No, it is not a special 8' long Ruger 1-V; its just a very small coyote pup; probably about 8 lbs, but its the first that the 1-V can pose with. Got the 1-V 4 years ago for the specific purpose of hunting coyotes. I have shot a couple of bobcats, deer, and crows, along with several reams of paper, but this is the first coyote I have shot with it.
I would like to think the pup was interested in my turkey assembly call or my rabbit squeal, but it was probably just wandering by about 80 yards away. When I saw the flash of fur moving down through a huge rut from a timber skid, I thought it was a groundhog, but when I saw the pointy ears through the scope on 6x, it was Christmas in June.
Unlike deer hunting, I won't measure coyote hunting success by the size of the animal. One dead coyote equals one dead coyote. This pup probably would not have taken down a fawn this summer, but I would like to think there will be a dozen more rabbits to hunt next fall and a dozen more turkeys in the spring.
I have to belive he is just one of a big litter that is close by in the area.