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by flashing our pocket lights at each other.
I decided to leave my folding seat and
shooting stick behind.
I hadn't missed all night. An off-hand
shot shouldn't be a problem.
When I flashed that I was in position,
Kyle started calling.
Things heated up quickly. In less than
a minute, I saw a gray shadow slinking
across the snow from the far corner of the
field. It would cross within 25 yards of me.
Kyle also saw it and put the red beam on it.
Coyote.
The 'yote ignored the red spotlight and
looked right at me. I took a head shot and
... missed!
The coyote lunged across the ditch
and dashed in front of Kyle. The bright
white light on his Valmet over-and-under
flicked on.
My eyes closed in reaction to the white
light reflecting off the snow. I waited for
the .222 on Kyle's lower barrel to bark.
BLAM. The 12-gauge upper barrel
roared, blasting out a full load of No. 4
buckshot into the darkness.
I jumped in surprise at the all-encompassing blast in the still of the night.
Kyle made another quick sweep with the
spotlight, and things went quiet.
Kyle flashed for me to come over. I
hopped the ditch not knowing the outcome of the shootout. Kyle's wide grin
was telling enough.
"Thanks for the warning shot," he
joked. "That coyote had its afterburners
lit when it ran into my shotstring."
I wasn't ready to reply. Something out
there in the dark night had caught my eye.
I quickly dropped into a seated position. Kyle picked up on my movement
and grabbed the spotlight.
"Light up the tree line at my 11
o'clock, about 80 yards out," I said softly.
Kyle put the beam right where I

wanted. A pair of red eyes glowed.
"Raccoon?" asked Kyle.
I twisted my scope to its full 7X. "No,
it's a gray fox," I replied.
All business now, Kyle held the red
beam steady.
"Do you have the shot?" he asked.
"I do not," I replied. "I can't see my
crosshairs through the branches."
With the savvy of an old campaigner,
Kyle jerked the red lens cover off the
spotlight. Bright white light flooded the
gray fox.
My crosshairs found its chest just as
its ears flicked back. I pressed the trigger
and the bullet found its mark.
"Can you believe that?" asked Kyle,
eyebrows raised in amazement. "That
gray fox was watching the whole coyote
shootout."
After congratulating each other, we
walked out to pick up our fur. I had the
longer walk and returned as Kyle studiously checked one of the coyote's ears
with his pocket light.
"Is this the way you slit a deer's ear to
tag it?" Kyle asked in a deadpan voice.
I was completely bewildered by his
comment, until his light shone on a perfectly ringed .223 hole through the yote's
left ear. My off-hand shot had sizzled a
little high at close range.
Kyle and I were in good spirits as we
loaded the last of our fur and pulled off our
heavy jackets for the ride home.
"I told you we'd get a dozen grays,"
bragged Kyle as he climbed behind the
wheel.
"You mean a baker's dozen, counting
the coyote," I joked in reply.
We kidded around about nearly every
moment of the night on the way home.
One thing was for certain. Neither of us
would ever forget this hunt for the graycoats of Gettysburg.

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