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Finally tried some Predator hunting.
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Grant
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 03, 2010 12:06 am    Post subject: Finally tried some Predator hunting. Reply with quote

I never thought I would get into predator hunting, but with the huge numbers of Coyotes and Wolves out around Rosie's Dad's place, I think I'm going to go and see if I can help thin the populations a bit. They've never seen so many coming in so close to the buildings before.

So, picked up a predator call and have a bunch of reloads ready for my 250/3000. Trying some 100 grain Sierra Boat-Tails driven by 32.5 grains of IMR4064. I'm getting about 3200 fps with these so they should be pretty good for nice and flat long shots. Should be interesting if nothing else.

Well, after waiting several days to go out due to -30ish temperatures, we finally headed out to Rosie's Dads place for a visit. With it being around the -20 mark, it was still pretty brisk so I had all my heaviest winter hunting gear on.

I went to one spot and started calling, after 35-40 minutes and no comers to the call, I decided to try a several hundred yards away. I walked down the tree line and set up in a swampy spur that stuck out into a grain field. I started to call and after another 30 minutes, I was really starting to wonder what I was doing wrong. No comers and I knew there was a pile of Coyotes, Wolves and fox's in the area. All of a sudden I spotted movement down the treeline and then some more farther down the fields edge as two Coyotes were coming in and coming in fast. (At a flat out run actually) I pulled my right glove off with my teeth and pushed off the safety on my 250/3000. I was going to try and take the far Coyote first hoping that I had a bit of time then to get on the close one and get both. The only problem, the close one stopped at about 20 yards away and was looking right at me, so I fired at him first. I hit him hard and he dropped where he stood, I cycled the old Savage lever action and brought the rifle up to try the second Yote, but as my sights came on, it hit the tree line and was gone. I guess that call really does work after all.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 03, 2010 6:51 am    Post subject: Re: Finally tried some Predator hunting. Reply with quote

Congrats Grant sounds like your doing well. Shoot some more Very Happy

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 03, 2010 9:15 am    Post subject: Re: Finally tried some Predator hunting. Reply with quote

Good work! Not a bad way to start a new "hobby"!

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