Friday The 13th...(Pics Included)

Posted by: Ursus21

Friday The 13th...(Pics Included) - 07/14/12 03:37 PM

As I sat with my back against a large round hay bale, while overlooking a freshly swathed alfalfa field, I wondered what kind of luck I would have on Friday the 13th. I was excited to try this stand because I had an unusual East wind. Normally the wind blows from the West making this stand impossible to hunt. Plus, I was also very pleased to be hunting over a freshly cut field. A fresh cut field to a coyote is like an all you can eat buffet is to a sumo wrestler. The sky was overcast with an impending rain storm not far off. What little sun that did shine through was at my back. The wind was calm at around 5 mph or less and in my face. If ever there was a perfect coyote stand this was it. I glanced down at my brand new Ruger Hawkeye Predator rifle, topped with a Bushnell Elite 6500 Tactical Elite 4.5-30x50mm scope. I made sure it was on its lowest setting. It was the maiden voyage for this rifle/scope set up. Its very first time in the field on its very first stand. After having sighted it in a few weeks prior with Hornady Superformance 50gr VMax 22-250 ammo I was confident it could do the job. With the pleasant smell of the fresh cut alfalfa in the air, I began my sequence with some soft rodent sounds. In such calm conditions sound carries far, and I didn't want to start off too loud. After a few minutes I increased the volume and switched to Cottontail DSG on my FoxPro CS-24B. At about the 10 minute mark coyotes started to howl all around me. I let the DSG sound continue for another 5 minutes expecting coyotes at any second. However nothing showed. I muted the caller and sat for 5 minutes contemplating my next move and hoping something would show. The coyotes had gone quiet and nothing showed up. I then decided to shake things up a bit and went with a fairly loud female howl with some barks thrown in for good measure. I just cut out with a few and then went silent for a few minutes. I then repeated the howls, but howled perhaps twice as long and then went silent again for a while. At around 30 minutes on the stand I let out with one more set of howls and was in the middle of doing so when I caught movement out in front of me and a little to my right. There was a pair of coyotes bouncing around between the cut hay rows working their way in. I shut up and watched them. However they seemed a little lost as to where the howls were coming from so I coaxed them a little with some squeaks. A large male cleared the cut hay and came out into the cleared field with the hay bales that I was sitting in. The other coyote hung back and had disappeared from my sight. The big male turned back to see where his partner was, and provided me with a 65 yard broadside shot. The two stage target trigger on my Ruger broke clean and the coyote hit the ground hard, with a perfect pea sized hole right in the middle of his close side shoulder. He went down like the Hammer of Thor had just smacked him. I switched to KiYi's but no other takers showed up. When I approached the coyote I flipped him over to check how bad the damage might be from a 50gr Vmax traveling at 4000fps. I was pleased to see there was not exit wound. (Very favorable first impression.) I took a few quick photos and then drug him back to my pickup.


It was now getting dark fast and it began to sprinkle. I could also see lightening off in the distance and hear thunder quite a ways off. I jumped in my truck and headed for home. I hadn't gone more than a few hundred yards when I came across the main reason I do not call coyotes in the warmer months all that often. It's not for any kind of ethical or moral reason. I have no problem killing coyotes year'round, but I absolutely, positively, unequivocally HATE SNAKES! I hate rattle snakes most of all. I'm just glad I didn't run into him on the stand.


All in all, Friday the 13th wasn't a bad evening. The success on the first stand, with a brand new rifle, was over the top satisfaction. I just figured the rattle snake on the way out was just carma reminding me that it was Friday the 13th...

Posted by: beagler

Re: Friday The 13th...(Pics Included) - 07/14/12 03:41 PM

Nice! thumbup1
Posted by: the impactzone

Re: Friday The 13th...(Pics Included) - 07/14/12 03:42 PM

cool, first blood on the new gun congrats
Posted by: DoubleCK

Re: Friday The 13th...(Pics Included) - 07/14/12 04:52 PM

Great story. Sure fun when it all comes together.
Posted by: borkon

Re: Friday The 13th...(Pics Included) - 07/14/12 07:21 PM

nice story Troy.
why did you drag the coyote back??.
Posted by: VarmintsBeware

Re: Friday The 13th...(Pics Included) - 07/14/12 07:28 PM

I would have also killed the snake. I then would have both of them done in full mounts in a diagram by a taxidermy as memory to such a fun and interesting hunt.


Congratulations on your hunting trip


Wayne
Posted by: Ursus21

Re: Friday The 13th...(Pics Included) - 07/14/12 08:12 PM

Borkon, I have dermestid beetles I use for a skull cleaning business I have. During the off season I shoot the occasional coyote to keep them fed. Works out good for the beetles and the local deer population. Coyotes on the other hand don't find it so handy. wink
Posted by: Ricky Bobby

Re: Friday The 13th...(Pics Included) - 07/14/12 09:01 PM

Nice job on the coyote! smile

Hey Ursus,

I've been kicking around buying that exact same Ruger rifle chambered in 22-250, also. What kind of groups are you getting with it? Any complaints? How's the trigger feel? I'm assuming that you don't reload & only shoot factory ammo ... right?

Any info on your rifle would be appreciated. Thanks!
Posted by: yotecatslayer34

Re: Friday The 13th...(Pics Included) - 07/14/12 09:23 PM

Nice job on that male, whackem and stackem !
Posted by: dan brothers

Re: Friday The 13th...(Pics Included) - 07/14/12 09:48 PM

Good deal... gotta have a Beautiful rifle if your going to live in Beautiful Montana
Posted by: Ursus21

Re: Friday The 13th...(Pics Included) - 07/14/12 10:18 PM

Ricky Bobby, the only thing I've run in it so far is Hornady 50gr VMax Superformance. It holds 1/2" to 3/4". I plan on experimenting with some hand loading before summer is over. However the Superformance is way under minute of a coyote, and that I'm okay with it. The trigger is exceptionally good. I like the two stage as I've been shooting an AR-15 for the last several years with a two-stage National Match trigger so the transition to the Ruger feels very natural. I also like the fact that the rifle is a medium heavy barrel instead of a full weight varmint barrel. It swings and packs easy. Feels great to me when I bring it up to my shoulder. I can't really think of anything to ding it on except to maybe skim bed the action and free float the barrel. I may do that next summer, but for now I can live with it just the way it is.
Posted by: 5spd

Re: Friday The 13th...(Pics Included) - 07/14/12 10:26 PM

You are lucky that rattler was not under the bales you were in front of I think. Good shot & set though, nice break in with your new rig.
Posted by: cawilson82

Re: Friday The 13th...(Pics Included) - 07/14/12 10:36 PM

Great story and pic
Posted by: Hawk-eye

Re: Friday The 13th...(Pics Included) - 07/14/12 11:37 PM

Great story! Going calling in rattlesnake country on Friday the 13th = risky if you're superstitious. Good thing the rattler was down the road instead of at your feet! Enjoyed the pictures and the story!
Posted by: Ursus21

Re: Friday The 13th...(Pics Included) - 07/15/12 01:12 AM

5spd, funny you should mention that about the possibility of a rattler being near the hay bale. I made sure to walk completely around the bale and check for snakes before I sat down. This ain't my first rodeo. However, one can be cautious and even paranoid (I'm both) when it comes to snakes and still get surprised now and then.
Posted by: midwestpredator

Re: Friday The 13th...(Pics Included) - 07/15/12 04:18 AM

nice job on the set. a guy cant be too careful when it comes to snakes. i was out p doggin one time and laid over a mound, was shooting for about 15 min when i heard a strange noise, turned out it was a rattler in the hole i was laying over. needless to say I jumped up(almost messesd my pants) and left the gun laying there for prob 10min till i went back and got it. i no longer lay directly over a mound.
Posted by: yotezapper

Re: Friday The 13th...(Pics Included) - 07/15/12 10:11 AM

Good Work. Looks like that snake would make a nice pillow. smile
Posted by: Miz Kiz

Re: Friday The 13th...(Pics Included) - 07/15/12 10:45 PM

Good job, and great pictures. Congrats!
Posted by: OldTurtle

Re: Friday The 13th...(Pics Included) - 07/15/12 11:50 PM

Great write up and pics...I really like the color on the Yote and the Snake would have made a great belt or hat band...He looks well fed in the pic..
Posted by: Whitebeard

Re: Friday The 13th...(Pics Included) - 07/16/12 09:04 AM

Great story and pics. I have a friend that shoots the Ruger in 22-250. The action on that rifle is SUPER! Thanks for posting. thumbup
Posted by: Ursus21

Re: Friday The 13th...(Pics Included) - 07/16/12 02:58 PM

Yotezapper I'm trying to break myself of using rattle snakes for pillows. wink

midwestpredator, that story of the snake down the prairie dog hole would getting me dancing pretty good as well. A few years I had a similar experience. I'd spotted a group of young coyotes near their den. They were a little over 500 yards away. After they went down the hole I decided to hike over and investigate. As I got close the terrain looked much different than it did from 500 yards. There were actually several den sized holes in the ground, and I wasn't sure which one they had been by. So I walked up to the first hole. I stood right over the hole and looked down. There, only about a foot below my feet, was one of the biggest rattle snakes I've seen. I jumped back and mentally concluded the coyotes were definitely NOT in that hole! I decided to leave that hole alone and was a lot more cautious about approaching the other den holes in the area. I did find the hole they were in a short time later. The next day I went back and checked on the hole with he snake. He was there, however, this time he was just outside of the hole sunning himself. I introduced his head to the business end of my shotgun. He was nearly 5 feet long and had 13 rattles and a button. I threw him in the back of the truck and looked up he two track I was parked on, and saw another huge rattle snake of equal size. So I killed that one. Then I walked back and peeked in the hole where the first big snake had been the day before, and there was yet another rattle snake in the hole. However this one wasn't as big as the other two. I dispatched it and decided to leave the area as I was about rattled snaked out. I get to the gate to leave the pasture and as I'm walking from my truck to the gate, I thought I heard a buzz. I looked but didn't see anything. I unlatch the gate and laid it down. Go back and pull my truck through. I then walk over and pick up the gate and hear the buzz again. I look down and right in my boot track is a baby rattle snake all coiled up. Well I had the gate post in my hand and it served as a pretty good jack hammer. T'weren't much left of that little snake after I was done as my adrenaline was kind of in over drive after seeing 4 rattle snakes in just a few hours. I was so keyed up after that I didn't return to that ranch again until there was snow on the ground.
Posted by: Anonymous

Re: Friday The 13th...(Pics Included) - 07/17/12 09:07 PM

Nice~
Posted by: midwestpredator

Re: Friday The 13th...(Pics Included) - 07/17/12 09:41 PM

Originally Posted By: Ursus21
Yotezapper I'm trying to break myself of using rattle snakes for pillows. wink

midwestpredator, that story of the snake down the prairie dog hole would getting me dancing pretty good as well. A few years I had a similar experience. I'd spotted a group of young coyotes near their den. They were a little over 500 yards away. After they went down the hole I decided to hike over and investigate. As I got close the terrain looked much different than it did from 500 yards. There were actually several den sized holes in the ground, and I wasn't sure which one they had been by. So I walked up to the first hole. I stood right over the hole and looked down. There, only about a foot below my feet, was one of the biggest rattle snakes I've seen. I jumped back and mentally concluded the coyotes were definitely NOT in that hole! I decided to leave that hole alone and was a lot more cautious about approaching the other den holes in the area. I did find the hole they were in a short time later. The next day I went back and checked on the hole with he snake. He was there, however, this time he was just outside of the hole sunning himself. I introduced his head to the business end of my shotgun. He was nearly 5 feet long and had 13 rattles and a button. I threw him in the back of the truck and looked up he two track I was parked on, and saw another huge rattle snake of equal size. So I killed that one. Then I walked back and peeked in the hole where the first big snake had been the day before, and there was yet another rattle snake in the hole. However this one wasn't as big as the other two. I dispatched it and decided to leave the area as I was about rattled snaked out. I get to the gate to leave the pasture and as I'm walking from my truck to the gate, I thought I heard a buzz. I looked but didn't see anything. I unlatch the gate and laid it down. Go back and pull my truck through. I then walk over and pick up the gate and hear the buzz again. I look down and right in my boot track is a baby rattle snake all coiled up. Well I had the gate post in my hand and it served as a pretty good jack hammer. T'weren't much left of that little snake after I was done as my adrenaline was kind of in over drive after seeing 4 rattle snakes in just a few hours. I was so keyed up after that I didn't return to that ranch again until there was snow on the ground.


No doubt!! Its amazing how excited those things can get a guy, I wouldntbe able to handle myself after seeing that many in such short order
Posted by: TonyTebbe

Re: Friday The 13th...(Pics Included) - 07/17/12 09:44 PM

Way to knock the cherry off that new rifle Troy. Well done sir!

Tony
Posted by: Yote Yoda USMC

Re: Friday The 13th...(Pics Included) - 07/17/12 10:25 PM

Thanks for sharing!
Posted by: Ursus21

Re: Friday The 13th...(Pics Included) - 07/18/12 03:11 PM

Glad y'all enjoyed the story and pics. Just went out last night and did a little locate howling. Sounds like it will be a great year for hunting coyotes. Lots and lots of coyotes were howling back. A friend also stopped by with another rattle snake to skin that he had killed early last night. Between my friend and I we've killed 3 rattle snakes this week and it's only Wednesday!
Posted by: Dead Down Wind

Re: Friday The 13th...(Pics Included) - 07/19/12 11:20 PM

Hey brother!

Good calling and shooting my friend!

5SPD and i were out last month and we did a night set that went from 7PM until 9:30am, every step i took i was waiting for the strike from a prairie rattler!

Never did see one and never did hear one! Whew!!!


Good job on the hunt and the nomination;-)


Kevin
Posted by: stubbicatt

Re: Friday The 13th...(Pics Included) - 09/18/12 08:25 PM

Neat story. Loved the Friday 13 angle. The snake at the end, and the karmic reference.
Posted by: Redjaw

Re: Friday The 13th...(Pics Included) - 09/18/12 08:49 PM

Good going, Ursus21!!
Posted by: prkrgrp

Re: Friday The 13th...(Pics Included) - 09/18/12 09:22 PM

nice job on the dog, I agree with you on the 50 grn v-max have been shooting that bullet for months now and it really drops em in there tracks, with no holes.
keep at it.
Posted by: 300magman

Re: Friday The 13th...(Pics Included) - 09/19/12 01:37 AM

Right on man!