Uriah and I went out Saturday to try and get a coyote hunt on film. Once we arrived at the location we discovered that the wind was out of control. The wind was blowing at over 20 miles an hour. We usually don’t hunt coyotes in this kind of wind. We then decided that we had traveled too far to just give up.
What do you do when the wind is blowing really hard? Well our first thoughts were that our sound wasn’t going to travel very far. We thought we needed to call in to cover or bedding areas. Well this can be difficult to find out in the prairie.
The funny thing is our first stand was over a big open draw. We though we would give it a shot. Low and behold there was a small crease upwind, and two coyotes popped out almost instantly. The crease was a very small terrain feature that I dismissed for holding coyotes. We were a little shaken up by the immediate results from the coyotes and you will see the result on the video.
After this stand we looked for some creases or tight draws to call in. There wasn’t much of it on this ranch. We spotted a nice little draw upwind of our location and gave it a shot hoping it would hold at least one coyote. We started at the lower end of the draw and called for about 15 minutes. This coyote stand produced no results. We took a look over a slight rise and decided to move up about 200 additional yards, since we were skeptical that our sound was getting anywhere.
We were taking turns calling and it was Uriah’s turn on the call. Uriah blasted one series on his open reed call and the results were immediate. A large male coyote popped out of a small finger in the draw. Once the coyote took a visual on the MOJO Critter he through caution to the wind. He ran straight to the MOJO Critter decoy.
This is where Uriah deserves credit. These shots are difficult to make. This coyote was sprinting to the call. These shots are almost impossible to get with a scope, and this is why we use shotguns. You will see Uriah move his rifle to the side and ready his shotgun.
The video footage is awesome. Watch the coyote get dumped and slide into the MOJO Critter. Then as he notices the e-caller still screaming the coyote picks it up in his mouth and shakes the life out of it, before Uriah closes the deal. It was a little scary thinking that we were about to lose an expensive e-call to the coyote or 12 gauge. The e-call did survive and we were able to capture another memorable coyote hunt on video.
This video will show you that it’s worth Bucking The Odds!