My buddy Eric and I went out for our first yote hunt of the season. Drove out to the Salton Sea. Parked my car near and orchard and hiked into the desert. We set up on a small hill with an e-caller and decoy 20 yards away. 3 minutes of snowshoe hare (I know...what does a desert yote know about a snowshoe hare?) and Eric tells me he spots one coming in from far away. He loose sight of it as it goes behind some brush. A minute it later it pops out of a bush right in front of Eric about 10 yards away. Bang!......1 down. Our next 2 stands were blanks. We decide to make one last stand as the heat is starting to build. 10 minutes into calling I spot a yote coming in fast from way out. It was just a little dot when I first see it. Before you know it he runs right up to the decoy like he as going to eat it. Bang!..... 2 down. We call for a little bit longer to see if we have any more coming in but see nothing. We go to pick it up I was surprised by its size. This guy was a toad by California desert standards. Very wide head and big body. We take a few pictures. Then we start to pack away the caller and decoy as we eat some food. We're just talking and laughing. Then I spot another yote. Maybe 300 yards out. How he didn't see us standing there is a mystery. I tell Eric to get down and get on your gun. I drop to my butt, with no cover, a half eaten banana in one hand and my rabbit distress mouth call in the other. I start calling and the yote immediately start heading right for me at mach 2. Between calls I whisper to Eric "Don't let this thing eat me!" as it is making a beeline right at me. About 70 yards out Eric lets one fly and hits square in the chest. It goes an end over end and then starts to spin and then falls over dead. When we recover it we see its a young one. Probably never seen a human before so that might explain why he didn't bust us earlier. We took a few more pix.....at an angle to improve the size of this guy and headed on back to my car to call it a day.
Edited by Wino, 13 October 2017 - 09:40 PM.