So for Christmas Santa brought dropped off an Electronic Johny Stewart PT-2 Predator Call. This was such a surprise because I secretly have been wanting to go but never voiced it so Santa was particularly nice this year. I was excited and I think my wife was ready to get me out of the house with me playing around with the call in the house. It comes with a remote with a range of 50 yards, it has an 8-ohm, .5-watt speaker that pivots 180 degrees. The remote uses a 12-volt battery and the base unit uses four AA batteries. This particular one came with the following calls: Cotton Tail - Howls - Coyote Pup - Fawn - Jack Rabbit. All of which my wife has heard over and over.
So I finally got to go (I think I annoyed my wife enough). Since the deer and elk season were over, my brother and I decided to try our hand at hunting some coyotes. We knew a place where the coyotes have been running around so we thought we would give it a shot. That day it rained and poured all day long. I was second guessing my decision to go but my brother was very persistent on going. The wind was howling all day long as well. Needless to say we set up, set out my call, and froze our rears off. It was so windy we couldn't even hear my call that was a mere 25 yards away. Our first Coyote hunting trip. . . Nothing.
The following week I decided I was going to get out and try it again. The a few days before it had snowed so I was super excited. Now this was not enough to get very excited about but we haven't had any snow (even still today). So this day I set up by myself in a different location and this time it was as calm as can be. It was a cold crisp day and I started calling. This was only my second time remember so I was still experimenting. I called and scanned the sage brush. Nothing. I waited 5 minutes. Called. Scanned the sage brush. Nothing. Now most people would think that this was a failure and pack up and leave but really, I was taking in the joy of being outside and hunting. After a couple hours of calling and just relaxing (I was calling sparingly) I thought it was time to go. Just then motion caught my eye. I saw a coyote about 200 yards out there walking away from me. I pushed the call once and he stopped. I raised my rifle and just as I did so he bolted. I tried to get a shot off as he was running but he was weaving in and out of the sage brush. No clean shot presented itself.
I had to get going soon so I packed up and headed down to see his tracks. As I made it out to where he was I noticed there were three sets of tracks! I had coyotes coming in but I just couldn't see them. That was reassuring knowing that at least my calling technique was working. I just need to work on my spotting skills. The sage brush where I was hunting can be as tall as you so it made it hard to spot these little critters. But I will continue to figure out and shoot some coyotes.