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#2068375 - 12/09/11 10:43 PM ND Coyote Hunt on 12-9-2011--Photos
Silverfox Offline
Die Hard Member with a vengeance

Registered: 04/20/01
Posts: 4983
Loc: Williston, ND
I left Williston around 8:00 a.m. I was hauling my ATV along today and my doggone trailer lights were not working. They worked when I hooked up the trailer and loaded the ATV last night, but not today. A big truck with a flatbed loaded with oil field supplies pulled out onto the highway ahead of me at a city intersection and proceeded to drive about 30 mph all the way to the road where I had to turn off. There is so much traffic that there’s no way to pass these slow-pokes. Then, as luck would have it, he turned onto the same road I had to travel and drove 20 mph all the way to the next turn. I arrived at the spot where I wanted to unload the ATV at 8:40 a.m. and got the heavy duty cover off the machine. I lowered the ramp, got up on the ATV, put the key in the ignition and turned it and all I got was a grinding click. The battery was near dead. I looked at the headlight switch and the low beams were on!!! I guess I must have inadvertently turned them on when I was tying down the front of the ATV with the winch and they were on all night!!! BONEHEAD PLAY!!!. So, I unhooked the trailer from the pickup and drove alongside the ATV and used my jumper cables between my pickup battery and the ATV battery and got it started. I figured the battery would charge up as I rode the ATV and I felt I wouldn’t have a problem starting it later.

I didn’t get on my way until about 9:30. The temperature was 2 below zero at 8:00 a.m. and eventually warmed up to about 20 above. The wind stayed pretty constant between 6 and 10 mph out of the SW. I was not familiar with the country I was riding in so this was a exploration trip, but I was also going to try to call in a coyote or two while I got to know the lay of the land. I made only three stands and didn’t get any takers, but now I have a good idea about where to make my stands in the future. I got back to the pickup around 1:30 and got the ATV loaded and the heavy-duty cover on it a got that fastened down tight. I headed back toward the highway, but decided to stop at a spot where I could glass the downwind sides of some hills and have lunch. After lunch, I took a 45 minute power nap!!!

I decided to make one more stand before heading back to town with my tail between my legs. The spot I chose to go to has been good to me over the years. I have called there on three occasions and have bagged a coyote every time I called there. I set the FOXPRO down in the bottom of a bowl and got back up a hill to the ESE of the FOXPRO about 75 yards. I started the FOXPRO with the Lightening Jack sound at low volume and ran that for about 4 minutes. Then I used my Randy Anderson coyote locator sound at about half volume for one series and then went back to the Lightening Jack, but a little louder. At the 18 minute mark I cranked up the volume on the locator sound to almost top volume and then when I went back to Lightening Jack I cranked that up to near top volume for one series. I muted the call. At the 20 minute mark a magpie came flying over the hill to the NW of me and landed on a rock about 200 yards west of me. After a minute it flew to some bushes to the SE of me and started screeching. I cranked my head around to see if any predators were over that direction—nothing. I scanned the area out in front of me and there, as if by magic, I spotted a coyote head at the 23 minute mark. I turned the volume way down on the FOXPRO and played the Lightening Jack sound. The coyote did not move. I muted the call again. Then he looked over his shoulder and I quickly moved my rifle into position. I figured he was about 150 yards away and the wind was quartering on my line of sight. He sat down and was looking toward the FOXPRO so he had his left front shoulder closer to me than his right, but I could see his chest between his front legs. I cranked the scope up to 12x, steadied the crosshairs just left of his left front shoulder and squeezed off the shot. I could see him just crumple in the scope!!! Twenty-five minutes had passed since I first started calling on this stand. I used my howler to do some wounded coyote sounds and fumbled with the remote and got that playing wounded coyote sounds too. After a minute or so, I figured nothing else was going to show up so I got my camera out and took a photo from where I had been set up. I used my Leica 1200 rangefinder and determined the coyote had been 145 yards away from my stand when I shot.



Here’s the way he laid when I found him. His head was in a hole by a rock. It was a nice big male coyote. When I weighed him back in my garage, he tipped the scale at 32 pounds. He hadn’t missed too many meals. I was using my .17 TAC & 30 gr. Kindler Gold bullet.



I dragged him back to the pickup, got him loaded into the topper and headed home. My “lucky calling spot” made what had been a crappy day turned out to be a pretty good day!!!

Here’s the obligatory hero photo. My face is red because it was cold and windy. And yes, that is the best smile I could muster.



The coyote had a weird growth on the inside of his right rear leg. It almost looked like he might have had another foot back there and it got broken off?? It was a strange appendage. He was a pretty old coyote from the looks of his teeth. I think a visit to the dentist should have been on his schedule—too late now!!! The top and bottom canines on the right side were worn down and the bottom one was a decayed stub.





Edited by reb8600 (12/12/11 07:36 AM)
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#2068430 - 12/09/11 11:35 PM Re: ND Coyote Hunt on 12-9-2011--Photos [Re: Silverfox]
gonzaga Offline
Die Hard Member with a vengeance

Registered: 01/22/02
Posts: 4360
Loc: Raton, NM U.S.A.
Nice story as usual, I have given up on my ATV and it's battery ever being charged.

Them dang coyotes never want to come in when the wind I'd blowing. Anymore if the wind is blowing....I pack it up and head home.

Nice job on harvesting that big male.
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#2068448 - 12/09/11 11:50 PM Re: ND Coyote Hunt on 12-9-2011--Photos [Re: gonzaga]
yotecatslayer34 Offline
Die Hard Member III

Registered: 06/12/09
Posts: 2159
Loc: Austin, Texas U.S.A.
Niice stuff right there, Whackem and Stackem ! thumbup1 32 ? Dang, I was thinking more but a Bigg ol dog nonetheless!

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#2068622 - 12/10/11 10:05 AM Re: ND Coyote Hunt on 12-9-2011--Photos [Re: yotecatslayer34]
jrbb00 Offline
Seasoned Member

Registered: 01/03/06
Posts: 194
Loc: Hallettsville TX
Good story makes me wish I was still living in Minot. Miss chasing animals up there.

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#2068630 - 12/10/11 10:12 AM Re: ND Coyote Hunt on 12-9-2011--Photos [Re: jrbb00]
Colorado Coyotes Online
Die Hard Member II

Registered: 09/01/02
Posts: 1109
Loc: Hoehne Colorado
As usual, nice pics and story.

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#2070494 - 12/12/11 12:14 AM Re: ND Coyote Hunt on 12-9-2011--Photos [Re: Colorado Coyotes]
Silverfox Offline
Die Hard Member with a vengeance

Registered: 04/20/01
Posts: 4983
Loc: Williston, ND
Thank you fellows for the nice comments on my little story. That was a good sized coyote for around here.
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#2070529 - 12/12/11 01:18 AM Re: ND Coyote Hunt on 12-9-2011--Photos [Re: Silverfox]
SalemDawger Offline
Die Hard Member II

Registered: 01/28/05
Posts: 1858
Loc: Salem, Utah
Thanks for the story. That is beautiful country and a cool coyote, That growth is cool. It looks like a jacked up dew claw.

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#2070530 - 12/12/11 01:18 AM Re: ND Coyote Hunt on 12-9-2011--Photos [Re: Silverfox]
300magman Offline
Die Hard Member

Registered: 01/07/11
Posts: 779
Loc: Alberta, Canada
Great story and pictures, I always enjoy reading your posts! Congrats on the nice yote too!

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#2070536 - 12/12/11 01:22 AM Re: ND Coyote Hunt on 12-9-2011--Photos [Re: 300magman]
5spd Offline
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Registered: 11/29/08
Posts: 7406
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Great story & nice shot...talk about burying your head in a hole...hahahah
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#2070538 - 12/12/11 01:25 AM Re: ND Coyote Hunt on 12-9-2011--Photos [Re: 5spd]
Mike21 Offline
Die Hard Member

Registered: 08/11/09
Posts: 670
Loc: Ohio
Way to stick it out and put him down! thumbup

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#2070551 - 12/12/11 01:38 AM Re: ND Coyote Hunt on 12-9-2011--Photos [Re: Silverfox]
tripod3 Online
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Registered: 09/27/04
Posts: 8005
Loc: WA
Good story, like the arrows. Wondered if the boom economy would bring many hunters to compete with you.
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#2070867 - 12/12/11 11:51 AM Re: ND Coyote Hunt on 12-9-2011--Photos [Re: tripod3]
SSharp Offline
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Registered: 10/05/06
Posts: 506
Loc: Lorena, TX
4 for 4 at that stand...I beleive thats called a Honey Hole. Great Job!!!
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#2071115 - 12/12/11 04:10 PM Re: ND Coyote Hunt on 12-9-2011--Photos [Re: SSharp]
BOBTAILS Offline
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Registered: 03/28/05
Posts: 9024
Loc: In the sage
Very cool story nice coyote taken with one of my favorite calibers! WTG.
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#2071198 - 12/12/11 05:41 PM Re: ND Coyote Hunt on 12-9-2011--Photos [Re: BOBTAILS]
suprsongdgslyr Offline
Seasoned Member

Registered: 12/08/11
Posts: 140
Loc: california
great job , and speaking about Williston, i'll be going near there over the holidays , father in law has a ton of land northwest of williston , and a lot more in north east montana. he's getting up in age and wants us to move there and help out with his ranch. can't wait to check it out . shoot straight .

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#2071221 - 12/12/11 06:12 PM Re: ND Coyote Hunt on 12-9-2011--Photos [Re: suprsongdgslyr]
dan brothers Offline
Die Hard Member III

Registered: 12/03/10
Posts: 3732
Loc: Santee, SC 29148 USA
what a great lesson on pushing through... anyone can give up... but not you... two thumbs up...
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