Way too many coyotes this year.....

JayhawkerJayhawker ModeratorPosts: 15,205 Senior Member
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...
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  • knitepoetknitepoet Senior Member Posts: 19,009 Senior Member
    Ruh roh raggy, sounds like a BAD time to be a yodel dog in your neck of the woods.

    Shoot straight and often :up:
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  • BigDanSBigDanS Senior Member Posts: 6,810 Senior Member
    More coyotes can only mean they have been feeding well over a long enough time.

    Put the hurtin' on 'em!

    D
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  • wddodgewddodge Senior Member Posts: 1,010 Senior Member
    Jayhawker wrote: »
    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...

    According to your sig line, shouldn't you be taking a .270 instead of the AR????:jester:

    Denny
    Participating in a gun buy back program because you think that criminals have too many guns is like having yourself castrated because you think your neighbors have too many kids.... Clint Eastwood
  • NNNN Senior Member Posts: 23,987 Senior Member
    Good hunting
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  • bisleybisley Senior Member Posts: 10,722 Senior Member
    I've been seeing them during the day, along well traveled roads, and that is not normal for around here. Also, I've seen several very large ones, which I suspect of being hybrids. It's time to get after them with a vengeance, I'm thinking.
  • timctimc Senior Member Posts: 6,684 Senior Member
    Song dogs beware! Nothing more fun than busting a few yotes, go get em my friend.
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  • woodsrunnerwoodsrunner Senior Member Posts: 2,725 Senior Member
    Have fun busting as many as you can, but it's a mistake to think that you can reduce the population significantly by hunting pressure! This just won't happen!

    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!
  • TeachTeach Senior Member Posts: 18,429 Senior Member
    Yep, the annual snowbird migration is pretty predictable- - - - -mostly in big Cadillacs or Lincolns with Noo Yawk or Michigan license plates, with a blue-haired driver peering through the top of the steering wheel as she drives in the fast lane at 20 MPH! The flashing turn signal that's been that way since the car was new is another dead giveaway!
    Jerry
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  • N454casullN454casull Member Posts: 363 Member
    Up where we deer hunt you always see a few but last season we saw 30 in one day. Next day we saw over 20, I'm sure they are all the same dogs one day to the next but its crazy to see that many. November just got designated kill all coyotes month around here.
  • jbp-ohiojbp-ohio Senior Member Posts: 9,599 Senior Member
    On the way home from work a couple weeks ago, traffic was crawled to a near stop because someone had wrecked. As I got closer, I thought someone had a hit a good sized but skinny husky.... Nope, it was a coyote. A very very big coyote.

    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.....

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  • JayhawkerJayhawker Moderator Posts: 15,205 Senior Member
    Have fun busting as many as you can, but it's a mistake to think that you can reduce the population significantly by hunting pressure! This just won't happen!

    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)..
    Sharps Model 1874 - "The rifle that made the west safe for Winchester"
  • beartrackerbeartracker Senior Member Posts: 3,116 Senior Member
    If the coyote population is that large you should have a ball hunting and killing coyotes, it is fun for sure to catch them in a wide open space.
  • JayhawkerJayhawker Moderator Posts: 15,205 Senior Member
    wddodge wrote: »
    According to your sig line, shouldn't you be taking a .270 instead of the AR????:jester:

    Denny

    Actually, I do have a .270 AR....(6.8 SPC)....I just don't advertise it...

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  • beartrackerbeartracker Senior Member Posts: 3,116 Senior Member
    Nice set up and mighty healthy yote lying there under it.
  • wddodgewddodge Senior Member Posts: 1,010 Senior Member
    Jayhawker wrote: »
    Actually, I do have a .270 AR....(6.8 SPC)....I just don't advertise it...

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    Looks good!!

    Denny
    Participating in a gun buy back program because you think that criminals have too many guns is like having yourself castrated because you think your neighbors have too many kids.... Clint Eastwood
  • 1965Jeff1965Jeff Senior Member Posts: 1,612 Senior Member
    Our miniature weiner dog had his rear handed to him 2 years ago by a mangy coyote, we had to take him to K-state vet clinic for major repairs- puncture wounds to his throat, guts hanging out etc. He is very lucky and pretty tough, the docs said he has a strong will to live and that this would cost in excess of 500 bucks. Any how he doesn't go out after dark w/o armed escort any more. Watch your pets carefully out after dark.
  • jbp-ohiojbp-ohio Senior Member Posts: 9,599 Senior Member
    Jayhawker wrote: »
    Actually, I do have a .270 AR....(6.8 SPC)....I just don't advertise it...

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    You sure that isn't a 6.8 GAI??
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  • BuffcoBuffco Senior Member Posts: 6,244 Senior Member
    Jayhawker, yalls coyotes are gorgeous compared to the mangy, scrawny, flea bitten, damnable, goat kid killing mutts we have around here.
  • JayhawkerJayhawker Moderator Posts: 15,205 Senior Member
    jbp-ohio wrote: »
    6.8 GAI??

    ?
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  • JayhawkerJayhawker Moderator Posts: 15,205 Senior Member
    Bryant, we've got our share of "blue" coyotes (victims of Sarcoptic Mange) that have no hair with the exception of their ears, feet and the tips of their tails...real chupacabra lookin critters...cold weather kills off some, we kill off others, mercy killing really....
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  • BuffcoBuffco Senior Member Posts: 6,244 Senior Member
    The coat on that coydog is pretty compared to the best looking one you could find down here. I'll find a pic of the one I shot a few years back...
  • breamfisherbreamfisher Senior Member Posts: 13,188 Senior Member
  • BuffcoBuffco Senior Member Posts: 6,244 Senior Member
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    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.
  • kansashunterkansashunter Senior Member Posts: 1,469 Senior Member
    Jayhawker, I have noticed the same thing around here and deer numbers seem to be down. Have you noticed that? I have wondered if it is the drought influencing this. The good news is quail numbers seem to be improving. Good luck catching your chicken killer.
  • JayhawkerJayhawker Moderator Posts: 15,205 Senior Member
    Wambli Ska wrote: »
    That could NOT have been a good death

    Probably a real easy shot though....probably used a .270

    But yeah...he's pretty skanky looking...what time of year?
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  • justin10mmjustin10mm Senior Member Posts: 688 Senior Member
    Jayhawker wrote: »
    Bryant, we've got our share of "blue" coyotes (victims of Sarcoptic Mange) that have no hair with the exception of their ears, feet and the tips of their tails...real chupacabra lookin critters...cold weather kills off some, we kill off others, mercy killing really....

    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.

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  • BuffcoBuffco Senior Member Posts: 6,244 Senior Member
    Jayhawker wrote: »
    Probably a real easy shot though....probably used a .270

    But yeah...he's pretty skanky looking...what time of year?

    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.
  • 5280 shooter II5280 shooter II Senior Member Posts: 3,923 Senior Member
    Buffco wrote: »
    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.
    God show's mercy on drunks and dumb animals.........two outa three ain't a bad score!
  • JayhawkerJayhawker Moderator Posts: 15,205 Senior Member
    cpj wrote: »
    There must be a story behind that name. Please, do tell.

    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....
    cpj wrote: »
    Make sure you get those critters thinned out. I dont want to hear that Tulip fell prey to a yote.

    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....
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  • Six-GunSix-Gun Senior Member Posts: 7,408 Senior Member
    I hear you about the number jumping up. Apparently, central Nevada is seeing a surge and one of the ranchers near where i hunted this past week lost something like 19 sheep over the past month. I posted the story behind this on my mule deer hunt report edit, but in case you missed it, I took the liberty of thinning them out by one with a .44 mag revolver (Colt Anaconda) on Wednesday. A 240 gr. jacketed hollow core buller takes care of them nicely. I ran into the ranchers who owned property nearby and they thanked me personally.

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    Accuracy: because white space between bullet holes drives me insane.
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