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Haven't been able to get out for a few days due to the dark nights but saw the moon out at around 1 A.M. this morning so I thought I'd give it a try.

Only got in two sets but the last one made the cold and wind worth it.

I set up on a hill in the SW corner of a field with woods to my left and North. I had walked in from the East and put the caller in a small patch of weeds and walked 100 yards SW to the hill and sat near a fence post. I had called on and off for about an hour when I looked to the left to see one running to the caller. It circled the grass and must have caught my scent before I could get on it and ran about 30 yards and stopped to look back. I squeezed one off and down she went. I hadn't seen the male run in during the commotion but caught him heading out in a hurry after the shot, straight North. A few loud barks and yells brought him to a stop at around 240 yards. I put the dot on him and let one fly and a couple of flops later he lay still. It was a pretty long walk, dragging the both of them out and got a little too sweaty to try another set so I called it a night.





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Nicely done ! We had a cow croak the other day and it didn't take the coyotes long to locate it, they were yackin and barkin etc. Was hoping for the moon also, saw it came out here around 11:00ish last night, good luck and keep poundin !

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Really depends on what I'm hunting primarily and what state I'm in. If I'm hunting fox in WI, I'll have the light on the shotgun (and use it when we don't have snow or I'm hunting in the woods) and sometimes leave my light on my rifle, mostly because it's convenient and doesn't take up any more room but rarely ever use it. I used it once last year on a coyote and this year on a gray fox.

Last night was the first night that I've been out in a while and had the rifle with my light on it but picked 2 stands that gave me a elevated view of my caller and decoy and I could see fine through the scope to shoot and that was with only 2% of the moon visible. Obviously you wont be shooting 250 yards on a night like that but I have no trouble with closer yardages hunting over a fully covered field in snow and I'd much rather carry the rifle than the shotgun anyday.


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