You’ve been sitting in the stand for going on an hour. Finally, you see it. Out of the corner of your eye, spot movement.
It’s a nice-sized coyote, slinking into view to check out the sounds coming from the e-caller you’ve got placed next to a decoy. You’re downwind, and it looks like it’s going to be a perfect shot.
Then, it happens. Your buddy seems to choose the worst possible moment in the world to sneeze. It’s a loud one, too. The ‘yote hears it and practically disappears in front of your eyes it seems to be gone so quick.
It happens to everyone. If you’re like me, one of your first thoughts is: “Wow. How fast can a coyote run, anyways?”
It’s a good question. There’s a reason, after all, that these animals have become so prevalent that many areas allow them to be hunted year-round.
They’re adaptable, thriving even in the face of urban sprawl. They’re sly, avoiding what few predators they have very successfully. Most of all, they’re fast. Let’s take a look at just how fast.