My brother Chris and I made plans to double up on a coyote hunt. We picked a location the night before and decided to meet at first light. It was in early January and we were hunting in our home state of West Virginia. The temperature was steady at 25 degrees with a fresh coating of snow on the ground. We were skeptical with winds forecasted for 25 miles per hour.
After debating for 30 minutes or so on our chances of calling something in with the stiff winds, we decided to give it a try. The location was a 45-minute hike from our trucks and it was almost daylight when we started out.
With new snow on the ground and the wind helping cover our approach, we made it to a small knoll in the middle of a long ridge where we set up 50 yards apart. We were positioned back to back with the call in the middle. Chris and I were able to watch different saddles and ravines leading to our location. The good thing about hunting together as long as we have, is that you practically know what the other one is going to do and when.
I had secured the Fox Pro FX3 in a small bush about 4 feet off the ground. After a few minutes of silence, I started the caller with a fox-pup-distress call. The wind was now gusting, so I kept increasing the volume. The call had been running continuously for approximately 10 minutes when I heard Chris shoot. Not knowing if it was a hit, miss, or more than one coyote, I kept the sound going for a few more seconds before getting up.
He told me that he had shot a coyote that ran off. We walked down to the area where Chris said the coyote was standing. After a short tracking job, we found the female coyote in an old downed pine tree. We are confident that in these conditions, doubling up and using the extra set of eyes made the difference.
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