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#2117779 - 01/18/12 07:32 PM Idaho Wolf Down
Bennett Offline
Seasoned Member

Registered: 01/25/03
Posts: 248
Loc: Sitting in sagebrush
I Filled an Idaho wolf tag this past Saturday. I went out with my brother and good friend on a wolf hunt. A rancher who runs cattle over near Mackay has had some serious wolf issues and even though he has had his cattle out of the area for a little while we thought that we would give it a try. They are still missing 20 cows and have confirmed one was a wolf kill. My brother really was the mastermind behind the hunt and had it all mapped out as he has kicked around in that country before. The three of us archery hunt for elk every fall and have moved from one elk hunting area because of wolves to another area only to have wolves coming out our ears there. We figured to balance the scale just a bit.

We headed out early and got there before sunup and had a dry set. Prior to that set we saw a big ol cow moose without a calf. After the dry set we decided to head up higher. At the end of the two track we hiked up fairly high in the drainage that this rancher had run his cattle. As we hiked up an old creek bed we stumbled on an old beef carcass that had been picked clean. Not too far past that we set up on the edge of a quaky patch and did a set. After playing mule deer fawn in distress for 20 minutes with no takers I went to coyote death cries. After playing that for a few minutes my brother whispered that something was coming in. I catch movement and see a big yellow streak coming in from about 300 yards on the opposite side of the draw. Once it gets closer realize it is a mountain lion. My brother has him at 84 yards in the scope of his 7mm for a couple of minutes before it disappears. Once it passed through the creek bottom I could not see it because of the fall of the ridge. We couldn’t shoot it for two reasons, we had no lion tag and you can't use an electronic caller for lions in that unit. After a couple minutes the lion disappears and we end the stand and lounge around in the late morning sun savoring calling in a lion, the camaraderie, and being outdoors. In retrospect I guess maybe that kitty liked to dine on canine. Or maybe he thought a coyote was having a tough time with a deer and figured to have an easy meal either way. My brother watched it run in from over a half mile away.

After a while we decide to head back to the truck and are looking to head lower and try our luck there. As we get closer to the truck I am a fair distance ahead of my brother and buddy and notice a big "coyote" on top of the ridge next to the truck. Before I can get a shot off it fades behind the ridge gaining elevation slowly going away and up. It is being wary, but in no way is it acting scared of me. I can just see its head and back as it drifts up the ridge in no hurry. After it passes behind some big rocks it disappears. Throwing a hail-Mary, I grab a howler and throw out some ki-yi's. What I am still thinking is a big coyote comes back over the ridge and just stares at me at a little over 200 yards. I am focusing on making an offhand shot and squeeze the trigger once I get the cross-hairs settled on its shoulder still never considering that it is a wolf. It starts to spin and my buddy let's off a shot as it comes out of its spin and heads over the ridge. My brother realizing this is not Wiley Coyote starts running up the ridge and our hunting buddy and myself follow a little lower. As I am getting close to the top I hear my brother holler it’s a wolf! As I crest the ridge there she is in front of me and one more shot puts her down for good. I was shooting my .270 with 140 grain Sierra Boat Tails. The first shot shattered her leg and blew out the bottom of her chest exciting on the opposite side. She was dead on her feet but still working at living. Holy smokes! What a feeling. We have had these wolves shoved down our throat for so long here in Idaho I have never had a more satisfied feeling filling a tag. Now for tag number two!

First time entering pics, hopefully they work out.

Edited by reb8600 (01/19/12 08:55 PM)
Save a cow, buy a tag!!

#2117785 - 01/18/12 07:37 PM Re: Idaho Wolf Down [Re: Bennett]
GC Online
PM Junkie

Registered: 04/21/01
Posts: 16972
Loc: Missouri
That is awesome! If you take out one set of those doubled img tags the pictures should show up in the post.
Every normal man must be tempted, at times, to spit on his hands, hoist the black flag, and begin slitting throats.

#2117824 - 01/18/12 08:01 PM Re: Idaho Wolf Down [Re: GC]
Josh777 Offline
Seasoned Member

Registered: 12/26/11
Posts: 103
Loc: arizona
Beautiful! Congrats man.

#2117828 - 01/18/12 08:02 PM Re: Idaho Wolf Down [Re: GC]
beagler Offline
PM senior

Registered: 12/22/02
Posts: 8837
Loc: lackawanna county,PA
never misses

#2117863 - 01/18/12 08:10 PM Re: Idaho Wolf Down [Re: beagler]
boandme Offline
Die Hard Member

Registered: 01/04/11
Posts: 528
Loc: SD
Awesome job! That old girl is huge!
Congrats on calling in a Mnt lion as well.

Edited by boandme (01/19/12 10:10 AM)

#2117873 - 01/18/12 08:14 PM Re: Idaho Wolf Down [Re: boandme]
jinxed247 Offline
Die Hard Member

Registered: 11/04/07
Posts: 827
Loc: Northern NY
Awesome job!!!

#2117901 - 01/18/12 08:29 PM Re: Idaho Wolf Down [Re: jinxed247]
GameEarGabe Offline
Die Hard Member

Registered: 07/19/08
Posts: 869
Loc: SE,PA
Fantastic. Take the west back one at a time. What unit?

Bees O'Brien Game Calls Field Staff

#2117910 - 01/18/12 08:32 PM Re: Idaho Wolf Down [Re: GameEarGabe]
ThunderStryke Offline
Junior Member

Registered: 08/19/11
Posts: 48
Loc: Arizona
That is one well-fed beast ! Definetly top of the food chain.

#2117946 - 01/18/12 08:52 PM Re: Idaho Wolf Down [Re: ThunderStryke]
preddhunter Offline
Predator Master

Registered: 11/07/10
Posts: 84
Loc: maine
well done did you get to weigh it.

#2117954 - 01/18/12 08:55 PM Re: Idaho Wolf Down [Re: jinxed247]
thedod247 Offline
Junior Member

Registered: 01/09/12
Posts: 40
Loc: Arkansas

#2117960 - 01/18/12 08:59 PM Re: Idaho Wolf Down [Re: ThunderStryke]
Seabiscuit24 Offline
Predator Master

Registered: 01/27/11
Posts: 81
Loc: West Virginia, barboursville
Well you may not know this, but there's things that gnaw at a man worse than dying.

#2117963 - 01/18/12 09:01 PM Re: Idaho Wolf Down [Re: Seabiscuit24]
Chase16 Offline
Seasoned Member

Registered: 01/11/12
Posts: 137
Loc: N.W. AR
Man that's a beautiful wolf. She looks like she was eating fairly well too.

#2117968 - 01/18/12 09:03 PM Re: Idaho Wolf Down [Re: Chase16]
blakeswia Offline
Seasoned Member

Registered: 01/09/10
Posts: 255
Loc: SW Iowa
WOW, thanks for sharing your hunt with us. smile

#2117984 - 01/18/12 09:10 PM Re: Idaho Wolf Down [Re: blakeswia]
borkon Offline
Die Hard Member with a vengeance

Registered: 04/05/09
Posts: 4172
Loc: minnesota
great job. looks like a beauty

winner of the first annual Coyotehunter.net Tournament Series

#2117988 - 01/18/12 09:12 PM Re: Idaho Wolf Down [Re: borkon]
99jav Offline
Predator Master

Registered: 11/26/07
Posts: 72
Loc: Wilkesboro, NC
Awesome pics and story. Congrats and thanks for shring

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