Alyssa's first coyote!

Posted by: Switch

Alyssa's first coyote! - 10/08/12 02:07 AM

Well, I figured this post was coming this season some time, but I had no idea I'd be posting about Alyssa's success after our first trip of the season. We were supposed to head out on Saturday, but a girl scouts overnight camp out moved our trip to today. We got a late start, which always seems to work out for us.

Once we got out to our area, we ran around looking for rabbits. Even though it was a pleasant temperature, not much was moving. We decide to do a little target shooting. I set up some targets and let Alyssa start plinking away. Now Alyssa has been coming out with me since she was seven, she's now twelve. After letting her shoot off a bench just once back then, I moved her to the sticks. Now that's all she shoots off and she is pretty darned good. She moves well with the sticks and more importantly, she's comfortable using them to shoot.

Towards the later part of the afternoon, we drove around looking for a few really good looking stands. I've hunted this area before, but I had a couple of places I really wanted to explore. As a recently licensed hunter, Alyssa and I have only been on a half dozen stands where she is on the rifle. On those stands, I shoot back up with a second rifle. I told her today that I was just there to call and she would be the only shooter. These stands were all about her and whatever happens happens.

The first stand was a bust. Back at the truck she mentioned that her heart was thumping the entire time we were calling. After driving a bit more, we find a great last stand of the day. We set up over looking a long drainage that moves left to right. We can easily see straight out for at least two miles. The sun had just dropped and the terrain was perfect and is exactly what I like to see in a stand.

I'm sitting on the left with the Browning 12 ga just in case and Alyssa is sitting to my right with the 204 pointed about 2:00. We start calling and start searching. Alyssa is a statue on stand and we are both just waiting. After about twelve minutes, Alyssa turns towards me and slowly holds up five fingers, which is code for how much longer. This place just looked too good so I hold up three fingers indicating three more minutes. It's a good thing I did.

The coyote came in way to my left at about fifteen minutes and if I hadn't been looking that way when he popped out, I never would've spotted him. I whisper to Alyssa that we have one coming and her head whips around fast. I tell her to calm down, to be careful and to move slowly. Truth be told, i was a wreck inside. With her rifle pointed at 2:00, she needed to move it left to at least 9:00 to have a chance. The coyote weaves his way to the call, taking his time but interested. When he drops behind some brush I whisper to Alyssa to move on him. She quickly and quietly swings her set up into position as he peaks out and stops. He has no idea we're there. He looks around, looks over his shoulder and I see Alyssa move a bit more. I ask her if she's on him. No answer. Can you see him? I ask. The shot comes and smacks the coyote. He spins a few times, but he's dead on his paws and tips over about 95 yards from where we're sitting. Alyssa just killed her first coyote!

After the shot Alyssa was shaking so bad she couldn't pick up her brass. I could hear the excitement and shaking in her voice. I gave a huge hug and told her how proud I was. Ive shot a lot of coyotes, but I have never been so nervous and excited as I was today on that stand. I will remember the stand where Alyssa shot her first coyote for the rest of my life.

One brand new coyote hunter. That smile says it all


One very proud dad!


Alyssa's first coyote. And yes, the taxidermist has been called.


Posted by: cityslicker

Re: Alyssa's first coyote! - 10/08/12 02:22 AM

Congratulations to you both. That's a good looking coyote and will make a fine mount.
Posted by: Buckeroo

Re: Alyssa's first coyote! - 10/08/12 02:32 AM

Wow, COngrats to both of you and Fine shooting young lady. Looks like you have a wondeul hunting partner and a lifetime of great memories ahead of you. Thanks for sharing.
Posted by: OldTurtle

Re: Alyssa's first coyote! - 10/08/12 05:14 AM

Great story and really good shooting...Congratulations...Sounds like you've got a well self-disciplined and knowledgeable young lady for a partner.... thumbup1
Posted by: willlee51

Re: Alyssa's first coyote! - 10/08/12 07:03 AM

Congrats! LIFE TIME MEMORIES...............
Posted by: derbyacresbob

Re: Alyssa's first coyote! - 10/08/12 08:40 AM

thumbupGreat shooting Alyssa! thumbup

Congratulations on getting your first coyote!

Way to go Switch, you are doing a great job.

Great story and pictures too.


This story shoud make the Hunt of the month for October!
Posted by: Ursus21

Re: Alyssa's first coyote! - 10/08/12 08:46 AM

This so cool and a day I have anxiously been looking forward to reading about. That is a great looking coyote and you both did everything just right. I sure hope this gets an HOM nomination because this is truly what spending time outdoors is all about. Alyssa and Tim WAY TO GO!!!
Posted by: Paul-e

Re: Alyssa's first coyote! - 10/08/12 09:31 AM

Great story , Awesome pics! way to go dad! if her heart was thumpin' without even seeing one on the first stand, you got yourself a huntin buddy! Congrats Alyssa!
Posted by: yotecatslayer34

Re: Alyssa's first coyote! - 10/08/12 09:36 AM

Gas to the calling stand $15, camo clothing $50, .204 $645, Witness and Share your daughters 1st yote... Priceless!! thumbup1 Thanks for the wonderful story and great pics with a Prime dog to boot. Well Done !

Congrats again and many more to come ! thumbup

Posted by: brannon74

Re: Alyssa's first coyote! - 10/08/12 10:27 AM

great yote. congrats to you and your daughter.
Posted by: jmounce

Re: Alyssa's first coyote! - 10/08/12 10:47 AM

Great job,enjoyed the pics.and your story!!!
Posted by: Lou Patrick

Re: Alyssa's first coyote! - 10/08/12 10:55 AM

That's great, can't wait to take my girls out. Congrats!
Posted by: Colorado Coyotes

Re: Alyssa's first coyote! - 10/08/12 11:24 AM

WOO HOO

Way to go Alyssa and Dad!
Posted by: Miz Kiz

Re: Alyssa's first coyote! - 10/08/12 11:33 AM

That's just awesome! thumbup
Congratulations to BOTH of you.
Posted by: 220_Swift

Re: Alyssa's first coyote! - 10/08/12 11:46 AM

Way to go!!!!!!!!!!!
Posted by: beagler

Re: Alyssa's first coyote! - 10/08/12 01:13 PM

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Posted by: bigsky_songdogs

Re: Alyssa's first coyote! - 10/08/12 02:40 PM

Great job and congrats, beautiful coyote to boot
Posted by: Switch

Re: Alyssa's first coyote! - 10/08/12 10:25 PM

Thanks for the kind words guys. It truly was a special day. Everything came together perfectly and to see my daughter take her first coyote, I was seriously without words. It will be a life long memory for both of us, and I wouldn't change that for anything.

When we got back to the truck Alyssa said, we sure are lucky. I smiled at her and said it isn't always about luck. Besides, luck favors the prepared!
Posted by: Ursus21

Re: Alyssa's first coyote! - 10/08/12 10:38 PM

Actually Tim I agree with Alyssa, you two are very lucky...and I'm not referring to just the hunt.
Posted by: diamond_c

Re: Alyssa's first coyote! - 10/09/12 08:09 AM

That's awesome!!
Posted by: SS Stinger

Re: Alyssa's first coyote! - 10/09/12 08:38 AM

awesome job young lady .............. did you use your shooting stix ????
Posted by: yotezapper

Re: Alyssa's first coyote! - 10/09/12 09:39 AM

Super Awesome Tim. Way to go.
Posted by: dog1whckr

Re: Alyssa's first coyote! - 10/09/12 10:47 AM

GREAT shooting Alyssa!
Posted by: Switch

Re: Alyssa's first coyote! - 10/13/12 11:04 AM

Stinger, she was on her custom made sticks as always. To be honest, I forgot who made them for her. Thanks for chiming in. They are much appreciated!
Posted by: Powerfisher

Re: Alyssa's first coyote! - 10/13/12 11:17 AM

Great story, nice pics, congrats!!!!
Posted by: AlexanderWaller

Re: Alyssa's first coyote! - 10/13/12 12:19 PM

Way to go! Keeping the traditions going in the future generations!
Posted by: howler_87413

Re: Alyssa's first coyote! - 10/13/12 01:02 PM

This is what it is all about!!! WTG! Congrats to both of you!
Posted by: 300magman

Re: Alyssa's first coyote! - 10/13/12 06:03 PM

Awesome job both of you!! Congrats!!!
Posted by: muledhunter

Re: Alyssa's first coyote! - 10/13/12 09:52 PM

Awesome story! Thank you for sharing!
Posted by: GTOHunter

Re: Alyssa's first coyote! - 10/13/12 10:12 PM

Congratulations to Alyssa....that is one Beautiful Coyote She shot! smile
Posted by: Yote Yoda USMC

Re: Alyssa's first coyote! - 10/13/12 11:56 PM

Priceless!! Great day and great memories for both of you.
Posted by: Maddog12

Re: Alyssa's first coyote! - 10/14/12 12:42 AM

Nothing beats hunting with the family!
Posted by: Centurion

Re: Alyssa's first coyote! - 10/14/12 02:23 AM

Great job! She'll be wanting an AR before long.
Posted by: bkln

Re: Alyssa's first coyote! - 10/14/12 06:23 AM

Bravo Zulu Switch and a good story !!!
Posted by: JimboTN

Re: Alyssa's first coyote! - 10/14/12 07:46 AM

Congratulations Alyssa, it looks like YOU have a hunting buddy for life. It's so great that you let your dad tag along laugh

Switch, well done! You've not only gifted her with a memory that will last her a lifetime but a sport that will give her a lifetime of memories.
Posted by: moonshine44

Re: Alyssa's first coyote! - 10/14/12 06:43 PM

Good job, Alyssa!
Posted by: fratri

Re: Alyssa's first coyote! - 10/14/12 09:09 PM

Thats great congratulations to the both of you...
Posted by: SS Stinger

Re: Alyssa's first coyote! - 10/14/12 11:16 PM

Originally Posted By: Switch
Stinger, she was on her custom made sticks as always. To be honest, I forgot who made them for her. Thanks for chiming in. They are much appreciated!



awesome ............. so glad she's putting them to good use .......
Posted by: Ben Jimmy

Re: Alyssa's first coyote! - 10/18/12 05:03 AM

Alyssa is a very bright young lady. The time y'all are spending & the memories made together will become more treasured the older you both get. Congrats to you both & I hope you make many more special memories together. Alyssa, your 1st coyote is quite a beauty.

Memories made with my father & grandfather will always hold a special place in my heart.

Good luck always-----Ben Jimmy
Posted by: BallisticBen

Re: Alyssa's first coyote! - 10/19/12 05:49 PM

Great job Alyssa!!! I need to get my little one out to do some hunting. Thanks for sharing.
Posted by: hoveyhunter

Re: Alyssa's first coyote! - 11/14/12 12:06 PM

Hi,

Got logged on but can't figure out how to vote.

Mom, aka, hoveyhunter
Posted by: hoveyhunter

Re: Alyssa's first coyote! - 11/14/12 03:22 PM

That's my granddaughter!! I love it.