img_8324-2He was more than a little upset – furious you could say – all the more angry because he couldn’t quite find me though he was certain I was close. I was there for his woman and he was having none of it. He was dead set on ripping me a new one for entering his house and trying to make off with her. I didn’t blame him. I would have done the same, or worse. He screamed in rage, his adrenaline no doubt giving him tunnel vision. Then he saw me, and I him. One of us was going to die, and each was convinced it was the other.
The day had started out peacefully, with fresh snow steadily falling, giving everything a Christmas card look. It was beautiful, the kind of snow that makes everything quiet. All the usual noises were muted as if the world was wearing a silencer. As I made my way to his place I had one thing on my mind: stealth. I was up to no good, so I moved slowly, silently. As I glided through their kitchen they had no idea I was there. They went on with their lives, secure in knowing they were home and no one would dare make an unwanted entry – no one but me. I continued on and finally settled where I would ambush him. He would die here.img_1051
When we saw each other the snow was still falling and the daylight was quickly fading behind the thick clouds. He didn’t come straight at me the way I expected. I caught him in the corner of my eye. He was off to my 3 o’clock, so as he raged I slowly pivoted to face him. He was looking right at me, and he was kicking mad now. Spit sprayed as he screamed at me, enraged at my guile. After all, who would dare sneak into another’s bedroom and announce ill intent for his mate? Well I did and I hadn’t been subtle about it. Up to this point I had lied to him. I wasn’t after his main squeeze. I was there to kill him, and he had fallen into my trap.
He was close, almost too close really. His face seemed to fill my scope and it was dialed down to 3x. Just below the chin I thought. The suppressed shot wasn’t as loud as the thud of the bullet impact. The hollow point caught him a little right of his centerline, but it went through the heart. He was dead but he didn’t know it. All he knew was that he had been fooled. He wheeled and ran, blood spraying as he went. It was done.
Minutes passed by and I hardly moved, trying now to complete the pair by killing his mate. I called to her, but she never came. Had she witnessed the whole thing? Maybe I was the one with tunnel vision? No matter, light was quickly fading into darkness and I had a body to recover. I walked over to where he had yelled his last and followed the blood – it was everywhere. The trail was easy to read. He only made it about 20 steps before piling up. I found him there where he died, and inspected the damage. My adrenaline was still pumping as I tried to recount the last few minutes. I dragged him off and made my getaway.img_1275

Deception

Coyote hunting is a challenging game of stealth and trickery; you must convince the coyote that something is true when it isn’t. First you must fool him well enough to get him close. This isn’t easy, as he is known as wily for a reason. Once he is there you have to keep your wits and make the shot before he figures out he’s been had. This requires alertness to see him before he sees you, and cool nerves to make the shot while the adrenaline flows. Finally you have to keep at it after repeatedly failing; you have to stay after it. To fool a coyote you must make him believe an event is happening in his backyard, in his kitchen, or in his bedroom. The three main methods used to call coyotes in for a kill are: (1) I’m here for your woman, (2) I’m trespassing on your turf, and (3) here is an easy meal. The hunt described above was a memorable one, and the big male had fallen for the first trick. This method works when coyotes are paired up for mating season, which generally starts to happen around Christmas or so. Once this happens, coyotes are more territorial than usual. I had used a male coyote challenge howl after I snuck into what I thought was his territory, and he came to kick the butt of the intruder after about 10 minutes and just a few howls. The second method is pretty much the same as the first, howling once you are in likely coyote country. Coyotes will often answer a howl with a howl, and the back and forth calling can be fun. The third method involves making a prey in distress sound such as a dying rabbit. Making these call sounds is easier than it seems, and I am proof that the calls don’t have to be perfect. The easiest way to get in the game is to buy an electronic predator call such as the FoxPro Fusion. This is what I use. It’s very easy to use, has 100 sounds programmed in, and will take up to 1000 sounds. The Fusion is everything a predator caller would want and more. I’ll do a full review of this in a later blog.
The coyote calling game does not have to cost a lot of money. Hand calls are inexpensive. Zepp’s, Verminator, and FoxPro all make good hand calls. I’ve even called in a coyote with a blade of grass – seriously. When out driving on a forestry two track a coyote ran into a thicket off the side of the road. I went over the hill, parked, grabbed my rifle, and searched franticly for a call. I didn’t have one, so I took a thick blade of grass from the side of the road and got set up. Once my rifle was on my shooting sticks I cupped my hands, put the grass between my thumbs and made that whistle sound we all made in grade school. That sound was close enough to a rabbit in distress sound to get that coyote to stick his head out and that was all I needed. I think that coyote was about as memorable as the ones I take with my high tech gear. img_3341
Gear
My main go to coyote rig is overkill for sure, but hey, I like gear and I know how to use it. I run a gas gun with an AR Performance 18 inch barrel .223 Wylde chamber, with an AR Performance high performance bolt. Harrison Beene makes these and if you sniff around the 68forums you will find out how good they are. The handguard is also AR Performance. The buttstock is from Magpul, and the suppressor is a titanium Hurricane from SRT. The main optic is a Leupold Mark 6 3-18 with a TMR reticle. I know, overkill. I also have a Warne RAMP mount that holds a Burris FastFire as a sidecar red dot sight for up close runners. The whole thing has a DIY Cerakote job, camouflaged in desert sand and FDE using the laundry bag method. I use Hornady 60 gr VMAX, currently in Black Hills blue box ammunition. My pants are whatever I have, but I do use a ghillie top and my hat is a homemade ghillie deal to break up the outline of my head. I use a pad to sit on so that my 40 minute maximum sets are easy to do without having a cheek fall asleep. I use Bog Pod shooting sticks, and a simple, compact range finder to mark known distances when I first sit down.
One main reason I coyote hunt is because it gets me outside any time of the year. Most states don’t even have a season, so it’s a year round deal. Have a half a day off? Go coyote hunting. Many ranchers will let you on to coyote hunt because they want them dead. As long as you are respectful and responsible you should be ok. I’ve met some great people knocking on doors to hunt coyotes. Another reason I call coyotes is the excitement. The ambush in the snow described above was just one of two coyotes I called in and killed on that hunt. In between those kills I had about half a dozen sets that led to no responses, but it was fun just the same. You never know when they will come in. There are no 100% rules for coyotes, which is part of the challenge. Coyotes can see better than us, hear better than us, and smell better than us. They move silently and we really are sneaking around in their bedrooms, kitchens, etc. It’s a fun fight for sure.img_1037

Join the discussion 32 Comments

  • Julius says:

    This is god damned amazing!

  • Kyle says:

    That is one nice SPR

    • Scott Lambin says:

      Kyle,

      It is a Coyote killing machine!

      Thank You for reading!

      • John says:

        Great story, well written. Where’d you get the dust cover with the mushroomhead logo?

        • Scott Lambin says:

          That would be a question for the Author, I assume that he will reply sooner than later!

          Scott

        • Steve Gaspar says:

          Glad you liked the story John. It was a fun hunt. Sorry for the late reply. It’s the logo from ARPerformance (Harrison Beene). It looks a lot like the Mushroomhead logo, but Harrison modified it. You can find him over on the 68forum.

      • George Bailey says:

        Scott, that is absolutely AWESOME! Are we able to upload pics to our posts? It would be really cool to see other folk’s set-ups, hunts and kills, since as we all know, no hunt starts without a commie killing good cup of Joe………………..

  • Natalie Adams says:

    really? completely unrelated to coffee and for many of us with PTSD, this was really not cool as it was completely unexpected and so caught me off guard…. so thanks for triggering things I try not to think about. this may be why your previous attempts didn’t go well; you should really keep this out/separate as you are going to repel the very people you want to buy your product…. such as me.

    • Scott Lambin says:

      Natalie,
      If you read the article in its entirety, you would have figured out that this was a murder mystery on hunting Coyotes! Much of our customer base include outdoor enthusiasts, hunters and military and law enforcement alike. All of which enjoy reading about all accompanying experiences/adventures instead of the “tacticool” articles as seen on many other blogs. Although we don’t know your past experiences this article (or any other) is certainly not meant to “trigger” anything other than an entertaining read. Feel free to email me with further questions and discussion!

      -Scott

      • Michael Myers says:

        Scott,

        Fun story! Growing up in North Dakota I had some opportunities to take a crack at coyotes. I found that the best bait was baby kittens. You put them in the pocket of your coat, they meow for their mothers, and the coyotes come a running! Found out about this method to exercise option 3 when, in a moment of weakness, I decided to have mercy on some baby kittens that had wondered away from their Momma and put them in my pocket to carry them back to the barn. The coyote was so focused on the baby kitten that by the time he realized he was trotting up on me … it was too late.

      • George says:

        Not likely. And speak for yourself.

    • Pikey says:

      BAHAHAHAHAHA “Triggered” BAHAHAHAHAHA

    • George Bailey says:

      Triggered? I thought only SJWs and Hellary supporters got triggered………..

  • Lyn says:

    Came for the coffee…..stayed for the stories.

  • L. R. says:

    Thanks for erasing my comments and keeping others. Appreciate it. Please delete my last remaining one used for clarification. Hope your coffee continues to sell well.

    • Scott Lambin says:

      When did you post? unless you attach an advertisement link or something that can be perceived as spam, everything gets posted..good, bad or indifferent. I may have deleted by accident but i read every one of the comments….please re post!

  • Gloria Serido says:

    I got your story immediately, that you were hunting an animal. Really enjoyable!
    I support BRCC completely. There are vets in my family, including my husband and son. Happy to have an option other than Starbucks. Their coffee always tasted burnt to me! Good luck with your business growth!👍🇺🇸

  • Tee says:

    Do you have the one cups for a Keurig?

  • Jim says:

    You guys might want to modify your coffee names a bit. I love your concept, and definitely relate to the Veteran and 2A crowd, but not everyone is as hardcore and accepting of the language and ideas behind your coffee names. I’ve had a bunch of people tell me they are turned off by your coffee names and won’t be buying. I know right now you aren’t having any issues with your customer base, as everything is sold out, but smart marketing dictates that you should be as appealing to as many people as possible in this important stage of your company while trying to grow.

    • George Bailey says:

      No. I like them just like they are. Go run your own damn business. Drink the coffee, shoot the rifle, shut the fuck up.

  • Geanean says:

    I think your company and mission are representative of true patriotism. Enjoyed the “murder mystery” in this blog. By reading the comments, the obvious truth is you can’t please everybody. And that’s ok. Keep up the awesomeness and doing the right thing for our military and police. Semper Fi!

  • Ronald Gonshorowski says:

    LOL, change your coffee names!!! To what…safety pin or Play Doh. Nope wouldn’t sell.

  • George Bailey says:

    I love hunting everything, including coyotes! I was screaming away on a rabbit screamer one night and an owl came down and snatched my boonie hat. Funny!

  • Alyssa says:

    Very well written. I was a little nervous to finish, thought I might be a conspirator to murder.

  • Looking forward to reading more. Great article.Really looking forward to read more. Want more.

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