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Coyote load for 12 guage?

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As this deer season is winding down, I am now preparing for coyote/fox hunting. My hunting will be in the southeastern side of MI, have a .22-.250, but the area available is usually 75 yards or less.
So I am looking for some input to shotgun loads! I currently use a xxx full choke, with # buck (3" 12 ga.). Keep in mind I have not yet shot a fox or coyote yet. These animals have so far made fun of me, I have caught some glimpses of my calling, but I am trying to get better at closing the deal.
So any tips, pointers, do's, don'ts, would be greatly appreciated and put to practice!
Thanks, and happy hunting!
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Shot one a few years ago.
My buddy missed one last week.
00 buck did a quick number on the one I hit a few years ago. Dropped him in his tracks.

As for tips, hide good, don't move, and lots of luck. LOTS.
I've heard good things about #4 buckshot...that's what I would use, but I would take my .223 first.
Setting up on a fields edge is a very great technique. Sounds weird but be upwind with the wind blowing into the field because a coyote will always approach from downwind even if it means prancing across a field. That will also allow you to see an approacher and give you the time for a shot. Just remember that it will smell you and bolt unless you get a good, solid shooting opportunity before that. Hope this helps.
I have found that any good turkey load will put down a yote, I have killed yotes with #5,#6, and #4, depends what I have laying around from the previous turkey season.

I have no explanation for this, but I have never had any luck with electronic calls. All of my kills have come from mouth blown wounded rabbit calls. I try to put allot of emotion into my calling and get ready to shoot quick, as I have had many run in before I got six exhales on the call.

Your stand approach I feel is more important than your stand. Stay low and keep your approach as quite as possible. My best calling spots are within 100 yards of the truck, let them come to you and you will have less chance of alerting them on your entry.

Yotes learn fast and you can burn up a spot pretty quick.

Good luck!
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