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If you were hunting big game & came across a coyote..

Discussion in 'Hunting' started by GJgo, Feb 12, 2012.

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Shoot a coyote on your big game hunt?

  1. I'd blast the beast. The game aren't around anyway.

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  2. I'd let the chicken killer go. Don't want to spook the game.

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  1. Mike1234567

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    I wouldn't shoot it unless I was collecting the pelt... and I don't do that. If it was near my property then, yes, I'd probably shoot it because there are lots of pets and children around here. I've never understood the killing anything just because one can.
     
  2. wombat13

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    I must have missed where someone said they shoot the yotes just because they can. Seems to me the folks who said they would shoot don't like the impact that yotes have on wildlife, livestock, and pets and they shoot them to minimize that impact.
     
  3. BP Hunter

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    I did shoot twice. I was ending my hunt and I didn;t see what I was looking for, so I decided to shoot the coyote.
     
  4. stownsend

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    When we hunt, after you have filled your deer tag it is your job to still go along on the hunt and shoot every coyote you can. Typically we put away the deer guns and switch to the varmint rigs and go to town. We continue to hunt until everyone has their deer tags filled so if you shoot your buck on the first day you are going to have a lot of days of coyote hunting. I try to kill them every chance I get.
     
  5. Mike1234567

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    I guess I need to research more about coyotes. I know they can be very invasive and damaging but I suspect I've not realized how much so. Off to find more coyote info...
     
  6. kd7nqb

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    where I have hunted in the past coyotes destroy deer populations in addition to all the other issues associated with them. So I assume that if I see it, its my job to kill it. I would love to go on a dedicated predator hunt and just pop coyotes for a day but have not had the chance yet.
     
  7. Loic

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    I whish I could shoot them, but I'm having a hard time seen them.. here in NV you can hunt them all year long, no hunting license required, they're considered varmint.

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    Death.
     
  9. Justin Holder

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    Three words.


    TARGET OF OPPORTUNITY!
     
  10. Weedy

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    So coyotes are such a nuisance all over the country that they need to be shot on sight and left to rot? I think a lot of people just like "killin' stuff." Coyotes are not an invasive species. Deer are running rampant around here (in the metro areas), I can't believe coyotes can be left to rot while deer cannot (not that it should be done, ever). I guess some animals really are "more equal." I'm not an "activist", don't get me wrong, I hunt, but I eat what I kill and I acknowledge the fact that I am taking a life. I just don't see how people talk about ethics and whatnot, while killing certain animals (coyotes, possums, armadillos) and leaving them to rot. I mean, I've seen people post on THR about killing certain animals just because they're ugly. Are you kidding me?
     
  11. theicemanmpls

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    No, nobody is kidding you. It happens. I used to do it myself. If it was legal, unpopular, and ugly, I killed it. I was very good at it.

    As I age, I grow my mellow, perhaps wise.

    Now, I don't kill any creature unless it needs killing.

    Last one I whacked was a spider at my wifes pleading. I wanted to move him elsewhere in the house as they eat varmint bugs. She insisted he had to die because he scared her. I still can't figure that one out.

    If I fish, it always catch and release. Deer hunting, Now I bring the rifle, but I bring the camera to. Catching their photo is much more rewarding to me then putting a 350g slug in their lungs.

    I am not saying hunting is bad. However there is a big difference between ethical hunting, and random killing.

    I think hunting is necessary. Someone else needs to do it. I can not anymore.

    Regarding the coyotes, if they become a nuisance, then they have to go.
     
  12. Steel Talon

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    No, I spend plenty of time in the hunt for coyotes. But when I'm hunting big game they get a pass. Now if I got an elk hanging and Im farting around in camp with my 22mag. and one comes up its a different story
     
  13. Loic

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    coyotes, in some part of the country, are a problem.
    the only time I had a shot at 2 coyotes, was at night (it is legal here to hunt them at night with spot light) I didnt take the shot cuz , at this time, it didnt feel right to me. they were way to easy to shot. I was in my jeep (wich is loud due to my off road exaust) had the music kind of loud ( I like classic rock !!) as I was driving very slowly I saw 2 pairs of green eyes, I stop the jeep (didnt kill the engine) took the rifle and look thru the scope, here they were , 2 coyotes a little up hill from me at about 50 yards. I got of the Jeep, started walking toward them and they were almost not moving, just a couple of feet to my right and back. I looked at them again thru the scope and said to myself, no, too easy, another day. got back in the jeep and took off. I have tried to go back to the same area to hunt them but couldnt find them again. this kind of stuff hapened also with rabbits, I let go many of them as it would have been to easy to shoot them. I dont like cheap shot, I want the animal and myself to have equal chances and most of the time they win.
     
  14. mes227

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    Always always always shoot the coyote!
     
  15. LeonCarr

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    Coyotes and Hogs get shot first.

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  16. MCgunner

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    Also research "Red Wolf in Texas" or something like that. It was coyote migration to coastal Texas that hybridized them out of existence. We didn't used to have coyotes in Brazoria County. I was one of the lucky that saw one, probably one of the last, in the wild on the San Bernard NWR when I was headed out goose hunting there one morning. I'll never forget that animal in my memory. There is NOW no shortage of coyote in Brazoria County.
     
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    I never pass up a shot at a coyote... They take so many of our fawns any size yote is going down. Even if it does "spoil that hunt" it helps any future hunts.
     
  20. Geno

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    Your poll is in error. We shoot them on sight, in accord with the law, because they are so destructive to other wild life. That said, the lil suckers are quick. Good luck!!!

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  21. allaroundhunter

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    You probably have never seen their impact on livestock have you? Yes, when I shoot coyotes they are left, but are quickly eaten by other animals, not left to rot.

    I also shoot opossums that I find/catch near the house because they get into anything they can and cause huge problems. Again, they are left as food for some other species.

    There are also occasions where we will shoot wild hogs and not have time to clean them and they will be left to be eaten by something else.

    If you don't have firsthand experience with nuisance species you won't wholly understand. And, there is a difference between hunting ethically, and eradicating.


    ETA: I don't kill things for fun, nor for their looks. I kill deer and birds for food, and I kill nuisance animals because of the problems they cause.
     
  22. kyle1974

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    We don't leave them to rot...we usually dig a hole with a backhoe and bury them....
     
  23. tahoe2

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    Yotes can be hunted year round in western WA with either a small game or big game license. They are devastating on the local deer fawns(coastal blacktail), but are tough to get a shot on, in our dense forest's. Most of the yotes I see around here, are in town, illegal to discharge a firearm within city limits (damn!, those crafty yotes). I've got some 110gr handloads for my .300 Savage that I can reach out to three hundred yards with. But have yet to claim a dog with, summers coming though!
     
  24. 303tom

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    Who kept them in check before we came along ?
     
  25. sixgunner455

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    Wolves, believe it or not. They still do, where timber wolves roam.

    And disease, and starvation. Mother nature isn't very kind.
     
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