Thursday, December 6, 2012

First Real Coyote Kill

So yesterday morning there was a coyote about 300 yards out in a field from my house. I grabbed the 7MM and got set on the back deck. I laid down prone with a bag of dirt as a rest. I located the coyote in the scope and squeezed the trigger.  The coyote started jumping and yelping and I was super excited that I hit it. As it continued to jump around I thought it would be a good idea to put another shot down range to put it out of its misery. I missed the next 6 shots at the coyote. It finally chewed its leg off and ran into the brush.  I was not happy with myself that A. I lost a wounded animal and B. I waisted that ammo with all those misses.

The next day still upset about the day before I went out for a morning duck hunt. When I returned home I looked out into the field and there was nothing there. I went inside put some wood in the fireplace and put Remi my dog away. As I turned around to my surprise there were three coyotes out in the field at about 300-350 yards. Again I grabbed the 7MM and proned out on the back deck.  This time without a rest I held the cross hairs about 4 inches above the coyote. When I touched off the shot the coyote again started jumping around. The other two promptly ran out of the field. As I looked back at the coyote I shot it was laying motionless in the field. I grabbed the shot gun and sprinted out to the coyote to finish it if i needed to. When I got out there I found the coyote with a perfect shot behind the front shoulder. I was hoping that the coyote I shot only had 3 legs but no such luck. But I was happy that this coyote didn't have to suffer. This was my first real coyote kill and the longest kill shot I have ever made on any game.


  1. Hey Rory: I am a fellow hunter in Kentucky and I've been reading your blog for a while. I am going to ask this question with no malice or ill-intent, but why kill a coyote?

    Personally I only kill what I am willing to eat. I've talked to our fish and wildlife officials here in the state and according to them we don't have an overpopulation problem. They mostly just eat mice and some argue they actually provide a benefit in pest control. My decision has been to let them pass.

    I don't mean to sound like I am judging but I am always curious why people make this choice. I have buddies who kill coyotes. It's just not for me.

  2. Mike,

    I dont activly go out and hunt coyotes. But we own some farm animals that the coyotes can get suck as chickens and what not. If i see one close enough to the house in the middle of the day I wil take it out. I have seen 5 coyotes around the house in three days. This summer we had them get into the the chicken pen, but then hens were in the hen house. We also had neighbors tell us the coyotes where laying down next to the fence by our chikens. I have also seen reports that say coyotes can and will plenty of deer fawns in the spring. but the main reason is the farm animals.

  3. Rory, Practice, Practice, Practice, and Ballistics...learn em! LOL...just tormenting you but serious also. That rifle is a .5" for 5 tack driver. You should see what happens with the 120 Ballistic Tips on coyotes and other varmints. Sorry, but you won't be selling the pelts. Keep a eye out as I would not be suprised at all if you don't see the 3 legged coyote again alive and well.
    Ron Oules

  4. Rory- Great kill and nice looking yote!