..would you shoot it? In Colorado it's legal to take a coyote on your unfilled big game tag, but I always have a small game tag as well. Last year I had this happen to me twice. Second season I was making a stand with a friend who had an elk tag. Never saw any elk that day, but a nice coyote did come in to check us out. I had a shot with my 610 but didn't take it because I didn't want to miff up his hunt. In hindsight I should have blasted. Third season I was by myself up on a ridge waiting for an elk and a pack of 4 coyotes came up the ridge, noses to the ground, following my exact trail. I let them get within about 50 feet & decided to stop the party, stood up & yelled them off. They were big & I didn't want a problem. Could have easily shot one, if not more. I went ahead & walked off that stand so I didn't give them a chance to circle around on me down wind, one was being a bit aggressive about leaving- huffing & barking at me. Never saw an elk that day either. I hunt this area all week so I didn't want to scare off any elk in the area with shots, but in years past it's not uncommon for us to get two or more elk over the course of a day or two so I'm not sure it really matters.