So I spend a day in the best coyote looking country I have seen while trying to call one up. Lost count of the sets and miles walked. Joe Arterburn (Coyote Joe) and I played every tune we knew on predator calls. NOTHING, I mean nothing showed up. But, I know something had to be coming, we played some really good songs!
Yesterday Sis and I took Dad and the Gunwriter Assistant up to our camp to finalize the new bathroom for hunting season. This morning I took Bat Mann out for a quick squirrel hunt before we made the 5 hour drive home.
No lie, I was sitting under a tree about 10 feet from Bat thinking how cool it would be if a coyote walked by; never seen one in WV. I opened my eyes and here he come loping by at 20 yards. Afraid to spook him with too much movement, I triggered a shot left handed – that has worked on deer and an aoudad before – but I missed.
The song dog jumped, ran about five yards, stopped and looked back while I worked the bolt on the 77/22M and switched shoulders. Then, I whacked him at the base of the neck with a 30 gr. Hornady V-Max. (Not a real good shot.) He dropped but was trying to get up and Bat unloaded on him with a 10/22 loaded with CCI Velocitors. I think this excited him more than his first deer.
What did I learn? Call a coyote in WY and it takes about a week for him to get to WV.