Thursday, April 30, 2009

Coyote hunting

We go coyote hunting almost every weekend for fun. How does this relate to survival? Coyotes are hard to hunt. They are wary, fast and cautious. If you can hunt predators, not only can you keep yourself, your livestock and pets safe, but you can sucessfully hunt almost anything. So far we have not been sucessful. We have bought a few things that hopefully will help us.

First we have the guns. Hubby shoots an AR-15 varmint rifle. I shoot a 223 for now, my AR-15 is on backorder.

We have an electronic call that has various sounds programmed into it. We have a decoy that is fake fur that spins around on a stiff wire, looks kind of like some wounded animal dying.

We just bought some hand calls that will change up the sounds of the electronic call. Hopefully this will help as the coyotes have been hunted so much they are onto the electronic caller. Hubby and I each have one. Butch, our oldest has two (he doesn't know it yet, they are a birthday surprise). Bruiser and Spike each have a coaxer which makes a sound to get a running coyote to stand still.

Last but not least, we have Buckshot. He is a 4 month old mountain cur with some hound dog thrown in. His job (when he is full grown) is to bring in the coyotes that are too wary to get within rifle range. He will go out and play with the coyote. The coyote will either try to fight him or play. Either way at a signal, Buck will return to us and the coyote will amost always follow.

We will be spending the rest of the spring and summer training the dog and working on our calling skills. Hopefully this next season will be more fruitful than the last.

1 comment:

  1. Sounds like fun. I would like to shoot coyotes as I do not like them. Maybe in the future I will go coyote hunting.


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