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Coyote Hunting Gear

Discussion in 'Hunting' started by BigBL87, Mar 22, 2021.

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  1. BigBL87

    BigBL87 Member

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    My father-in-law and I have tossed around starting coyote hunting the last few years, but this year we've committed to it. He bought a 243 for the purpose, and I started actually investing in equipment as I already had a couple rifles that can do the job. We have a couple options for land that will likely suit the purpose among our extended families. He has experience with deer, squirrel, and waterfowl, but no coyote hunting experience. I have virtually no experience, just researched the crap out of it online.

    Looking for opinions on if there is anything else I really need to pick up to be able to start and do it right. What I have (or have on the way) now are:

    -Weatherby Vanguard in 223 w/ a Burris Fullfield E1 4.5-14x for daytime hunting.
    -Savage Axis in 243 w/ Sightmark Wraith NV scope and a Sniper Hog Lights 66LRX IR illuminator for nighttime hunting (when the state allows)
    -Bipod that can easily switch between the rifles
    -Both have proper ammo for the purpose.
    -Foxpro Patriot caller
    -Sig Kilo Rangefinder

    I know its pretty basic so far, but like I said looking for suggestions on what to get to start out and do this right.

    I kind of want to get a shooting tripod for the night setup as that rifle will be hefty with everything attached. Maybe a FoxJack decoy to pair with the caller. I'm guessing binos might be a good investment?
     
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  2. Orcon

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    Looks like a pretty decent gear list. You're going to want something to sit on like a small, lightweight stool or at very least a cushion to keep your backside off of the the cold, wet ground. Also, I'm not sure if you'll get much use out of the bipod or binos unless you're hunting from a blind; I'd forgo both and get a decent set of shooting sticks or sitting height quick adjust tripod.
     
  3. BigBL87

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    Thanks! For a tripod, I was kind of thinking of a BOG Deathgrip, they seem to be pretty popular in the Facebook groups I'm in, especially the night vision hunting ones.
     
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    What works for me, calling during daylight, moist shots under 200 yds, mostly under 100 due to our terrain:

    Foam cushion for sitting, I don't use a stool in an attempt to maintain a lower profile
    ICOTec 500 caller with decoy on a small tripod.
    Bogpog Tripod, non-clamping. Easier to move the gun, when the plan didn't work (it often doesn't work).
    Vortex rangefinder, but this is just used to do a hasty range card. I've yet to lase a yote that's coming into the caller. They're either trotting/running in, or hung up on the outskirts and about to bail.
    AR15 with LPVO, sometimes a shotgun, sometimes shotgun in lap and carbine resting on tripod. When 3 of us go out the one closest to the caller/decoy usually has a shotgun. I've used bolt guns and ARs and for calling I prefer the AR. I did tote a typical varmint rig a couple times, and won't do it again.

    This year KS finally allows NV and artificial lights for predator hunting on private property, so I'll be gearing up for night hunting this fall. Looking at a suppressed AR15 in 6.8SPCII with a Sightmark Wraith to be able to use the same rig for pigs.
     
  7. jonc

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    Here is my opinion and the techniques I use for coyote calling

    *Rifle with scope. Less is more when it come to magnification. Out west here you might not see a coyote until it is 20 yards in. Running shots are common so big fov is the most important factor. For the rifle I suggest staying light and skipping bull barrel varmint rifles

    *Caller- e caller is nice but I always carry a couple handcalls just in case.

    * Comfortable low profile chair. I need a back rest or I have a hard time sitting still. Sportsman's warehouse sells a few turkey chairs

    * Shooting sticks- simple is better. Two wood dowels taped together work fine. I avoid the primos trigger pod type rests. You needs to be able to adjust it for any shot imaginable as they come where you least expect. Also, you need to be able to pick the rifle up and shoot off hand on very close or running shots.

    *A decoy is nice but only optional. I attach it with a trekking pole and stand it up in a sage brush so the decoy sits up high where it can be seen. I also like to wear a brimmed hat with face mask to keep sun out of my eyes.

    * You don't need binos, rangefinder, big mag scopes, or any fancy gear as it will just cost you coyotes.

    This is my opinion and what works where I hunt
     
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  8. jonc

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    A 1.5-5 power scope is about perfect for me. I also have a 1.75-6 which works well. A nice light fast rifle and shoots out to 300 plus aren't bad off sticks if you practice
     

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  9. TxWolf

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    Don’t forget about a good cover scent.
     
  10. BigBore44

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    Pretty much exactly my thoughts. Only thing I would add (depending on where you live) is coyotes live in the woods and hills too. And I fend them to be more curious in the woods than in the fields.
     
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