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Heavy Varmint Class #8071512 12/01/20 03:34 PM
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This certainly isn't what the benchrest boys meant by "Heavy Varmint", but it seems appropriate this morning...

After killing a young shoat the other night, I'd moved the hog carcass out into an open flat where I could use it for coyote bait. The recent cool weather had slowed the "ripening" of that carcass and I'd found no sign around it. It's just as well: we had company over the weekend and I couldn't get out to provide overwatch without neglecting my "host" duties.

I slipped away from the house early yesterday morning and was in position above the hog carcass a full hour before sunrise...and the bright moon and my Swarovskis showed a dim coyote form tugging away at the dead pig. Decent shooting light was at least twenty minutes away; nothing to do about it but wait. With maybe five more minutes needed, the 'yote suddenly got nervous. He backed away from the carcass, made a half-circle around it...and ran. Hmmphf. Vampire...scared of daylight. Daylight can mean gunfire. I can't argue with him there.

This morning found me back in position: same Bat-time, same Bat-channel (you'll get the reference if there's enough gray in what's left of your thinning hair). The black lump of my hog carcass looks awfully lonely out there. Crud, I thought I might get another chance at him. Minutes crawl by; the country gets marginally brighter. I glance back and discover that my hog lump has doubled in size...he's back!. And a bit more comfortable this time, too...he's really getting stuck into that carcass. C'mon, Mr.Sun...get a little closer. A few more minutes pass. I check through the scope. Maybe. Hang on Mr. Coyote...just another couple of minutes. He's starting to get antsy; he's spending more time looking and listening than feeding. He backs away from the carcass, head up...broadside. If I'm gonna do it, it better be now.

The big rifle roars and recoil shoves me out of view. As I reach for the bolt to cycle another round into the chamber, I hear a yelp from the coyote and see him jump, swap ends and run behind cover and out of view. I don't see him reappear anywhere. Still, this morning I'm toting my old warhorse Sako Safari Grade .375 H&H...and I know where the crosshairs were when the trigger broke. I let it get a bit lighter before walking the 150-ish yards to the now pretty-well-chewed hog carcass. Forty-three steps away lies Mr. Coyote, the 300 grain Hornady solid having taken him cleanly through the engine room.

Greed. Gets us every time.

Mark

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Re: Heavy Varmint Class [Re: 218 Bee] #8071610 12/01/20 04:32 PM
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LOVE IT !!!

good to see you shooting your "thumper" no matter what the target clap


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Re: Heavy Varmint Class [Re: 218 Bee] #8071667 12/01/20 05:18 PM
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Well, that certainly made an impression!


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Re: Heavy Varmint Class [Re: 218 Bee] #8071715 12/01/20 06:05 PM
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Excellent! A visiting nephew recently shot a coyote that was munching on a dead bait hog. Dropped the coyote who still had his fangs stuck in the hog. I had never seen that before.


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Re: Heavy Varmint Class [Re: Buzzsaw] #8071737 12/01/20 06:23 PM
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Originally Posted by Buzzsaw
LOVE IT !!!

good to see you shooting your "thumper" no matter what the target clap


Thanks Buzz! This old campaigner and I have more than 30 years together in the field. I've got plenty of others that shoot faster or further and still others that hit harder...but I can always depend on this 'un!

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get a bigger gun taz


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Re: Heavy Varmint Class [Re: 218 Bee] #8071887 12/01/20 08:17 PM
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That’s a fine looking rifle.

Re: Heavy Varmint Class [Re: Erny] #8071898 12/01/20 08:27 PM
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Originally Posted by Erny
That’s a fine looking rifle.


Thanks Erny!

If I'd whittled a notch into the stock for every head of game that rifle has taken, it'd look like it had been attacked by a rabid beaver. I refinished her stock last year...I owed her that!

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Re: Heavy Varmint Class [Re: 218 Bee] #8072307 12/02/20 12:58 AM
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Always a great narrative sir

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cheers

Re: Heavy Varmint Class [Re: 218 Bee] #8074104 12/03/20 01:23 PM
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Nice looking rifle. Nothing smoother than a Sako action.


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Originally Posted by flintknapper
Nice looking rifle. Nothing smoother than a Sako action.

Re: Heavy Varmint Class [Re: 218 Bee] #8083792 12/10/20 04:23 PM
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Cool story. I used to use a .375 for squirrel hunting but it destroyed too much meat.

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