advice on coon hunting


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jrbaker90
January 28, 2013, 08:02 PM
I am wanting to go coon hunting next season. so I'm getting advice on what all I need I ain't using to be goin with dogs because I don't have any and I don't know anybody that does have any thanks

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Patocazador
January 28, 2013, 08:24 PM
I seldom see a coon without my dog treeing them except occasionally while deer hunting from a stand. If it's legal to hunt at night with a light, you can drive around on private land and shine the trees looking for eyes. If that isn't possible, you're probably wasting your time.

rcmodel
January 28, 2013, 08:58 PM
Best advice is, don't run straddle of an electric fence in the dark while chasing the dogs that are chasing the coons.

Your chances are slim to none, unless you snipe one out of your dog food bowl on the back porch.

rc

jrbaker90
January 28, 2013, 08:58 PM
It is legal here to hunt for coon at night here and I can use spotlights without dogs I know people of floating down a river close to me. I talk to the tennesse wildlife resources agency and they said I could go on wma and I call a national refuge and they said it wa legal too thanks

Texan Scott
January 28, 2013, 10:58 PM
Wanna shoot coons, get chickens. Can't keep the little thieves out of a henhouse on stilts with anything short of a padlock. They climb like monkeys, they have thumbs, they love eggs. You'll have to sit up nights with a shotgun, mount your light on that. Use BB if you can get it.

Tinker
January 29, 2013, 04:34 AM
Jrbaker,

You mention being in Tn. I can't believe it would be too hard to find established coon hunters that wouldn't mind having a new fellow along to learn the ropes.

jrbaker90
January 29, 2013, 10:39 AM
I just don't know anybody that hunts coons most people I know hunt deer.I talk to a friend of mind and he said he didn't trust dogs he trusted a spotlight so I myself don't know anybody that does thanks

Patocazador
January 29, 2013, 11:35 AM
I just don't know anybody that hunts coons most people I know hunt deer.I talk to a friend of mind and he said he didn't trust dogs he trusted a spotlight so I myself don't know anybody that does thanks
Don't know what kind of dogs your friend has but you have to break a dog from running other things .. like deer. Most coon hunters' dogs also run possums, bobcats and maybe bears. A REAL coon hunter ONLY wants his dogs to run coons.

303tom
January 29, 2013, 12:02 PM
I am wanting to go coon hunting next season. so I'm getting advice on what all I need I ain't using to be goin with dogs because I don't have any and I don't know anybody that does have any thanks
Can`t go coon hunting without a good hound.................

Godsgunman
January 29, 2013, 12:15 PM
Dogs are definitely worth it. I used to coon hunt with my grandpa alot when he was still around. Had some really fine dogs. I do rememer one time though that the dogs were chasing after something in the distance and we were right by a pond and happened to look up and there were 4 sets of eyes reflecting the light from our head lamps. Didnt need the dogs that time but other than that the dogs are pretty much invaluable. That was probably my favorite memory of hunting, 4 in one tree :).

Zeke/PA
January 29, 2013, 11:35 PM
We hunted Coons years ago with a friend of Dad's that had decent dogs and were quite successful.
Things are not the same anymore as much of the land that we hunted is now "developed".
The only other way that I know to successfully take coons without using dogs is by trapping.

303tom
January 30, 2013, 01:32 PM
We hunted Coons years ago with a friend of Dad's that had decent dogs and were quite successful.
Things are not the same anymore as much of the land that we hunted is now "developed".
The only other way that I know to successfully take coons without using dogs is by trapping.
My brother took about a 1000 bucks worth of coons trapping this year...........

sage5907
January 30, 2013, 09:35 PM
Quote: "A REAL coon hunter ONLY wants his dogs to run coons."

I agree with Patocazador. I grew up hunting coons with dogs and the fun was the chase and the sound of the dogs treeing the coon. The result was a wild run through the night never knowing whether it was a coon or a bobcat until you got to the base of the tree. I've caught several dozen coons in a live trap and re-located them to get them away from my bird feed and deer feeder. The best trap bait is a piece of whole wheat bread. I wouldn't be interested in skinning a coon for it's hide because of the threat of rabies.

adelbridge
January 31, 2013, 05:10 PM
they always come to my deer feeders. I often bait with corn for hogs and the coons always show up at night. as a side note they can see IR illuminators if you use night vision but it doesnt blow them out of there, they sit and watch the light as they nibble corn.

Loc n Load
February 3, 2013, 12:17 PM
Grew up hunting coons with my Uncle's.....can't imagine trying to hunt them w/o dogs.....I have had them come in at night when I was varmint calling,or when they were trying to rob the chicken coop, and have seen them from a stand when deer hunting or in the spring when hunting turkey's..have trapped hundreds of them over the decades..we used to make quite a bit of money selling hides back in the 70's...a coon is going to see, hear or smell (or all the above) a man moving through the woods or a field with a light.....and they are going to be gone....You might check with your night hunters association or coon hunter's association.....there are several around my area.....imagine there are some in your neck of the woods. Good hunting.

Zeke/PA
February 3, 2013, 12:52 PM
My brother took about a 1000 bucks worth of coons trapping this year...........
When I trapped, Coons were a good part of my fur take dollars also.
The meat had a few followers back then and most of my catch went to supply an annual Coon Supper at our local Sportsmens Club.
Things have changed though.

ridgerunner1965
February 3, 2013, 08:28 PM
a woodpecker distress call is known for attracting coons.call alot and move every 45 min or so. if you have a good light then you can "shine" them after dark if you have a good population of coons. personally id just trap them, they are easy to trap.

jrbaker90
February 4, 2013, 05:31 PM
I would love to trap but the only places that I have to
I hunt is a hour away. I think I will try to go with spotlights and a call and then if I like it I'll check on some dogs. Any suggestion on what spotlight would be to get thanks

TNboy
February 5, 2013, 10:38 AM
I used to do a lot of coon hunting but rarely ever did we shoot them. The exception was when a property owner was having problems with them and asked us to. There is always someone arguing to the contrary but they are not very good to eat. And a Tennessee coon doesn't have a thick enough pelt to be worth anything. The whole point of coon hunting for me was to run the dogs, not really sure what the appeal is without dogs. There are a number of coon clubs throughout TN, I'm sure if you wanted to get exposed to hunting with dogs the members of these clubs would be glad to take you.

303tom
February 5, 2013, 11:33 AM
When I trapped, Coons were a good part of my fur take dollars also.
The meat had a few followers back then and most of my catch went to supply an annual Coon Supper at our local Sportsmens Club.
Things have changed though.
We still eat coon around here...................

Sav .250
February 6, 2013, 09:13 AM
With out a dog as a partner, I`d say your more into a "maybe" coon hunt.

scotjute
February 7, 2013, 05:37 PM
Without dogs you would need to wait by a reliable food source : possibly a creek, watermelon or corn field, chicken coop, etc. Or perhaps bait a place : perhaps by a creek. I used to walk our watermelon fields at nite with spot-lite, only able to get one once in a while. Never shine your spot-lite further than your shotgun can reach.
Best bet is to get your own coon-hound. Just got a Blue-Tick puppy this past summer for that very purpose.

Eb1
February 7, 2013, 05:43 PM
Use .22 short solids. And make sure they are dead before you pick them up! :)

Oh and a good dog helps.

desidog
February 7, 2013, 06:12 PM
Hunting coons without a dog will net you about the same result as hunting for wild grizzly bears in Florida. ;)

I'm not one to turn down a hunting opportunity, but driving an hour to hunt raccoon without a dog is something i'd pass on. They'll hear you or see your light and be gone before you even knew they were there.

nathan
February 9, 2013, 03:28 PM
17 HMR is perfect medicine to the head.

LeonCarr
February 9, 2013, 04:10 PM
If you are hunting where it is legal to have deer/corn feeders, then you have the best place to hunt raccoons without dogs.

A buddy shot six of them under his deer feeder one morning, and that was with a single shot .22 Magnum. He feeds the deer year round and all of his game camera photos showed lots of raccoons. They were so engrossed in eating the corn they did not leave, even after their relatives started dropping like flies.

Just my .02,
LeonCarr

AABEN
February 9, 2013, 05:42 PM
I use to hunt then till I got hurt. We would get the young coons at the start of hunting season them we would fry and as the season got about done we would BBQ the old ones. They are very good eating.

ljnowell
February 9, 2013, 08:16 PM
I have shot more racoons under my bird feeders than anywhere else. They love sunflower seeds.

Mobuck
February 10, 2013, 02:39 PM
In some states "just walking around with a light looking for coons" is considered "spotlighting". If you hit an area seldom hunted, you'll find some coons who will look at the light revealing their position. After they've been hunted some, they'll not look at the light so much and will just beat feet or curl up in a tree waiting for you to leave.
Last fall my cousin and two of his sons turned two dogs loose in a 40 acre harvested corn field and between the coons actually treed and the coons "incidentally spotted" they knocked out 11 within an hour. This was the first night of coon hunting season in an area where no one had hunted coons for 3-4 years.

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