Winter Coyote Hunt

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Scenes From a Cold-Weather Predator Hunt

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1 | Jeff Christie

Photographer Tim Christie’s son, Jeff Christie, is an avid coyote hunter.

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2 | Predator Calling

These shots were taken in eastern Montana and northern Idaho.

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3 | Cagey Canine

Coyotes may be the most intelligent game animal in North America.

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4 | Coyote Checking the Wind

Coyotes have excellent eyesight, hearing and above all, sense of smell. Calling coyotes into gun range, especially in daylight hours, is tough.

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5 | Curiosity Killed the Coyote

But, coyotes are curious — and that may be their biggest weakness.

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6 | Coyote Hunting Gear

Christie’s coyote gun of choice is a custom Remington Model 700 in .257 Roberts topped with a 4x12 Nikon scope.

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7 | Coyote Coming to the Call

Long-range skills aren’t necessary when a coyote commits to a call like this.

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8 | Keep Still!

Like a turkey hunter, a good predator hunter must keep perfectly still until he’s given a perfect shot opportunity.

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9 | Coyote Shot Placement

A coyote can be a tenacious animal — going for the front shoulders or even a headshot is preferred.

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10 | Coyote Down!

Distressed prey calls — cottontail, jack rabbit, fox puppy, even house cat — account for the majority of coyote responses when calling.

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11 | Howling

Late winter (February and early March) is the coyote breeding season, so mixing some howls into your calling sequence can also be productive. 

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12 | Successful Coyote Hunter

Jeff Christie with a big Montana coyote.

Editor's note: This photo gallery was first published Feb. 14, 2011.

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Check the wind, find a hiding spot, start squealing and shoot straight — coyote calling in the snow is the classic American varmint hunt