Longtime blogger Scott Geurink just returned from his annual winter hunt in Illinois and filed this report:
Mike: This year was a special hunt for me as it probably was for the other guys as well. After 12 years this was likely going to be our last trip down there. The property is being sold, and our buddy Mark found out that he was going to lose his hunting lease after 25 years.
We headed out from Michigan Thursday afternoon and made our way to the Mississippi River area, just south of Wisconsin. Along for the hunt were my dad, Russ, and buddies John, Jason, Ryan and Mike.
Friday morning it was about 18 degrees, nice and crisp. I was with my dad and Mike while John, Jason and Ryan hunted together. We made a couple calls with no luck. For our third call we headed up a steep ridge to a spot where we have called coyotes in before. Mike set up his Fox Pro call in the center; I sat on one side about 40 yards away and dad on the other.
About 22 minutes into the DSG Rabbit distress call Mike spotted a yote scaling the ridge across from us. He came in slow and cautious. Just as he was slipping away, Mike had an opening and gave a couple mouth barks. The coyote slowed down just enough for Mike to take him with his Smith & Wesson MP-15 in .223, using 75-grain match hollow points. About a 140 yard shot. Big old male, about 40 pounds, with most of his teeth broken or ground down. We congratulated Mike on his kill and set out to get another one.
The rest of the day was windy, and we didn't get anything going. Neither did the other guys, it was a pretty slow day. On our second morning it was 5 degrees when we headed out. Twenty minutes into our second call with the Fox Pro DSG rabbit distress, a coyote popped up over the ridge about 50 yards from Mike. He took the shot with his MP-15 and put him right down. Another nice male. Who says ARs aren't hunting guns!
We made more calls that day but nothing else came in. Pretty slow this year, but we were still fortunate to put 2 down and, like always, we had a great time. After our last call of the hunt on top of one of my favorite ridges, I turned to take one last look at the farm and property below. I took a picture of the land with my iPhone to remind me of all the good times and memories we've had there over the years.---Scott
Anybody else predator hunting right now? We're heading out end of the month to hopefully get some coyote/bobcat action on film.