Post by semperfi1970 on Nov 24, 2014 20:04:57 GMT -5
This is my first post here. I have a buddy on this forum that once deer season ends will show me the ropes on calling coyotes. I have a variety of guns but have chose the .25 cal. airgun and a 220 swift AI for my future hunts here in western NY. My only concern with the swift is excessive pelt damage as my loads are tailored for the red mist culture "obliterating woodchucks"
Welcome. The 220 should be fine. Like pmack said it's addicting and a great time. You can learn a ton from this site and Andrews books and everyone is so helpful to help you out. Good luck and stay safe.
Post by semperfi1970 on Nov 25, 2014 22:09:37 GMT -5
Thanks for the warm welcome folks. I have been in and out of the hunting scene for years. Listening to my buddy talk about coyote hunting and seeing all of his gadgets to do so has rekindled my interest. I am amazed with the advancement in lights, callers and the rest of the gear being used. Its a good thing he has all of the toys as all I have is guns, lots of ammo and a desire to try my hand at night hunting.
As far as the .25 cal airgun goes in regards to velocity, well I would have to run it through a chronograph to answer honestly. I do know that with a 31 grain pellet it will pass through three gallon jugs of water at 40 yards and pass through a soup can at 100 yards. What does all of that mean, well nothing at this point but I am sure my buddy will steer me in the right direction if he feels it to be lacking. Lord knows he gives me crap about everything else.
Post by jim3675885 on Nov 28, 2014 22:09:10 GMT -5
Welcome to the club. As stated, you won't find a more knowledgeable and helpful bunch of people to keep you going in the right direction !
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Post by semperfi1970 on Dec 13, 2014 6:33:24 GMT -5
I had the fortune of going out night hunting for the first time ever with my buddy last night. I come to the realization that I need to invest in a few items that seem to be essential. First off I need a scope mounted red light as I had nothing to bring to the hunt. Good thing my buddy had a gear bag full of lights gizmos and gadgets. A hunting seat would have been great as I used a five gallon bucket to sit on, imagine carrying a bucket over hill and over dale. Cold weather shooting gloves would have been better that the cotton light duty gloves I was using. The optics in my scope are up to the task but would have liked something under 8 power as that is as low as my scope goes. I opted out on using the 220 swift AI as it is a great bench gun but no fun to carry at 13 pounds and a 32 power scope with a target dot is useless. The 308 deer rifle with full metal jacket bullets was up to the task, at least it was light to carry. The only thing I had going for me was my boots and a desire to learn. We had three sets with no luck but I am eager to go again ill equipped or not.
I found cold weather shooting gloves to be more of a pain. I like a hand muff that straps around the waist with hand warmers. Also the cold weather mittens with the fold back fingers you can slip hand warmers in them also.
Post by semperfi1970 on Dec 13, 2014 21:18:22 GMT -5
Thanks for the info and advice guys. Thinking about it a shooting stick will be in order as well. I am rethinking what gun I should carry as well. Thinking about just using the 22 Hornet and slapping a 2x7 scope on it. Guys, is camo clothing necessary at night? At the risk of sounding ignorant here but the fact remains I am, as this night hunting is a whole new game for me. What I did have going for me is that I have the overgrown SUV with the big chunky tires, sure cut down on the walking.
If my buddy reads this. Thanks for taking the old guy night hunting bud.
I use a bog pod. And I'll never change. Bought it last year and don't know how I went so long without one.
Camo at night is a debate. Some say all black. Some wear camo. I would say that by wearing camo, it can't hurt. Especially with snow on the ground. I wear snow camo and sit in the middle of fields sometimes.
“....I’m going to plead with you, do not cross us. Because if you do, the survivors will write about what we do here for 10,000 years.”
Gen. James Mattis, USMC
Your going to find this sport is always evolving & trying new things. Industry is fighting for our dollars. For those of us that have been doing this for many years we are loving it. Technology is catching up with our needs.
I suggest do a lot of reading before buying as there are many options now on everything. Make use of what you have & go from there.
Starting out: Rifles /use what you have.
Lights/ batteries & chargers /many many options. For good fair priced lights most here use red LED's. our light guys here are pmack ( gun& hand held lights )& kevind43 (gun & headlights ) Send them a pm ( private message ) here and they will help set you up.
Gun / light scope mounts / if the they don't have them search on ebay. About $ 8 bucks.
Shooting sticks/ check out (varmint al .com ) you can make your own. Many options to buy, i have tried several now using primos bipod trigger sticks.
Camo / night hunting dark clothing should work fine. On snow i suggest white. Have seen guys use a bed sheet with hole cut out for their head. There are many options for snow camo also. Bought my first " cheap sets " through sportsmanguide.com , used military.
Calls/ called & killed my first coyote with $10 mouth call. THEY WORK . I own MANY ! itzdirty sells custom made hand calls here ( great reviews, don't have one myself,yet )
Electronic calls/ personal preference , many choices : i choose FOXPRO ! USA made ! GREAT customer service. Nice people to deal with. Awesome selection & sound choice. My next one right now would be the Fusion. Research at gofoxpro.com. ( get sounds loaded on call from them or one of their dealers ) Many to choose from.
If you haven't spent enough by now send me a pm & i will help you ,lol. Happy shopping. Be sure of your target night hunting ALWAYS ID EYES Mick
I second the bogpod... I have their tripod model with the larger head. I use this when standing. Also I prefer non white camp at nite... Just feel it reflects my lights more... Making me more visible. Just my thougbts.
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