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Old 02-10-2011, 04:14 PM   #1
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I don't claim to know a lot about the mini 14, reading most of the posts has been very interesting. I had a mini 14 for over a year and hunted two coyote seasons with it. In Iowa we hunt from trucks, scare them up, chase them down and shoot them on the run. Obviously the good ol' boys in the group are very successful at doing this with bolt-action rifles, I felt like I needed a semi-automatic that gave me as many chances as possible.

When I zeroed the gun in the best groups I got were the size of a volleyball at 100 yards. I thought for sure the scope was loose or something. It wasn't. I tried three different kinds of ammo and reduced the grouping size a little, but still nowhere near the size I had expected.

I recently sold my mini 14 and bought a Remington VTR in a .243. Much more accurate, but now I feel like I it's one shot and done, if I miss, the critter is gone.

I'm torn, I want a semi-auto; don't want to spend the money for an AR, and want something more accurate than my mini 14. What are some of the cheapest fixes that improve the accuracy the most on the mini's?

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Old 02-10-2011, 04:20 PM   #2
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In Iowa we hunt from trucks, scare them up, chase them down and shoot them on the run.
I have to ask, is this even legal? I'm not a hunter but I've always heard bad things about "truck hunting" - just being curious...
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You can get a DPMS for about 700$ or a RRA predator for less than 1,000$. We have a vendor that sells "Mo Rod" that instantly cuts the groups in 1/2. Or you could get the newer Mini 14 Target model.

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Truck hunting is very legal...and expensive. With gas prices going up, it's probably the most expensive kind of hunting you can do Now with the new Iowa carry laws, you can have your rifle loaded, handgun loaded and shotgun loaded and ready to go, if you have a concealed weapons permit.

Dangerous? Can be. That's why you have to know and trust who you're hunting with.

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[QUOTE=Boggy5;441904]In Iowa we hunt from trucks, scare them up, chase them down and shoot them on the run.

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You better believe this is completely illegal.

#1) You are not allowed to have a loaded rifle in a motor vehicle in Iowa.

#2) You cannot persue game (even a coyote) from a motor vehicle.

I retreived this info from the Iowa Hunting regulations brochure and called the department of game and fish just to double check.

Not only is this illegal, but in my opinion this is UNETHICAL.



This is the type of behavior that gives hunters a bad name.

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Where there's smoke there's fire. Thought maybe this was bad stuff...

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Maybe it's legal if the hunter is driving/hunting only at night with a spotlight on the truck, and a six-pack on the front seat?

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I highly doubt you made any phone calls regarding your sources, and if you did you weren't asking the right questions. Here are some quotes directly from the Iowa DNR website regarding CB radios and vehicles:

Exceptions: Coyote hunters may use two-way
transmitters, except during the two regular gun
(shotgun) deer seasons.

ATV Use and Hunting
The following regulations apply when using allterrain
vehicles for hunting purposes:
 ATVs cannot be operated on highways (except
for agricultural purposes).
 It is illegal to operate an ATV on DNR Wildlife
Management Areas.*
 A person shall not operate an ATV with more
persons on the vehicle than it was designed to
carry.
 You must obtain permission from the landowner
to operate an ATV on private land.
 When transporting guns on an ATV, guns must
be unloaded and in a case at all times.
 It is illegal to chase or use a machine to assist in
the taking of any game animal. (definition of a game animal is one with a season and a limit.)

Coyote - Continuous Open Season No Restrictions No Limit No Limit

In the state of Iowa a coyote is a predator who has no predators. They kill livestock, pheasants, fox, quail, and anything else that can be found in Iowa. They are a nuisance to farmers and not considered a game animal. I came on here to ask a gun question, not to defend the legality of my hunting, which is completely LEGAL!

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In Iowa we hunt from trucks, scare them up, chase them down and shoot them on the run.
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Here are some quotes directly from the Iowa DNR website regarding CB radios and vehicles:

Exceptions: Coyote hunters may use two-way
transmitters, except during the two regular gun
(shotgun) deer seasons.

ATV Use and Hunting
The following regulations apply when using allterrain
vehicles for hunting purposes:
 ATVs cannot be operated on highways (except
for agricultural purposes).
 It is illegal to operate an ATV on DNR Wildlife
Management Areas.*
 A person shall not operate an ATV with more
persons on the vehicle than it was designed to
carry.
 You must obtain permission from the landowner
to operate an ATV on private land.
 When transporting guns on an ATV, guns must
be unloaded and in a case at all times.
 It is illegal to chase or use a machine to assist in
the taking of any game animal. (definition of a game animal is one with a season and a limit.)

Coyote - Continuous Open Season No Restrictions No Limit No Limit

In the state of Iowa a coyote is a predator who has no predators. They kill livestock, pheasants, fox, quail, and anything else that can be found in Iowa. They are a nuisance to farmers and not considered a game animal. I came on here to ask a gun question, not to defend the legality of my hunting, which is completely LEGAL!
So how does your 2nd post validate your 1st post? Do or do not defend your position I do not care. But if you are breaking the law I would suggest you cease or at the very least do not refer to yourself as a hunter.

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You are seriously going to doubt me on this one? Are you questioning my credibility?

I called and spoke with a person named Mona. She is at 515-281-5918, why dont you call and ask for yourself.

In my call I told her that some guy is telling me that "In Iowa we hunt from trucks, scare them up, chase them down and shoot them on the run"

So I wasnt asking the right questions??? I quoted you word for word.

The "no restictions" that you referring to is regarding no restictions on hunting hours. It does not mean that there are no restrictions in hunting coyotes.

Hey Boggy, I too am a coyote hunter. I understand the devastation to livestock, game birds and deer. However, there is a right way to do it and a wrong way to do it.

How about we put this argument to bed? I will email the Iowa DNR. When I receive a response I will post it. Sound good?

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