With Christmas right around the corner, I figured this would be the perfect time to discuss the latest and greatest gear in the predator hunting world. Santa has a lot on his plate nowadays and expecting him to know what gear is best for stacking up coyotes is a little unreasonable. So when it comes time for you to draft your annual “wish list” letter to him, use this guide to specifically mention products and I’ll guarantee there will only be tears of joy Christmas morning!
The Electronic Call
Lucky Duck Predator Calls offer an electronic call lineup that fits the needs and budget of any coyote hunter. With a sound library, that is regarded by most in the industry as the best out there, and innovative features like the ability to revolve the call in different directions, it’s easy to see why many of the top coyote hunters in the country are choosing Lucky Duck!
The Rebel – MSRP of $119.99. The Rebel features the loudest and clearest speaker in its class, a built-in decoy, a basic long-range remote loaded with 12 of the best sounds, and the ability to play 2 sounds at once.
The Riot – MSRP of $199.99. The Riot features the loudest and clearest speaker in its class, a built-in decoy, and an upgraded remote loaded with 50 of the best sounds. The Riot uses the same upgraded long-range remote that you’ll find with the Revolt and Revolution and has the capacity to hold 2000 sounds.
The Revolt – MSRP of $299.99. The Revolt features the loudest and clearest speaker in its class, a built-in 3-speed decoy, an additional tweeter speaker for higher pitched sounds, and a revolving base and tripod which gives the user the ability to spin the call left or right 360 degrees. The upgraded long-range remote is pre-loaded with 100 sounds and gives you the ability to control the decoy and the revolving base.
The Revolution – MSRP of $399.99. The Revolution features the loudest and clearest speaker in its class, a built-in 3-speed decoy, an HD video camera, and a revolving base and tripod which gives the user the ability to spin the call left or right 360 degrees. The upgraded long-range remote is pre-loaded with 100 sounds and gives you the ability to control the decoy, camera, and the revolving base.
All 4 of the ecalls are powered by 10 AA batteries. Lucky Duck offers a 12V rechargeable lithium-ion battery pack and wall charger that is compatible with every ecall they make. Sound management is made simple on the Riot, Revolt and Revolution models. All sound files are stored on an SD card in the back of the unit. The SD card can be easily removed and users can add or remove sounds and change sound folders right through their home computer. More info can be found at www.luckyduck.com.
Swagger bipods are quickly changing the shooting game in the predator world! Unlike traditional stiff-legged bipods, shooting sticks or monopods, Swagger does more than simply function as a barrel rest. The adjustable telescoping legs feature flexible joints that allow infinite maneuverability, which means you get the stabilizing benefits of the bipod without the restrictions of the stiff, fixed legs. Swagger allows you to maneuver in any terrain and any situation, constantly stabilizing your rifle while you raise up or lower down, slide left or turn right, move forward or lean back. With the push of a button, Swagger transforms from full flex to rigid legs, just like a traditional bipod. Swagger also lets you shoot prone, sitting or standing. Having a tool like this while coyote hunting allows the hunter to quickly adjust positions and get on target all while providing the stability needed to consistently put rounds on target at any range!
The Hunter29 – MSRP of $199. The Hunter29 easily adjusts from 6 ¾” to 29” and is ideal for western hunters, spot-and-stalk situations, and anywhere long shots from the ground are likely. Assembled weight is 23.6 oz.
The Hunter42 – MSRP of $209.99. The Hunter42 boasts an extension range of 9 ¾” to 41 ¼” and adapts to unique challenges of hunting from treestands, blinds, steep terrain, or any enclosure with an elevated window. The Hunter42 is ideal for taller coyote hunters as well as those who find themselves sitting on side-hills for a majority of their coyote stands. Assembled weight is 25.78 oz.
Both models feature removable rubber feet with metal spike feet underneath, nitride finish springs and spring housing and reinforced bungee. Each bipod comes standard with a rifle adapter that allows the bipod to be mounted to a swivel stud. Picatinny mounts are also available and sold separately. More info can be found at www.swaggerbipods.com.
As a coyote hunter that has exclusively used an AR-15 since 2004, I’ve used many brands over the years. None though have matched the accuracy, dependability, and craftsmanship of Daniel Defense. Whether it’s for the military, law enforcement or hunting applications, they offer many different models to fit the need of any marksman. Here are several models specifically designed with the coyote hunter in mind!
MK12 – MSRP of $2,099. The MK12 is chambered in 5.56 and is constructed around an 18-inch stainless steel barrel with a chamber created during the Cold Hammer Forging process, which ensures the most precise alignment of the chamber to the bore possible. The barrel is DLC finished and has a 1:7” twist. The MK12 comes standard with a Geissele SSA 2-stage trigger, ambidextrous safely, DD 6 position buttstock and DD pistol grip. The MK12 utilizes a BCMGUNFIGHTER charging handle and the upper receiver is equipped with a free floating DDM4 rail 12.0 quad picatinny rail for adding accessories. The barrel is threaded in 1/2×28 TPI and comes with a DD improved flash suppressor. This rifle is available in a black, tornado or deep woods finish and weighs in at 7.41 lbs.
Ambush 5.56 – MSRP of $1,889. The Ambush hunting line takes the best aspects of Daniel’s battle proven designs and tailor fit them to the modern sportsman. Built around a chrome-moly vanadium steel, cold hammer forged barrel in a 1/7” twist, the Ambush 5.56 offers precision and accuracy with a wide variety of projectiles. The Ambush line comes standard with a Geissele SSA 2-stage trigger, BCMGUNFIGHTER charging handle, ambidextrous safety, DD 6 position buttstock, and DD pistol grip. The upper receiver is equipped with a DD MFR 15.0 free-floating handguard with a continuous picatinny rail on top and the M-Lok rails on the sides and bottom. The barrel is threaded in 1/2×28 TPI and is capped with a knurled thread protector. The Ambush line is available in Kryptek Highlander or Realtree Xtra and weighs in at 7 lbs.
More info can be found at www.danieldefense.com.
Your rifle is only as good as the ammunition you run through it and coyote hunters need a combination that provides supreme accuracy, devastating terminal ballistics and minimal fur damage. Hornady offers a vast line-up of ammunition that will accomplish this. In the 223 Remington lineup, the Superformance propellant technology delivers muzzle velocity increases of 100 to 200 feet per second from every rifle. Accuracy, increased range, flatter trajectory, less wind drift, and devastating terminal results are all realized with Superformance Varmint ammunition.
223 Rem 53 gr V-Max Superformance – MSRP of $21.99 (box of 20). Featuring the industry leading polymer tipped V-Max bullet, the 53 grain projectile is specifically designed for superior performance out of the 223 or 5.56 platforms. The bullet delivers match accuracy and rapid fragmentation for thin-skinned, small game like coyotes. With a muzzle velocity of 3465 fps out of a 24” barrel and a ballistic coefficient of .290, the 53 grain V-Max will be the best ammunition you’ve ever shot out of your AR!
More info can be found at www.hornady.com.