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hunter's guide:


















Hunting Coyote is an fun and productive way to keep the hunting fun going through the spring and summer months ahead of deer season. Predator hunting is not only helpful to local farmers, frustrated by losing chickens, but also to everyday residents of the area, as coyotes can be surprisingly dangerous and are known for attacking and preying on pets such as cats, small dogs and have even attacked unsuspecting people in their own driveways at home.  Coyote hunting also helps manage and support the deer population, as spring fawn are regularly targeted by coyote, being a favorite seasonal prey for the stealthy and opportunistic predators.


Where: Coyote hunting is available in nearly all 50 states with almost a full-year season and no-kill limit.


When: Year-round

Preferred Habitat: 

Coyote prefer deserts, grasslands, and forests, but are incredibly adaptable to most habitats. For this reason, they often thrive in suburban residential areas and even in urban areas. Coyotes are omnivores, meaning they eat both plants and other animals. Though their diet is relatively wide-ranging, they do prefer meat and hunt for small mammals like voles, mice, and rabbits, as well as birds, and even snakes.

Active Times:

Coyotes can be spotted searching for prey throughout the day, but are generally most active after sunset and throughout the night hours. During mating season (January - March) you are more likely to spot them, as well as during the time of year when juvenile coyote are leaving their family groups (October - January) to begin their independent adult lives.


As with tracking any other game, looking for signs of their presence in the area is key. Carefully looking for tracks and scat will be the fastest and surest way to pinpoint an area that is actively inhabited by coyotes. Fresh scat will appear moist and flies will be present. Old scat will appear dry and even greyish white. Coyotes have a well-earned reputation as cunning animals with sharp hearing and eyesight. Unless they've become accustomed to human interaction, they are likely to flee when they hear you coming. Once you have decided on a spot to sit for the hunt, remaining quiet and minimizing movement as much as possible is key. Periodically your binoculars, scan the horizon to spot an approaching coyote. Coyotes are often moving hastily along in a trotting or jog-like fashion, so always make sure you are prepared to take aim quickly if need be.

Calling In A Coyote:

Using distressed prey animal calls is a popular, highly affective and sometimes, surprisingly quick way to draw a hungry, opportunistic coyote into view. Most coyotes will respond within 5-15 minutes of the call because of the urgency to get to the prey first. However, it is a good rule of thumb to give every stand a 20 to 30-minute time range to produce. Keep in mind that no matter how long you decide to sit tight, when you do get up to move, do so cautiously and be very aware of your surroundings; it will be likely that a coyote is still in progress of working their way to your calling. 

Recommend Caliber for Hunting Coyote:

.243 Win

  • Powerful round with low recoil

  • Inexpensive and widely available ammunition

  • Very versatile cartridge, great for predators and even deer.


Taking Aim:

Coyotes differ a little from some big game animals in how they are built. The heart sits further forward in the chest cavity in a coyote than it does in most big game animals. As a result, the best place for a clean kill shot on a coyote is right through the front shoulder, as indicated by the red target on the photo below.


Most predator hunters would agree, it’s trying to track a wounded coyote. Even hurt, these elusive critters sometimes leave little to no sign of their path. Always allow a coyote at least 20 minutes to expire before approaching. Once you pull the trigger, you have duty to do everything you can to recover that coyote. A wounded coyote can be extremely dangerous and will defend itself violently if pressured. Always take your shot using the least amount of magnification required. The widest view of your target allows you to observe and track the coyote after you have fired. Knowing how it reacts and the direction it moves in will help you begin your track

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[5] .243 Rifles for
coyote hunting

Supporting Your Success

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Mark V Weathermark Bolt-Action Rifle

Caliber: .243 Win
Finish: Tac Gray Cerakote
Stock Color: Syn Fiberglass Monte Carlo 

Place your shot-making faith in a true tack driver built for all-conditions shooting. Let it storm during your hunt. The Weatherby® Mark V Weathermark Bolt-Action Rifle boasts the superior corrosion resistance of a Cerakote® finish, the first model in the Mark V lineup to do so. The thin-film ceramic coating enhances resistance to wear, corrosion, and chemicals while improving impact strength, and hardness. Cradled in aluminum bedding blocks within the hand-laid fiberglass Monte Carlo stock, the #2 contour barrel delivers ultra-consistent accuracy and comes threaded (1/2x 28) for adding a suppressor or muzzle brake. Confidence comes easy armed with a Mark V – guaranteed to shoot a sub-MOA, 3-shot group of .99" or less at 100 yards from a cold barrel using premium ammunition.


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110 High Country Bolt-Action Rifle

Caliber: .243 Win
Finish: PVD Brown (Shown)
Stock Color: TrueTimber Strata (Shown)

The Savage® 110 High Country Bolt-Action Rifle offers shooters an excellent platform for long-range hunting. The 110 High Country comes with Savage's AccuStock®, an injection molded, aluminum bedded synthetic stock, utilizing Savage's AccuFit™ system that allows shooters to quickly adjust comb height and length-of-pull. The forend and pistol grip surfaces have a soft grip overmold to provide a non-slip hold in any weather. The stock is finished in TrueTimber Strata, an excellent all-purpose camo pattern that blends into nearly any environment at any distance. The stainless steel barreled action is finished with a coyote brown, PVD coating. The 110 High Country features a spiral-fluted bolt and barrel, and the barrel is threaded for aftermarket suppressors (magnum calibers include a muzzle brake).


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BLR Lightweight '81 Lever-Action Rifle

Caliber: .243 Win
Finish: Blued
Stock Color: Walnut 

The Browning® BLR® Lightweight '81 Lever-Action Rifle delivers rapid fire with hard-hitting big game cartridges. The '81 features a classic straight grip buttstock and lever, and a traditional carbine band on the forend. The buttstock and forend are beautifully finished in checkered walnut; and a well-formed recoil pad keeps the butt on your shoulder for quick follow-up shots. BLR rifles utilize a geared lever and bolt design that accommodates modern high-pressure rounds. The trigger moves with the lever when it is cycled, preventing the trigger finger from being pinched when the lever is closed. A detachable box magazine allows the use of pointed-tipped bullets, greatly increasing range, compared to traditional lever-actions with tubular magazines. The rifle comes with an adjustable, low-profile square notch rear sight and a gold bead front sight blade fitted on a raised ramp-style base. The lightweight alloy receiver features side ejection, and is drilled and tapped for scope mounts. The Browning BLR Lightweight '81 Lever-Action Rifle utilizes a unique hammer design with a half-cock safety that's quiet to operate in the presence of game.


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Savage Arms:
110 Predator Bolt-Action Rifle

Caliber: .243 Win
Finish: Matte Black
Stock Color: RealTree Max-1 

The Savage Arms® 110 Predator offers shooters an excellent bolt-action rifle platform for hunting predators at long-range. The 110 Predator comes with Savage Arms' AccuStock®, an injection-molded, synthetic stock, utilizing a rigid aluminum rail system that secures the action three-dimensionally along its entire length. Savage Arms' AccuFit™ system allows shooters to quickly adjust comb height and length-of-pull. The forend and pistol grip surfaces have a soft grip overmold to provide a nonslip hold in any weather. The carbon steel barreled action is finished in matte black. The 110 Predator features a spiral-fluted barrel, with a threaded muzzle for aftermarket suppressors (includes protective end cap). Savage Arm's AccuTrigger® is user adjustable to obtain a light, crisp release with no creep.


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American Rifle Standard Bolt-Action Rifle

Caliber: .243 Win
Finish: Black
Stock Color: Synthetic Black 

The Ruger American Rifle® Standard is a bolt-action rifle built with innovative designs and modern materials to provide shooters with a practical and cost-effective firearm, meant for serious hunting. Ruger uses a 3-lug bolt design on the American Rifle with a 70° bolt lift, providing plenty of clearance to keep fingers and gloves from getting between the bolt handle and the riflescope. A 2-position tang safety is easily accessible and quick to operate by both right- and left-handed shooters; the bolt can be cycled for loading and unloading the rifle with the safety engaged. A cocking indicator at the end of the bolt can be seen and felt. Ruger designed the Marksman Adjustable™ trigger for the American Rifle to be user adjustable for weight-of-pull. The Marksman trigger is light and crisp, allowing for precision shooting in the field. The Ruger American utilizes a detachable, ultra-reliable rotary magazine that fits flush with the bottom of the stock, adding to the rifle's ease of handling.


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