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#3182801 - 01/03/19 11:18 PM Aim point for coyote head shot
cmatera Online
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Registered: 12/15/08
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Loc: CO
I’ve seen lots of drawings showing where to aim to kill a coyote, but none on where to aim for a brain shot. Can anyone with head shoots coyotes tell me?

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#3182803 - 01/03/19 11:25 PM Re: Aim point for coyote head shot [Re: cmatera]
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serious?
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if you shoot a 223 at coyotes you may father children with 6 toes. are you willing to chance that?

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#3182837 - 01/04/19 08:52 AM Re: Aim point for coyote head shot [Re: cmatera]
Bob_Atl Online
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Registered: 01/09/15
Posts: 2040
Loc: in the field, or not..
Opposite end from the tail...
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#3182858 - 01/04/19 10:27 AM Re: Aim point for coyote head shot [Re: cmatera]
cmatera Online
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Registered: 12/15/08
Posts: 2066
Loc: CO
Well you guys are funny-looking. If I was shooting a large caliber gun it's pretty obvious. Yes, it was a serious question. Trying to thread a small caliber round into the brain is another matter. Don't get smart-stay like you are.

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#3182874 - 01/04/19 11:32 AM Re: Aim point for coyote head shot [Re: cmatera]
Bob_Atl Online
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OK, just having a little fun.
Don't think you want a straight on head shot with .17 rimfire, cause of all the bone from nose on back.
Need to wait for quartering or side shot.


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#3182882 - 01/04/19 12:12 PM Re: Aim point for coyote head shot [Re: Bob_Atl]
SlickerThanSnot Offline
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Originally Posted By: Bob_Atl

Don't think you want a straight on head shot


a 22 short rim fire bullet between the eyes has been used to kill trapped coyotes for eons.

you do deserve extra points mr atl for taking the time to post those canine skull pictures. thumbup1

still cant believe it was a serious question. lol



Edited by SlickerThanSnot (01/04/19 01:26 PM)
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if you shoot a 223 at coyotes you may father children with 6 toes. are you willing to chance that?

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#3182894 - 01/04/19 12:52 PM Re: Aim point for coyote head shot [Re: SlickerThanSnot]
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I know !!


(not mr alt, its Mr Atl)
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#3182907 - 01/04/19 01:25 PM Re: Aim point for coyote head shot [Re: Bob_Atl]
SlickerThanSnot Offline
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Originally Posted By: Bob_Atl
I know !!


(not mr alt, its Mr Atl)


noted and changed.
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if you shoot a 223 at coyotes you may father children with 6 toes. are you willing to chance that?

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#3182931 - 01/04/19 03:29 PM Re: Aim point for coyote head shot [Re: SlickerThanSnot]
cmatera Online
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Registered: 12/15/08
Posts: 2066
Loc: CO
Thank you that is what I needed. There are forums where threading a small caliber rimfire into a coyote skull is common, but you have to be a member to even view the forums.

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#3190283 - 02/01/19 08:08 PM Re: Aim point for coyote head shot [Re: cmatera]
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Registered: 12/28/15
Posts: 58
Loc: CT
A .22lr will drop them in their tracks, but don't assume it's dead. The only one I killed with the .22, I shot him in the head four times. Knocked it out the first three times. Kept missing the brain. Last shot was walking away and hit him back of skull, were he dropped and quivered.

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#3190459 - 02/02/19 08:21 PM Re: Aim point for coyote head shot [Re: cmatera]
AWS Online
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Loc: NM
I've killed a pile of critters in traps with a 22 short into the ear, Beaver I used a 22LR or a club if I could reach them.

Never once thought about trying to shoot them in the head while calling, it makes for a really messy skinning job. It is way to easy to be just a smidgen off on a head shot and lose a nice pelt.
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#3192298 - 02/11/19 10:42 PM Re: Aim point for coyote head shot [Re: cmatera]
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In my experience coyotes don't stop long enough to take a precise head shot like that. If you don't hit the lower jaw or aywhere in the snout you shouldn't have problems. A neck shot would be a better option. There's a lot of valuable stuff in there that keeps things living.
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#3196140 - 03/04/19 02:41 PM Re: Aim point for coyote head shot [Re: cmatera]
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Registered: 09/15/13
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I been zapping yotes for a while, and I haven't had more than a hand full stop long enough to attempt to draw a bead on their head. I can see a lot of mangled yotes, starving to death with dismembered jaws.
There is still, even in predator hunting, a debt owed to the critter of an ethical, clean death. There are so many variables in yote calling, and the inherit oops that occur, and strictly head shooting would be a bad call IMHO.
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#3196793 - 03/08/19 01:15 AM Re: Aim point for coyote head shot [Re: cmatera]
ackleyman Online
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I have shot a few in the head as they stood behind a bush with only their head visible for me to shoot at. They were looking straight at me, and it was either take the shot or they were going to disappear.

They are usually at some yardage when they do this.

Several head shots I remember. One was with a 22/250 AI with the 50g Nosler ballistic tip at a muzzle velocity of 4200. I had ranged a group of p. dogs when the coyote's head stuck up over a bush.
I had already dialed in the yardage. I hit him just above the eye, and the bullet did not exit the back of the skull....go figure. I have a picture some where of the the head shot.

I used a 6mm Remington Parker Hale Varmint for 4-5 years, put a 26" Shilen bull barrel on it in a 12T with zero freebore. I shot the 60g Sierra and Bergers at 4000 fps. Several coyotes stopped looking at us Usually from 200-300 yards, and all you could see was the top of the jaw line up. One on of the shots in particular the hit on the coyote was square between the eyes, and his eyes flew out in a V shape straight up. On the second coyote, I hit him square in the nose, and the top of his entire head flew off.

I wish that I had never got rid of that parker hale as the roll over cheek piece fit like nothing else since.

Shooting through a bush with a coyote's body behind the bush is a hail mary shot. I have tried it with all calibers. Those small twigs and branches deflect bullets dramatically.

To start out intentionally wanting to shoot coyotes in the heads, is fools play.

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#3200860 - 04/09/19 11:19 AM Re: Aim point for coyote head shot [Re: ackleyman]
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Registered: 12/22/13
Posts: 1403
Loc: so.mn
Spot and stalk hunting coyote and red fox, I get head shot opportunities on sleepers. Usually on coyote I try to come in on a side wind from the head side of a curled sleeping coyote. Last winter I shot a suppressor for the first time, doubles were much easier if I got more downwind. On the side shots I go for the ear hole. On the more face on shots I usually go for the upwind eye. I take headshots pretty much anytime inside 250 yards, since switching from set and forget scopes to dialing/rangefinder. Before I kept headshots under 200 yards. Wind is everything, stronger winds require shorter distance, more face on angles. Taking head shots with the right bullet, keeps sewing to a minimum.

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