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Look away; bow purists
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Contributors to this thread:
Pat Lefemine 05-Jan-17
IdyllwildArcher 05-Jan-17
Joey Ward 05-Jan-17
ohiohunter 05-Jan-17
Brotsky 05-Jan-17
JusPassin 05-Jan-17
elkmtngear 05-Jan-17
rick allison 05-Jan-17
MichaelArnette 05-Jan-17
Medicinemann 05-Jan-17
Mark Watkins 05-Jan-17
OkieJ 05-Jan-17
Brian M. 05-Jan-17
kota-man 05-Jan-17
drycreek 05-Jan-17
midwest 05-Jan-17
EmbryOklahoma 05-Jan-17
Ron Niziolek 05-Jan-17
WV Mountaineer 05-Jan-17
sir misalots 05-Jan-17
Charlie Rehor 05-Jan-17
Pat Lefemine 05-Jan-17
HUNT MAN 05-Jan-17
HDE 05-Jan-17
t-roy 05-Jan-17
Bake 05-Jan-17
Pat Lefemine 05-Jan-17
Kurt 05-Jan-17
TD 05-Jan-17
BOHNTR 05-Jan-17
t-roy 05-Jan-17
JTV 05-Jan-17
ahunter55 05-Jan-17
cnelk 05-Jan-17
wyobullshooter 05-Jan-17
bhunter 05-Jan-17
IdyllwildArcher 06-Jan-17
TD 06-Jan-17
Steve H. 06-Jan-17
BULELK1 06-Jan-17
sitO 06-Jan-17
GhostBird 06-Jan-17
Buffalo1 06-Jan-17
shade mt 06-Jan-17
jmiller 06-Jan-17
Mad Trapper 06-Jan-17
T Mac 06-Jan-17
Ironbow 06-Jan-17
Florida Mike 06-Jan-17
Hessticles 06-Jan-17
Pat Lefemine 06-Jan-17
Florida Mike 06-Jan-17
Bou'bound 06-Jan-17
kota-man 06-Jan-17
Scar Finga 06-Jan-17
drycreek 06-Jan-17
Scar Finga 06-Jan-17
mtoomey 07-Jan-17
WV Mountaineer 07-Jan-17
dm/wolfskin 10-Jan-17
Mr.C 10-Jan-17
Bake 10-Jan-17
W8N4RUT 10-Jan-17
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drycreek 10-Jan-17
Fulldraw1972 10-Jan-17
CurveBow 11-Jan-17
iceman 11-Jan-17
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bow shot 11-Jan-17
Pat Lefemine 11-Jan-17
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APauls 11-Jan-17
t-roy 11-Jan-17
CJE 12-Jan-17
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ROUGHCOUNTRY 12-Jan-17
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bow shot 13-Jan-17
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t-roy 13-Jan-17
CJE 13-Jan-17
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bow shot 14-Jan-17
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From: Pat Lefemine
05-Jan-17

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Today was the last day of our annual coyote slaughter in Kansas. You'll never see me shoot big game with a rifle but we love calling and shooting predators. We called in over 30, killed 13 in four days. Not too bad! Shot percentage was 100% for me and 80% for Matt. His gun was off the first day. Almost got my second triple but couldn't get that 3rd dog to stay still. Great fun!

05-Jan-17
Nice. Glad you had a good time.

From: Joey Ward
05-Jan-17
Awesome.

Please come to Alabama and help out. :-)

From: ohiohunter
05-Jan-17
Sounds like you need to do that more often, thick w/ yotes you are.

From: Brotsky
05-Jan-17
Well done Pat and Matt!! Come on up here to SD and kill as many as you like!

From: JusPassin
05-Jan-17
Bet the ranchers in Montana would love to have you. They have really big "dogs" out there.

From: elkmtngear
05-Jan-17
Haha I saw the bunny avatar, read the thread title...and thought someone blasted a poor, helpless bunny with their "assault rifle"!

Nice job, guys! Can't beat a Baker's dozen of dead yotes !!!

Best of Luck, Jeff

From: rick allison
05-Jan-17
So...when you run outa targets there...c'mon up to 'Sconnie.

05-Jan-17
Good for you, I would hunt coyotes any day with rifle.

From: Medicinemann
05-Jan-17
Your son has more hair on his chin, than you have on your entire head.

From: Mark Watkins
05-Jan-17
Father/son good times made right there!!!

Mark

From: OkieJ
05-Jan-17
10 days of bow season left and we will be after them here.

From: Brian M.
05-Jan-17
When will the videos be posted? Good shooting.

From: kota-man
05-Jan-17
Love it...

From: drycreek
05-Jan-17
.....look away......

So of course I had to look. I wish I could have four days like that ! But the incontrovertible truth is.....you live in commie land ! Who in hell ever heard of a season for coyotes ? Good job guys !

From: midwest
05-Jan-17
Wow....way to go, boys!

05-Jan-17
That is very impressive!

05-Jan-17
"Bow purists"? Noooo... not here! :)

Nice job fellas! That reminds me too, I need more .223 ammo.

From: Ron Niziolek
05-Jan-17
Good shooting. I love dead coyotes.

05-Jan-17
Pat, what gun you shooting? Thick, heavy barrel. Does it make it that much more accurate? God Bless

From: sir misalots
05-Jan-17
nice!

05-Jan-17
Say hello to Matt! Glad you guys made the hunt!

From: Pat Lefemine
05-Jan-17

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Custom AR build in .204 Ruger
Pat Lefemine's embedded Photo
Custom AR build in .204 Ruger
WV, it's a custom AR build in .204 Ruger. Timney trigger, Magpul stock, custom threaded 22" barrel. Only thing stock is the Bushmaster lower block. I like to shoot 32gr Hornady Vmax rounds. Smoking fast at 4225 at the muzzle. I top it off with a 6-24 Vortex scope.

From: HUNT MAN
05-Jan-17
Strong work guys! The deer thank you! Hunt

From: HDE
05-Jan-17
Right tool for the right job and an AR is the right tool for that job.

From: t-roy
05-Jan-17
Not much more fun hunting than calling varmints. You guy really stacked em up! Congrats!

Do you ever call in any cats where you're hunting?

From: Bake
05-Jan-17

From: Pat Lefemine
05-Jan-17

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2015 Bobcat with a bow
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2015 Bobcat with a bow
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Here's a bobcat I shot in 2011 with my AR
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Here's a bobcat I shot in 2011 with my AR
Yes, I always buy a bobcat tag. But they are tough and you basically have to get lucky.

I've killed two bobcats so far, one with my AR and one with my Mathews.

From: Kurt
05-Jan-17
Way to go Pat! Predator calling is great winter fun and good for the deer herd.

From: TD
05-Jan-17
OK, I'm a sucker for "look away...."

Great job. Looks like a ton of fun. Must be some good numbers in the area, hope it left a mark.....

From: BOHNTR
05-Jan-17
What, no recurve? David A will be disappointed. :)

From: t-roy
05-Jan-17
Very nice Pat! Shooting a bobcat with a bow is high on my list for sure. Quite a trophy!

From: JTV
05-Jan-17
Congrats ....nothing better than a dead coyote ... esp. 13 of 'em ..

From: ahunter55
05-Jan-17
I love seeing DEAD Yotes no matter how they go down.

From: cnelk
05-Jan-17
Nice job. Winter coyote hunting, a great pastime.

I went up to my rancher friend's last week and busted a big ol doggie in a morning. There is so many coyotes he and other ranchers in the area hired an airplane gunner that will start the thinning process in Feb/Mar during the breeding season.

Long range shooting here....

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05-Jan-17
That looks like a hoot!

From: bhunter
05-Jan-17
Good work!

06-Jan-17
Whoa Pat... What's with the assault rifle???

From: TD
06-Jan-17
"That looks like a hoot! "

That looks flippin' cold...... =D

From: Steve H.
06-Jan-17
Coyote Assault

From: BULELK1
06-Jan-17
Very Cool

Do they have a bounty in Kansas on them like we do here?

Good luck, Robb

From: sitO
06-Jan-17
I wish we had a bounty on'em here in KS...thanks for thinning the "herd" Pat!

From: GhostBird
06-Jan-17
Nice work. That's a good bag of them nasty critters.

From: Buffalo1
06-Jan-17
That looks like some great fun.

Pat you have too much knowledge about guns to be a bow "purist". Nice rig!!

From: shade mt
06-Jan-17
looks like fun.

From: jmiller
06-Jan-17
Are you selling them to a fur buyer? Some of them look to have fantastic pelts!

From: Mad Trapper
06-Jan-17
Awsome! I hope that a few of those ba$tards are the ones that feasted on my buck a couple years back. Way to go boys!

From: T Mac
06-Jan-17
Good stuff....

From: Ironbow
06-Jan-17

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Thanks for cleaning them up Pat. I shot this one Dec. 31, my 10th one with a bow. It was one of 5 that came in out of 3 packs that were howling. I might have to dig out the rifle and go looking for some more.

From: Florida Mike
06-Jan-17
Hey Pat, how many yotes have you killed after the first shot? I'm wondering if a semi-auto is effective? On TV they almost never kill anything after the first shot. Mike

From: Hessticles
06-Jan-17

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My 3rd archery coyote while hunting deer. this is from a couple years ago.

From: Pat Lefemine
06-Jan-17

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My one and only triple was taken with my older, trusty Remington R-15. It would not have been possible to kill them with a bolt action.
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My one and only triple was taken with my older, trusty Remington R-15. It would not have been possible to kill them with a bolt action.
Mike, it's pretty rare that I get a second shot, however I had two situations this week where I killed a dog directly due to my semi-auto. The first was when I called a double and dropped two dogs one after the other. They did not come in at the same time but the movement to work a bolt would have been picked off. The other time was my kid hit a dog poorly and it ran off and I took two shots and smoked him on the 2nd shot on a dead run. No way I could have stayed on him while working a bolt.

A few years ago I killed my first triple it all happened fast and I was able to drop all three dogs within 30 seconds. No way I could have done that with anything other than a semi-auto.

But those are situations are exceptions not the rule. Most of the time the one shot is all you get. However, AR's are awesome platforms for predator hunters and I can't see any reason not to use them.

From: Florida Mike
06-Jan-17
I already have a single shot .204ruger is why I asked...thanks

From: Bou'bound
06-Jan-17
got some good eatin' there if you marinate it right.

From: kota-man
06-Jan-17
I agree with Pat...An AR is paramount in anchoring doubles and triples. My AR's are all suppressed. Not only are they quieter and the coyote usually has not idea where the shot came from but they have very little muzzle flip. I don't even lose sight of them after the first shot, making doubles/target acquisition much easier.

From: Scar Finga
06-Jan-17

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AR, 60 yards iron sights.
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AR, 60 yards iron sights.

From: drycreek
06-Jan-17
I agree with the AR for coyotes. I used to use a Savage 22-250 bolt gun, and my hunting partner used an AR in .223/5.56. One morning he killed three about 45 seconds between the first and last shots while I was killing one. That sold me on the semi-auto. No movement other than getting on target. The quick second or third shot on a running target is good also, because you will eventually have that opportunity if you call enough.

From: Scar Finga
06-Jan-17

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I liked her so much, I had her mounted
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I liked her so much, I had her mounted

From: mtoomey
07-Jan-17

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I shot this one while it was harassing three antelope bucks.

07-Jan-17
Nice rig Pat. I have a Ruger in 5.56 for predator hunting. I changed the factory furniture, put some rails on it, bipod, light for night shooting, polished the trigger, and swapped out some springs to get it to a crisp 3.5 pounds. It is a lights out shooter. You are right, the AR is a great platform for predator hunting.

God Bless men

From: dm/wolfskin
10-Jan-17
Outstanding Pat.

From: Mr.C
10-Jan-17
thats get it done right there MikeC

From: Bake
10-Jan-17

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No way I could have dropped this double without a semi-auto. Brush shooting and it happened fast.

My AR is older. Bought new in 2000 during the ban, and heavily modified since. It seems heavier than newer ARs. Either way, if I don't flinch like a girl, I can often see the bullet impact through the 4x ACOG

From: W8N4RUT
10-Jan-17

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Sunday evening. Lot of fun until they figure out the calls.

From: W8N4RUT
10-Jan-17

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bow season (if you're a purist!)

Scott

From: drycreek
10-Jan-17

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Ok, now I have to show off ! Here's one from last spring with my Rock River lower, Delton upper, rebarreled to 6.8 SPC with free float handguard and ...............

From: Fulldraw1972
10-Jan-17

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SD coyotes with 1 from Kansas
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SD coyotes with 1 from Kansas
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Congrats Pat and Matt!

From: CurveBow
11-Jan-17
CNelk - cool - is that a Remington Model 660?!! I have a Model 600 (350 Magnum) & a 660 (6.5 mm Magnum)! I love the laminated stocks! >>>>-------->

From: iceman
11-Jan-17
Looks like a blast!

From: willliamtell
11-Jan-17
Pat, what do you do with the pelts?. I heard prime ones were going to decent coin lately. Of course, that may drop with the glut you put on the market.

From: bow shot
11-Jan-17
Love that .204 Ruger, especially on the AR. I had a savage bolt and a RRA varmint upper that both did 0.5" no problem with Berger 40gn varminters, Sierra 32gn blitz kings, , and Hornady 30 and 32 gn VMax (all hand loads). Any of those rounds turned woodchucks into bloody rags.

From: Pat Lefemine
11-Jan-17

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I took a prairie dog last year at 600 yards. I did use the lead sled however. I love my .204

About the pelts: we give them to Bob Wendt who respectfully holds off trapping the ranches we hunt until our trip is over. He's a famous trapper and gets 400 dogs a year from his annual trip to Kansas.

From: Pat Lefemine
11-Jan-17

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Debated posting this but what the hell. My son took his annual head shot as well. Can't seem to control himself.

From: APauls
11-Jan-17
lol. I'm no neurosurgeon but it looks like that dog is going to lose his sense of smell have some long term memory loss.

From: t-roy
11-Jan-17
And a concussion to boot!

From: CJE
12-Jan-17
Bob Wendt is a heck of a guy, I learned a lot from his videos. Glad to see the hides are not going to waste.

12-Jan-17
Well, dang. I was just about to eat some pizza just prior to scrolling to the bottom of this thread.

From: ROUGHCOUNTRY
12-Jan-17

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Cool thread.........I don't really specifically hunt coyotes but shoot a few that "get in my way" ha Two years ago, I had my son rifle hunting deer in eastern, MT and ran into my first double on coyotes.....accidentally snuck up on the first one mousing in a draw and walked over the next ridge and flushed out the 2nd one with a lucky running shot......tannery just finished the 2nd one and I'll get it back.

After talking to a couple trappers I have insured, I probably should have kept them both but the first one I'd taken a hunk out of his back, smart animals that would be the last survivors if we didn't step in.

From: ROUGHCOUNTRY
12-Jan-17

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Shot him running away with a .243 at 243 yards:) The bullet exited the eye ball and so essentially had no holes in it.

From: bow shot
13-Jan-17
They are so cute when they are dead!

From: bow shot
13-Jan-17
They are so cute when they are dead!

From: t-roy
13-Jan-17

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Here's a cute one from yesterday. .220 swift.

From: CJE
13-Jan-17

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First this year with the 223AI.

From: CJE
14-Jan-17

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And one from this morning.

From: bow shot
14-Jan-17
Oh man, I'm enjoying this. Lot of great rifles out there!

From: kota-man
14-Jan-17

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Here's a couple of my favorite coyote rifles and coyotes from the past week. Proof Research 22-250.

From: kota-man
14-Jan-17

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And here's my suppressed Christiansen AR .223

From: drycreek
14-Jan-17

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Adding to the thread, because some of y'all are just showing off :)

My custom APR in .280 Remington

From: CJE
14-Jan-17
That's a great looking rifle. I bet that .280 dropped him in his tracks.

From: Tracker
15-Jan-17
Pat can you explain the threaded barrel on your AR. I thought they were all push in.

From: Pat Lefemine
15-Jan-17
I don't understand your question. When I say threaded barrel that means it can accept a suppressor - like Kota-mans AR above.

From: CJE
15-Jan-17

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In between "ice" storms today. Ruger 2506.

From: bow shot
15-Jan-17
Maybe Tracker is thinking that your barrel was threaded into the receiver like a bolt gun, versus the normal AR's slip-fit, with a barrel nut for security.

Man... 280 Rem (7mm Express!), 25 06... you guys are using some great rounds!!

My 6.5-284 Norma is still waiting on load development. Gotta wait till end of August. Its killing me, lol!!!

From: CJE
15-Jan-17
I bet it is! I would love to have a 6.5-284, that's a great round.

From: bow shot
16-Jan-17
Thanks CJE, so is that 25'!! the 6.5-284 is pretty much a new version of 6.5x55 Swede, which is what I wanted (I gave mine to my younger son when he bought his first house) but I couldn't find a brand new one. I couldn't afford to barrel (Hart, Lija, Shilen etc) an action, so I went with a new Savage in the '284. Time will tell!!

From: CJE
16-Jan-17
I bet you will like it, I've heard good things about it. I've got the itch for a new gun but not sure if I want a new coyote gun or a long range toy......leaning more towards a 6x47 lapua for coyotes.

From: bow shot
17-Jan-17
Funny you mentioned the 6x47... If I had to do it all over again.. 6.5x47! longer barrel life, reaches out fine, has a great bench rest history, lower recoil... on and on...

But I was in a bit of a hurry, and very twitterpated by my 6.5x55 and the copy-ish, 6.5-284.

But in MHO, Its all good, and the differences that we all obsess over usally matter way less than shooter skill as long as we make reasonable choices in caliber selection

accurateshooter.com has fantastic, authoritative information on this.

Its all good : - D !!!

From: drycreek
17-Jan-17
bow shot, I was twitterpated a couple times, but it was a looong time ago :)

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