Sage usually sits back and watches for coyotes, waiting for my command to engage the coyotes, but two coyotes rushed us from a side draw and were within a few yards in seconds. She intercepted the duo and I swung my Ruger American to take out the first coyote about ready to pounce on my furry partner.
Out of haste and concern for my partner, I somehow shot high over the closest coyote. The miss frazzled me and that coyote punched into high gear. Fortunately, Sage calmed down and she and the second coyote screeched to a stare down in the tall sage. I Nikon-ranged the second coyote and confirmed the 300-yard distance. A second later my Hornady 50-grain V-Max bullet pummeled the big male as Sage kept it at bay.
A hunting partner, one you can control, is a vital addition to any predator setup. That particular morning my son couldn’t go, so Sage is always my backup partner. If you have a buddy begging to go with you on your next predator pursuit, be sure to bring them along. Here’s why:
- A partner can watch downwind alleys and terrain. Most predators prefer to circle downwind of any calling site, and you can’t possibly watch all downwind avenues. Have your partner help you cover the downwind shooting lanes.
- A partner can watch other areas in big country. Rugged or thickly vegetated country can be difficult at best to watch in its entirety. By having an extra set of eyes, you can cover more country and hopefully cut off any predator trying to slip in under your eyesight radar.
- A partner can help with multiples. When you have two or more coyotes come in at once, which is not uncommon at all, a partner provides extra firepower muscle to ensure the fewest amounts of escapees.
- Lastly, a partner can just be there for all-around help. Whether it’s dragging a coyote more than a mile back to the truck, digging out a snowbound vehicle or even conversing on the way home over the merits of a winter cruise to keep spouses happy, partner support is always welcome.
Consider taking along a partner on your next predator hunt—and make sure they don’t run at the first sight of a charging coyote.