LED CoyoteLight: Hunt Coyotes When They Are Most Active
Coyotes use the night as protective cover for their forays. Most coyote hunters already know how effective calling can be...
Coyotes use the night as protective cover for their forays. Most coyote hunters already know how effective calling can be during the low-light hours of dawn and dusk, but relatively few of us hunt during the dead of night, for one obvious reason: It’s hard to see. Even riflescopes with huge, light-gathering objectives are useless an hour past sunset on a moonless night.
That’s why you need an external light if you are serious about hunting predators at night. There’s no shortage of tactical lights and lasers that do a decent job of “painting” your aiming point, but if you want to illuminate a scene, you need more candlepower. You need a scope-mounted light like the rechargeable red LED CoyoteLight ($429; coyotelight.com), which is dimmable and has a Picatinny rail that can mount to a scope, the upper of an AR, or even a separate monopod or tripod.
I hunted predators most of last winter with a CoyoteLight, and while I had difficulty resolving targets beyond 300 yards, it fully illuminated coyotes out past 200 yards. And because I mounted the light to my scope with a set of customized rings, I was able to make the shot the moment I identified the target.