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#3289684 - 01/02/22 02:27 PM January 2022
Snowshoes Offline
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Registered: 12/04/04
Posts: 1449
Loc: Central Alberta
Finally after several days of cold-cold weather, we get a decent day to be outdoors. Just 24 hours prior, the ambient temperature was -22*F (wind-chill of -40*F) but how things can change, as this morning I was greeted with +23F and basically no wind. Knowing this warm weather is to be short lived and back into the negative teens by tomorrow morning, I busted a trail into the field yesterday with the truck just to make sure for ease of waking at first light today. My view to the southwest where I expected the coyotes to come from.

Sat for a half hour and other than one raven flying overhead, I hadnít seen any activity. For some reason I felt I should look to the north and sure enough I see a coyote step out of the bush just a few yards away from me. The coyotes eyes and mine meet simultaneously but I donít dare move. The coyote slowly turns around and walks back into the trees. I go to reach for the rifle but the coyote walks back out and gives me a second look before slowly retracing its tracks.
Once the coyote is out of sight, I move the rifle into position and figure either the coyote will come back out or Iíll try calling it later.
Five minutes pass and I have almost given up on that coyote reappearing but then I see something that looks out of place further to the north. With the aid of the binoculars, I can see the coyote peaking through a thin stand of trees. I get a range of 148 yards and wait out the situation as I donít like where the coyote is standing. The coyote isnít budging, so a few lip squeaks are sent its way. The coyote cautiously walks a few feet and stops but this time its in the clear. A 64gr. Berger sent on its way at 3155 fps finds its target, dropping coyote number one.
My view to the north along the trees. I later stepped off to where the coyote originally came out and it was a mere 29 paces. I guess my camo worked!

The spot where I was sitting

Fifteen minute pass and I see a coyote almost a half mile to the east. This coyote doesnít really show any sign of what direction it intended to travel but if it did decide to come my way, it likely would scent me long before it would be in range.
I swing my attention back to the south but this area is still void of any coyote activity. I look back to the easterly coyote and see its now sitting down and looks to be enjoying the first sun-rays of the day.
I glance north and there is another coyote standing by the downed one. A few sniffs and it turns to look to the east which presents me a broadside shot. Once again the 223AI is called upon to send a bullet on its way. Coyote number two down which is also at 148 yards.
The pair as I found them.




Edited by Snowshoes (01/03/22 07:54 AM)
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#3289685 - 01/02/22 02:39 PM Re: January 2022 [Re: Snowshoes]
lockrotor Offline
Die Hard Member III

Registered: 01/21/11
Posts: 2054
Loc: West Central WI
Congrats on starting the New Year a double bang. What brand of seat is that?

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#3289686 - 01/02/22 02:56 PM Re: January 2022 [Re: lockrotor]
Snowshoes Offline
Die Hard Member II

Registered: 12/04/04
Posts: 1449
Loc: Central Alberta
Originally Posted By: lockrotor
Congrats on starting the New Year a double bang. What brand of seat is that?


Thank you lockrotor,
The seat is one I ordered off the Les Johnson Predator Quest site.
I see you can get the same seat off Amazon but its called the Beard Buster EZ Chair Camo.
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#3289718 - 01/02/22 09:25 PM Re: January 2022 [Re: Snowshoes]
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Die Hard Member with a vengeance

Registered: 04/05/09
Posts: 4228
Loc: minnesota
Nice work SS. pics are great also. They really help us invasion how it went down.

I've never used a seat. 95% prone.
A seat is just more to carry in and I want to shoot 3+coyotes on every stand lol crazy
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#3289723 - 01/02/22 09:54 PM Re: January 2022 [Re: borkon]
Snowshoes Offline
Die Hard Member II

Registered: 12/04/04
Posts: 1449
Loc: Central Alberta
Originally Posted By: borkon
Nice work SS. pics are great also. They really help us invasion how it went down.

I've never used a seat. 95% prone.
A seat is just more to carry in and I want to shoot 3+coyotes on every stand lol crazy


Thank you borkon smile
If I could get 3+ coyotes on every stand, that seat would be history lol
Actually the seat folds in half and has a long carry strap which makes it painless to pack along. I pack minimal equipment
to each stand but the seat always comes with. I likely use it 95% of time when shooting smile.
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#3289727 - 01/02/22 10:29 PM Re: January 2022 [Re: Snowshoes]
flowj Offline
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Registered: 12/16/09
Posts: 222
Loc: Ky.
From the looks of all the tracks in the snow I would say you hunt in a target rich environment. It's beautiful there. All but the -40F! We don't get many furred up Dogs like that in Kentucky thanks for sharing. It appears you are a pretty fare photographer also. Please continue.

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#3289735 - 01/02/22 11:31 PM Re: January 2022 [Re: flowj]
Snowshoes Offline
Die Hard Member II

Registered: 12/04/04
Posts: 1449
Loc: Central Alberta
Originally Posted By: flowj
From the looks of all the tracks in the snow I would say you hunt in a target rich environment. It's beautiful there. All but the -40F! We don't get many furred up Dogs like that in Kentucky thanks for sharing. It appears you are a pretty fare photographer also. Please continue.

There's a fair bit of coyote activity in this particular spot and I try to hunt it a few different times every season. One thing about the -40F weather, it does fur up the healthy coyotes but also plays a big role in culling the sickly ones.
Thank you flowj for taking the time to post thumbup1
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#3289760 - 01/03/22 10:57 AM Re: January 2022 [Re: Snowshoes]
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Registered: 02/01/03
Posts: 6585
Loc: NM
Great stuff I enjoy these
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#3289786 - 01/03/22 02:58 PM Re: January 2022 [Re: AWS]
Snowshoes Offline
Die Hard Member II

Registered: 12/04/04
Posts: 1449
Loc: Central Alberta
Originally Posted By: AWS
Great stuff I enjoy these

Thank you and good to hear.
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#3289796 - 01/03/22 04:56 PM Re: January 2022 [Re: Snowshoes]
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Registered: 11/14/14
Posts: 471
Loc: Far east central alberta
Nice shooting! I was sad to be stuck in the city during the warm spell but oh well il just shoot em in the cold anyways. Got a few stories up on the old outdoorsman forum if your interested. I don't have much fun posting threads on here anymore. Guys like you are the only thing that keep me coming back.
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#3289806 - 01/03/22 06:55 PM Re: January 2022 [Re: Yotarunner]
Snowshoes Offline
Die Hard Member II

Registered: 12/04/04
Posts: 1449
Loc: Central Alberta
Originally Posted By: Yotarunner
Nice shooting! I was sad to be stuck in the city during the warm spell but oh well il just shoot em in the cold anyways. Got a few stories up on the old outdoorsman forum if your interested. I don't have much fun posting threads on here anymore. Guys like you are the only thing that keep me coming back.


Our warm weather didn't last very long yesterday, did it. By 11:15 a.m. the wind kicked up here causing whiteout conditions and the rush of cold air to follow. Then more snow overnight didn't help maters. A lot of the back roads/trails were barely passable before but they will be blocked in now.
Another cold week ahead of us and it looks like I'll need to dust off the snowshoes if I want to get out next weekend. ( not a fun prospect) smile

I don't frequent the AO site too often but will check it out.
Thanks for the heads-up Yotarunner.
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#3289830 - 01/03/22 09:47 PM Re: January 2022 [Re: Snowshoes]
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Registered: 04/05/09
Posts: 4228
Loc: minnesota
If it wasn't for your posts SS, I would very seldom visit PM.
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#3289837 - 01/03/22 10:30 PM Re: January 2022 [Re: borkon]
Snowshoes Offline
Die Hard Member II

Registered: 12/04/04
Posts: 1449
Loc: Central Alberta
Originally Posted By: borkon
If it wasn't for your posts SS, I would very seldom visit PM.

Thank you borkon and Yotarunner for your interest.
That's it, I'm asking for a raise! smile ( doubt I will get it though)

10% on nothing, is probably more than I'm worth anyways smile
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#3290143 - 01/06/22 02:28 AM Re: January 2022 [Re: Snowshoes]
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Die Hard Member

Registered: 07/10/01
Posts: 716
Loc: BC, Canada
good work Snowshoes! Ive read your Nov/Dec threads and now this one. You never let up!

I've made 17 stands this fall/winter and only one coyote to show for it. We've been in a cold snap for the last 3 weeks and knee deep powder is hampering coyote movement. Just did a 4 day hunt with a good friend, we made 12 calling sets and never even heard a howl. Snow shoed 37km though haha

keep up the killin'
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#3290240 - 01/06/22 05:37 PM Re: January 2022 [Re: todbartell]
Snowshoes Offline
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Registered: 12/04/04
Posts: 1449
Loc: Central Alberta
Originally Posted By: todbartell
good work Snowshoes! Ive read your Nov/Dec threads and now this one. You never let up!

I've made 17 stands this fall/winter and only one coyote to show for it. We've been in a cold snap for the last 3 weeks and knee deep powder is hampering coyote movement. Just did a 4 day hunt with a good friend, we made 12 calling sets and never even heard a howl. Snow shoed 37km though haha

keep up the killin'

The snow and cold temperatures have really hampered the coyote activity here too. Probably not so much for the coyotes ( I really don't know what they have been up to smile ) but for myself. If I see the wind-chill is going to be in the minus forties I don't bother going out anymore and we have seen lots of those temps. lately.
You are definitely putting in the effort!!
The snowshoeing alone is a huge feat! That is 37 km (29 miles) further than I've snowshoed this year.
The weather is suppose to warm up next week and I'll take advantage of that to pack trails into some hunting spots. Most will be with the aid of the snowmobile but a couple require snowshoes to get into the area.
I guess I could walk the hilltops where there isn't a lot of snow but those ole dogs seem to pick me out then smile


Edited by Snowshoes (01/06/22 05:58 PM)
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