey) kicked it to death. My dad was concerned with using the .303 due to the draconian MA laws.

Thankfully, I am stationed in FL, and have a CFL, and can walk out with any gun I want in 20 minutes. Carver PD would not issue me a FID, nevermind a A/B LTC!

JohnKSa
December 25, 2005, 12:36 AM
The cheapest Walmart 550-round box of Federal ammo that they had. Copper-washed, hollow point.I think those bullets are copper plated, not copper washed, and price notwithstanding, I've found it to be pretty good ammo. I've been very happy with it.

depicts
December 25, 2005, 12:57 AM
I've only been on this forum for a short time, but I know the poem, Lynn, lynn, city of sin......

and I know you're missing one and a half fingers.....

and I heard you shot a coyote (allegedly) within 500 feet of a dwelling.....with no substansiated evidence available for LEO thankfully :rolleyes:

wouldn't be too hard for someone else to put that all together.

Remember what Ayoob says, protect yourself AFTER the shoot :evil:

EddieCoyle
December 25, 2005, 01:32 AM
I've only been on this forum for a short time, but I know the poem, Lynn, lynn, city of sin......

and I know you're missing one and a half fingers.....

and I heard you shot a coyote (allegedly) within 500 feet of a dwelling.....with no substansiated evidence available for LEO thankfully :rolleyes:

wouldn't be too hard for someone else to put that all together.

Remember what Ayoob says, protect yourself AFTER the shoot :evil:

Cool. You mixed me up with another Mass guy (the Lynn poem). As far as covering oneself: It's not what you know it's who you know. Lose the tinfoil hat; I shot a coyote for god's sake (and it's already in the landfill). No one's going to miss it.

Contrary to what others have posted, no game laws were violated. I've since spoken to everyone with a dwelling within 500' of the shoot (they're cool with it) and the dog lady is related to the local chief LEO. I'm pretty sure I'm safe.

Biker
December 25, 2005, 08:37 AM
I've never seen the logic in these types of laws. For example, where I live if you legally use a gun to defend yourself, you can still be ticketed for discharging a firearm within city limits.
Biker

depicts
December 25, 2005, 08:52 AM
Cool. You mixed me up with another Mass guy (the Lynn poem). As far as covering oneself: It's not what you know it's who you know. Lose the tinfoil hat

Eddie, I replied to your message at 4AM this morning while waiting for my dog to pee.

I've taken off the tin foil hat, and am almost awake now.

Glad you can't get in any trouble, because I think you did the right thing. My dog was once attacked by a rabid racoon, and I was afraid to shoot the coon after I treed it because of the stupid 500 foot law. The animal control officer finally showed up (she was 8 months pregnant) and this racoon, dripping siliva nd fighting like a banshee tried to get us both, and nearly did. Needless to say I didn't want the series of rabies shots. It would have been so much easier for me to just shoot the darn racoon when it was up the tree in my yard.

The only reason I posted this morning was becasue I like your posts, your a fellow Mass shooter, and I was worried you had disclosed too much. Tin foil is off. Merry Christmas friend!!!

Buzztail
December 25, 2005, 09:18 AM
Dang, I was hoping you were going to take it out from your car, Quigley style.
But still, good shoot.

and now you have four +1s:D

Good job on the 'yote.

EddieCoyle
December 25, 2005, 09:21 AM
Merry Christmas Depicts,

Similar thing with a rabid racoon happened at the last place I lived. The cops came and shot it out of a tree. A woman then came running out of her house screaming at the police for shooting "the poor thing". She was the one that called the cops. Apparently, she thought that they would capture, cure, and release it.

shaldag
December 25, 2005, 09:22 AM
I live in Eastern MA, on land that borders Conservation land.

I have seen coyotes from my window--and they were big suckers too-- not like the little guys I used to see out West (CO, NM, TX).

No fricken way will I let my daughters play outside unsupervised.

jamz
December 26, 2005, 08:40 AM
Wild. I moved out of Sudbury MA last May, and I had seen a lot of wildlife there- mostly deer and turkeys, but saw some fox sign around too. Didn't see any yotes, but they were probably around.

I moved up to some farmland in Maine, and haven't seen even a single rabbit track up here. :/

-James

sturmruger
December 26, 2005, 10:11 AM
You did the right thing. I am sure that nice old lady will probably start bringing over pies, and cookies in the near future.

jdkelly
December 26, 2005, 02:07 PM
I am sure that nice old lady will probably start bringing over pies,
Yote pies, Mmmm.:)

Eddie "Coyote",
I don't think the 500' law would apply to a defensive shooting, but the LEO might not know/think that.

On the other hand, how much line did the old lady have out and how fast was she trolling that Jack Russell?:)

Respectfully,

jdkelly

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