Shooting Tips: 8 Keys to Hit More Coyotes

Coyotes can be one of the toughest challenges for a rifleman. They are relatively small targets, they're constantly on the move, and their keen eyesight usually keeps them at a long range from the gun.

But, with these 8 tips, you'll hit more coyotes this winter.

1) BRUSH
Choose a spot with low brush in front and ample vegetation behind you to break up your silhouette. Don't skyline yourself.

2) TRIGGER
To develop a smooth trigger break, keep the trigger hand relaxed. A death grip on the rifle will degrade your marksmanship.

3) SCOPE
Keep your scope's magnification under 6X for a better field of view and to increase your speed for follow-up shots.

4) FRONT HAND
Use the lead hand to pull the rifle firmly into the pocket of the shoulder. This allows for better trigger control and will keep the rifle in position.

5) POSITION
Sitting is the most versatile shooting position for predators. For maximum stability, rest the elbows in front of the kneecaps.
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6) SEAT**
The modest elevation provided by a short seat gives you a better view of the land, and allows you to sit longer with less discomfort.
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7) RANGE**
Range major terrain features and write down holdovers before calling. A binocular with a built-in rangefinder will lighten your kit.

8) STICKS
Shooting sticks or a long bipod will steady a rifle on distant shots. Make sure you can pivot easily to cover the landscape.