Fishing For Coyotes


February 10, 2012, 06:02 AM
I was talking to an avid coyote hunter at work yesterday and what he told me shocked me and I was disgusted beyond belief. I'm a coyote hunter, I use a gun and a treestand with an Alpha Dogg e-call. I have nothing against hunting whatsoever, I enjoy it. Apparently the new way to hunt coyotes here is to hang a gaff hook from a tree with a chicken impaled on it. The coyote jumps up and is impaled by the hook and just hangs there for a day or two or several, or until the hunter comes back to check. Has anyone heard of this? Seems to me to be unreasonably cruel. Picture this, perhaps for days the coyote is impaled on the hook, hanging there, whimpering in pain. I don't like this at all. I enjoy hunting animals but that still doesn't override the fact that I don't mistreat or torture them or make them suffer before death. I can't get over this. I'm hoping that this is just an isolated group of so called "hunters" that do this and not a national movement.

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February 10, 2012, 06:55 AM
Well....they catch gators like that down south using a big fish hook. Watch Swamp People on the history Chanel (I think) sometime.

February 10, 2012, 11:32 AM
I Have heard of that, tho not in respect to coyotes, I have read that this method was used in Alaska to hunt wolves , A Halibut hook was baited & set just high enough for the wolf to jump & hook itself. I don't know if it is true or not. It sounds pretty cruel to me. msn

February 10, 2012, 11:48 AM
Any animal that i kill I want to make it as fast as possible.

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February 10, 2012, 12:59 PM
I don't know how many of you know what baleen is, but picture a piece of flexible plastic. Alaska natives used to cut a piece six to eight inches long, sharpen each end and then boil or steam it until it was flexible and roll it into a coil. They'd then wrap a piece of fat around it and put it outside to freeze.

You could then drop this frozen lump of fat where a bear would find it and swallow it whole. The fat would melt and the baleen would uncoil and pierce the stomach. Then you'd just track the bear until it was sick enough to spear to death. Of course, this was for survival not sport.

Anybody who would torture a coyote to death for "sport" is not somebody I would associate with.

February 10, 2012, 01:20 PM
That's been around for much longer than I have. Old-timers had plenty of tricks. You should see what a piece of thread and a kernel of corn will do to a crow. They did it to protect crops or livestock. Doing it just for the sake of doing it is wrong.

February 10, 2012, 02:00 PM
I have no love for coyotes however not only does that sound overly cruel but i would think quite Illegal in my state anyway

February 10, 2012, 02:23 PM snares achieve the same end results and the government trappers use them so there's that too. Maybe this guy should re-evaluate his stance as an ethical hunter and try some snares. We have sheep, we call coyotes and trap them too and we always put them down as quickly as possible. The snares are typically checked every other day unless there is an emergency of some kind.

February 10, 2012, 03:07 PM
I was talking to an avid coyote hunter at work yesterday. Apparently the new way to hunt coyotes here is to hang a gaff hook from a tree with a chicken impaled on it. The coyote jumps up and is impaled by the hook and just hangs there for a day or two or several, or until the hunter comes back to check.Not only is that unethical, around here it's illegal.

Not only is that unethical, around here it's more ways than one. Your "avid" coyote hunting friend is either full of B.S. or one 'ell of a dirtball.

CSA 357
February 11, 2012, 03:00 PM
a few years ago my buddys wife let there small house dog out to do his thing, well the last they heard of it crying going down threw the woods behind there house in a coyotes mouth! i shoot them when i can but i dont think i would use the spike, there are alot here around my home but they havent came in the yard and got my bulldog yet!

February 11, 2012, 03:08 PM
Should be illegal, if it already isn't.

A few years ago a local guy was running his English Pointer along the river trail and he got his leg in a coyote snare. It cut in and severed the nerves in his leg before the guy could get him out of it.

That ended his quail hunting days forever!!


February 11, 2012, 03:30 PM
I think it is pretty cruel for anything to die like that.

Cocked & Locked
February 11, 2012, 04:03 PM
I think it is pretty cruel for anything to die like that.

Yes, fishing is pretty cruel. I've not done that but have set snares. Coyotes are cruel too. I recently had three coyotes in with my goats. Four goats were mangled so bad I had to put them down.

Here's a pic of the rear end of the goat they decided to eat and he was still living while they were chowing down on him. His guts were out on the ground as well.

I like dead coyotes...not dead goats.

February 11, 2012, 04:13 PM
I like dead coyotes also but done humanely. Sorry about your goats--have lost some myself but will not resort to "fishing".

February 11, 2012, 04:17 PM
I heard of this back in the 1970's, but it was for fox.

Cocked & Locked
February 11, 2012, 04:17 PM
No fishing here either.

February 11, 2012, 04:55 PM
The part about leaving for a couple days is just as bad as leaving them in a leg hold trap for days but aside from that I don't know that a hook is any worse than any other means of catching. I guess if the hooks are checked frequently I don't have an adverse opinion aside from the high cost of the bait.
I'm sure some states allow it and others don't, that is a totally different matter.

February 11, 2012, 05:56 PM
I first heard of doing this about 10 years ago. I hate coyotes but hunting them sure is fun. I don't think I would have much of a problem with fishing so long as the coyote was very quickly dispatched. Theoretically a guy could set several lines in an area and I think you would know for sure when one was caught. So long as it was taken care of right then it would only be hung up for a few minutes. I know it's a little unethical but I like yotes about as much as I like pigs.

February 11, 2012, 07:24 PM
I hate the idea of hooking any animal but if coyotes are hunting your livestock then I can understand it. Just check your hooks daily to minimize their suffering.

As a side note... one of my neighbors chased his own dogs off his property for attacking his goats. I asked why he didn't either put them down or find them new homes with no other animals. He conceded that he should have... but now his killer dogs are still running around free in this immediate area. If those dogs mauled my goats (if I had any) I'd hook them. But I'd put them down as quickly as I could.

Art Eatman
February 11, 2012, 09:36 PM
"People do stuff."

Some "fishermen" used to think it was funny to cast a bait-fish up high where a pelican could grab it. Some would do the same with seagulls--although to be fair, an occasional surf-caster has had a gull grab the bait before it could hit the water...

The Termite
February 12, 2012, 06:06 AM
Never seen it done with coyotes, but using a 12/0 hook with a chicken neck on it suspended about 12"-24" above the water is how gators are caught. The higher you suspend the bait above the water, the larger a gator has to be to grab it.

I also know a couple of guys who "trotlined" for ducks, using 25-30# monofiliment and large bream hooks, baited with whole kernal corn. Blatantly illegal, but these guys are outlaw hunters, and were catching the ducks strictly for the freezer.
The only way I'd do something like that is in a survival-type situation; or economic calamity such as Great Depression, TEOTWAWKI, etc.

o Unforgiven o
February 12, 2012, 07:20 AM
Don't confuse this method with how gators are caught. In gator hunting the bait is suspended but as soon as the gator grabs the bait it pulls it down into the water. It is not suspended in a way to make the gator hang, just enough that the gator has to jump for it and set the hook.

February 12, 2012, 09:24 AM
I have an old timer friend out here that grew up in the south Texas brush, he told me about "hooking" Yotes a while back when I was having problems with them coming to close to the house and the animals. In his defense he was doing this when his family depended on the livestock and any method to keep the predators at bay was good.

I still prefer sitting on the roof with a coyote call every once in a while. then pop them once they are visible in the lighted yard. I kill one coyote and teach 10 others that being in my yard=death.


February 12, 2012, 11:53 AM
Check out this idiot

February 12, 2012, 12:19 PM
^^^ Wow... that's horrible.

February 12, 2012, 01:39 PM
We used to grease our boots with mutton tallow in the Bob Marshall. I guess you could say we were unwittingly fishing for griz.

February 16, 2012, 12:58 AM
If it's a legal option for trapping the animal, I think it indicates a real problem with the population of the coyote in the area.

February 17, 2012, 02:46 PM
I don't see any advantage to hooking the animal over using a leg hold trap. A leg hold trap is painful, but it's nothing like the agony of hooking an animal.

February 17, 2012, 06:41 PM
Wow, another ethics related thread I didn't open. I'm slipping.

It's done to gators routinely and no one seems to care. I've never done it, myself. Gator hunting is expensive and requires the tags and I have no land with gator on it so can't get the tags. I really don't like the idea, though, but the hides do fetch a good bit and the tail is tasty. If I lived where they were cheaper to hunt, I might could get into it. But, i'm not going through an outfitter and spending all that money. What they do is take you out to bait, then you check the lines and when they find on on a line, you get to shoot it out of the boat. Wooopie do. I get more out of trot lining catfish, frankly.

I mean, is it any worse to hook a coyote rather than a gator or even a fish?? This is why I opened that other ethics thread, thinkin' about just this conundrum.

However, I'm NOT a coyote hater. I think they have a place in the scheme of things. They have done much damage to livestock and I've shot 'em in the past for ranchers who's land I was leasing who requested it. Ranchers love you for shooting coyotes and bobcats. If I raised goats, I'd shoot 'em and I'd probably have a nice Great Pyrenees dog like my buddy who raises goats does.

I'm a cat guy. I've seen bobcat in the wild, have an abundance of 'em on my place, but they remind me of my cats and I've never shot one. I had a ball one afternoon watching a couple of young ones play below my stand. Mama must have been out hunting or something. My friend's buddy shot one, had the pelt tanned for a trophy. Me, I really have no interest in shooting a bobcat. See, even I have my soft spot. If I had goats, I'd probably harden that soft spot. I don't think I'd do well on MY place with livestock other than maybe cows, though. Too many yotes and cats down there. It's strictly for my hunting enjoyment. I don't make money off the place.

I'm not a predator hunter. Personally, I'll eat what I shoot, mostly. If I'm not interested in eating it, makes it harder for me to justify the time and effort to shoot it because I just don't get any fun out of it. Most call it work, but butchering is part of the fun! I don't take my game to a butcher, do it all myself, even grind my own sausage.

Now WING shooting is my MAJOR fun! I love to hunt birds, especially waterfowl, but also doves. I eat 'em, of course. Don't hook 'em, LOL.

February 17, 2012, 06:51 PM
MCgunner... Please point to the posts in any of the four current "ethics" threads in which someone considers fish or frogs or whatever incapable of feeling fear and/or pain. I think there were a couple but no more and those were from people with which I adamantly disagree.

You continue to argue a point that few of us disagree with... that there's really no way for any of us to know to what degree any living creature feels fear or pain. And most of us agree that most or all living creatures experience both at least to some degree.

With the above stated... why do you argue that any form of hunting is okay? You're either contradicting yourself... or you're letting the world know that you really don't care about the fear and suffering of other creatures.

February 17, 2012, 07:14 PM
I'm a predator. That's my niche in life. It's what I do and I will admit it, even revel in it. I am sort of a Ted Nugent about it. (love his book I'm reading, "Ted, White, and Blue") And, I might not LIKE a type of hunting, but if it's legal, I'm not telling anyone they're an arse for doing it. If it's not my thing, I just won't do it. I'll let folks like yourself carry the torch for animal rights. I have enough time in this society protecting MY rights as a citizen. NRA, tea party and all that. I have higher issues than animal rights. Don't really believe in the concept, anyhow. If it came to a vote, I'd vote to outlaw the hooking of coyotes and probably gators as it just HAS to hurt. But, I also realize how cruel life in the wild really is. I've seen a gator take a duck, albeit one I'd already shot and was wading out to get, can imagine what they'd do to a pig or whatever. I'm not holier than thou about such things.

Alll that said, I'd have to look up this coyote hooking thing. I'm not sure it's legal in Texas, seems like it wouldn't be, but don't know. Texas game law is hard on predators that deplete livestock. When was a kid, the coyote hadn't invaded the coastal prairie and we had red wolves and ranchers used cyanide traps on 'em. That was quick. The coyotes came, bred the wolf out of existence. They're too prolific to control so maybe ranchers can hook 'em, don't know. The one guy I knew that worked for a ranch trapping coyotes, used snares. I was always working on his POS ATV, was running a small engine shop at the time.

Anyway, my point with fish, gators and such was that it seems no one cares about scaly animals. It's all about warm, fuzzy critters, especially if they remind us of fido, or fideaux for you cajuns out there. There were a few responses on my thread that condemned bow fishing as cruel. Go read it, wasn't too far along in the thread. Hey, it's all opinion, really. Everyone's got a right to an far, until they finally trash the constitution, but that's political, sorry. But, I find it hard to figure out how someone would be all aghast at shooting a carp with a bow, then go out and blow a deer's head off in the interest of "sport", or, vice versa. Meat is available at the store, ya know. Just me, though. Everyone has their own justifications.

February 17, 2012, 07:25 PM
I understand where you're coming from, MC. I just wish you would listen to your own words. I do not think you're cruel by nature but rather a realist. My question to you is why not be a realist with the most compassion you can afford to give whatever creature you're hunting?

February 17, 2012, 08:36 PM
I do not think you're cruel by nature but rather a realist. My question to you is why not be a realist with the most compassion you can afford to give whatever creature you're hunting?

I have never lost large game, though I've had to track a few. I've shot lots of deer and hogs, probably a little lucky in that regard, but I'm the best in the field rifle shot that I know, no brag, just fact. Of course, that could reflect upon the people that I know. Hmmm.... But, stuff can happen.

Losing game and cripples are just a fact of life in wing shooting. You lose fewer with a dog, but I haven't owned a lab in a while, living in the city at the moment.

I'm a realist and I try to think logically, not with emotion. Mr. Spock was my hero. :D

Big Bad Bob
February 17, 2012, 08:37 PM
i have heard of it, mostly from older gentlemen. I wouldnt use this method, one because in my book it is cruel in that it would cause immense pain to the animal without causing a quick death and there are better more consistent means of trapping yotes. I prefer to shoot them though.

February 18, 2012, 01:26 PM
Heard of people doing that here.

T Bran
February 18, 2012, 02:10 PM
If it's not against the law it should be. Though I'm not one in favor of more rules in this country. Being intentionally cruel by leaving an animal hanging from a hook for days or even hours is pretty sick.
I set a lot of snares for hogs and check them frequently often times the hog is sleeping under a bush when I return. Even hogs deserve better treatment than hanging on a hook that aint in the smokehouse.

February 18, 2012, 02:22 PM
I have read about the practice.

While I am not advocating it nor speaking to the legality of it, I have read about it.

From what I have gleaned, the coyote jumps up and grabs the meat and thus the hook. He immediately begins thrashing. In short order he breaks his own neck.

As to the time it takes, I know not.

Were I to have coyote problems I would check on the legality of all methods. But if this passed the legal test, I would look more into it before I made a judgement.

It may not be as bad as it appears.

February 18, 2012, 04:05 PM
I used to help a buddy do it when I was a kid, I would say about 8 out of 10 would be killed instantly by the hook going into the brain. We would only set the bait at night and check them early in the morning to lesson the chance of a "dangler". I don't see how it is any more cruel than a leg hold. It was a large ranch and between 10 hooks we routinely caught 10 coyotes a night. We would do it until they would turn up dry every summer.

Art Eatman
February 18, 2012, 05:49 PM
Regardless of whether I approve or disapprove, if the "hooker" is a rancher in the sheep'n'goat business, I'm gonna keep my fat mouth shut. His deal is food on the table and paying the school taxes.

Now, me, not really needing to protect my quality of life by varmint-hunting for Ol' Wily, I'm gonna try to shoot and make a clean kill.

Carl N. Brown
February 18, 2012, 06:00 PM
My personal objection to traps (and poison for that matter) is the collateral damage to non-target species.

The hanging of hooks for 'gators is done in a way that about the only species that will take the bait is gators, and the gator hunters have incentive to locate the gators while alive and fresh, and kill them execution style as cleanly as possible, medulla oblongata shot severing the spinal cord at the base of the brain.

As much as I dislike coyotes and would have no qualms with shoot on sight (they are an invasive pest in Tennessee), I do not like the idea of a coyote dying on a baited hook that might coincidentally snare unintended targets.

February 18, 2012, 07:02 PM
Mr. Eatman and I are on the same page.

My objection would plummet if the "fisher" were a rancher.

25cschaefer has experience and 80% are found dead.

I have no reason to do it, and don't advocate it. But I am not going to condemn it either.

Check local laws before you do any trapping.

February 18, 2012, 07:25 PM
Check local laws before you do any trapping.

Exactly . This is why it is not only unethical here in Wisconsin, it is illegal. From the WI trapping regs.

You may not possess any trap for the purpose of catching furbearing animals other than a
steel-jawed trap, cage/box trap, enclosed trigger trap, body-grip trap, cable
restraint, snare, or colony trap.

You may not use sight exposed bait consisting of feathers, animal flesh, fur, hide, or entrails
within 25 feet of any trap, snare, or cable restraint.

Years ago, hookin' coyotes may have been a necessary and practical evil. Nowadays it is just cruel.

Carl N. Brown
February 18, 2012, 07:32 PM
Down on the mountain, Kelly Paul lost calves to coyotes, so I can imagine how little he would have thought of the suffering of coyotes.

February 18, 2012, 07:47 PM
I'm a trapper. I would never do that. Pretty sure it would be against the law in NH.

February 18, 2012, 07:58 PM
Interesting to see people debate the ethics of how killing should be accomplished.

February 18, 2012, 08:00 PM
Interesting to see people debate the ethics of how killing should be accomplished.
Interesting sarcastic comment. Do you eat meat or fish?

Art Eatman
February 18, 2012, 08:26 PM
rumblebee, in going on fourteen years at TFL and THR, I've yet to see anybody who disagrees with the idea that a quick clean kill with minimal suffering is NOT the ideal.

Most of us, not being in the ranching business, don't have any skin in the game. So, we generally operate in a stricter ethical structure than the guy who can easily have a lower standard of living for himself and his family by being "nice" in his efforts at predator control.

February 19, 2012, 10:00 AM
Again Mr. Eatman has nailed it.

Just like with hunting. I take my time and pass up shots so as to get the deer I want with the best shot possible. I would rather go home without a deer than injure an animal or have an inhumane kill. But my family is not counting on the meat to survive. If it was "kill or go hungry" the standards would change.

As to the morality of the practice, I am not convinced that it is so bad. Trapping in general leaves an animal in pain for hours. This sounds bad but is it any worse that other methods? I don't know enough about it to make a judgement.

It appears that only one person on this thread has any first hand experience.

The Termite
February 19, 2012, 03:51 PM
I did a fair amount of fur trapping in HS, and for a year or 2 during college, before the fur price collapse. This was late '70s/early 80's. Raccoons and fox, mainly, using leg traps. Of course steel traps hurt. I've caught my fingers in them. Didn't stop me from using them, though.
I've also put down dogs, many cats, and a few lame cows. I did it as quickly and efficiently as practical, usually a firearm, but several times used a knife.

I view it thus:
Animals are animals, not humans. They do not have "rights", at least not "natural" rights as described by Thomas Hobbs, John Locke, Thomas Paine, or Thomas Jefferson. Using animals for food, their hides/skins for clothing, shoes, etc, is not unethical. Nor is killing wild or feral animals that are threatening your livestock, or in the case of feral pigs, destroying the local flora . If "fishing" for coyotes was the most efficient way of killing them, and I was a sheep farmer, then I would do it.

However, we as humans are morally/ethically charged to be good stewards to this Earth; and that includes the animals.
Needless cruel behavior to animals is unethical. It is a sign of moral turpitude, possibly even mental instability.

February 19, 2012, 07:57 PM
^^^ That's about the best post I've read on the subject, right there.

Art Eatman
February 19, 2012, 11:29 PM
Good summary closing post, Termite.

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