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    in reply to: Coyote behaviors #2959161
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    Avoid “their down-wind”. As they are facing it.

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    Very interesting read. I new coyotes had a great sense of smell and hearing but had no idea they used the wind as cunningly as it sounds from the descriptions I’ve been reading. It makes perfect sense for two reasons that I can think of. 1 being if they didn’t they would have a hard time catching some of their prey. The other is just self protection. I have tried to call coyotes off and on for a number of years with no success. I will be much more stealthy walking into an area to try and call. I have also tried to sneak through areas and glassed to no avail. I’ve crawled up on many a deer but no coyotes. As I get older, I don’t hike as far as I used too.

     

    I’ve stalked many (hundreds) over my yrs. I can’t express enough you need to sneak in (stealthy) like a cat. Their hearing is top of the line. Most hunters have no clue how well they can hear. They also pay close attention to ANY sound within their earshot. In a mile section most will be found past the 1/4 mile marker. Most often they will be found closer to the 1/2 mile marker. OR…the inner 1/4 mile radius.

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    Coyotes spend the vast majority of their time on the down wind. Side of hills, slopes, knolls, ridgelines. Also trees & shrubs…They use the up-wind side for transitioning areas from one down wind area to the next. When bedded down, most coyotes prefer to be elevated with a view. Such as up on the side of a hill. While on the down-wind. Even when bedded down or curled up. Most coyotes will raise their head to pan around. Out of a few thousand coyotes sightings I’ve had. I’ve only seen a handful that were bedded down out on some flat land. Et facing a warm southerly wind.

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    do you ever need a second if you hunt alone? the last 2 years i had to as i lost my partner. i live in dallas co and would travel. i never go back to any partners hunting ground. i had that happen to me many time years ago and it still make me hot today!!!!

    I’m doing this hunt alone.

     

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    I have recently obtained hundreds of acres of timber. A timbered creek & the Iowa River bottom. Where the recent lion sighting occurred. My odds are still slim. But it doesn’t stop me from my effort. Best part is, all of the landowners want me to kill coyotes. So starting Monday after deer season, it’s on.

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    To you as well, Jim.

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    While I’m sure there may be sightings of rogue wolves from time to time, I’m sure it is extremely rare. This would be a long way from their native habitat. More than likely, it could be a feral dog or wolf mix. I would be fascinated in pictures and other stories!

     

    No doubt rare.

    Fortunately I drive thousands of miles of gravel roads each yr(Fall-Spring). So my odds are better than most. Over the last dozen yrs or so. I now have my camera along. For such a rare sighting.

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    I’d believe it. Iowa has so many other animals that technically aren’t “residents” but show up now and again from other states. We saw the whole bear fiasco in Tama earlier this year…

    I’d believe it. Iowa has so many other animals that technically aren’t “residents” but show up now and again from other states. We saw the whole bear fiasco in Tama earlier this year…

     

    I took a few pics of a Tama County black Bear 2 yrs ago. Bear was 2 miles due South of Union Lake.

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    Ev I never thought of it as a coydog but it may have been. Very large coyote was caught in my beaver snare about 1 mile East and 2 1/2 North of State Center 3 years ago. So also just South of the Heartland. I referred to it as my wolf it was that large. Of course as we both know there was a pair of real wolf mix in the neihborhood that the owner would let out to graze at times.

     

    Did you happen to take a pic of it, Steve?

     

    Winter of 82? I think it was. I was out on West Main near SC. I spotted a large coyote bedded in a draw out near the 1/2 mile fence line. I snuck in & killed him. He weighed 50lb’s. what was odd about his markings was. He had a dark blue ring around both eyes. I’ve never seen the color blue on any coyote I’ve killed.

    On another hunt 2 miles NorWest of SC a few miles. I had a young guy along, (a member on here). We seen a long haired shaggy looking coyote that a farm tractor kicked up. Canine looked to be a cross between a long haired collie(Lassie) & a coyote. Canine bolted when it seen us. Never laid eyes on it again. Same Winter I ran across a trapper from the New Providence area in the same exact area were we seen the shaggy coyote. I mentioned seeing that coydog to him. He said he seen it one Winter up around New Providence area. Coydog, his/her body hair I bet was at least 6″ long & flowed in the wind. Odd looking critter.

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    I’ve hunted the area between Marshalltown, Iowa & State Center since 1964. I’ve seen a few other coydogs in that area over those yrs. 2 of which could’ve been a wolf. As they were extremely large. But I never made a positive ID on. Circa; 1983 hunting NorEst of State Center. I had one of my brothers & his girlfriend along. We seen coyotes that day. But the last 2 canines we seen was an all gold coydog paired up with a mousy grey coyote. I est the coydog was pushing the 50 lb marker. He had a very large chest & thick neck. His head was broad with a broad muzzle. His ears were med length. But came to a point like an arrow head. He had a short thick puff ball tail. My bro stalked in on the the pr. He missed the male & I connected on him as he ran my way. I knocked him down hard & he couldn’t get up. I thought I’ll quickly go pick up my bro on the gravel road. As I backed down the long hill back towards the downed coydog. He suddenly got to his feet & hauled A**. I tracked him 3/4 mile to an abandoned farm. Where he crawled under an old machine shed. He lost blood the whole way. I regret not finishing him off when I had the chance. My 223 went through his chest quartering. The exit wound must’ve been large. Because he left chunks of lung on the snow where he was downed. I neglected my own rule on that hunt. “Just because they are down. Doesn’t mean they are for good”.  Anyway back in the 70’s. There were many breeders in Iowa. Who crossed coyotes with domestic dogs & wolves with domestic dogs. Those breeders would sell the off spring. Does hybrid breeding occur in the wild? It does, but is very rare.

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    Area was NorEast of State Center, Iowa. A few miles.

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    Territorial coyotes have preferred areas where they bed down. When the wind is from a specific direction. I have seen this many times.

    During Winter even on harsh bitter cold days. They will bed outside, typically on terrain that assists in blocking the wind. One bitter cold day well below zero wind chill. I spotted a pr bedded down a little over 1/2 mile out. I worked my way from their down wind. Using the hills to hide me on my way in. I came in from the down wind as that was my (only) option. I got to within 300 yrds or so. Then went prone for the shot. I hit the nearest one mid section.  Right when I shot, 3 other coyotes that were completely buried in hard crust blow over snow. Busted up out of the hard crust snow & hauled a** Northbound to their home section. I never did re-connect on the hit coyote as the cross wind. Was high & he kept running in large circles. I’ve seen other coyotes bust up out of hard pack snow. They all were bedded down in between the picked corn rows. Point being, you may glass a field after a harsh wind the next day & not even know a coyote is there under the snow crust.

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    You nailed it.

     

    Wish I could’ve read many reviews before buying a few firearms. Personally I don’t rely to much on 1 review. I take it in stride. But when many reviews on a firearm of or a specific caliber ammunition. I pay much closer attention. I believe for the most part. Hunters, shooters & firearm owners. Stay on track as to the truth.

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    Hello everyone!! We are thinking about adding a gun review section to the magazine and possibly some video content for the website along with social media. We want to know what you guys would like to see! The idea is to focus on one gun or specific ammo once a month and give it an overall review. What kind of information would you like to see from this? And what kind of content would you prefer, an article, video, etc? We are always open to more suggestions if there is something you would like to see! If you have any other ideas send them my way! [email protected]

     

    I would like to see it happen. I’ve owned quite a few firearms in my life. Personal experiences & opinions with each of them. Some I would buy again & some I wouldn’t. Personal reviews could save some a heartache. Or steer them into a worth owning firearm.

     

    Perhaps if you go ahead. Have it’s own category(Firearm Reviews) with sub-category’s. Such as, Shotguns, Rifles, Pistols as well as ammunition for each. That proved to be accurate in a specific firearm.

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    Some yrs back. I watched a territorial pr of coyotes for two yrs in a row. I seen them numerous times out hunting & bedded down. Also a few times with their 5 off spring over those 2 winters. Both times their young scattered/dispersed  during the 3rd wk in December. I’m convinced it was due to the old female coming in heat. Prior to the scattering of the young ones. The young/yearling coyotes, I would often see in small groups. Bedded down on the outer areas of the parents territory.

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    I would take a spot and stalk hunt any day over calling them. My problem down here in Keokuk Co. is I have to many hills brushy draws and tons of CRP where they will bed down. Not saying that we never catch them bedded down in an open area in the middle of a section because I have but unfortunately the times are few. It seems that when I get north of I-80. its a whole different ball game. A lot more open area where I get to hunt and they seem to be bedded in open areas more up there. Its hard to describe a spot and stalk hunt to a predator hunter whos never seen it done. once hes spotted and you leave to park the vehicle out of sight you might never see that dog again till you pull the trigger. Crawling the last few yards in a foot of snow as you crest the last hill to still see him sleeping can really get the adrenalin pumping.

     

    After I spot one bedded down. I take the time to “triangulate” it’s position amongst the hills. I prefer to use 3 land markers if possible. As to it’s focal bearing. Then I sneak in from it’s blind side. Using wind & terrain features to keep the coyote from detecting me. Only hurdle I have to over come then. Is not making a noise the coyote can detect.

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    Good going Mark.

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    i’m an old fart that doesn’t get out like i used to but i sure enjoy reading about your hunts. let us all know about tactics, success. conditions of the yotes you harvest and possibly what part of the state you hunt. also what the weather conditions were on your hunt. good luck to all and safe hunting

    I haven’t actively hunted coyotes for quite a few yrs. My goal is to get an Iowa Lion. To date I’ve had two near misses since 2006. 1st lion I ever seen I had an excellent chance. But remaining day light was an issue. That & a standing corn patch the farmer didn’t get picked prior to a heavy snow fall. Murphy was against me that day. 2nd chance I had was, I was out hunting & roughly 1 mile from me at the same time. My oldest bro stopped to help a motorist just South of Liscomb on the black top. The motorist stopped to call someone on his cell. Because a lion had just crossed the highway in front of him. Right then I was about 2 miles due East of that motorist. Had my bro called me right then. It would’ve been game on. As all of the terrain was open rolling hills. Murphy strike again.

    I hunt the counties of Marshall, Hardin, Tama, Grundy & Story mostly. Central Iowa region.

    As for the coyotes, I’ve hunted them since 1968. Hunted the Reds since 64. Looking back with not so good of memory anymore. I would guess it’s been 10+ yrs or more? Since I thumped a coyote. As for a lion the stars need to be in alignment for me. There are many variables that must be over come 1st.

    I (est) some yrs back. I’ve seen 3000 +/- coyotes in my time. I’ve observed hundreds of them in their natural setting. Versus try my hand on them. Observing has made me a more rounded predator hunter.

    sig line; A dead coyote has never taught me much.

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    As per a 1 square mile land mass. Most coyotes once bedded down. Prefer the inner 1/4 mile parcel of a mile section when bedded down. Typically either near the 1/2 mile or within a 1/4 mile radius of the center. 9:1 odds they prefer land cover vs out on the open. Land cover  as in timber, brushy or CRP grasses.

    Whether I’m walking into a section on a sleeper or to call a cover area. I stealth in like a cat. As I go slow & watch where I plant each foot. So as to not cast a noise. Coyotes have top of the line hearing. Picking up the slightest variance of ambient noise. I prefer to walk in on one either on it’s cross-wind or from it’s angled up wind area. To avoid being seen or scented on my way in. Most often, the higher the wind speed. the more in alignment that bedded canine. Will be facing to it’s down-wind. Worth noting, if you do not want to be seen on the way in.

    Some callers/spot stalkers do not have a real grasp of coyote behaviors. As to how the wind affects their behaviors. 99% of the time with both Red Fox & the coyotes. It is cut & dried how they use wind. Take heed of that knowledge to improve your hunting odds.

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    No pic, Mark. Posting a pic is hit & miss on my end.

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