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I Shot a Massachusetts Coyote Tonight

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by EddieCoyle, Dec 23, 2005.

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  1. EddieCoyle

    EddieCoyle Member

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    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.
     
  2. jamz

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    Nice kill.

    You must live in western MA, right?

    -James
     
  3. Larry Ashcraft

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    Copied from your sig line:
    Glad you were there, and armed.
     
  4. EddieCoyle

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

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    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?
     
  6. EddieCoyle

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    The cheapest Walmart 550-round box of Federal ammo that they had. Copper-washed, hollow point.
     
  7. kbheiner7

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    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.
     
  8. The Goose

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    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!
     
  9. geekWithA.45

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    Well done, but I must say....


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

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    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.
     
  11. Standing Wolf

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    Well, yeah, but was it one of those horrible terrible awful wicked evil malicious criminal guns from New Hampshire?
     
  12. Taurus 66

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    You didn't want the fur, make a doggie coat for ol' Jack Russell there? Those winter walks can be brutal in MA.
     
  13. EddieCoyle

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    Nope. The fur has holes in it.
     
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    Do they use the same mags as the P22 pistol? I'm supprise Walmart even carries something so evil looking...

    -Bill
     
  15. EddieCoyle

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    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.
     
  16. HighVelocity

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    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. :(
     
  17. 4v50 Gary

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    Congratulations for saving the Jack Russell and bagging Wiley E. Coyote. :)
     
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    Dang, I was hoping you were going to take it out from your car, Quigley style.
    But still, good shoot.
     
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    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.
     
  20. petro

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    Got 'em down in PA too

    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.
     
  21. M.E.Eldridge

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    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.
     
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    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.
     
  23. thumper723

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    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!
     
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    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.
     
  25. depicts

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    Eddie Coyle

    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:
     
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