I was in the basement making some homemade jigs for ice fishing when I thought I heard my wife say "baby coyote". So I go up and she tells me she just saw a small coyote come right up to the back gate in out back yard. A mere 30 feet from the coup. So I grab the 12 gauge (loaded with 00 buck shot) and my coyote call. My son and I went out immediately and made the first call right at the gate where it had been seen. We watched for movement in the field, but nothing. So we walk half way up the field and I am thinking it went into the woods, so we crouch down and make another call. As I was watching where I thought the coyote had went I catch movement out of the corner of my eye 90 degrees to my right. As we both turned we see it pounce down after something next to a pine tree. As soon as she pounced I stood and took aim. When she raised her head I shot and missed, I racked another shell and hit her running at about 30 yards. I thought I had missed a second time, but we walked up to where I shot and there she laid. Beautiful full grown female with prime fur. I've never skinned anything just to keep it's fur so that was my first. After a quick trip to Cabelas for a fur stretcher and to the grocery store for rubber gloves and salt I went to work putting up the fur. It turned out really nice and I think I will have it tanned. I also have the bug now to start a trap line this winter. Nothing big maybe just a dozen traps and targeting coyote and coons. Here is a pic of my trophy, my first ever coyote!