Sadly, deer and duck seasons have ended, and not far behind goose season concludes. For me, this means one thing…coyote season is in full swing. Many of us have developed a habit of killing coyotes when an opportunity presents itself. This usually takes place when I’m decked out in deer-hunting attire. But what gear are you taking with you when coyotes are in the crosshairs? Here’s a list that helps when I’m on a coyote run.
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Everyone has their favorite round when it comes to predator hunting. I’m no different. I’m a big fan of rounds that leave small holes with devastating results. Late-season yotes stack on the winter fur, so I don’t want a big round ruining a prime pelt. My current setups both come in the form of a T/C Venture Predator model chambered in 204 Ruger and 22-250 Remington. I love my T/C Ventures, but a ton of companies produce great guns to chase coyotes. If I’m heading into a spot where there’s a good possibility to call in multiples, I’ll take an AR15 into the field. More ammo is always a good thing. Buy a 204 Ruger or 22-250 Rem HERE.
I run a couple of different types of optics on my rifles. Both possess one big similarity…SIMPLICITY. Many of today’s optic reticles are too busy for a run n’ gun style of hunting. I’m looking for a simple, clear reticle that doesn’t confuse the mind during a scramble. When a dog is running in, I should be able to make millisecond adjustments because if he catches my wind I’ll be making a running shot for sure. The Leupold VX-R 2-7X33 with FireDot Duplex reticle and Bushnell Nitro line of optics with the Multi-X reticle do a phenomenal job of acquiring targets quickly. Find your next predator optic HERE.
I’ve used all types of calls, but the one I’ve had the most luck with is the FoxPro Fusion electronic call. It’s a compact E call that generates excitement from far-off distances. When I’m setting up an E call, I place the call at least 40 yards from my set. The Fusion call is equipped with hundreds of recorded calls that work just fine in any part of the country. One thing I’ve noticed is the need to keep extra batteries on hand. During the cold winter months, E call batteries drain more quickly. Buy an E Call HERE. There are many out there, and most come fully outfitted with some of the most-popular predator calls.
Not all terrain looks the same. I’m not one of those guys whose camo all matches. I mix patterns and textures to mix up the look. Since the weather is typically colder, I wear an outer wool shell over lightweight pants. The Cabela’s Outfitter series 4MOST WINDSHEAR pants cut chilling winds. Plus, if it heats up, I can shed them later. Quiet fabrics like wool excel when slipping in and out of sets. You never know where the dogs will be, so always maintaining stealth mode is paramount. Explore your next camo pants HERE.
I hunt a bunch of open ground with miles and miles to traverse. Logging miles, I pay close attention to the amount of gear I carry. Big packs entice me to carry more gear than needed. If I have space, I tend to fill it up with junk I won’t use. FoxPro makes a great run ‘n gun style pack that doesn’t allow me to over pack. Shop packs HERE.
Coyotes are on the run, and it’s time to chase them. Gear up, stay quiet and chase safely. ~ KJ
Kevin Jarnagin (KJ) hails from Oklahoma but quickly established Louisiana roots after joining the Gun Talk team. KJ grew up as a big game hunter and knows his way around a bass boat. Whether it’s making his way to British Columbia for elk or training with pistols, Jarnagin always seems to find a gun in his hands and adventure on his mind.
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