i used a 22-250 thoughout my younger years to get beer money from coyotes hides, now shoot a 223, have bolt gun and AR platform, still have the 22-250 but my calling has gotten better over the last 30yrs, carry a shot gun with me. 243 little heavy unless you are in windy area, when i go to wyoming to hunt them i do take a 243 with me
if i had only 1: it would be 223 - good stopping power, find ammo anyplace, no recoil, fun to shoot
put a good scope on it. Dont overpower with the scope, 3-9 is as big as you need
If they are in a trap and you just need to dispatch them then the .22 mag will work fine. It will also be a good round for foxes, but when you go up to the size of a coyote you need a little bit more fire power so the .223 gets the nod. That is unless you don't plan on using the hides or want a longer range shot and then I like the .22-250 and as long as you use the right ammo or use head shots then pelt damage should be kept to a minimum.
First off welcome to BGH, always glad to see new folks on here. If you're planning on a new gun I would go with a 22-250 for sure. Not as much damage to the hide especially on a smaller fox, bobcat, badger etc. Hope to see some photos and read some stories of your hunts.
Wind is one of the most crucial variables in any kind of big game hunting. It helps level the playing field between a hunter with a scoped rifle and the game animals being hunted. This is not novel information. Any hunter who has consistent success in the field knows this. I have tried a couple different techniques for keeping track of the wind. Here are a couple.
The most simple and obvious is to just stay cognizant of it. It is amazing how slight of a breeze you can sense if you just pay...