what Caliber do you feel is to small for coyotes?

12/4/14 @ 7:28 AM
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COSMO 1
COSMO 1
USER since 9/18/01
I have a nice 10/22 and also a 22mag single shot, but I'm just thinking they are to small for an ethical kill shot? We counted a group of 22 coyote's crossing our property this season, so I guess its time to get into coyote hunting, but I don't want spend a lot of money gearing up either. I might even consider letting someone trap them too? either way, no sense in doing food plots and improving the land for deer if we have that many coyotes around? -Cosmo.......my property is by Rapid River in the U.P. just in case there are any takers on the trapping?
Edited on 12/4/14 7:31 AM
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12/10/14 @ 1:37 PM
muskrat30
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No worries, 'about to do damage' is plenty close enough for most anybody. Yes I've read all about it. Some of those regs are holdovers from back when fur was worth traveling for. There's also a little 'protectionism' thrown in.

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12/9/14 @ 4:46 PM
COSMO 1
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Thanks for responding, 75yard shot would be about max on my property, so I'm leaning on the shot gun or 22 mag side of things? unless Santa brings a new 22-250 on X-Mas?? anyways the pelts may not be worth anything money wise, but I would like a nice one on the wall at camp. after I get one for the wall than I just want to knock the predators down to there knees! like I said earlier we saw 22 coyotes in one pack this year...think how many deer, turkeys, rabbits etc. it takes to feed that many coyote's every week? ..... please keep the info coming as its good to hear what you all think about this topic.......Thanks again!.....muskrat30, I'm a land owner and the Mi. dnr regs clearly states that land owners can shoot coyotes on there own property. the regs say this Raccoon and coyote may be taken on private property by a property owner or designee all year if they are doing or about to do damage on private property. A license or written permit is not needed, you can look this up on page 10 in the 2014 reg book if you want to?

Edited on 12/9/14 5:22 PM
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12/9/14 @ 10:45 AM
muskrat30
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I'd error on the side of the deer rifle too. I would want a 204 Ruger or larger.

There's a little fine print about a WI resident shooting a coyote in MI in the regs, not that anyone would care much about it.

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12/8/14 @ 10:28 PM
Lectrotech
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Use your deer rifle. You can shoot at paper all day, it isn't the same as shooting something that is alive and moves.

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12/8/14 @ 5:16 PM
ditto
ditto
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Use your deer rifle. The pelts aren't really worth enough to worry about.

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12/6/14 @ 3:45 PM
Wieland Outdoors
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Range and shot placement is everything. I guide and outfit with 22-250's. The 250's are perfect for reaching out 300 to 400 yrds and knocking them right down.

When trapping, i put them down with a 22lr. Lots of friends hunt with 223's and at 200-250 they are still very effective. We've had some shot at 150 yrds with a 204 and 17HMR that we didn't recover. I wouldn't want any of my clients shooting a 22mag at them over 75yrds without a good quartered away shot.

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12/5/14 @ 4:46 PM
Steve @ G & S
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As long as you're keeping your shots under 80 yards, the .22 magnum will work quite well.

I have a .17 HMR and I've killed a couple with it, but the shots were close, 50 yards or less. I was hoping to call in a bobcat when I was carrying it.

Formerly Steve @ G & S

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12/4/14 @ 10:39 PM
STEVE L
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Personally I wouldn't go with anything smaller than a 22 centerfire. But I have killed them with a LR.

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12/4/14 @ 8:14 PM
lawdog616
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I had the same question, so I bought a 22 cal, .17 cal, .223 call and a 22-250....now I will find out which is best I guess. I would say the 12 ga would be good too. Good Luck getting those dogs.

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12/4/14 @ 8:10 AM
DLAMA2
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I know people that just use their deer rifles.

A 22 or 22mag would be fine at close range or you can set up your 12ga?

I use a mod choke with #4 buck. Good out to 75 yards for me.

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