Best Coyote Hunting Guns
A common question for the new coyote hunter is what are the best coyote hunting guns, this is a fairly easy question:
The best coyote hunting gun is the one that is powerful enough to cleanly kill a coyote from all probable shooting angles.
The best coyote hunting gun is the one that is matched to the area in which you are going to hunt, a 22-250 is a great coyote gun but here in the North East we tend to hunt in heavy timber and a shotgun or autoloader like an AR-15 may be a better choice.
The best coyote hunting gun is the one you can shoot well, quickly and accurately.
So did I answer anything? Not really!
Coyote are small targets, they are extremely fast and agile, and they tend to stay in cover and may well be the smartest, most cautious animal most of us on a limited budget may ever hunt. Unless you are out West in the plains states most likely you are going to get one shot before the coyote hits the county line, for this reason the best coyote hunting gun is going to be the one you can shoot well, don’t discount your big game rifle. Your big game firearm may be the best coyote hunting gun for you because it is most likely the one you are most familiar with, be it a shotgun or rifle, you will also get the added benefit of learning to make fast shots on moving game, increasing your success during the regular season.
Because coyote are so wary and the fact that they may well come in fast and from any direction, the best gun for coyote hunting should be light and small enough that you can easily reposition it with a minimal amount of movement. A light small scoped rifle or a shorter barrel shotgun is ideal, you will most likely be shooting from some sort of cover, the small and lighter the firearm, the more easily you can maneuver it in the stand. Another benefit of a smaller rifle or shotgun is the fact it will weigh less than a larger gun, coyote hunting is a numbers game, you will most likely be walking between calling sites and should expect to cover some ground while coyote hunting, cutting one pound of the weight of your rifle doesn’t sound like much, but after walking 5 miles in an afternoon/evening it will seem much heavier. Most people respond to this suggestion with “the gun is going to kick more”, yep, but we are talking about the best gun for coyote hunting, not prairie dogs, you are not going to be shooting much, and in the heat of the moment you won’t notice the recoil.
One last thing that has less to do with the best coyote hunting gun and more to do with using it is you must practice. Again, coyote are small, fast and have a way of coming into the call from odd areas. You have got to practice with whatever gun you choose to hunt with, not just from normal shooting positions, practice shooting with the gun on your other side, weak hand, behind you and any other position that seems awkward. Trust me it will pay you in spades.
The best coyote hunting gun is the one you can shoot well, quickly and from any postion.
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