Browning A-Bolt Shotgun
Sometimes a rifle just isn’t an option for coyotes. If you’re in shotgun-only territory or worried about surrounding structures and range, then the Browning A-Bolt Stalker bolt-action shotgun might do the trick. With this one you get the same fast-action 60-degree bolt you’d get with any A-Bolt rifle, but in a fully-rifled, drilled and tapped, 22-inch 12-gauge barrel that handles both 2¾- and 3-inch shotshells. You also get Marble and Truglo fiber optic sights back and front, respectively, a detachable two-round magazine, and textured gripping surfaces at the appropriate points. This gun comes wood stocked, but for winter coyotes I’d take the matte blue/black synthetic Stalker or the composite stock in Mossy Oak Break-Up Infinity
MSRP: The Browning website lists this gun at $1299.99 in the Infinity camo version.
Flambeau Master Series Flocked Lone Howler
Lots of coyote hunters use an electronically agitated piece of fur as a decoy, but that may not be enough when the local population of dogs is educated. When your quarry is wary and call shy, give them the boost they need to come in with a full-size, full-body decoy, like the Master Series Fully Flocked Howler from Flambeau Outdoors. This decoy was actually designed by Kansas wildlife artist Charlie Norton, so realism is absolute with this one, right down to its fur coat, moveable fur tale (wind will activate both features for added effect), and bungee-corded legs that allow the user to position the decoy standing or lying down (Flambeau suggests putting a white rag in the Howler’s mouth to simulate captured prey).
MSRP: www.FlambeauOutdoors.com has this predator decoy listed at $162.75.
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About the Author: Jennifer L.S. Pearsall joined Gun Digest in summer 2011 as a books editor. She began her career selling guns in a retail gun shop and handgun range in Northern Virginia in the early 1990s. Recruited by the NRA to join its editorial staff in 1999, she then went on to succeed as a freelance writer and photographer. She's been a competitive shooter in many disciplines, including sporting clays, IPSC, and metallic blackpowder cartridge silhouette, and she has been an avid hunter for many years.
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