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I have recently moved out to the country and i am interested to see if i have any coyotes out here.I have not seen any yet,but i am sure that there has to be some out here,my property borders a national forest in WV.Are calls the way to go or should i put out bait?
put some scrap meat out, somewhere thats not too close but close enough to watch or video tape.
or you could tie your neighbor's annoying cat to a stake. ;N
Originally posted by Catchlevi
or you could tie your neighbor's annoying cat to a stake. ;N
I second the cat idea ;)
In most of the US now, you will have a couple of them per square mile! You can get ahold of calls on tape and play them in a portable tape player to see what comes to the call.
Look for rabbit carcasses with no hawks around OR
early morning, they hunt!
Almost hit them going into work around Seattle!
Originally posted by glockandgroovin'
I have recently moved out to the country and i am interested to see if i have any coyotes out here.I
Watch for an unusual number of Acme delivery trucks going by your place.
The most efficient way to find out is to try to raise chickens. If you have a vested interest in them, those darn coyotes will come from three states away to eat them. At least that's been my experience. Feel like hunting them? Nowhere to be found. Have some chickens you like and they chow out of the coop every night. ;)
I'm joking, kind of. The ideas you've already gotten are going to be a little faster. Look for them or signs that they're around. Other than that, you'll have to resort to calling them in or baiting them.
Good luck! They're wily little buggers. And they sure do love chickens. Unfortunately I do too :(
You will hear them. They usually have a "Call of the Wild" around dusk, and it can go several more times into the night.
They leave a dog like (4 point) footprint. Eventually, you will see them at dusk or early in the morning. If you have night vision equipment, you can see them all night long. they travel along trails, so you should see their trail marks.
The most I have ever seen in my backyard at once was 9.
Lots of scat with hair in it. Find it every where all the time. Are you close to otter creek wilderness? My buddy and I are going on a backpack trip there next week. Hows the weather? water levels?
Get in your 4X4, grab one of those rabbit sqeaking tapes (cd), and play it with the windows cracked. I used to hunt coyotes quite frequently when I was still in High School(yes we had chickens, although the possums ate more than the coyotes). You can cover a spot light with red transparent tape and it doesn't really bother them. I don't know where you get the tape, but dad always had it laying around.
i agree with JGO!!!!
for real though, as posted get out in your truck and play some calls with the windows down. and do it more than once. don't put out meat unless you are hunting them, as they will remember it and probably come back for awhile.
If you see something that looks like this, then you probably have coyotes on your property.. ;)
Killed in WVa during buck season..
No picture..Will try again..
Only JGO could give such a Wiley answer to such a question...
I agree with what the others say, if they're out there you'll hear them yapping around sundown. The critters typically cover a couple of miles of country a day and have around 10 miles they claim as thier own personal territory. I guess my point is that you probably have some cross your property quite frequenlty but they may or may not be there on any given day...I also second the cat idea;e
Now you live in the country as tradition you must get an assault rifle, a 4x4, a 1or 2 million candle power flood light. Then get some buddies and start drinking.
From there on out everything falls into place.
500 for bail helps. the only problem is all your real friends are sitting in jail with you.
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I have recently moved out to the country and i am interested to see if i have any coyotes out here.
If you have coyotes, your neighbors will have stories of tied-out dogs being eaten. If you have a dog, don't tie it out. Get it a fence and a good dog house so it can at least have a fighting chance, and it is best to have two dogs, minimum. It is rare for a coyote to eat a big dog, unless it has been tied out. And, I've never heard of them getting two fenced dogs.
You know you have coyote when you see them walking across your back yard, and when you find coyote **** all over the place :)
when you see them walking across your back yard If you have big dogs and your neighbors don't, you won't see the coyotes.
Originally posted by Mark 19
If you have big dogs and your neighbors don't, you won't see the coyotes.
Nah, coyote go to neighbor's yard too, along with bear. I think my dog told me to look out the window and spot the coyote. Same thing with bobcat. They don't care who owns the place, they just come and go as they please. Just like the deer. One minute I'm out there with my dog walking around. Next minute I'm inside and my dog tells me to look outside as everything but bigfoot comes strolling along.
Go cruise your property, look in the draws and low places. When you walk those areas look for a step IN a step track. Yotes step hind to front in their tracks. They work the lowest draws in search for prey (primarily rabbits) in those draws. After you've pinpointed one draw where the pack will start (where the draws meet usually) mark it. Come back in a couple of days when your smell has drifted off and sit down with a yote whistle (sounds like a baby squealing) and prepare to knock em off. Yotes are good fun to shoot down but you gotta be real still when you call em in. They're real wary. good hunting.
Night vision is a very cool tool to see everything that comes out at night. It has many other uses as well.
Last summer we had pack of Coyotes coming around off of one of our hills that leads to the backcountry. My wife woke me up about 1:30 in the a.m. to find out what all the squealing was outsid the house. Turns out some ***** yote was trying to get my shepherd male to chase her up on to the hill to make a pack meal out of Lobo. Next afternoon I went up the hill w/o my pooch and walked the deer trails on the hill and found the yotes lay down beds. I kicked the beds into a mess and pissed all around their safe spot. On the way back I put my sweat on leaves of the trees edging the deer trails. Got home and marked my corners of my property with spot pees. Sounds goofy but we haven't had any yotes since. ;)
Guess it freaked em out thinking that one of those crazy humans would come on up and bother their home. ;f
Try these sites for some great info on coyotes:
The premise that your big dog scared the coyote is a good one and quite possible. However, coyotes do carry their tales differently from wolves. Normally the tail is held down, although not between the legs. You can tell a male from a female the same way you can any Canid species. If it were a nursing female and you had a view of the flank, you would have seen enlarged teats. I don't think you should abandon your track just because of a single coyote sighting.
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