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    in reply to: Lion sightings #2959973
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    I visited with two elderly people who’s land butted up to the Iowa river. Near Albion Iowa. That occurred 2yrs ago.  Their son hunts deer back in that timber as well as the elderly neighbors land.  He came across a transmission line pole. Where a lion raked the pole on both sides. Appeared that pole has been raked numerous times. I’ve seen the pic he took of the pole. The elderly people next door. They seen a lioness & 2 sub adults in tow 2 yrs ago. Not far form their house. Their land also butts up to the river bottom.

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    I have no idea of the law now regarding captive wolves/wolf hybrid breeding. However, I went to school with a gal over State Center Iowa area. Her & her husband raised wolves, coyotes & hybrids many yrs ago. There also was a lady near Rhodes Iowa who breed wolves same time period. My friend told me when her pack howled her friend’s pack also howled. A short time lapsed between the two wolf packs. The distance between the 2 packs was roughly 9 miles apart as the crow flies.

    As for hybrids here in Iowa. Back in the 60’s & early 70’s. there were numerous breeders (wolf/dog & coyote/dog hybrids)here in Iowa. I’m not sure if there still are any or not? But some of them would advertize their canines in the Des Moines reg on Sundays.

    Myself I’ve seen a 1/2 dozen or so of coyote hybrids over my time. They were all on the large size. I shot one that was solid gold colored Winter of 81. It was paired up with a average size mousy gray coyote. I tracked that male 3/4 mile. It went under a machine shed on an abandoned farm sted in the middle of a mile section. To this day I regret not putting another rd in him When I knocked him down the 1st hit. He took a 55gr sn angled through both lungs. Exit wound blew chunks of a lung out onto the snow where he hit the deck. Tough critters, eh.

     

     

     

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    -3 is the BEST you wannabe’s can do. lol!

     

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    Is it legal to hunt a wolf in Iowa?

     

    Last I checked, NO.

     

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    I’m surprised you have not seen more wolves in Iowa. They are highly mobile and typically travel a lot of country looking to establish their own territory. I know MN has some and so does WI given time you will have some. From my experiences here in WY they are not the best neighbors to have.

    A few days ago walking a trail in Grundy County. Wife found some scat on the walking trail. I walked the trail the next day & it looked like wolf scat to me. Turds were roughly 1.5+” in diameter. Large pile & chock full of deer hair. We’ve walked that trail almost daily since 08. Whatever canine left it, it was a 1st time on that trail. I hope it is around come snow fly. I want to see him/her. If by chance it is a coyote hybrid? & I get a chance. It’s hammer time.

     

    I did happen to talk to a woman from Baxter, Iowa today. She said she has seen a wolf near Baxter. I have to question her further & get some details. She said it wasn’t a coyote. Very large.

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    I’m surprised you have not seen more wolves in Iowa. They are highly mobile and typically travel a lot of country looking to establish their own territory. I know MN has some and so does WI given time you will have some. From my experiences here in WY they are not the best neighbors to have.

     

    A few days ago walking a trail in Grundy County. Wife found some scat on the walking trail. I walked the trail the next day & it looked like wolf scat to me. Turds were roughly 1.5+” in diameter. Large pile & chock full of deer hair. We’ve walked that trail almost daily since 08. Whatever canine left it, it was a 1st time on that trail. I hope it is around come snow fly. I want to see him/her. If by chance it is a coyote hybrid? & I get a chance. It’s hammer time.

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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.

    coydog
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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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    coydog
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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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