Thanks to all the input decided to go with the 22 idea. I went to my local shop, bought a box of CCI CB shorts thinking they would be the least disturbing to the neighbors. Around 8:30 (dusk here), I fixed a pot of coffee, loaded my little Ruger bolt action and manned a position at the kitchen table where I have a clear view or the area through the glass doors. For the first time in several days absolutely nothing happened. Did not see the first coyote. For the first time in a LONG time I did not even hear them howling. I am beginning to think they are smarter than we imagined. Do you think they may be reading this board too?