Coyote Hunting: Close Enough (DownWind Outdoors)

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The fall portion of coyote season is not just a great time to take advantage of young, ignorant coyotes, it is also a great time to harvest mature and educated coyotes too. Having not been hunted or pressured for six months, and trying to protect their territory from invading pups, dominant dogs within hearing distance are almost sure to respond to the call of a successful rabbit hunt by investigating the sound on their home turf.

Eric and Pauly took advantage of the fall season benefits and lured in a mature male, striking while the iron was hot. With the start of the New York State archery season on October 1, 2012, small game hunters across the southern zone of the state will be forced to decide if they want to get an early start chasing whitetail or if they’d like to continue pursuing predators when the action is generally abundant. This hunt, ended one of the most action-packed weeks of all time for the DownWind team.

He was a wily ol’ dog to say the least. Not really knowing how long he stood at a distance and analyzed the stand, he was finally spotted on the stone wall behind a bush. Once observed, it was clear that the coyote was not interested in a free meal and didn’t step foot into the open field. He’s heard the bunny blues a time or two before, located only a couple hundred yards behind DWO headquarters. It makes you wonder, how many coyotes are called in and never spotted? Luckily, this one appeared within distance for Pauly Close and it wasn’t an issue to harvest this heavy coyote.

Shooter: Paul Close
Videographer/Caller: Eric Lawler

Species: Eastern Coyote
Weight: 43 Pounds
Sex: Male
Date: 10/7/2011
TOD: 5:20 pm
Temperature: 54°

Call: DWO Signature Series made by Crack – Long range Cottontail Rabbit

Rifle: .243 DWO series
Scope: Simmons Aetec 4.5 – 14 x 44
Bipod: Harris 27″

Camera 1: Sony FX-1000
Camera 2: Canon Vixia HF R20
Camera 3: GoPro Hero HD

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Whitetail Deer Hunt December 22 North Carolina

Whitetail Deer Hunt December 22 North Carolina

The hunt started off very wet, raining and not looking very promising but it turned out to have a harvest in the end. You might want to watch this video all the way through, as we end up getting lucky and dropping a deer in its tracks.

We used a Browning 300 WSM and it did exactly what you would hope.

Happy and safe hunting.

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The white-tailed deer , also known as the Virginia deer or simply as the whitetail, is a medium-sized deer native to the United States (all but five of the states), Canada, Mexico, Central America, and South America as far south as Peru. It does, however, survive in aspen parklands and deciduous river bottomlands within the central and northern Great Plains, and in mixed deciduous riparian corridors, river valley bottomlands, and lower foothills of the northern Rocky Mountain regions from South Dakota and Wyoming to southeastern British Columbia, including the Montana Valley and Foothill grasslands.

The deer’s coat is a reddish-brown in the spring and summer and turns to a grey-brown throughout the fall and winter. The deer can be recognized by the characteristic white underside to its tail, which it shows as a signal of alarm by raising the tail during escape. There is a population of white-tailed deer in the state of New York that is entirely white (except for areas like their noses and toes)—not albino—in color. The former Seneca Army Depot in Romulus, New York, has the largest known concentration of white deer. Strong conservation efforts have allowed white deer to thrive within the confines of the depot.
Size and weight
The North American male white-tailed deer (also known as a buck or stag) usually weighs 60 to 130 kg (130 to 290 lb) but, in rare cases, bucks in excess of 159 kg (350 lb) have been recorded. In 1926, Carl J. Lenander, Jr. took a white-tailed buck near Tofte, MN, that weighed 183 kg (400 lb) after it was field-dressed (internal organs removed) and was estimated at 232 kg (510 lb) when alive. The female (doe) in North America usually weighs from 40 to 90 kg (88 to 200 lb). White-tailed deer from the tropics as well as from the Florida Keys tend to be smaller-bodied than in temperate populations, averaging 35 to 50 kg (77 to 110 lb), with an occasional adult female as small as 25.5 kg (56 lb). White-tailed deer from the Andes are larger than other tropical deer of this species and have thick, slightly woolly-looking fur. Length ranges from 95 to 220 cm (37 to 87 in), including a tail of 10 to 36.5 cm (3.9 to 14.4 in), and the shoulder height is 53 to 120 cm (21 to 47 in). Including all races, the average summer weight of males is 68 kg (150 lb) and is 45.3 kg (100 lb) in females.
Deer have dichromatic (two-color) vision; humans have trichromatic vision. So what deer do not see are the oranges and reds that stand out so well to people.
Males re-grow their antlers every year. About 1 in 10,000 females also have antlers, although this is usually associated with hermaphroditism.Bucks without branching antlers are often termed “Spikehorn”, “spiked bucks” or “spike bucks”. The spikes can be quite long or very short. Length and branching of antlers is determined by nutrition, age, and genetics. Healthy deer in some areas that are well fed can have eight-point branching antlers as yearlings (one and a half years old). The number of points, the length or thickness of the antlers are a general indication of age but cannot be relied upon for positive aging. A better indication of age is the length of the snout and the color of the coat, with older deer tending to have longer snouts and grayer coats. Some say that deer that have spiked antlers should be culled from the population to produce larger branching antler genetics (antler size does not indicate overall health), and some bucks’ antlers never will be wall trophies. Where antler growth nutritional needs are met (good mineral sources, i.e., calcium) and good genetics combine it can produce wall trophies in some of their range.[13] Spiked bucks are different from “button bucks” or “nubbin’ bucks”, that are male fawns and are generally about six to nine months of age during their first winter. They have skin covered nobs on their heads. They can have bony protrusions up to a half inch in length, but that is very rare, and they are not the same as spikes.