I have lost a few more chickens and started building a trap yesterday. Then just a little bit ago, as I was walking through the kitchen and working out the trip mechanism for the trap in my head, I glanced out the window and there he was coming down the neighbor's fence line. He stopped and was watching us watching him through the window. I started to wait till he was closer and then go scare him off and my wife said, "Go get your gun."
So I get it and as he was watching her and the son-in-law through the window, he couldn't see me go out the back door and sneak around to the edge of the storage shed. Not real sure if he saw me as I got a bead on him bracing myself against the building, but he took a couple of steps. Looking through the scope to see what was behind the coyote, I was remembering this thing hasn't been sighted in for over ten years, and one can't just start lobbing bullets all over the place. There's houses and cars, and donkeys and horses and other junk scattered within range.
Hummm. Sights or scope? He was about 100 yards away. OK scope. Where should I place the cross hairs? He was standing with his right side to me and looking towards me... or the house... So I decided to go for the area of the lungs and heart. Keep in mind I really don't want to shoot the guy, just wished he'd stay away. But I can't keep feeding him. And I would really hate to just injure him and he goes off and suffers someplace dying an agonizing death. (See I am not a vengeful person.)
OK. Deep breath, let it out, squeeze the trigger. Good thing he ain't moving. You do know an AR-15 makes a loud noise don't you? So BANG. Recoil, blink maybe, mules down range kicking and jumping gosh they weren't there a second ago, hope I didn't hit one. But....
Where did he go?
So I came into the house. "Which way did he go?" I asked the wife.
"Didn't you see it? He just dropped." She said. "I heard the pop and he was down."
So I go looking. Yep, there he was. Couldn't have asked for a better shot. Neck bone. Instant kill.
So now do I finish the coyote trap? :-\