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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 01-01-2020, 08:08 AM Thread Starter
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Talking Deer seasons have ended, coyote hunting time.

When deer season is over and we have access to many farms here in Michigan we hunt coyotes.

Once at the farm and the truck doors are shut there is no talking. We use our own signs and signals to commutate here in Michigan.

We all have a bit of masonary line frayed at the end hanging from our rifle slings to detect wind and direction, pay attention to it as wind swirles in many areas. Attention to sling swivels so they do not squeak or rattle.

Snow less than 6 inches just hoof it to the set no problem, snow over 6 inches and we have a 400 or more yard hike we use skis, real cross crounty ones we have made from the wider down hill skis with home made bindings. Works up to about 18 to 24 inches depending on the snow wet or dry fluffy stuff.
Over 24 inches we go to snow shoes, I like the narrow longer ones my self.

Carry gear in a back pack but keep the weight down so only things in them are a set of Binocs (mine is 10x50 Minoltas OLD.) I carry a range finder so I can work out ranges to trees rock piles and things so I have an idea how far away the coyote is. A rolled up bit of plastic, we roll the coyotes in it to drag out even on dry ground they drag easier that way. A coil of 1/4 inch rope to tie the plastic off and make a drag harness.
I carry the caller in the back pack a GC 350 by IOC TEC. also the decoy a Weasle ball and a base (oak 2"x12" x12") for frozed ground or deep loose fluffy snow.
A home made seating pad. good for a 30 minutes set on frozen ground.

Also in the pack is my made just for me first aid kit. My friends made it up for me after I had knee surgery and the insission had only been healing about 4 weeks and I got tangled in some thick grass during a ground hog hunt and fall on a big broken tree branch with a stub that opened up the insission and I bled like a stuck hog.

The first aid kit they made for me includes, two maxie pads, half a dozen extra large gauze pads, a dog collar that can wrap around my thigh and be a tourniquet, A roll of duct tape rolled smaller on a dowel to fit in the kit. A spool of dental floss and a couple of straight and a couple of curved neddles so I can stitch my self up if need be.
It is nice to have friends who worry about you.

Shooting sticks, Mine are made like Varmint Al's Bi Fur Pod sticks off his web page varmintal's.com .
You can sit, you can stand you can move them in any direction easy. I have a 1/4 inch chunk of nylon rope so they only spred so far and works as a sling to carry them. No added weight to the rifle.

Good rifle and optics what ever you like and is accrite to at least 300 yards here in Michigan.
My go to rifle is a Rugar 77V medium weight barrel in 220 swift, Hand loadded ammo to 3808 FPS wearing a Simmons 6x18 scope and a home made sun shade that is easy to remove or add.
For windy days I switch to a Remington 700 bdl in 243 hand loaded 85 gr bullets to just a tad over 2800FPS wearing a Bushnell Banner 3x9 BDC scope and home made sun shade.

Key is to pratice with the ammo you have,know where it will hit. pratice the postions you may have to shoot from and if you don't reload pratice with any new ammo you buy to make sure it is the same as the last box.


Every one in the group is pretty much equiped the same way.

Find a fur buyer, is nice to make some Ch Ching while having fun.


Al

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post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old 01-01-2020, 09:01 AM
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Interesting scenario you have but don't have that kind of luxury. I been hunting on the family farm near the city of Elyria. Most places we can't shoot because of the Anti hunting laws they pass but complain when them devil dogs come in the yards to get their pets. I have a shack we built out of pallets and camper parts. Got a buddy heater, chairs and table to sit for long periods of time. easiest way to stay out of cold n wait. They don't respond to our calls much as they try to get into ducks and chicken barn every once in awhile is when we pick them off.
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post #3 of 3 (permalink) Old 01-01-2020, 10:07 AM Thread Starter
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Only anti hunting laws here are in and around citys, towns and villages limits.

Most farmers will allow coyote hunting to people who politely ask.

We have a list for when we ask and gain a YES.
We show the farmer a picture of all 9 people in our group who may show up to hunt there.

Where to park where we will be out of the farmers way> We feel most important guestion.

Ask about a tour of property lines, many farmers will give us a tour with their gator, we never stray over property lines with out permission.

Before we start hunting a property we scout areas to set up for 30 minutes and taking different wind directions in mind.
Like to do a google earth search also.

Shut all gates we find shut.
Leave no trash behind. even coyotes we have shot with non sale able fur unless the farmer says we can dump them in a fence line or swamp.

Al

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