18 March 2008
When I was a kid I used to drag a 700 Varmint in .243 around the home farm. One day, from the edge of the back yard I saw a fox about 250 yds. out. It saw me about the same time and took off giving me a broadside shot. The rifle came up and I managed to roll the fox at a dead run. When my son was 11 or 12, he found a picture of me with my 700 and the fox in an old photo album and asked about it. We were sitting on the back porch after supper overlooking the bottom ground where I'd shot the fox. I showed him the spot, which he knew from the picture. He asked about lead, which I just didn't remember, probably about 5 feet. He had been shooting for a few years and was doing well with his .257 Roberts so I posed the question to him - Hey, you see a fox chasing 2 of your Mom's cats across the bottom, where would you hold? He said he'd hold for the fastest cat. I about fell off the porch swing laughing. We didn't realize that Mom was in the kitchen right by the window behind us. She brought us out a couple bowls of ice cream, which was pretty unusual, and dumped them in our laps. We both got the silent treatment (and no desert) for some time. Hold for the fastest cat has been the standard answer to questions of lead or fox problems since (but NEVER around his Mom!).
So, just shoot the yote with whatever is at hand and don't forget where to hold:)
Keep your plowshare and your sword. Know how and when to use them.