Deer season opened up here in PA on monday Well I was up at my father in laws farm in Northern PA. He owns 110 acres and has a few tree stands. Well opening day I was up by 5 am, got ready, downed some eggs, toast and some coffee, got my rifle ready and grabbed my glock... thank god I did. It's still pretty dark out, dim enough to see but still dark, and was raining a bit. As I drove off on the ATV (with headlights) I heard my father in law shout out... watch out for coyotes, shoot em' if you see em'. I raise my hand in confirmation and take off on the ATV up to the tree stand way up on the other end of the property. As I'm getting off the ATV I sling my rifle over my shoulder and grab my coffee and begin walking up to the tree stand about 25 yards away. Well as I was walking I heard something russling in the bushes off to my left. Now at this point its still not legal to shoot a deer, and my rifle is not loaded yet. I quickly make haste to the tree stand as I see a coyote come out from behind the tree while another one comes up from behind me, just circling me about 20 yards out. I pull out my Glock (which was open on my hip) and shot the one coyote and dropped him instantly, the other ran off from the shot. I was shaking like a leaf as I got on the walkie-talkie and told my father in law I just shot a coyote. He told me not to touch it and he'd come up with the other ATV and bring it down to the house and report it to the game commissioner. I was a little shaken, but still got up in the tree stand and waited for a deer... which I never got but thanks to my CCW... I was able to defend myself from a predator.