Sounds like your on the right track. Damn yuppies...Thanks, and sorry for the ballistic response.
I’ve hunted my whole life and seen pretty much everything animals can do to each other (including people.). But finding our little man like that was a disturbing sight I can’t unsee. Still, no excuse.
I’m barely in the city limits and right on the edge of an ever-shrinking rural area. My house backs up to an Oncor right of way about 125 yards wide by 600 long and woods at either end. We get deer feeding right up to our back fence (which is what we thought he was barking at), turkeys from nearby river bottoms, and pretty much everything else native to the area.
Unfortunately, it’s still the burbs and some of my yuppie neighbors (especially next door) would freak at the notion of someone shooting coyotes (unless, of course, it had been their dog.)
I have no illusions of eradication (that’s impossible) but just cap one or two to let the bastards know they’re not at the top of the food chain anymore. They’re smart enough to stay away after that. Then possibly repeat annually as needed.
And yes, some payback for our little man would be extremely satisfying.
What I envisioned is getting them as close to the back fence as possible (maybe baiting) and shoot down from an elevated position. to avoid skip ricochets. No long-range sniping.
I’ve killed a few coyotes while deer hunting, or that answered my turkey call, but never actually hunted them, so I have no idea if that would work. I suspect though, that these suburban dogs would be a lot less wary than their cousins out in the country who get shot at regularly.
Another good option. My buddy just got his 1895 threaded and brought it over the other day. With his Hybrid 46, it was stupid quiet with 158 gr cowboy loads.I don't usually condone shooting without earpro, but I was shooting 158gr 38 specials out of a levergun without earpro and they didn't sound any louder than a .22lr out of a rifle. I doubt they were traveling supersonic. Might be another consideration of getting a levergun in 357/38 and suppressing that. Just as quiet but more energy.