This past weekend I managed to get out and make a few stands. It has been a while since I’ve made it out into the field to do some calling so I was a bit eager.
Typically a full moon illuminates the night and removes any concealment the darkness provides and evens the playing field. Many times I will choose to stay home if there are clear skies with a full moon but the animals always have to eat.
I got to my first spot, a small local farm, just as the full moon peeked above the treeline. To attempt to conceal my presence I set up on top of the hill in the shadow of a small tree on a fence row. I am still set up in an open field so I use the term conceal loosely but every little bit helps when you hunting hunters!
I get set up and do the typical pre calling scan with the CL-1 light from CoyoteLight to get a general idea the area and to locate any livestock.
Satisfied with the set-up I start calling. I begin with distress sounds played on my Double Buck diaphragm from Reese Outdoors and I barely get the first sequence out and I detect eyes to my north. A couple of squeaks on the Double Buck diaphragm and I can make a positive ID as the fox turns sideways and tries to circle and get my wind. At about 45 yards, a little lip squeak stops it in it’s tracks and I send a 55 gr projectile it’s way! A quick THWACK report tells me my bullet found it’s mark!
It was a young dog fox that I am sure is responsible for a few of the missing chickens on this property. It is smaller then our typical red locally but it is quite a bit smaller then the typical UK red.
As I am leaving the property I run into the landowner and stop for a visit. I show him my take and he tells of his day preparing for the up coming whitetail season. As important as it is to visit with landowners, I watch a fog move into the surrounding area as we visit and cut the conversation short.
I have a few properties that are elevated that will hopefully keep the fog from impairing my hunt. The first few spots I stop by the elevated spots look like islands in a milk lake. It is almost eerie how the full moon illuminates the fog!
I finally find a property where I can still see for a couple of hundred of yards. That combined with a few scattered clouds give me hope and I decide to give it a try.
There is absolutely no cover so I am going to have to be on my toes to be successful. I locate some cattle uncomfortably close in my pre calling scan but with the wind from the north, an approaching predator should circle to the south and give me a safe shot.
To begin I go to the faithful Double Buck diaphragm and play some distress sounds to begin the stand. Shortly after the first calling sequence I detect a set of brighter eyes amongst the cattle to my East. Another couple of squeaks on the diaphragm gets the coyote to commit and, as predicted, it starts to circle to my south to get my wind. Once it is clear of the cattle I give it a quick bark and it stops broadside for a perfect 80 yard shot. Bang! Flop! Dead in it’s tracks!
I immediately go to the Double Reed howler diaphragm and play a quick sequence of ki-yis. Ki-yi (kie yie) is a term used to describe the sound of a hurt coyote. It resembles the sound Rover might make if it’s tail got slammed in the door. I use this sound just in case the coyote I just shot was running with a mate. This sound makes them believe their mate may be in trouble and needs help.
In no time at all I detect eyes to my north. A couple of squeaks on the Double Buck diaphragm and the second coyote commits to the sound. And about 45 yards a quick bark stops at broadside for a easy shot.
After just seven minutes on the stand I have to coyotes down. Since everything happened so quickly I call a bit longer but after a few more minutes with no response I accept the two coyotes as a successful stand.