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Picked off an Eastern coyote

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  1. Picher

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    Looking out the back window this morning, I saw a coyote coming toward the house. That's pretty unusual, since we haven't seen any during the day around here for a while. I grabbed the CZ .22 mag rifle and went out on the side porch.

    It was only about 40 yards away when it spotted my motion and looked right toward me. The Remington round found it's mark and it went down rolling and twisting. A few more quick ones and it was done.

    It's not a huge one, about a 30 lb. male but it appears that it was healthy.
     
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  2. Choctaw

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    Good job, sir!
     
  3. entropy

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    Yeah, but you're in Maine, so that's an easy shot. If you'd have shot one in Michigan from there, then I'd be impressed. ;)

    Seriously, good work. When they start approaching houses in daytime, they are getting too bold.
     
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    Well done.
    Rabbits, quail and turkeys in your area should thank you.
    Chalk one up for the good ol' .22mag. One of my favorites.
     
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    Where did you hit it? What round was used?
     
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    Nice shooting. We get many of them in Central New York. Last time out, it was place your coyote call, travel to your blind, shoot the coyote, shut off your call, grab the carcass and call it a night. They are hungry around here and readily approach a call. The turkey population has really taken a hit from them.
     
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    I live in Western New York, and I've seen them in my backyard and by no means do I live in the sticks. At my girlfriend's place I see tracks all the time. Good shooting, sir.
     
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    Congrats....... I'm surprised that it came around during the day. Around me they're all quite nocturnal. In the last couple years I've only gotten a couple on trail cam pictures during the day and I've usually got 6 to 8 cams out in two different areas year round.
     
  9. ridgerunner1965

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    years a go I shot a lot of coyotes from my front and back porch. ive lived in the same place 35 yrs.

    it seemed after a few years that the dumb ones stopped showing up. when it snowed I could see the tracks where they skirted my open areas around the house in the brush.

    very rarely do I see a coyote from my house anymore.

    as the dumb ones got shot,the new ones seem to be genetically predisposed to avoid my area.and avoid being shot.they stay in cover. I can put snares out and catch them when they skirt the house.
     
  10. Picher

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    It was moving a bit, so had to shoot quickly, since it spotted motion as I got into position at the edge of the porch opening. I hit it in the lung area with the first shot and, after three or so as it flipped around, finished it with a brain shot.

    I used some Remington plastic-tipped magnum ammo that shoots really well in that rifle, which I bedded and lightened the trigger pull. Groups 1" at 100 yards...best of any I've tried in that rifle.
     
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  11. Picher

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    Yes, but we're more concerned about deer in this area. It was a very snowy winter and we may find some coyote kills when we can get out in the woods to look around. We still have over a foot of snow in the woods, since we got an 18" snowfall a few weeks ago that added to the existing cover. Still have a bit of snow in the valleys of our metal roof.
     
  12. Picher

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    I wish coyotes would get a few turkeys here. We're overpopulated. They were just introduced about 20 years ago, but we've seen hundreds in some fields. I've killed a few in our commercial blueberry fields just before harvest. They knock lots of berries off as the flock walks around on them.
     
  13. Picher

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    Totally agree! This is the first one we've seen near the house in quite a while. I was afraid it may have been rabid, but it looked okay.
     
  14. Picher

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    I just put my .22 Mag in the safe and put the Rem 700 Light Varmint Stainless .223 Rem in the front closet. I placed the carcass on the rock wall, about 70 yards away and wanted more firepower!
     
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    Good job on that Coyote! We are covered up with them here (Deep East Texas).

    I'm not surprised your CZ rifle shoots as well as it does. Most of them are superbly accurate. My CZ 455 (in .17 HMR) will shoot a bit under 1/2" MOA (100 yds.) but is a little light for Coyotes.

    Your .22 Mag is a good cartridge for them.
     
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  18. Shanghai McCoy

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    It's been almost 30 years ago but I remember being up around Freedom Maine and we saw a coyote cross the road one night. He thought it waas a fox but it sure looked like a coyote to me. I'd guess they are pretty well established by now.
    Minus the one of course... :thumbup:
     
  19. Picher

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    I've gotten about 9 on my son's land in the past 10 years and a trapper has gotten more than that. We hear them howling at night quite often. I don't go out and hunt them at night, but tried calling during the daytime with few results, using both electronic and mouth calls. I often just happen on them when going down to the blueberry fields when berries are ripe.
     
  20. Picher

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    The .17 HMR cartridge is normally more accurate than .22 magnum, probably due more to cartridge design/manufacturing than the rifle itself. I sighted-in a cheap Marlin .17 HMR and it grouped about a half-inch at 100 yards, right out of the box.
     
  21. double bogey

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    I have killed a couple of yotes and a bobcat with a .22 mag, but it doesn't kill them fast enough. I am sure I had a mountain lion in a spotlight one night in a wheat field, but all I had was my .22 mag, and I didn't have the stones to shoot it. Last thing I wanted to do was deal with a wounded lion. 2 guys with me didn't believe it was a lion, thought it was a bobcat, but you could see his long tail twitching as he was laying in a sneak position about 70 yds out. If I would have had a center fire I would have had a lion pelt.

    The gist of this is I think the .22 mag is light for bobcats and yotes.
     
  22. Water-Man

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    They've become plentyfull throughout the state of Georgia. Hunters are taking in excess of 60,000 per year.
     
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    My Uncle Dave used to shoot coyote with his .300 Weatherby Mag, with 168 grain Sierra Match Kings. Basically, they’ll kill it, gut it, skin it and bury in one trigger pull.

    Geno
     
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    284AAA4A-E6E4-4685-8579-8B43DFBCD6FF.jpeg I’ve shot 5 or more over the years towards the back yard/field. There are plenty more, figure if I reduce the dumb ones it will keep them in line. I have at times put road kill deer out back mid winter, really brings them around.

    I’ve used the 223, 243, 17 HMR, and even the muzzle-loader on a short cover deer drive, a coyote came out. I have to grab what’s available. The 243 is my favorite for putting them down.

    Here is one shot while deer hunting a year ago, used the Knight 45 cal M-L.
     
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    I think the .223 is the perfect Coyote round, although I have taken them with my old Marlin 25MN, .22 Mag as well. Either will do, but .223 will do it better.
     
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