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    BLESS YOU MY OL FRIEND

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    I saw 36,567 ���½ snow geese flying over Oskaloosa at noon today. Just inside orbit. Big Grin

    Ha! Pretty sure I saw the same flock…It looked like the last two were juveniles (‘:)’)

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    Prohibited Hunting Near Buildings
    You cannot discharge a firearm or shoot or attempt
    to shoot a game or furbearing animal within
    200 yards of a building inhabited by people or
    domestic livestock or a feedlot unless the owner or
    tenant has given consent to do so. Feedlot means a
    lot, yard or corral where livestock is confined for
    the purpose of feeding and growth prior to slaughter.
    Pastures, hayfields or cropfields where animals
    are allowed to graze are not considered feedlots.

    I would surly get some clarification on the laws. In my opinion the regs stated above apply to hunting and not target practicing on your own land. Be interesting to see where this goes. Good luck

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    I thought that the high and low temperatures this week were starting to look pretty good and my trees are showing signs of producing sap. So I decided to go ahead, drill some holes, and hammer in some taps. Looks like I’m already collecting my first bit of sap this year! The boiling process is a major pain, but the sweet-tasting syrup is a really nice reward. I still need to figure out a better way to boil my sap without wasting so much heat.

    Has anyone else tapped their trees yet?

    I also use propane but yesterday I youtubed rocket stoves and with a few junk bricks I had stashed away I made a small one. Nothing fancy but it got hot and fast. Let you know in a day or two how it goes.

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    We had good intensions to make a couple of sets this afternoon but the weather didn’t cooperate. Did have a break in the rain for a little bit and ended up doing a little arrowhead hunting. Nothing to brag about but had a good time. Will try again tomorrow morn…Good luck alll

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    That is one huge buck. Great find for that kid

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    I started reading the top part of your post and immediately got a big grin on my face. Then I read it a second time and felt the adrenaline rush. Man that dont happen very often but when it does its fun to try and keep it together. Congrats to you and thanks for the good read this morning….

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    I blame parents.I believe thats where it begins. Then its social media. Just like any web site its easy to type then to speak your peace to someones face. There isnt going to be a solution to this type of tragedy till we face what we have become as a society. I for one have had it. Im pissed just as much as some of you on here and I dont have a solution just an opinion and thats to do away with semi auto weapons. I thought I would never say this and I hate myself for it. Laws dont work in this area I know. These are my gut feelings guys. Someone help change them with a better opinion please….Thank you

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    I read that mulberry is a no go. The sap is mildly toxic.
    I tap more walnut trees than anything. I think it tastes better than maple and walnuts are more accessible for me.
    Boxelders are a good weed tree to tap

    I tap a lot of maple. Im also interested in the taste of walnut sap. Never tried it.Can you describe the taste diff for us thanks…

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    The last few days for me have been uneventful. I couldn’t get nothing to work. Then I went out this evening just before dark ended up shooting one. He was howled in with an interrogation howl. He was dead before the third howl began. During breeding season I mainly use vocals mixed in with some distress sounds. I’m trying a lot of new sounds, I even used baby pigs distress out by a hog confinement building yesterday but nothing seems to be working. Seems like I can get them to howl back once in awhile but that’s about it On another note how you getting along in this snow? Man that stuff is deep and I am worn out when I get home. Will be getting a lighter rifle next year and putting the Remington VLS in mothballs.

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    Decided to smoke the place up the other night. Just to let you know they smoke for quite awhile. Its hard for me to just sit and do nothing out there because its always been a good location to call. Might not see any effects and probably just wasted my time doing this but I guess I had to try. Legal issues were taken care of. Thanks for everyone’s thoughts on this. I found it a good read…

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    Yes, use the vocalizations more, for me anything non aggressive, ( just an example) interrogation howls wait ten min or so interrogation again wait a few. throw in a young answer howl. I dont really have any preference as far as how I call or the sequence. I worry more about being busted. Heading out the door now to make a set…pretty windy but I aint got nothing else to do…Good luck this weekend.

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    Well, I made it out early saturday, just about sunrise. I went into the best spot (I thought) first. I really tried to be quiet, but with the crunchy snow, It was really loud walking in. I waited awhile before trying to call, then called off and on for about 20 minutes. Man, did the crows go crazy. I had them flying all around me. I tried a couple different rabbit distress, then would mute it for a couple minutes at a time. Never saw or heard anything.

    I went to another spot over by some CRP for my second set. It wasn’t long after I got comfy and started to call, that I heard someone hooping and hollering really loud on the next property over in the distance. I thought maybe herding cattle or something…I didn’t know. Not long after it was getting closer, then ATV sounds, then I see a guy on an ATV yelling around with a bunch of dogs running around him. Yote hunting I’m assuming. Then he went across the road and ran another property north, right next to another property where I was going to try and go next.

    Needless to say, I ended up just scouting a couple of the other new areas and properties I acquired. Day was ruined.

    That would put a damper in anybody’s day. Good luck…..

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    I hear coyotes every time I go out to this area, but I cannot get them to come in. Neutral By the way, this is all at night, around 10 to midnight.

    What type of setup do you have on your weapon as far as the scope? Im guessing thermal?

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    The coyotes sound at least a half-mile to a mile away. Some coyotes have sounded as close as about 100 yards though. (THAT gets freaky) I don’t walk very far in. (This is something I need to work on) I usually get too paranoid about the noise I make walking in the dark, because I cannot see what is around me

    When I first started calling,not walking in closer was my problem also. On the other hand,Like E.V stated in another thread,this time of year you have to watch for transients moving in that may be closer to the edge of a section and not the core area. Nothing wrong with paranoia I have it every time I make a set. If it was me in your shoes I would weigh the odds somewhat and maybe try walking in another fifty to a hundred yds more or less, making sure of a clear view of where I believe they will try to circle to get down wind of the caller. Its a risk with every step we take to get to the stand but man its an adrenaline rush when it all comes together. Keep us posted and again good hunting

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    I would take your snow any day. We haven’t been blessed much down here this year.

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    How far are they away and about how far are you walking in to set up? Its hard to say whats going on out there for sure. Thats good that your hearing them constantly. Im not much into night hunting unless there is snow on the ground and a full moon,just not set up for darkness. Good luck

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    Everyone takes away what they want from hunting. For many yrs I chose to give the coyotes & the Reds a free pass. To just observe & learn from them. I was a killer when I was a young hunter. I got right too it & did not care about learning from my quarry. Observing many hundreds of them in their natural setting. Has been much more rewarding. Versus, just going in for the kill. By observing, it no doubt has made me a better & more rounded hunter

    The year I joined I.S. is the year I became a predator hunter. Good or bad , pursuing coyotes is about the only hunting I do anymore. I havent shot a pheasant, quail or a deer since. These were hunts I use to enjoy and that are still there if I wanted to get back into hunting them. In my quest for coyotes I have learned many different ways to make me a better hunter overall. They are a tough animal to outwit day in day out. In Iowa,its even tougher but they can be made to come to a call if the hunter does his homework. I dont mind getting my butt whipped while calling a yote to the stand as long as I learn something from it. By far this has been my best year,its beginning to come together for me. I really love the challenge this sport offers and hope to continue till I can no more. O.P, again I wish you luck this weekend and for the many great hunts ahead of you…success

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    Who can say for a fact what is going on, as you state. I’ve expressed myself above. In that right now. There are many nomadic yearlings on the move. Some singular, some in groups.
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    January 17 2018 08:47PM

    Coyotes do trespass. I also believe most know they are trespassing on another’s marked territory. It has been my observations. That trespassing coyotes are very alert & skittish. Not staying on another’s territory for very long. I’ve witnessed that a few times on the open rolling crop hills I’ve hunted for decades.

    Some yrs back I came in contact with a farmer who was having his sheep killed. We met & I told him I would do what I could for him. That pr of coyotes the male was very large I suspect in the high 40’s. The female was joe average around 30 lbs or so. I hunted that 1×2 mile section hard all Winter. Seen them a few times on the move but not bedded down. One day they were bedded down. The male was on the 1/2 mile fence line drift. His female below him aways. I stalked in to the last hill before the 1/2 mile. I took aim in a high cross-wind & took a long shot on the male. Missed him. But the female bolted angling me. I dumped her with a neck shot. I wanted that male.

    So day after day I hunted that section. Worth noting is. He would occasionally leave that section. But no other area coyote entered that 1×2 mile. Not one all that Winter, did another coyote enter that 1×2 mile section. I found that very interesting. Well my Farmer’s sheep killing came to a stop, once the female coyote died. Yet the male was still in that section. I kept in touch with that farmer…Still no sheep killing.

    Next winter rolls in. Again the farmer & I visit about that male coyote. He said, his neighbor guy now has a sheep killer on his property. Well I believe that killer male left his old territory & hooked with with a lone female. Et got her into killing sheep with him aways down the highway…

    My above comments, bring up another thing worth mentioning. Like with Red Fox kits. It is the female that does all of the teaching for her young litter. I suspect same goes for coyotes. If/when a mother Red gets killed or dies while the kits are still dependent? The male then resumes her duty. I do not believe, coyotes are any different.

    I always thought that when pups were dispersed earlier( like around November) and became nomads they would seek out a partner asap and from there find there own territory. Knowing what Im hearing in the field and reading this,I am highly incorrect. It makes sense for nomads to form a pack within them selves and from there they would pick a mate. If this is the case then I need to change strategies this time of year. Need to find my notebook,havent put anything down in it this year.

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    Latter part of December on. Most all young coyotes will be in transit. As they become nomadic. Some grouping up into loose packs. As they try to find their way, a potential mate & establish their own territory. Some of those loose groups may/will have a lone female among them. As the single males in that group. Seek her attention. Over my yrs. I’ve seen numerous nomadic groups. It is interesting to observe their behaviors among the group.

    I seen 4 singles one day last wk. How refreshing.

    It’s been a few yrs now. An ex-coworker one early morning. Seen a group of 11 coyotes run by his property. When he happened to look out of the kitchen window. That was near Haverhill Iowa. Which use to hold a good pop of coyotes in the area.

    E.V. I have know way of proving this but what I am seeing ( or hearing rather) is in a certain area where Im calling, it seems that several packs are getting closer together. Still separate from each other but squeezing each other in their home turf. Hope Im making sense here. Hearing four different packs in the same area seems pretty tight. I should also mention that this was on a creek bottom on a crisp cold evening which also could make the sounds seem closer than they appear. The packs sound larger than normal from what Im used to hearing but its just in this one area. Any thoughts on this? Thanks..

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