Benjamin Prostaffer and predator expert Barry Stewart knew it was only a matter of time before he would bag a desert coyote with the Rogue .357. “It wasn’t the coyote that was hard, it was waiting for the rifle,” said Stewart, who finally had one delivered in October to his doorstep in west Texas. The popular new hunting rifle has been in high demand and we were anxious to get one to him. Here’s the story of his hunt.
As always with hunting coyotes with airguns, I like to call a small open area with the whole area surrounding my calling spot being thick brush. This place was no exception, and I quickly placed the call about 25 yards in front of me to the South. Wind direction is out of the East at 5-7 mph.
Buster, my coyote dog was sitting looking towards the clearing about 3 feet in in front of me and slightly to my left.
I started calling using cottontail sounds on the FoxPro fury. I start out very quiet with my calling and gradually increase the volume as the stand progresses. I’ll also switch sounds to entice the coyotes by protraying a scenario that is believeable in the outdoor setting I am calling in.
About 5-6 minutes into the stand, I hear a coyote running into the stand from behind me. I had taken my standing position with a ghillie jacket, and backed up against a 15′ bushy mesquite tree.
The coyote was coming hard I could tell, and turned to look to my left just as he blasted around the mesquite I was standing in front of and nearly collided with my dog, Buster!
Of course Buster engaged the coyote and let out a loud growl as I was positioning the Rogue in the coyote’s direction, as it rested on my standing shooting sticks. Luckily, because of the thick brush and close quarters of the area I was calling, I had scaled down the power on the CenterPoint 3-12×44 to 4 power. (I usually call with it on 6 power).
Upon Buster engaging the coyote, it turned to get a better look at Buster, and hesitated, but didn’t stop, just as the crosshairs aligned on him. I touched off the shot and the coyote went down so quickly that I did not even see it through the scope. Buster’s actions of getting on the coyote told me the coyote was anchored right there, though. Distance? The coyote fell 12 yards from my standing position! I could have easily kicked the coyote as he rounded the mesquite when I first saw him. He was literally less than 3 feet from me!
When I walked up to the coyote I first notice his size. He was a “biggun”! Tripping the scales at 43 pounds, I had only killed one coyote that was bigger in the desert terrain I like to hunt. Aside from his size, I noticed the 145 grain Nosler Ballistic Tip took the coyote in the neck just front of the shoulder. It was very clear the shot had broken his neck, and killed him instantly. Now that’s impressive for my first coyote with the Rogue!
The conditions on the ranch were dusty throughout my time there, and the dust never phased the Rogue in the least, and it performed reliably the whole time. The morning I called the coyote up, the skies had clouded up, and a light rain or mist was falling. Again, no issues with the Rogue whatsoever! I think I’m really gonna like hunting predators with this rifle!