Took my dog out in the back pasture to do his business tonight and had a run in with 2 very nasty large coyotes. One rushed right up to him and challenged him to a fight. Not a small dog either, this is a 75 pound retriever. Fortunately he's not a fighter and ran back towards me. I always carry a pistol on the land and tonight was no exception. The coyote ran after my dog and stopped at about 50 yards, with a second one flanking to his right. Not enough moonlight for a clear sight picture. I fired one aimed shot at the one that stopped and a small volley at both as they ran off. Put the dog in and went back out with the shotgun and barked a coyote challenge call. The brazen S.O.B. came back in to 75 yards and barked back at me. I couldn't get him any closer but peppered him pretty good with goose load when he tried to slink off into cover. Never seen them this brazen! To come back in after being shot at. I guess I need to do some sunrise/sunset rifle work with the rabbit call and set a few traps. They don't run away from the .280 Remington or #2 Bridger 4x4s!