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#1445321 - 12/15/09 11:12 PM A Rare Opportunity...
Knapper Offline
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Registered: 12/14/05
Posts: 177
Loc: Southern Wyoming
I had a rare and great opportunity this past weekend. I called a friend to see if he wanted to get out and do some calling with me on Saturday and he asked if it would be alright if he brought along his seven year old son. I was happy to bring him along and I told my friend that if the coyote hunting got to be too slow, we could try and scare up some rabbits as well. He told me he would be thrilled if we could even call one in that his son could see. As the weekend got closer, the weather was not looking promising, but on Friday night, we decided to give it a go anyway.

I stopped by to pick them up at 6am and after breakfast was done, we headed out to one of my favorite areas. Unfortunately, the wind was already howling at around 20mph and it was snowing pretty steady even though the forecast only called for 20 percent after noon. We turned off the pavement a little after 7:00 and headed for the first stand. Apparently it was meant to be, because everything worked perfect for about the next 15 minutes.

As soon as we stepped out of my Jimmy, it stopped snowing and the wind died down to about 10mph. We hiked over a couple of sand dunes and set up with me calling cross-wind and my friend and his son looking down-wind. I blew one series on my custom ArkyYoter rabbit distress call and I heard a shot from over my shoulder! I turned just in time to see the coyote spinning in circles at about 70 yards. No more than 30 or 40 seconds had passed from when I first started calling…ohmy

After we sat down, my friend got his boy situated with his .22 magnum. He reminded him to hold still and keep his head up and a sharp eye out. When I started calling, my friend started scanning around, only to hear his son whisper, “Hey Dad, there’s one!” The boy actually saw the coyote first! Sure enough we had a young male running in from just over the next dune. It closed to about 70 yards and my friend told his boy, “Get your gun ready.” When he lifted the rifle up, the coyote saw the movement and stopped, facing them square on. My friend whispered, “You better shoo…” and bang, the gun went off. He drilled that coyote right at the base of the throat with his .22 mag at 70 yards! It was a perfect shot!



I am not sure who was more excited, my friend or his son! I don’t think he ever expected him to get a shot, let along nail it! After many cheers and high-fives, we took some pictures and headed on to the next stand. Unfortunately the wind came back with a vengeance and we had to give up on the calling. We did manage to scare up a rabbit for his boy to round out the day.

Sometimes it is hard for a youngster to be patient and sit still in a stand, and it is even harder for us adults to be patient with the youngster, but in this case everything worked out perfect and I am sure we are well on our way to producing one more future coyote hunter and hunting advocate. thumbup1


Here is one more picture of one very excited little boy!

Knapper



Edited by cbosshog79 (12/19/09 09:52 PM)
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#1445328 - 12/15/09 11:17 PM Re: A Rare Opportunity... [Re: Knapper]
guess Offline
Die Hard Member with a vengeance

Registered: 07/11/04
Posts: 4550
Loc: N.texas
now that right there is what it is all about! Priceless!
congrats!
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#1445329 - 12/15/09 11:18 PM Re: A Rare Opportunity... [Re: Knapper]
jumprightinit Offline
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Registered: 12/29/07
Posts: 6979
Loc: Ione, Washistan
It would be hard to improve that experience. That youngster is hooked for life. What a smile smile
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#1445332 - 12/15/09 11:20 PM Re: A Rare Opportunity... [Re: Knapper]
bowhunt32 Offline
Die Hard Member III

Registered: 11/01/05
Posts: 2089
Loc: Oregon
Very, very cool story. Congrats to all of you.

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#1445333 - 12/15/09 11:22 PM Re: A Rare Opportunity... [Re: jumprightinit]
Jeff Mock Offline
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Registered: 09/01/01
Posts: 11058
Loc: Manchester, MI
It don't get much better than that!

He does look thrilled. thumbup
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#1445335 - 12/15/09 11:22 PM Re: A Rare Opportunity... [Re: jumprightinit]
drhart Offline
Die Hard Member

Registered: 11/08/08
Posts: 596
Loc: Wyoming
Excellent!

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#1445347 - 12/15/09 11:29 PM Re: A Rare Opportunity... [Re: bowhunt32]
fxpro Offline
Seasoned Member

Registered: 11/03/09
Posts: 293
Loc: Montana
Got to love it when a plan comes together! great job and story!
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#1445357 - 12/15/09 11:35 PM Re: A Rare Opportunity... [Re: fxpro]
duck911 Offline
Seasoned Member

Registered: 10/26/09
Posts: 148
Loc: Loveland, Colorado
That makes my Tuesday night! Congrats!!!

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#1445358 - 12/15/09 11:36 PM Re: A Rare Opportunity... [Re: fxpro]
mtbadger Offline
Die Hard Member

Registered: 12/29/06
Posts: 509
Loc: Montana
Knapper congrats to you and the dad for taking this youngster out and making him smile....
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#1445364 - 12/15/09 11:40 PM Re: A Rare Opportunity... [Re: fxpro]
huntinzona Offline
Seasoned Member

Registered: 01/04/09
Posts: 319
Loc: Arizona
This is why they say that a picture is worth a thousand words...Congrats to you, your friend and the lil hunter on your success!
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#1445374 - 12/15/09 11:50 PM Re: A Rare Opportunity... [Re: huntinzona]
jerry malbeck Offline
Die Hard Member II

Registered: 05/10/01
Posts: 1952
Loc: northwest
hunt of the month??? i think sooo
congradulations to your son tell him he did a great job of shooting , i know grown men who dont shoot that well LOL.
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#1445384 - 12/16/09 12:00 AM Re: A Rare Opportunity... [Re: jerry malbeck]
Chad Walk Offline
Die Hard Member III

Registered: 04/06/08
Posts: 3404
Loc: New Mexico/Virginia
Awesome! Thats what its all about...Thanks for the story and pics...

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#1445426 - 12/16/09 01:08 AM Re: A Rare Opportunity... [Re: huntinzona]
elks Offline
Die Hard Member III

Registered: 02/28/03
Posts: 3243
Loc: Central WY
Awesome deal. That is a very cool story with some very cool results. Tell the boy grats. Can't beat that.
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#1445429 - 12/16/09 01:15 AM Re: A Rare Opportunity... [Re: guess]
TwoDogs Offline
Seasoned Member

Registered: 12/18/07
Posts: 381
Loc: Custer MT
Originally Posted By: guess
now that right there is what it is all about! Priceless!
congrats!


Amen to that brother !!
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#1445455 - 12/16/09 02:05 AM Re: A Rare Opportunity... [Re: huntinzona]
gumboot458 Offline
Die Hard Member

Registered: 11/16/08
Posts: 896
Loc: Copper Basin Interior Alaska ...
And a great shoot also .... Couldn,t be better !! Way to go !!
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