this varmit hunting sounds cool is it open year round and where do you go(i.m from s.f. bay area) and do you use regular hunting rifle or would you use a rifle with bull barrell and powerful optics,ect.ec t....
Proceed with caution. Varmit hunting is addicting.
Yes yote hunting is open year round. It seems most shoots are taken within 100 yards or so. Your mormal hunting rifle should do fine. .243 and .223 are probly the most common of the varmit rounds. I use a 3x9 vari-x II on my .270 and it seems to work fine, I also use a 4 power on my .44 mag lever action, I will most likely pick up a NEF handi rifle in .243 and equip it with a variable scope. You don't need a bull barrel or extremly powerful scope. But as I said it is addicting, so you will probly end up with a set up like that. Good camo and watch the wind direction. I don't know much about your area., so I can't say about good spots, but I'm sure someone else can help. Will I hope some of my rambling make since and helps a little.
As long as the caliber is sufficent to do the job at the ranges your hunting, you'll be ok. On my uncles ranch, I use a 12 gauge. On ranges out to about 150 yards, I use a .223 with a 4x and on ranges farther out I use a 25-06 with a 6x18. If your interested in saving the pelts though, I wouldn't recomend the 25-06.
Ditto on Evan III & alanscott. Bull barrels & powerful scopes are nice, but not necessary. Your regular deer hunting rifle will work fine, however as Evan says you'll probably end up with one more tailored for varmint hunting, such as the 223, 22-250 or 243.
Sorry, don't know any spots in your area, but a little sniffing around should turn something up for you.
A coyote rifle setup is similar to a deer rifle. You don't need the bull barrel or high powered scopes. But then again you can use pretty much anything. I've used a 30-30 a few times. Unless you're in the fur business, you A shotgun in brushy area will do with copper plated BBs or #4 buckshot. Once you get your first yote, like Evan III said it is very addictive.
Be patient! You will not necessarily get a yote the first time you go out or the tenth time. Don't give up. You figure your doing something wrong, but you learn from each time you go out. It took me about 12 times until I got my first coyote. I've been hooked ever since. If you can sit still for 15 minutes you're in for whacking some coyotes!
A Remington, Winchester, Ruger or Savage .223 with a Leupold 3-9x on top would be a great starter varmint/predator gun for just about anyone. Quality equipment but inexpensive enough for just about anyone to get into. You could use it for ground squirrels to coyotes and bobcats. Ammo is cheap and plentiful.
raghorn... Listen to what these guys are saying... IT CAN AND WILL BE VERY ADDICTING!!! WORSE than any drug, drink or woman!!!
You dont need an expensive rifle just a good one, one that you are comfortable with and can shoot efficiently!! New England Firearms would be a good start to look at some economical but excellent guns... You can build your own electronic caller with a few supplies from Radio Shack and be a very effective Coyote Population Control Specialist!!
I have been hooked since day one some years back, and went from using my deer rifle to using my varmint rigs... Funny how the names change with your newest likings... LOL
Below are two of my varmint rigs, the rifle is a Remington 40X in .222 topped with a Unertl Optics Telescope (26 1/2" long scope) for long and LOOONGER ranges... LOL... The pistol is Thompson Centerfire in .223 topped with a Burris 4X scope, for the closer ranges.
If I can recommend a good caliber, I would advise you to get a .223, the ammo is cheap and easy to find and they are small enough that they wont mess up the pelts.
In my opinion, you should USE whatever you kill, dont leave it to waste, it is unethical to kill any animal for no reason other than just the sport of the kill. This year Coyote hides are selling from around $25.00 up to about $40.00 so you can also make some extra money to pay for ammo, a new gun etc... If I can help, feel free to send me an email, I will gladly offer advice for one of the greatest sports around.
My 2 varmint guns are a savage99 in 250 sav that I got for $40 at a fire sale & a new NEF Handi Rifle in 243 that I paid $255 with a simmons blazer 3x9x50 scope. you don't need anything fancy, just whatever you have that can handle the job
I like to use a varity of calibers.Rem .17, 220 swift, 22-250, and the 243-The 243 i load special with a 60 gr hollow point.The rest of the cal. i shoot 55 gr hollow point.Execpt for 220 swift they are pretty much pelt friendly.I try to shoot a flatter trag cartridge.For those longer ranges.Just love those shots!!!