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Brent Parker
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Icon 1 posted April 08, 2019 12:23 PM      Profile for Brent Parker   Email Brent Parker         Edit/Delete Post 
When you have multiples on stand, how do you decide which one you shoot first?

Its been my experience to always shoot the farthest back coyote first. They are normally the least aggressive coyote of the bunch and the least likely to remain once the shooting starts. Not only that but the others are closer so when they do start leaving shots are closer.

I do use a dog on stand and find that dog makes a difference at this time of the year if you allow them to engage and get worked up. It seems that at times they don't even recognize the shot depending on what's happening at the time.

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Icon 1 posted April 08, 2019 01:18 PM      Profile for Leonard   Author's Homepage   Email Leonard         Edit/Delete Post 
Well, Brent, in my opinion, there's no wrong answer to the question.

I always shoot the closest animal, whether the others are within sight of the setup or not. I feel that if I shoot one further out, the close in one that I presumed to be a duck shot now has a rocket up his ass, and if there is any cover available, he will find it before I can jack another round.

No, not always, sometimes they might stand around and wait to get shot, but I will stick with the plan that has worked for a long time.

I realize a lot of men feel the way you do, Brent and as long as you make it work, I'm not going to fault it, But, for me, I'll take the chip shot every time.

Good hunting. El Bee

edit: I just thought of something that's not exactly applicable but what the hell, it gives me another chance to tell a brief version of the story where I killed 6 on one stand. It started with a complete choke, I missed the first animal!. But the rest of them kept filing out of the bushes until they were all out in a mud flat with not a twig in sight, except for an old tire. I even had the chance to reload my blind magazine and I'm pretty sure the sixth coyote was the first miss who was slinking away and in and out of visibility. Also, the longest shot by far. LB

[ April 08, 2019, 01:24 PM: Message edited by: Leonard ]

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Icon 1 posted April 08, 2019 03:35 PM      Profile for UTcaller   Email UTcaller         Edit/Delete Post 
I definitely see the reason behind shooting the back Coyote first. That being said as you mentioned the first one is usually the most aggressive. So if you are going after the stock killer it is probably that first Coyote. So if it’s to save live stock losses it would probably pay to kill that aggressive coyote first and take your chances on the less aggressive one further out second.

If your recreational calling, I’m with Leonard a bird in hand beats 2 in the bush. Take the best shot, sometimes it’s the furthest one first due to the country you’re hunting, sometimes it’s the closest. Every stand is different... just my 2 cents

Disclaimer: I’m speaking as one the doesn’t use dogs, so that could change the game completely. I’m talking about targeting coyotes without the use of decoy dogs....

Good Hunting Chad

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Well then it's all a crapshoot...so for me it's easy ones first, I've learned my lesson to many times trying to get tricky and shoot them from back to front Sergeant York style. Hopefully they are all close enough that I can clean up with some easy running shots or get them stopped.
Mark

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BACK TO TOP!

Dammit, I KNOW we haven't heard enough about this one yet! Vic? WTF? Anybody?

The BG's Stayin' Alive. stayin' alive!

Pretty soon we won't have a damned thing to talk about! Them what, Bucko?

Good hunting.. El Bee

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Icon 1 posted April 10, 2019 06:39 AM      Profile for Az-Hunter           Edit/Delete Post 
I look for the best available shot, might be the one further out in a pair, or the closest one. It's usually a faster calculation with multiples, versus watching the focused approach of a single, but which ever coyote presents me the best shot is the one I will shoot at first.
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Icon 1 posted April 10, 2019 08:07 AM      Profile for Leonard   Author's Homepage   Email Leonard         Edit/Delete Post 
Very good. I suppose I could have said that since it's what I do when the situation presents. Be flexible, is the answer, but as I have always maintained, using straight pool.or any pool, (8 ball, 9 ball, 5 ball, doesn't matter), as an example. Take the easy most makable shot and try for position on the next shot. You want that ball to stop where you want it, not to just roll arbitrarily and wind up with a difficult angle or a lot of green. The comparison might be imperfect, but frequently, you can see what will be the best. But mostly, at least for me, you take the easy shot, then deal with what's left. It's like; a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.

No doubt, multiples will separate the men from the boys and no matter how you do it, the important thing is that you kill something, and don't try to be too cute about it.

Now, if you use a wild west example, a challenge out in the street. One guy might slap leather and fan the hammer, while the other uses both hands, aims and wins. No style points awarded.

Thank you, Victor. Quit making me pry these tidbits out of you like pulling teeth! Now, anybody else?

Good hunting. El Bee

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Brent Parker
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Icon 1 posted April 10, 2019 10:18 AM      Profile for Brent Parker   Email Brent Parker         Edit/Delete Post 
Now remember I always have a dog on stand and that changes the dynamics of the coyotes reaction. If the coyotes have come close enough that the front coyote is engaged, they normally do not recognize the sound of the shot being suppressed. Normally they stop look around like what was that and reengage the dog. Then if I connected on the first shot, the second normally falls afterwards. A lot of times when coyote death cry from the FoxPro is played if they see the dog shaking the dead one they come back and pissed off. It makes for good dog work.
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Icon 1 posted April 10, 2019 10:38 AM      Profile for Eddie   Author's Homepage           Edit/Delete Post 
As a rule I try for the closest frist, but like most of you if it's not a good shot I will take the best shot no matter which one it is.
I grew up shooting a single shot and still do today, so getting more than two every thing has to fall just right. Two weeks ago I called in a pair got the big male but the female got behind some cows couldn't shoot so I turn back to the call and there stood another big male so I got him both shots were around 75 yards. Calling in the thick timber like I do you don't get to see them coming from a half a mile way, so you got to take what they give you. I've hunted with guys that use a AR, hell my oldest son hunts with one. I seen him get five in one stand one time. After it was all over I asked him how did they come in and he said they were single file and he started at the back and worked his way to the front. You just never no how their going to come in, for me that's what makes it exciting.

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Icon 1 posted April 10, 2019 11:33 AM      Profile for Kokopelli   Author's Homepage           Edit/Delete Post 
Shoot the one that's ready to die.

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Icon 1 posted April 10, 2019 11:43 AM      Profile for Leonard   Author's Homepage   Email Leonard         Edit/Delete Post 
Vic, I only pick on ya 'cause I love ya! So don't forget it.
Share like you are at Confession and seeking absolution....
It's that important!

well, you know what I mean!

Good hunting. El Bee

PS Brent, your explanation does change the situation.
PPS Eddie, a son uses an AR? Buy 'em books, send 'em to school....

edit: ko ko I suppose that's the one with the sign that says: SHOOT ME FIRST?

[ April 10, 2019, 11:45 AM: Message edited by: Leonard ]

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I usually shoot the easiest but once in awhile will shoot an ‘almost’ as easy if the easiest is close. Often the easiest isn’t the closest-usually when one out further stops giving you a gimme.
I shoot bolts 90 % of the time so most of my multiples come with bolts and my only quad ever was with a bolt 243.
Multiples are obviously exciting and the key to success for me is mentally coming up with a plan,making SURE I kill with the first shot, and trying to stay somewhat calm thereafter. The calm part is easier cause i early on had a bolt that didn’t feed well if you hurried the stroke. Pain is a good teacher.

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Icon 1 posted April 10, 2019 03:37 PM      Profile for Cdog911   Author's Homepage   Email Cdog911         Edit/Delete Post 
To my experience, multiples start falling together long before the shot. First sight of the coyote, I get my machine gun (mg) aligned with the first one and just stay calm. As to which one dies first, it's usually either the easiest shot or the one that's most likely to blow my cover by being too close or getting into my downwind stink. Patience is a huge factor here. As has been stated elsewhere, you can't get a double until you kill the first one first.

Two scenarios, eerily similar. Three years ago, opened with a howl. A group lit up to my right about 300 yards out. They come in right to left along a long pile up of trees from clear cutting a new field. Get right in front of me - an adult and two yearlings. Pup number one is out front and gets to my 11 o'clock at about 40 yards. I shoot left handed so anything left of 12 gets dicey. I shoot that one and it goes down. Two and three check up at about 50 with the other pup standing just left of the adult. I swing, drop it with the next shot. Swing slightly right to pick up the adult and he's charging me. Don't know if he was pissed or couldn't tell where the sounds were coming from. At 25 yards, straight on, third shot drops him. Look up and number one resurrected itself from the dead and is up on two legs. Shot number four drops him. Four shots, less than five seconds.

This past season, corn stubble field blown clean by a blizzard the week before. Start with some distress and quicker than I figured it would, a coyote pops out of a thicket at about 125 heading straight for the deek on the caller. I line up the scope and realize another one has fallen in behind it. I shoot the first one and it goes down. Number 2 stops - just a matter of tilting the mg and shot number two drops it. Realized I'd stopped breathing when number three comes out of the trees just left of the other two. Shot number three drops it. Hear all kinds of breaking brush to my immediate left and look over the scope to see what it is and realize number two is trying to sneak away. Shot number four closes that deal and a fourth coyote then appears at about 250 running like hell away. Held my fire because I didn't want to drag it back and it was a low percentage shot anyway.

Third scenario, using my 22-250 bolt gun. All the way out that morning, Kevin had to keep bagging on the fact that he had two coyotes and I had none (start of season). Every break in the conversation walking in, he's asking me how many I have. I say none, and he asked me if I'd heard he had two. Bastard. And no, we're not competitive. LOL

Anyway, I open with a couple high pitched howls and a coyote runs up about 30 yards behind us (we're side by side) and starts barking at me. Big head, pup. I'm sitting on the right and Kevin's to my left. Coyote opts to circle out in front of us and goes out of sight behind a small roll in the meadow. I'm guessing where it will appear next so I line up aiming across Kevin's sector. He doesn't seem to be anticipating the opportunity and I ain't about to suggest he do so. Coyote appears at 40-ish running right to left. I fire, coyote folds. Immediately, Kevin's arm comes up and he points in front of me as he says, "there's another!" Quicker than I thought I could, I grab my forearm at the yoke on my sticks, left, turn, find the coyote and drop it with the second shot. Five, maybe six seconds total. After the shot, I just sat there for a few seconds before saying, "Hmmph, how many coyotes did you say you have?" to which he muttered, "fucker!"

The best multiples are double-doubles. At the place where the first triple story was. Just sat down. Put Kevin in what I thought was the best place to be. Turned on the caller and immediately see something in the milo stubble near the caller. Raise my rifle and it's a bobcat. Squared up on the eye and shot. Five seconds later, a coyote pops up on the brushpile in the background and I dropped it too. We'd been on stand maybe 30 seconds. I look at Kevin and he's just staring at me. Said, "Well, that's all I feel like killing outta here. Let's go back to the truck." LOL

Multiples or singles, I'm sure that most everyone here can agree that most coyotes will give you ample shot opportunities as long as you aren't flailing around where you're sitting. Move deliberately and slowly and let the damned coyote choose when to die. Most newbs screw up when they panic and try to get on them in a hurry. Coyotes see them and bust out.

"Some" may try to call bullshit. Oh well, with one exception, anyone here is sure welcome to come join us any time we're out. I've got witnesses for pretty much every one of those stands. I'm pretty particular about who sees how we call and set up and I trust this bunch to know the "code of conduct" when hunting as a guest. What you see hunting with me, stays a secret.

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The first triple

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The double-double. Two critters, two species

[ April 10, 2019, 03:52 PM: Message edited by: Cdog911 ]

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What's your number?

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LB will bring his penpal. That will be a hoot.
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Now that would be something to see!
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OMG!

Funny!

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Icon 1 posted April 11, 2019 06:35 AM      Profile for Leonard   Author's Homepage   Email Leonard         Edit/Delete Post 
Lance, your nondisclosure agreement can't be any more ironclad bulletproof than Scott Huber's, but no mention of price? I'm negotiating with "He Who Shall Not Be Named". You have him hooked, for sure! I never seen him so excited!

Good hunting. El Bee

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Uhhh,.... not worth any amount

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Icon 1 posted April 12, 2019 06:33 AM      Profile for Leonard   Author's Homepage   Email Leonard         Edit/Delete Post 
Yeah, but a generous tip would be indicated....like buying lunch at the best greasy spoon in town. Boy Howdy!

Good hunting. El Bee

PS how did this topic get closed and who did it? Where's Lone Howl?

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I told my cousin years ago to shoot the first coyote he knows he can kill. Don't wait till they all get lined up, don't wink at me and start the 1, 2, 3 count, just keep still and shoot em one at a time as they come.

We've all had coyotes bolt at the slightest movement or noise but we've all also seen coyotes just stand there like what's wrong with Jim Bob after Jim Bob eats a bullet. You never know how they will react.

Somewhere around here I have a video by some guy on coyote behaviour and how to read body language to see which one to shoot first and when to shoot. All I can say is the coyotes around here never watched the video...

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That's funny Tom !

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Yeah, funny but have you noticed that coyotes, the more you know them, that they deserve some nitch in the food chain between human and animals? Just because they can stand around and act stupid doesn't mean we can't also consider Liberal Humans in the same boat. Personally, I have watched a coyote do some very clever things. Let me admit something; I admire and respect coyotes. Can't explain it?

Good hunting. El Bee

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Yup lotta respect. Survivors.
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I respect everything I hunt but coyotes are so adaptable they get a special spot !

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