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#2609031 - 01/09/14 11:22 AM Trip West
catwhacker Offline
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Registered: 10/07/07
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Loc: west michigan
Took off on the 1st. of Jan. to do a hunt with my brother Dave and my son Scott in the flint hills of Kansas. The first part of the drive didn't start off so good as we never got over 50 mph for the first 500 miles. We got there on the 2nd and got our room, licenses, and food and got ready for the next days hunt. We get out on the 3rd. and the wind is blowing like crazy and if we had been home we would of never gone out but it's too long of a ride to set in a room and waste a day of hunting. We only called in one coyote all day and we went until dark. Dave missed it at 40 yards! Says he doesn't get coyote fever but I'm not sure about that. 2nd day was great weather light wind and sunshine. First set we watched one come in from over a mile only to hold up at 375 yards. Scott got it to come to about 350 and it decided it didn't like something and headed out. I missed the shot at 350 not a very good start for the day. 2nd set we called in 2 Scott killed the first one at 7 yards and I got on the call and another one came in and I shot it.



We did one or two more sets with nothing coming it. We then took a long walk out about 3/4 of a mile and called in 4. Scott killed 2 down in the bottom of the valley and David missed one (He doesn't get coyote fever he says) I sat there with a shotgun and watched all the fun and never fired a shot.

Scott with his double.

3rd day we froze our azz off with 30mph winds and 14 degrees and a couple of inches of new snow. Didn't call up a thing but the view was great.

Last day it was -14 with the wind blowing and the weather report bad for the trip back home so we headed out to Mich. We only used hand calls on this hunt and killed half of the coyotes we called in so it really was a good hunt even with the bad weather.
Thanks,
Jim

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#2609098 - 01/09/14 12:40 PM Re: Trip West [Re: catwhacker]
canislatrans54 Offline
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Registered: 02/13/06
Posts: 11345
Loc: Salina, Kansas
Yep, looks like good ol' Kansas!!! Hahaha
By now, after your other trips here, you should be used to the unpredictable winds.
But, it has been extra-cold the past few weeks.
At least you guys were far enough south, that the snow wasn't too bad for you. Salina got 12" prior to Christmas, & another 3" or so since.

Congrats to you all for having the "chutzpah" for getting out there & enjoying yourselves!! whistle whistle
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#2609120 - 01/09/14 01:15 PM Re: Trip West [Re: catwhacker]
Kollincoyote Offline
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Registered: 11/17/05
Posts: 1484
Loc: Southern MN
Awesome

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#2609121 - 01/09/14 01:16 PM Re: Trip West [Re: catwhacker]
bearmanric Offline
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Registered: 04/24/02
Posts: 11407
Loc: Tenino,WA
Awsome Jimmy. Great you had fun with Family. Rick
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#2609128 - 01/09/14 01:22 PM Re: Trip West [Re: catwhacker]
Dewey NY Offline
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Registered: 02/24/12
Posts: 1641
Loc: New York
Concidering the weather, I think you guys did great... Congrats..

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#2609165 - 01/09/14 02:19 PM Re: Trip West [Re: catwhacker]
Crimson Raptor Offline
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Registered: 03/26/11
Posts: 1949
Loc: Florida
Great story and pics. Big coyotes! Thanks for sharing.
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#2609184 - 01/09/14 02:46 PM Re: Trip West [Re: catwhacker]
catwhacker Offline
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Registered: 10/07/07
Posts: 6485
Loc: west michigan
Thanks guys! The photo of Scott with only a t shirt on was after he walked down into the valley to get his coyotes. It wasn't that warm.
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#2609204 - 01/09/14 03:23 PM Re: Trip West [Re: catwhacker]
jefo65 Offline
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Registered: 01/07/10
Posts: 586
Loc: Morris, IL
Sounds a lot like my trip to Nebraska last January....gotta love the chances ya take traveling with weather this time of the year. Congrats on a great hunt and a safe trip!

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#2609231 - 01/09/14 04:08 PM Re: Trip West [Re: catwhacker]
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Registered: 02/07/12
Posts: 888
Loc: Kansas
Great pics and good read. I live in the Flint Hills so it looks way to familiar. I was out on the 2nd all day with no takers

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#2609845 - 01/10/14 09:13 AM Re: Trip West [Re: catwhacker]
catwhacker Offline
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Registered: 10/07/07
Posts: 6485
Loc: west michigan
The Flint Hills are just nice to see. The little spots are horses.
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#2609917 - 01/10/14 10:43 AM Re: Trip West [Re: catwhacker]
doggin coyotes Offline
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Registered: 02/18/02
Posts: 10539
Loc: Colorado
A good dad would of walked down in the valley and dragged his sons coyotes back up for him.

To bad the weather conditions weren't a little better for you guys while you were there. Looks like great country and sounds like you had a good time with family. Thanks for sharing.
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#2609941 - 01/10/14 11:03 AM Re: Trip West [Re: doggin coyotes]
catwhacker Offline
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Registered: 10/07/07
Posts: 6485
Loc: west michigan
[quote=doggin coyotes]A good dad would of walked down in the valley and dragged his sons coyotes back up for him.



Scott was happy he didn't have to carry me back to the truck!!
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#2609995 - 01/10/14 12:07 PM Re: Trip West [Re: catwhacker]
Merchant Offline
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Registered: 09/19/13
Posts: 38
Loc: Southern Illinois
Did you all hunt private land or walk in hunting ?? Great looking spot

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#2610018 - 01/10/14 12:34 PM Re: Trip West [Re: catwhacker]
catwhacker Offline
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Registered: 10/07/07
Posts: 6485
Loc: west michigan
We hunted all private land this year. We have hunted walk in land in the past but the way the weather was this year we ran out of time to do that.
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#2610030 - 01/10/14 12:50 PM Re: Trip West [Re: catwhacker]
rickyb Offline
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Registered: 02/07/07
Posts: 748
Loc: Little Rock, AR.
great story glad you had fun.

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