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Butterbean

Coyote war

I've declared war on the coyotes and coydogs.  Have listened to the ever growing night howls for the last few years and thought it kind of peaceful.  A couple of months ago I was checking the cattle and observed two coyotes dragging off a newborn calf.  I figured that it might have been stillborn so I didn't worry too much.  Figured they might be saving me the trouble of digging a hole.  Other day I saw a coy come out and try and coax my pup into the woods on the pretense of play.  It did it three times until I took a shot at it with my pistol and ran it off.  Odd I thought.  A wild animal wanting to play with my dog but figured it was just a canine thing but it still struck me as odd.  Last week I was walking with my pup again and he was out front chasing butterflies and other winged creatures when the same coydog burst out of some bushes and attacked him.  He ran back toward me at full speed with the coy nipping at his heels only to flare off just 20 yards from me.  That explained it all.  That sob was trying to lure my pup into the woods for a meal.  War is now declared.  Now the sound of their howls is no longer music to my ears but is now the location of how and where I will set up my ambush.  War is on.

These are first two casualties of my new crusade.  Called them up Friday afternoon.  Took both running between 2-3 hundred meters with a 22-250.  I so love to hear the reassuring pop downrange after the shot has been fired.



If you are unfamiliar with a coy they the result of a coyote breeding a domestic dog.  They have different looks but they tend to be much larger than a pure coyote.  Here is one that I took several years ago.  You can see its quite large and is about the size of the one that ambushed my dog.  Makes me wonder what would have happened had my dog not been there.



Anyhow, I gotta do some chores for sweetthang but about dusk I hope to be resuming the war.

Here is one more I thought was kinda funny.  This one was running across the field with a deer leg in his mouth.  Apparantly he intended to carry the leg to his grave since when he was hit he died instantly and the leg anchored his head down to the ground while his momentum caused his entire body to to do a flip and end up facing the opposite direction.  Probably have to have been there to appreciate it.

Bazzer

Are they asleep?
adirondack-jim

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Other day I saw a coy come out and try and coax my pup into the woods on the pretense of play.


Wow, smart and deadly predators.  Congratulations on your shooting at that distance!
bodger

Flatiron will be interested in this post.
flatiron

HMMMM! yer right Stumpy ! Thery look a bit smaller than the large variety coyotes we have around here . whats the weights ?
Butterbean

Never weighed any but my guess is 25 lbs with a pure coyote and up to 60 on the coys.  I tried again yesterday afternoon and all I killled was mosquitoes but until I kill the big red coy that tried to get my dog the war is still on.
flatiron

I caught 40 this year trapping and another two using Fudd the Mountain Cur as a decoy dog w/ the call . I weighed every coyote the smallest went at 31 pounds ( young of the year ) and the largest 62 # . Several were in the 40-46 # range . Big North Eastern coyotes . When I trapped the desrt floor coyotes of the West most averaged around 25 pounds .
Butterbean

Sounds like ya'll do have some big ones.  I can't remember the term but I'm pretty sure there is a law of nature that says animals (and I think humans) from more northern climates tend to be bigger than those in the southern regions.  I know this applies to bear and deer.

I was lucky this afternoon and took a couple more.  I'm now at four shots and four kills.  The ones I got this afternoon were about 20 - 25 lbs and seemed to run faster than the other two.  I've ordered a Jack n the Box decoy which I hope will be here Wednesday.  I hope this will slow them down some cause the best I can do is catch them running and I'm due to miss.  I'm afraid that once I miss they will get on the learning curve really fast and killing them will be difficult.
flatiron

BB , in the near future I'll be using Fudd the Cur more and more as a decoy dog . I don't shoot many anymore w/ the rifle and have opted to go w/ my 10 ga. auto and copper bb's .A bit tricky when doing so as one has to let the coyote get far enough away from the dog to pull the trigger .
 Our coyotes here have a small % of dog DNA and a larger % of wolf DNA which accounts for the size . as soon as I can sort out how to post pics again (they have changed the photobucket apps again ) I'll do so . maybe ol' Stumpy can post a few for me .
Butterbean

Is Fudd an actual dog or a decoy?  The gizmo I'm getting has a rabbit like thing that moves and gets their attention.  I heard that they work good but sometimes hawks and owls will wisk away the decoy.
flatiron

Butterbean wrote:
Is Fudd an actual dog or a decoy?  The gizmo I'm getting has a rabbit like thing that moves and gets their attention.  I heard that they work good but sometimes hawks and owls will wisk away the decoy.


He's a dog for sure Kemmer mountain Cur , I just got another ( female pup) two weeks ago.
Butterbean

So is the intent of the decoy dog to lure the coyote into attacking the dog like the one did with my dog?  I don't know much about coyotes other than their population has exploded here.  In the past, I would hear them at night or see glimpses of them in the field but never heard of them attacking dogs and such.  But with my recent experience it sounds like they are gettng more agressive as their numbers increase.
flatiron

Yep ! works like a charm . I use a howling call and when they answer I send the dog ------------then the coyotes follow him to Papa !  I like using a rifle but my favorite rifle burned up in the shop fire last Fall and hasn't been replaced.

Butterbean , heres a 66 pounder from a couple of years ago .

Butterbean

That's interesting.  Do they follow it to attack it or is it a pack mentality type thing? (I'm trying to get an idea what the yote was doing with my dog)

That is a LARGE one.  I can see the wolf in it.  A predator that big wouldn't be a good thing to bump into in the woods for sure.
flatiron

Its a territorial type thing . same reason coyotes love to kill fox . IMO the coyotes consider all other k-9's as a threat to their area and food sources.
bodger

flatiron wrote:
Yep ! works like a charm . I use a howling call and when they answer I send the dog ------------then the coyotes follow him to Papa !  I like using a rifle but my favorite rifle burned up in the shop fire last Fall and hasn't been replaced.

Butterbean , heres a 66 pounder from a couple of years ago .



My thats old and stinky, the other one looks a bit like a wolf.
Dave C

Excellent pics well done  

Dave.
flatiron

Coyotes w/ a bit of wolf blood eh?  



Butterbean

Never seen a wolf in wild but those look like wolves that may have eaten a bit of coyote.

Got my Jack in the Box the other day.  Had to try it out but had no luck.  Mosquitoes were toting me off so I hurriedly put it in the passenger seat and headed home.  Apparantly I have a short memory cause as I'm heading home my peripheral vision caught movement in the passenger seat so I look over in the dimmly lit space and there is a coon bouncing in the seat.  Almost ran off road.  Getting old sucks.
Butterbean

I'm at 6 and 6 now.
Lea

Some whoppers  

Im glad we dont have to worry about stumbling on those over here whilst out with the dogs.
welshboy

Cheers guys- brilliant pics and stories- keep em coming please.
flatiron

Lea wrote:
Some whoppers  

Im glad we dont have to worry about stumbling on those over here whilst out with the dogs.


Small terrier type doggies seem to disappear around here if they get too far from home BUT fox and house cats are the favorite thing for coyotes to PLAY with .
Butterbean

Set the jack in box up and turned it on along with a distressed rabbit call.  Leisurely began getting situated for the wait when I looked up and a coyote was less than 20 yards away and closing in on my decoy and I hadn't even loaded my rifle.  I quickly shucked one in the chamber and got this one.



Little while later another one came running too.



I think the decoy was money well spent but it seems its getting harder to lure them out and I still haven't gotten the big red coydog yet.

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