Being a PX Pro Staff Member has its privileges. Like the once in a lifetime opportunity (Or should I say one in a million?) to mount up EOTech’s one-and-only 1 Millionth holographic weapon sight on my new AR-15 and attempt to spill some blood in my home state with EOTech’s Director of Marketing and Product Development, John Bailey.
John and I shrugged our tall slender bodies into a small slab of shade beneath a young string-bark juniper tree. As John fiddled with his video camera tripod, I placed the FOXPRO e-caller three feet off the ground nestled in an old Western sage. We sat over looking a lush, green meadow filled with wild flowers. John signaled me that he was ready with camo-clad thumbs up. I selected Titmouse Tantrum on the FOXPRO remote, a favorite sound of mine for summer time coyotes. The call penetrated the warm mountain air as it echoed up the steep draws and canyons that descended into our meadow. Just to be safe, I rolled my custom 6 WOA AR-15 on its side and made sure the 1 Millionth EOTech sight was bright enough for the increasing morning light.
Movement at the FOXPRO caught my attention, startling me. A mating pair of Red-Bellied Woodpeckers dove at the caller and squawked at the foreign object. I switched the e-call to a Red-Bellied distress increasing the urgency along with the volume. After several minutes I began to glass the immediate area with a pair of Vortex HD binoculars. As I slowly zig-zagged the terrain, I suddenly focused on a pale colored coyote heading our way from a quarter mile out. He was in no hurry and strolled towards us in an uncommitted way as he sniffed around for something to eat. I got Johns attention and he quickly picked up the customer in the lens of his Sony. Before the coyote would reach us, he would disappear behind a ridge that cut the meadow into two equal halves. As soon as the coyote was out of our sight, I swung my AR in his direction are situated my body in preparation for a shot.
Our eyes quickly scanned the ridge top expecting the coyote to show at any moment. Nothing. Minutes went by and still no sign. The minutes seemed like hours and after six or seven minutes had passed, my heart began to sink. “He should’ve been here already,” I whispered to John. “Something’s not right.” I grabbed my remote a hit the preset #1 — Coyote Pup Distress 3 — in a last ditch effort to trigger a response. Seconds later, John startled me as he whispered, “there he is charging right for the FOXPRO!” The coyote was leaping and bounding over sage and wild flowers as he streaked towards to call blaring fifty yards away from my suppressor. I shouldered the rifle and woofed with my voice once, twice, three times, but it was no use. The coyote was closing distance fast and had “lock” on the e-call. The only way to stop him would be with a bullet. I centered the EOTech reticle and sent a missile at the speeding target missing high. At the report of the bullet crack, the coyote wheeled right and turned to leave. I led him and fired a second shot taking him through the flanks and he stumbled, but quickly found his feet again as he headed across the meadow. I adjusted my lead and fired another shot, anchoring the coyote as he rolled to stop. I heard John behind me, praising me for making the difficult the shot.
As John and I made our way to retrieve my trophy, I couldn’t help feeling somewhat spoiled. I”ve had some great opportunities in life, but this one will remain extra special. Only a select few will actually have a chance to see the 1Millionth EOTech sight in person, let alone kill a coyote with it on film.