Tried some coyote calling today

1965Jeff1965Jeff Senior MemberPosts: 1,592 Senior Member
I went behind the house a ways and tried about four sets, no takers but cut one set of tracks from early this morning after the snow quit. I don’t know where he ended up. I called the draw the trail dipped into with no takers. Was a pretty morning, 10 degrees with no or little wind. I was going to the house past the steel target so I checked the rifle for being sighted in ,so at least I did shoot once today.

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  • RugerFanRugerFan Senior Member Posts: 1,773 Senior Member
    That's some purty country. Especially with the snow on the ground. 
  • JayhawkerJayhawker Moderator Posts: 14,829 Senior Member
    I miss that country...and pretty much everything about it...
    Sharps Model 1874 - "The rifle that made the west safe for Winchester"
  • KSU FirefighterKSU Firefighter Senior Member Posts: 3,244 Senior Member
    Jayhawker said:
    I miss that country...and pretty much everything about it...
    You and me both....

    The fire service needs a "culture of extinguishment not safety" Ray McCormack FDNY
  • Six-GunSix-Gun Senior Member Posts: 7,219 Senior Member
    That's a perfect backdrop to try some calling.  The critters are clearly there and you've got one helluva view.
    Accuracy: because white space between bullet holes drives me insane.
  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 20,564 Senior Member
    There is one more out there I need to get myself. 

    Haven’t been able to get her on Game Cam since I THINK I missed her the day I got that last one. 

    Pretty country you have there. 
    "To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
  • 1965Jeff1965Jeff Senior Member Posts: 1,592 Senior Member
    Went back out last Wednesday and called in two in some cold weather. It was two degrees for most of the day. They may have been suicides now that I think about it. Did some howling to start the sets but both dogs came in around four minutes to rabbit sounds. 
     Both of us used .223 my partner had an AR15 and shot his about 130 yards and I had my savage bolt action with a 200 yard shot.
  • Recklenz33Recklenz33 Posts: 10 New Member
    Looks like lots of snow on the ground. Much enjoying. :)
  • Gene LGene L Senior Member Posts: 10,039 Senior Member
    Saw a video yesterday of a coyote about six feet up in a tree eating apples.  No kidding.
    Not too many problems you can't fix
    With a 1911 and a 30-06
  • JayhawkerJayhawker Moderator Posts: 14,829 Senior Member
    Gene L said:
    Saw a video yesterday of a coyote about six feet up in a tree eating apples.  No kidding.
    Saw that too..
    They are certainly opportunistic eaters...we had a couple that would come into the garden at night and eat watermelons
    Sharps Model 1874 - "The rifle that made the west safe for Winchester"
  • Six-GunSix-Gun Senior Member Posts: 7,219 Senior Member
    Definitely opportunistic.  I saw a documentary that had coyote footage inclusive of one nonchalant ambling through some plants and consuming every single one of some plump caterpillars if found infesting the area.
    Accuracy: because white space between bullet holes drives me insane.
  • LinefinderLinefinder Moderator Posts: 4,422 Senior Member
    I don't know squat about yote hunting but I saw something yesterday morning that impressed the dickens out of me.

    My boss was raised in Garden City, KS.  A friend of his that still lives there sent him a pic of last  Saturday mornings yote hunt. He and his son had NINE lined up for the photo in three hours! Like I said,I don't know much about  yote hunting, but this appears some extreme success.

    And the darn things were so fluffy and big, at first I wasn't sure if I was looking at coyotes or wolves.

    SW Kansas must be a yote hunters dream.

    Mike


    Decisions have consequences, not everything in life gets an automatic mulligan.
    KSU Firefighter
  • JayhawkerJayhawker Moderator Posts: 14,829 Senior Member
    Kansas in general is crawling with coyotes. I rarely went out without seeing several...
    Sharps Model 1874 - "The rifle that made the west safe for Winchester"
  • Six-GunSix-Gun Senior Member Posts: 7,219 Senior Member
    I don't know squat about yote hunting but I saw something yesterday morning that impressed the dickens out of me.

    My boss was raised in Garden City, KS.  A friend of his that still lives there sent him a pic of last  Saturday mornings yote hunt. He and his son had NINE lined up for the photo in three hours! Like I said,I don't know much about  yote hunting, but this appears some extreme success.

    And the darn things were so fluffy and big, at first I wasn't sure if I was looking at coyotes or wolves.

    SW Kansas must be a yote hunters dream.

    Mike


    It's funny that you describe them like this.  I am finally getting around to reading the Lewis and Clark journals (something I've been wanting to make a thread about, as hunters of all walks would appreciate them) and it's interesting to see how they respond to seeing coyotes for the first time out West.  First they classified them as foxes, but changed their minds and started calling them "the small wolves."  It was a while before they realized that these dog were something altogether different.
    Accuracy: because white space between bullet holes drives me insane.
  • JayhawkerJayhawker Moderator Posts: 14,829 Senior Member
    Jayhawker said:
    Kansas in general is crawling with coyotes. I rarely went out without seeing several...
    Of course CO isn't any slouch...my cousin and I used to go over to the Comanche National Grassland near Springfield CO for combined coyote hunting and PD shooting...always did well...
    Sharps Model 1874 - "The rifle that made the west safe for Winchester"
  • earlyagainearlyagain Posts: 3,231 Senior Member
    I've not seen the tree video. I have see them close up both in town and in the woods. The times I was afield I either was focused on other things and not inclined to shoot or I shot and missed or wasn't quick enough on the draw.

    One time they actually went and scoped out my camp well I was tracking them.

    Im too fond of silence to attempt calling for very long.

    Based on what I've seen, Im not surprised at the tree climbing at all. 
  • JayhawkerJayhawker Moderator Posts: 14,829 Senior Member
    We have shot a lot of coyotes while deer hunting...sitting in a hide waiting for a deer to show up, make a few mouse squeaks to break up the boredom...and a coyote shows up...just can't not shoot him...and in truth, it's never screwed up my deer hunting...I've killed deer minutes after shooting a coyote...
    Sharps Model 1874 - "The rifle that made the west safe for Winchester"
  • LinefinderLinefinder Moderator Posts: 4,422 Senior Member
    Six-Gun said:
    I don't know squat about yote hunting but I saw something yesterday morning that impressed the dickens out of me.

    My boss was raised in Garden City, KS.  A friend of his that still lives there sent him a pic of last  Saturday mornings yote hunt. He and his son had NINE lined up for the photo in three hours! Like I said,I don't know much about  yote hunting, but this appears some extreme success.

    And the darn things were so fluffy and big, at first I wasn't sure if I was looking at coyotes or wolves.

    SW Kansas must be a yote hunters dream.

    Mike


    It's funny that you describe them like this.  I am finally getting around to reading the Lewis and Clark journals (something I've been wanting to make a thread about, as hunters of all walks would appreciate them) and it's interesting to see how they respond to seeing coyotes for the first time out West.  First they classified them as foxes, but changed their minds and started calling them "the small wolves."  It was a while before they realized that these dog were something altogether different.


    One yote sighting I'll never forget. I was elk hunting close to Scootertrash's place, and one day I called it in early since the high temp for the day was -18F. Meaning it was plenty light on the drive out. Anyway this yote was running parallel to me in a field, easily keeping pace with me, which I thought pretty cool. But what I really remember was his fur was flowing and bouncing like you see on Irish Setters in the dog food commercials.

    Until that day the only coyotes I'd seen were of the north Louisiana/east Texas ilk...a mangy, skinny, matted fur looking lot. These yotes out west are different for sure.

    Mike

    Decisions have consequences, not everything in life gets an automatic mulligan.
    KSU Firefighter
  • Six-GunSix-Gun Senior Member Posts: 7,219 Senior Member
    Mike - 

    What you just described is exactly what I experienced when I saw my first late winter Nevada coyote.  Up to the point, I only ever saw the kinda scraggly ones we had in Pennsylvania,and the somewhat fluffier ones we have in Nebraska.  That first one I saw in Nevada was so thickly maned that his whole body looked like it was bouncing in disparate stages and he hopped toward a fence on a small parcel of private land.  Just incredible how heavy that coat gets when the cold dictates.
    Accuracy: because white space between bullet holes drives me insane.
  • JayhawkerJayhawker Moderator Posts: 14,829 Senior Member
    Years ago I was spring turkey hunting in KS when a weird looking coyote ran out and grabbed my decoy...killed him with a load of #5s....that thing only had fur on his head, his feet and the tip of his tail...how he made it through the winter I'll never know...
    On the other hand, KS coyotes get pretty well furred up in the winter..
    Sharps Model 1874 - "The rifle that made the west safe for Winchester"
  • LinefinderLinefinder Moderator Posts: 4,422 Senior Member
    edited February 28 #21
    Kinda sounds like severe mange. But if there were no sores or scabs.....who knows? Male pattern baldness, maybe.....
    Decisions have consequences, not everything in life gets an automatic mulligan.
    KSU Firefighter
  • JayhawkerJayhawker Moderator Posts: 14,829 Senior Member
    Oh, it was mange...his exposed skin was scabby with weeping sores... couldn't have paid me to touch that mess...
    During the summer months it's not unusual to see "blue" coyotes but I've never seen one that early in the year...
    Sharps Model 1874 - "The rifle that made the west safe for Winchester"
  • LinefinderLinefinder Moderator Posts: 4,422 Senior Member
    Well, you did him a favor. Even PETA  would agree, except there was a gun involved.
    Decisions have consequences, not everything in life gets an automatic mulligan.
    KSU Firefighter
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