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coydogParticipantJanuary 22, 2020 at 6:05 pmPost count: 190::
Little off your thread here E.V hope you don’t mind. I had to go to Keota today and on the way over there I spot two coyotes about 2oo yds off the highway. It must be breeding season as one was laying down and the other one was circling. After about 2 minutes I continued my trip. On the way back to Sigourney , about 45 minutes later. They are still there, both standing up so I pull the truck over and watch them circle each other. I found it strange that it didn’t bother them that I was there. Which leads me to the conclusion of that female being in heat at this time. Anyway interesting morning for me.
I think it’s been around 8-10yrs now since I even tried for one. Even back then I only killed a few. The older I get. The more I just enjoy observing them. I have observed many hundreds of them. One time I spotted one sitting amongst some rolling hills. 1/2 mile away from me to my due North. Wind was from due North & the coyote was facing due East. Something had it’s attention. So I panned to it’s East. There about a quarter mile away from it. Slogged an old coyote hunter on snowshoes. Working his way towards the coyote. Right before the hunter topped the last hill top to see that coyote. That coyote would cross over the next hill to that hunter’s West. Then sit down & wait for that hunter to get close again. I sat there laughing. As the old hunter, I’m sure. Thought he had the upper hand. After some time I moved on. Some hunters underestimate their hearing ability. It is top shelf & you had best be like a cat & stealth in. Or it’s game over before it has even started.coydogParticipantJanuary 20, 2020 at 12:24 pmPost count: 190::
I also enjoyed reading about the hunt. I bet you didn’t have your 243WSSM. I had similar experience with a coyote I punched with a 223 but I got lucky and found him the next day. They are super tough. I remember seeing a coydog back in southern IA in the winter of 1973. It was nearly black in color. We didn’t get it but got a good look.
No I didn’t. For one season I used a .223 mini. About as accurate as a paver brick? IMO. But I managed to put 1 .223 55 gr Rem SN, quartered into it’s chest. Looking back, that hunt bothered me for many yrs. For not quickly finishing him off. That canine was so rare to me. I figured not many yrs ago. I’ve seen 3000 coyotes +/- & a handful of hybrids. Last hunt (as for hybrids) I was hunting with a member on here “Rooster”. We seen 1 hybrid that looked to be mostly coyote but had long flowing hair, like a Collie dog. Only reason why we seen it was. A farm tractor was moving large hay bales out in the middle of a mile section & kicked it up. A yr or two after that sighting. I ran into a coyote hunter/trapper in the same area. I told him about that long haired coydog. He smiled & told me he seen it up around New Providence one day. Not long before he & I met up.coydogParticipantJanuary 20, 2020 at 6:50 amPost count: 190::
Enjoyed the story Ev.
I 1st got into predator hunting Fall/Winter of 64. We hunted you’re area(SC area) for Red Fox with our greyhounds. They were thick back then. We seen our 1st coyotes, Winter of 68 out you’re way. The coyote/dog hybrid above was sighted 4 miles NorEast of SC. During my hunt yrs in that area. I seen 2 other hybrids. All were on the large size. Each one was remarkedly different. But all of them were on the large size. I suspect some or all of them were bred & then released or escaped into the wild. Some Iowans don’t know. But back in the 60’s-70’s. There were numerous “hybrid breeders” throughout Iowa. I recall looking at the Sunday Register dog adds. Seeing many coyote/dog & wolf/dog hybrid pups for sale for many yrs. I have wondered throughout the yrs. What became of all of those hybrid pups?
I also know of some dog/coyote hybrids over in the Garwin area. Many yrs ago. There was a litter of them that either were released or escaped into the wild. One was shot by some coyote hunters. It weighed 65 lbs. One of those hunters had my Dad look at it. He said it looked all coyote. But was very large.
coydogParticipantJanuary 18, 2020 at 4:46 pmPost count: 190::
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some really great advice for new predator hunters. would be great to get more input from all over the state. also a good refresher to seasoned but part time hunters. keep it going guys.
I’m going on 55 yrs, hunting Iowa’s predators, gsgramps. I do not mind at all. Sharing what I have learned from them. A hunter learns very little, from a dead predator.coydogParticipantJanuary 12, 2020 at 5:34 amPost count: 190::
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.
I averaged out some yrs back. Out of a 10 day time lot. One day out of ten, do I spot a coyote(s) laying out in the open. Red Fox sightings are even more rare. Because they are often “holed-up”. I recall I’ve had 2 days where I’ve seen 11 canines. A mix of both coyotes & Red Fox. Best days for “spotting” Are 1-2 days after a storm. When the wind is out of a Northerly direction & the Sun is shining(no blowing snow). Temps mostly being in or around freezing. Neither canine, likes blowing snow or high winds. Worth noting, the higher the wind. Both canines, when bedded down. They will face to the down-wind direction, text book. So a hunter walking in with the wind in his/her face. Is already behind the eight ball. Because any canine up ahead. Will be “most likely” be facing them. Not good. I walk in on the cross-wind, or angled cross-wind. Whether calling or spot/stalkingcoydogParticipantJanuary 8, 2020 at 8:32 amPost count: 190coydogParticipantDecember 26, 2019 at 6:57 amPost count: 190coydogParticipantDecember 11, 2019 at 6:46 amPost count: 190::
A coyote hunter’s odds will improve greatly. By understanding more about coyote behaviors. They spend the vast majority of their time on the down-wind slopes of hills, ground cover. Using the up-wind areas as transition areas. To get from one down wind area to the next. While they are on the down-wind. They often pan around to their down-wind & cross-wind areas. Whether a “caller” or “spot stalker” It is best, to walk into a mile section/area, on the cross-wind. Hunters who walk in, with the “wind” in their face. Greatly reduce their odds of being successful.coydogParticipantDecember 1, 2019 at 9:46 amPost count: 190::
Having used many cal centerfire rifles on the coyotes over my yrs. I believe the 22-250 is the most ideal cal overall. Some yrs back when I was shooting bolt rifles. I had a thin barreled stainless Savage bolt rifle. Shooting 55gr Rem SN out of the box. Shooting prone, it would group a tight clover leaf @200 yrds. Hard to beat, an out of the box, Savage barrel..coydogParticipantNovember 28, 2019 at 12:48 pmPost count: 190::
I just learned and maybe I’m a little slow on it that you can purchase a hard copy hunting and fishing license. Beings my old Lifetime combination and trapping licenses were getting a little unreadable when I saw the hard copies could be purchased a got a Duplicate for Lifetime Hunting, Fishing, Trapping and my wife’s Lifetime Fishing. Each duplicate is $4.50 and $5 for each hard copy. They did put I believe and expiration date on it but its 12/31/2311 so it should be the last one I need. Ha
Where can they be bought?coydogParticipantNovember 27, 2019 at 10:52 amPost count: 190::
Looking for a long range scope to put on my S2 in .223 and thinking 8-40x. I love Burris XTR II (use a Monarch 3 on my hunting rifle) and also looking at the Redfield. What do you guys use?
I’m not sure what you consider “long range”? Anyway, I shoot a 24″ HB .243 wssm AR. Most all of my shots are long range. My scope is a Nikon Buckmaster mildot 4.5-14x 40mm. I’ve had it for quite a few yrs now. Tough scope & has taken some stout hits & keeps on ticking. My farthest (ranged) kill shot on a coyote was 600yrds +/- a few. I’ve made many other shots from 300-440yrds. When shooting long range I like plenty of zoom. To focalize my bullet’s intent.coydogParticipantNovember 18, 2019 at 10:20 pmPost count: 190::
will they stay in a much smaller territory if the hunting is good and to also protect their food source?
Most alpha pairs stay on their territory from what I have observed. They know where all of the best hunting areas are. Few tresspass onto a neighboring territory. However, the outer buffer areas, all coyotes will use now & then. I believe a degree of tolerance is allowed in those areas. Something I have witnessed is, last Spring yearlings tend to hang around the outer peripheral edges of their parents territory. Before getting scattered by their parents. Yearlings & un-mated coyotes can/will be seen at times in a group. As they roam, tresspass & look for a mate & their own territory.coydogParticipantNovember 17, 2019 at 7:51 amPost count: 190::
This is a bit of a long shot. I built a 350 Legand. We are going to take it to WI for the rifle season, my 12 year old is going to use it. I cannot find a magazine for it so it is essentially a 2 shot gun. I can run one in the chamber and one in the mag. Does anyone on here have one that they would be willing to sell me or let me use for a week in WI? I know it is a long shot but I figured it was worth checking. I have two on order but I think they are all back ordered.
I have a 243wssm AR upper on a 5.56 cal lower. I use 5.56 cal P-mags(which are the best mags imho). The only thing I have had to modify for the “fatter round”. Was the magazine catch on the side of the mag.coydogParticipantNovember 15, 2019 at 6:33 amPost count: 190::
anyone have an idea how big of a territory a pair of coyotes have in iowa?
Some yrs back from observing 3 alpha pairs. I have estimated a pair’s territory is roughly 5×7 square miles(irregular & oblong in shape). With over lapping boundries of 1/4 mile or so. Coyotes do trespass on another’s territory now & then. But when they do they are most wary. When bedded down, they often will pan around 360. I’ve seen it.coydogParticipantNovember 15, 2019 at 6:28 amPost count: 190::
When do coyote generally go into season? I known it is Janurary but is it usually early, middle or late Janurary? If they are like dogs ( and I’m sure they are) it is 5 days coming in, 5 days in (activilly breeding) and 5 days going out. Females are aggressive and ready to fight just before they are ready to stand and just after they are bred and take as I recall. I’m thinking they should be coming in about now. Chuck S
Some will breed in the latter part of December. However, I believe Jan-Feb are the prime months. Early March also included, but to a lesser degree imo.