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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. Hunter125

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    I hunt on a friend's property and he has a standing order on coyotes. They have had a pretty big impact on the deer there. I was there a couple years ago with a couple new guys. One came back in and told a story about a coyote that had walked under his stsnd and the owner got after him for not killing it.
    Around my house I will shoot them no matter what. I'm not chancing one going after my 2 year old. I saw one chase my rott/lab mix back up to the house at 10 am one day.
     
  2. Mike1234567

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    Around my homestead I'd be killing them too. That's just too invasive especially with kids around.
     
  3. Ridgerunner665

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    Coyotes are "year round, no limit" here in TN...no tags required, just a plain old hunting license (I don't think landowners even need that)

    This is how every one I see ends up...he looks pretty good considering a 180 grain 30-06 bullet went through his shoulders...the other side doesn't look so good, LOL. He walked out of the swamp late one evening and just sat down looking over the field...I hope he enjoyed it because it was the last thing he ever saw.
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    I've probably killed at least 150 in the last 20 years, many of them while deer hunting or scouting. I got this one while deer hunting this past season. In my experience, a single rifle shot doesn't spook deer..at least not the ones around home. They are somewhat used to gunfire...there is a lot of that going on around my place.
     
  4. 303tom

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    Man without a weapon is NOT, at the top of the food chain............
     
  5. wombat13

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    I would disagree. Man's intelligence gives him the capability to make and use weapons. It is his intelligence that places him at the top of the food chain.
     
  6. allaroundhunter

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    A man's intelligence is what gives him the edge and puts him at the top of the food chain. Just as a coyote's intelligence allows it to be higher on the food chain. Such a small animal would not be able to be so effective in hunting if it weren't as intelligent as it is.

    So saying man without weapons would be like saying a coyote (or any other predatory animal) without a brain, thereby, there would be no food chain at all.
     
  7. Mike1234567

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    I don't hunt so I must be at amoeba level in the food chain. :D

    I've yet to see any coyotes in my area but a couple neighbors say they have. Two neighbors' (that I know of) have small pets missing but no one knows what happened to them. I've seen several dead coyotes on the highway about 4-5 miles away as the crow flies.

    If I see any around here I'll shoot 'em but I have to be exceedingly careful. None of us are on more than two acres so our homes are pretty close together.

    I'm undecided about what firearm to use in my situation... either a .22WMR with Hornady 30gr V-Max or a .410 bore shotgun with #4 buckshot. I want an effective round and ZERO ricochets. It's all sandy soil here so that helps but I could hit a rock or other hard object.
     
  8. allaroundhunter

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    The greater chance of ricochet would be with the .410 buckshot, but even that is just a remote possibility. Depending on the range to the coyote, the .22 WMR would probably be what I would grab.
     
  9. Mike1234567

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    Yeah, I've been leaning toward the .22 WMR. I considered a .17 HMR but I suspect the WMR is a little more effective on coyote-sized critters.

    In my area I wouldn't feel comfortable shooting farther than about 70 yards... maybe less... or maybe a little more if the land slopes enough to give me a safe backstop.

    Hypothetically, if I was hunting deep in the sticks, whether I shoot a coyote or not would depend on how invasive they are. If their population is well-balanced then, no, I wouldn't shoot it. If they've become overly populated and/or are diseased then, yes, I'd kill all I saw.
     
  10. plumberroy

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    [QUOTEI agree. And I'm not trying to be a SOB. What about killing off coyotes to leave more deer for us? I'm just playing Devil's advocate regarding respecting Mother Nature's "ways" when she suits our wants and hypocritically working against her as it suits our wants. After all she (or God) created coyotes and their ways too. Why must we be so hypocritical in justifying our needs/wants/comfort?

    Let's just agree that we adjust our world, working AGAINST Mother Nature, to make ourselves happy and comfortable. I'm not criticizing that concept... just criticizing hiding behind other agenda to justify or soften it. I'm just saying tell it like it is. We take what we want and mold our surroundings, including the killing of Mother Natures animals, to suit our wants/needs/comfort. Pretty simple.
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    I'm not so worried about deer as stuff like foxes ground game birds rabbits deer fall under us changing habitat to artificially increase numbers. I also don't hate a coyote for being a coyote being non-native they affect the balance. I like seeing foxes and rabbits and such . Heavy hunting for hides in the 70's didn't reduce fox numbers near as much as coyotes have .When I hunted out west I shot them because I got $30-$40 each for the hides (loooooong time ago ) and if I lived or hunted out there I would not shoot every one I saw because they are native . the problem coming that it going to dwarf the coyote problem is feral hogs They are smarter eat more thing and destoy bunches of stuff finding food
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  11. Mike1234567

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    Yeah... FN feral hogs. If I was a hunter I'd kill 'em all as humanely as possible. And make LOTS of FN bacon!!
     
  12. 303tom

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    That is the response I was looking for....................
     
  13. ritepath

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    Putting coyotes down is always job one.
     
  14. Countryboy7

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    I would shoot it. Around here they are a big problem.
     
  15. charlie echo

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    I'd kill for meat, to control pests, and to save life. Killing animals for entertainment, solely, ain't my thing. I could careless about any non-practical trophies vs. an animal. Trophy vs a fair sporting contest vs a consenting human -- that, such as boxing, is something to be proud of.

    If I had the tag (lawful right) and knew it to be a serious pest problem for my & friends' land than yes: bang.
     
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  16. CountryUgly

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    I'll shoot the yote every time. I don't pick them up till I'm done waiting on the deer cause I have shot the coyote and the deer on the same trip but if I spook the deer so what it just gives me an excuse to head back into the woods the next day, " Sorry hunny but I had to shoot the pesky coyote and it scared my deer off now I gotta get back out there tomorrow and get the deer".....hehehe...hope my wife doesn't read this....
     
  17. Art Eatman

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    Hokay. Nuff wanderin'...
     
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