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    Thanks to the person who contacted me, about Clyde. I did make contact. Much appreciated.

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    The current trend for long-range calibers is 6.5 but the 6mm 243 is still a great round. The WSSM is a great cartridge. Plenty of velocity equals great ft lbs on target. Would be plenty of gun for most big game. Little light for elk but with good shot placement it would work. My main concern anymore is weight. I’m not a youngster and even that RRA Predator Pursuit gets heavy during a long day of hiking and calling.

     

    I don’t mind the weight & the hike through the hills. My aim is I prefer a heavy rifle that buffets little in a stout cross/quartering wind. While shooting prone. My .223 Bushmaster AR, preferred Winchester 55 gr SBT & 45 gr Win white box(Varmint pack). The 45gr white box was subject to drifting 4″ with a 10 mph crosswind @ 100yds.

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    You know I’m a long time predator stalker. It was icy conditions that were the cause of me getting into shooting long range. A neighbor guy bought a 24″ HB 243 wssm AR. I was hooked after that. It doesn’t kill coyotes any better. But cuts through stout crosswinds at long range very well. So I stuck with that rifle. I’ve shot many passed 300 with it. I also agree with you on the .223 @ 300. Much to be desired on stout wind days.  I shoot 95 gr Win BT’s. Awesome coyote round except at close range. Not a fur saver. but a devastating killer on the coyotes. I shot one sleeper broadside around the 300yrd marker. Hit him mid chest. The exit wound was grape fruit sized. Even with that trauma that coyote gained his footing again & tried to run. I stayed on him in the scope & punched him one more. That did it.

     

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    I enjoy it a great deal. I use a modified short Versa-Pod Model 1. I modified the skid feet By riveting on 2″x2″ aluminum pans. With a sheet metal screw sticking down/ For prone shooting on ice. My longest ranged shots were 554-556 & 600 yards even. Using my fatgirl. Which weighs around 12 lb loaded.

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    There are some. Not many, but they are here. There are also some, larger than 50. I’ve read from a few Biologists. The purebred coyote will average between upper 20’s-40 lbs. That may be true?  I believe some coyotes here in Iowa have domestic dog in their lineage. I’ve seen a handful that were not all coyote. It was obvious to me.

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    sorry Ev, I stopped keeping track of who didn’t mesh with who. I stopped caring, and others might have also…

     

    That cracked me up! haha. You know Mark. I’m who I’m. I can live with that. B)

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    I appreciate the feedback, Mark. But as I’m sure you are aware. He & I do not mesh. Anyway, I did talk to Clyde’s daughter many yrs ago. But had lost track of her & forgot her name. Thanks regardless.

     

    Clyde had a large kill dog, all Greyhound. Best I can recall he was 39″ @ the shoulder. He was a massive size Greyhound & a holy terror on the coyotes. Clyde told me back in that dog’s prime. The other Greyhound kept throwing a 65 lb black coydog. But he was to much for those dogs. Finally Clyde’s big kill dog caught up with him. They fought hard for a long while. Finally the coydog was shot. Clyde said he never in his life, seen a wild canine like that one. Nor any as tough. When I talked to Clyde’s daughter last time. I had forgot to ask her if she had any of her Dad’s hunting pics. That she might share with me.

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    That won’t happen to you because you know what one looks like. Most people couldn’t id a mountain lion over a house cat. People are notoriously unreliable “witnesses”. In the mid 2000’s I worked for s county conservation board. We “investigated “ close to 50 “lion” sightings and tracks. All were dogs.

     

    I do not doubt, many people do mistake other animals to be a lion.

    I take things with a grain of salt until proven otherwise. This older lady, she lives on a large acreage that butts up to the Iowa River near Albion. Her husband & herself, have seen a lion twice on their property over the last 30yrs. As in, close up seen. Also her son who is a hunter has had 2 sightings on the same property. He also found a telephone pole on the adjoining neighbors property while deer hunting. That pole has been repeatedly clawed/marked by a lion(I seen the picture). I told that lady, that lion is marking it’s territory. She said her son said the same thing. Also the neighbors ,where the marked pole is located. Have seen a lioness with two sub-adults, 2 yrs ago. People can scoff all they want on the presence of lions here in Iowa.  IMO, they have never left Iowa. How could they? Iowa is not fenced in.

    meow

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    I spoke with an older lady last wk. This early Summer/late Spring out by the KDAO radio tower. As she was driving by, she thought she seen a deer laying out on the open field, near the road.  So she slowed way down & took another look. It was a large lion sunning itself. Of course that will never happen to me, haha. Refreshing to hear regardless. This lion hunt of mine. Sure is a long road to hoe <jeesh!

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    I heard that. Hope they multiply like roaches. I want one.

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    Not to stray far off the topic. But over my hunt years, Jim. I’ve seen 3 wolves here in central Iowa. 1st wolf was seen circa; 1972. Just SouWest of Rhodes, Ia. 2 of our coyote hounds caught that wolf around 1/4 mile off of the gravel. All 3 fought hard on a hillside. At least once or more times. That wolf had each dog’s head in his mouth. My Dad’s hound weighed 110lbs, he was very large for his breed & built stocky. the other hound was a Walker Hound around 60lbs give or take. Willard & I topped the high hill. Here came both hounds staggering back in the deep snow. Both hounds had puncture wounds on their head/muzzle, neck, chest & shoulders. We packed the wounds with snow. That wolf was huge. A salt & pepper color.

     

    2nd wolf I seen late one night as I rounded a sharp turn on a gravel road. 2 miles South of Marshalltown, Iowa. Wolf was following a beat down deer trail on the hard pack snow. Wolf stopped 1/2 through a spread barbed fence & looked at my vehicle. I suppose I was less than 50′ from it. A large & beautiful wolf. Smoky black in color.

     

    3rd wolf I seen Winter of 04? If I recall.  I seen it 2 miles due East of Green Mountain Iowa. Wolf was very large, long lanky legs. It was a dirty cream color, with a brownish/tan saddle marking on it’s back.

     

    I hope to catch one on camera. Before I get to old to hunt anymore. There are a few nomadic wolves who do pass through Iowa. A rare sight to behold, no doubt.

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    My thoughts are along those same lines, Jim. Who knows Iowa’s pop? But no doubt, it is expanding. I have yet to hear of “mass Iowa lion killings” Finding a fresh track, let along seeing one on permissioned ground. Will be most rare. But I still have hope. Because, I’m relentless.

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    Jim, I spoke with an experienced lion hunter from AZ some yrs back. As I was gathering 1st hand knowledge of lion behaviors. Trying to obtain as much lion behaviors as I could to get an edge on them. He claimed the lions he was aware of that have an established territory. They will run a circuit on their land roughly on 2 wk interval. When he told me that I thought maybe that was etched in stone? Because I had heard that very thing from a farmer 10 miles south of me. He had seen  similar 2x. But my experience has been they are most irregular. Regularly…irregular in their travels if you will. To date I have spoken with 70+ people who have seen a lion. Including the Counties of; Hardin, Jasper, Tama, Marshall, Grundy & Story. A handful of those people. Have seen a pr of lions & or a female with 2 subs in tow. Now days when someone claims to “know” about their travel patterns. Makes me squint if you get my drift. haha

    Lion I seen around 12 Winters ago. Was sitting between some standing corn & a fence line 3/8 mile out. Lion was facing the Minerva creek to it’s North. I seen that lion around 2.5 miles due West of Albion Iowa.

    Info I have gathered over those last 12+ yrs is. There is/was a female up in Hardin County & 1 in Tama County. With a large male covering those counties. Including Marshall county. I believe the lion I seen West of Albion was the male. Lion was huge. Some kid in M’town will probably tag one with his cork gun. Before I get the chance. No matter. I still hunt hard for my opportunity. It’s all good.

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    Well happy retirement! When you get there, Jim. Last handful of yrs. Been seeing low coyotes numbers. Of course I’ve been mainly looking in north Marshall & Western Grundy Counties. There is a older guy Marshalltown Trapper. Who hammers the coyotes hard every year. So I expect the low numbers are because of his take. I ran into him one day. He had a pile in the back of his truck. I’ve been seeing low 30’s for a number of yrs now. Not like the late 70’s early 80’s. They were thick back then. I think I seen 81 one Winter if I recall now? I do miss hammering on them I must say. End of last Winter I spotted a sleeping pair out near the 1/4 mile. So tempting so tempting B)

     

    By the way. The Wolf Lake edition is roughly 1 mile SouEast of Marshalltown, Iowa. I’ll hunt that are hard next Winter. My Dad’s coyote hound tree’d a lion behind Riverview Park in Marshalltown. Summer of 68 or 69? I can’t recall now days. My memory is fading. I can’t believe some believe the IDNR released them. Good grief! The lions have always been here. But appear to be populating now more than in the last 100yrs give or take. I hear tell “They” were eradicated from Iowa. Turn of the century? I had no idea the “entire state was fenced in” back then? who knew…. You know…for “the great lion round-up & extermination” haha

    meow

    • This reply was modified 4 months ago by Avatar coydog.
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    I always liked hound hunting, Jim. That is how I got into predators in the 1st place Fall of 64.  Hope you do well, Jim on the lions. I didn’t know you were a medic? Seems my quest for a one on one is eternal. I regret passing on the one many yrs ago. Had there not been standing corn it walked into. He would’ve been killed that day. I reckon I’m destined to pay for my error. haha

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