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Will a .410 kill a coyote, looking at him right now!

Discussion in 'Northwest Hunting' started by svg4, Dec 19, 2011.

  1. svg4

    svg4 Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    I have a coyote in the back yard of my 2 ac. Been there all afternoon. It keeps circling.
    I called Tigard police, they don't have anybody to handle it. They were nice about it. The guy said they don't usually bother somebody, if the animal is a direct threat. No promises though. My twelve gauge is out on loan and I don't have a bow. Will the .410 be a sure kill at about 30'?
     
  2. eldbillbo

    eldbillbo clackamas New world samurai and a redneck none the less Bronze Supporter

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    try it and let us know, that is if its safe to do so. No neighbors, bus stops , roads , Ect.
    and with a proper back stop.

    and as long as you are legal to do so and have a hunting license
     
  3. pchewn

    pchewn Beaverton Oregon USA Well-Known Member

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    Do you have any outdoor pets it might attack? If not, why not leave it alone?
     
  4. RedneckRampage

    RedneckRampage Newberg Well-Known Member

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    I doubt it. Not unless you have buck shot for it. You'd probably just hurt it. Throw rocks or something to scare it away.
     
  5. eldbillbo

    eldbillbo clackamas New world samurai and a redneck none the less Bronze Supporter

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    name it 2 socks

    dances with coyotes
     
  6. svg4

    svg4 Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    This coyote is acting very strange. I have an outside dog who is going nuts, but we are keeping him in. Worried about rabies, so were the Tigard police. It would be a safe shot, but I would rather pass than just wound it...I am not just looking for a reason to shoot something, I can do that when I hunt.
     
  7. svg4

    svg4 Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Would a .22LR or a .17HMR?
     
  8. WhyteCheddar

    WhyteCheddar East of Moscow by the Willamette Well-Known Member

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    If you are in the city limits of Tigard you cannot shoot a firearm as far as I know.
     
  9. ZigZagZeke

    ZigZagZeke Eugene Silver Supporter Silver Supporter 2015 Volunteer

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    If it's acting strange be very suspect for rabies. Don't get involved with it physically. If you do shoot it don't touch it. Keep your dog inside, even if you kill it. You could try calling a critter exterminator. I'd see if I could borrow a 12 gauge from somebody. The .410 with large shot would probably do the trick from 30', but not with #8 birdshot.
     
  10. eldbillbo

    eldbillbo clackamas New world samurai and a redneck none the less Bronze Supporter

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    what about calling animal control ?
     
  11. ZigZagZeke

    ZigZagZeke Eugene Silver Supporter Silver Supporter 2015 Volunteer

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    A .22 LR would certainly do it, but you need to be sure of your backstop and what's down range. Also, could be against city code to fire a firearm. Then again, if it's an emergency and the authorities won't respond there might be exceptions. Do you have understanding neighbors? Mine all understand about raising livestock and the need to sometimes protect them.
     
  12. Dan-Dee Sales Inc

    Dan-Dee Sales Inc Sweet Home, Oregon, United States Active Member

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    What he said.
     
  13. nitestocker

    nitestocker woodland washington Well-Known Member

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    yes it will i used to have a savage 22/410 and with 3 in shells ive killed a lot of animals with it and at 15 yards a side shot will take them down fast point at the rib cage and i think they make slugs for the little 410 as well
     
  14. Garg

    Garg east of portland metro Hold my beer..... watch this Bronze Supporter

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    If Tigard PD won't come, call Washington County Mounties.
     
  15. UncalledForGabe

    UncalledForGabe Aloha Or. Member

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    I don't think it would be worth the legal trouble you could possibly get into.
     
  16. svg4

    svg4 Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    I decided to wait till morning and see if is still here. I will call Wash. County and Animal Control. I am getting the .12 gu back tonight. I talked to Tigard again and he said they understand the problem and normally most officers won't do anything under these circumstances, but that is not a guarantee. It is up to the officer and supervisor. He said it really changes if you feel like there is a threat to you or your animals.
     
  17. the4thshake

    the4thshake Portland Active Member

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    Why don't you get in touch with the pellet gun fella down in Florence?
     
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  18. mjbskwim

    mjbskwim Salmon,Idaho Well-Known Member

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    I don't have a clue as to your laws,but the answer the cop gave you sounds like I would pass on shooting it with a firearm.He definitely won't say much if the guys on duty come to get you,in you behalf

    As far as the 410 killing a coyote at 30'? Of course it will.My daddy fed my family on deer with a 410.
    A 22lr will drop it as will a 17HMR at those ranges.But I'd try something else if there's a question of legality.

    See this is a perfect reason to have a bow or cross bow around.Cross bow with a scope would be perfect.Even if you just put them hard rubber thumper heads on there.

    Another thing,if you have a yote around during the day,I would guess he has no place to hide and sleep.
    Meaning you have quite a population of coyotes around your neighborhood
    Hey good luck
     
  19. Ought Six

    Ought Six Snoqualmie Valley area Active Member

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    If it is acting strange and showing no fear of humans, it is dangerous, especially to kids in the area. I would call animal control and explain this to them. If they still will not come out, then I would shoot it if I had a suitable weapon. A .410 buckshot or slug load should be fine, as others said, with the proper backstop and due safety considerations. A .22 is also adequate, given careful shot placement. I would not use a .410 birdshot load, as you are likely to end up with a wounded coyote going to ground to hide out in the neighborhood, which would be an even greater danger to people.