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Way too many coyotes this year.....
Seeing a coyote around here isn't anything new or rare...but of late when we see them on the road out to the ranch they are in pairs, threes and even fours.....the other night a bunch of them woke me up when they set up a howl under my bedroom window. But they stepped over the line night before last when they killed Special Ed....my cousin's Silver Laced Wyandotte rooster....the game is on...the AR goes in the truck come morning...
Sharps Model 1874 - "The rifle that made the west safe for Winchester"
Put the hurtin' on 'em!
Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.... now who's bringing the hot wings? :jester:
According to your sig line, shouldn't you be taking a .270 instead of the AR????:jester:
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All wildlife species are cyclic, and the cycles tend to run on a 3-7-11-22 to 24 year schedule. Sometimes the cycle rythems will "vibrate" to where 2 or 3 of these year period cycles come togather, and that's when we see a really large increase in a species population. Coyotes in large groups just standing around....squirrels crossing highways or rivers in large numbers all going the same way, etc etc. The further north and the higher in evelation you go, the more cyclic wildlife tends to be. But Nature will always correct a very high population of any wildlife species-including man-with diseases and other natural causes such as sharp reduction in food sources, excessively bitter winter weather, etc.
Here in "Fladah" where its warm and low elevation, the only cycles in wildlife species that we ever observe are yankees pouring in when cold weather hits the northern states, and pouring back out when it warms up in the north :tooth:! These are welcomed migrations, too....just bring money!
I've looked before and can't find it on the interwebs, but I remember a few years back a local news story about a coyote a professional nuisance trapper snared on the Bell sheep farm over in Harrison county. A 75 pounder! He was eatin good.....
Very true woods...in the overall population sense...however..you can impact a small local population (like the coyotes that hang out at the ranch..that is until more move in)..
Actually, I do have a .270 AR....(6.8 SPC)....I just don't advertise it...
You sure that isn't a 6.8 GAI??
Check out this ugly bastard. He killed 6 or 7 week old goat kids, then tried to hop the fence with the last one in his mouth. He didn't quite clear the top, his back leg went in between the first and second strand of fence... Then he fell back INTO the field, twisting the wires right around his leg.
Probably a real easy shot though....probably used a .270
But yeah...he's pretty skanky looking...what time of year?
This one was digging under the fence into our chicken yard a number of years ago. I've killed much worse looking ones but never took a picture.
Actually, I did use my .270. Funny story...
My mom called my house, frantic. Daddy was out of town. She was breathless on the phone and all I could makeout was, "killed goats....coyote or dog....stuck in fence"
Threw my CZ in the truck and hauled tail. I got to the field and she was out there. I jumped out with the rifle and said, "Where?" She pointed, and I aimed, leaning on the door window frame.
I was scared he was going to get loose, but when I saw him in the scope, I looked up at Mama and said, "He's hanging!"
She said, "Yeah, I told you he was stuck!" I thought she meant he was stuck going UNDER the fence, hence my hurry to put a bullet in him. Since I was already aiming, I shot. Later ranged the shot at 175 yards.
The time of year was December, I think. All our coyotes look like that, though. I guess when you have less than 20 days of freezing weather, it don't take a lot of fur to survive.
Heck Bryant, it's been pretty balmy here just north of Denver, and all our "open spaces" are littered with coyotes feeding on the rabbits in the burbs and the P-dogs in the fields.......and plenty of mice! Saw quite a few coming home from work one morning, right off a major thoroughfare in the wild fields the bicycle paths cut through.......and they all had plush coats on them. Some of them are big enough you'd thought someone's german shepard got loose!
It is cool though, sitting there at a stoplight, look over, and not 50 yrds away there's a 'yote in a field just snooping around......mind you this is a quasi-suburban area, so no agriculture is really at stake here.
Kelli and I ran into a deal on Silver Laced Wyandottes at Tractor Supply....6 "pullets" for .50 each...turned out to be four roosters and two hens. We put them to work in the garden last year on hopper patrol. As the roosters matured Ed never learned to crow quite right....kind of a strangled **** sound...so we hung the monicker "Special Ed" on him....
Tulip matured into a huge dominant rooster with a helluva set of spurs....had to take the chicken stick into the pen with you as he was always on the prod. One morning Kelli came into the house from chicken chores, grabbed a gun and headed back outside. Tulip had put the sneak on her and jumped on her back....so...Tulip kinda fell prey to his own testosterone levels....