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    I was invited to hunt coyote. Not sure how I feel about it. I have never hunted anything that I didn't plan to eat. I don't hunt for the sport of it.

    On the other hand, coyotes are a big problem. They kill livestock and pets. People want them gone. As does the person that invited me to his land (an older fellow who has a harder time getting out to do it). Because he does have problems with them, I am helping him out (not to say we will even get any).

    Does this make the hunt ok? To do it or not....

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    It's fine.

    Back home, coyotes are a problem in some areas, but nothing like feral hogs. Whenever I'm back in town, people I know who have big ranches practically beg us to go slaughter as many hogs as possible. They destroy land, kill livestock...bad all around. We usually keep some meat from the best ones, but have no problem leaving the carcasses of the rest out for scavengers.

    Hunting a nuisance or invasive species in order to preserve a habitat is a whole different ballgame than food hunting. Different mindsets, for me.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Mr. Anthony View Post
      It's fine.

      Back home, coyotes are a problem in some areas, but nothing like feral hogs. Whenever I'm back in town, people I know who have big ranches practically beg us to go slaughter as many hogs as possible. They destroy land, kill livestock...bad all around. We usually keep some meat from the best ones, but have no problem leaving the carcasses of the rest out for scavengers.

      Hunting a nuisance or invasive species in order to preserve a habitat is a whole different ballgame than food hunting. Different mindsets, for me.

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      True. Guess I need to get in mindset they are a nuisance. Unless I see pups...then I would just be a big ball of mush! Hoping for no pups!!

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      • #4
        Also, you can totally eat coyote.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Mr. Anthony View Post
          Also, you can totally eat coyote.

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          Never met a meat I didn't like. Does it taste like chicken?

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          • #6
            I dunno; I haven't had it personally. It's a good idea to freeze it for a certain amount of time. I remember reading about it on some wild game website or something a while back. Supposedly it's tasty. If you go, eat some and let me know what you think.

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            • #7
              I am pretty split on hunting them for territory, which is what that really entails. Coyotes can kill cows, deer, and they commonly kill house dogs....but in most of the country they are not invasive. Unlike a feral hog, which is only there because Europeans brought pigs a few hundred years ago, a coyote was on all of our land a long time before we were. In many places they were only displaced by wolves, which make coyotes look like choir children.

              In my state, there is an initiative to re-introduce wolves. My brother now lives in Montana, where I spend about one weekend a month, and I have seen what wolves around can do. Take a coyote, then add 50 pounds, more intelligence, better pack cooperation. They are worthy of a lot of respect.

              I think that it is up to a rancher to keep them out as best they can through fencing, or do what they used to do and have sheepdogs out there to protect them. My neighbor has over 100 sheep on his property, and his 5 sheepdogs have meant zero predator deaths in the past 5 years....and this is a place with bears, coyotes, cougars, with property bordering a forest.

              I understand the economic need to not have your cattle die. I just also think that it is incredibly arrogant to spread your cattle out over 100 acres, no real fencing outside of cattle wire, nothing to watch over them, and then get all grouchy when one of them gets eaten by something other than a human. I would not really have a problem with hunting them if they are on the property, after you have sustained losses, but I would have a problem with venturing into backcountry in the rough vicinity of my land, just to kill them indiscriminately....a hog is different for me. Thank god we don't have them here. Thank you bears.
              "The soul that does not attempt flight; does not notice its chains."

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              • #8
                That is my thing. Coyote are just looking for a meal, so are they really at fault for doing what they do. But then again, one of my animals gets taken I'm pissed and want them gone as well.

                Actually thinking I might just scout them this weekend. Hear they are not the easiest to hunt anyway...so might not ever become an issue to shoot or not.


                Mr. Anthony - if I ever do shoot one I'll be sure to send you a sample.

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                • #9
                  I'm a hunter and normally only hunt for food...except coyotes. I hunt those mangy bastards for the sport and challenge. They get into everything, cattle, pets...everything. They are very crafty and can be very difficult to hunt so if you're up for a challenge, id say do it. It's also a good form of excersize too, out walking and stalking quite a bit.

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                  • #10
                    I work in an office in the middle of nowhere and see them fairly regularly. They were definitelly here before we were, so I'd hesitate to kill them just for fun. I understand farmers not wanting their animals to get killed, and I don't know enough about farming to suggest any better methods to prevent that. When you see a coyote or certain other large predators up close, you can tell there is a level of inteligence there that you don't see it other animals, which I think deserves at least some respect. You can tell why the natives had so many myths about them.

                    As for house pets, keep them away from the coyotes! I see all these fat, weak, grain fed people walking their fat, weak, inbred, rat sized, grain fed dogs through a field where I also see coyotes almost every day. They let the rat off the leash and let it run around, leaving its grain filled crap all along the trail. Sometimes this happens in early morning or evenings. If a coyote eats that thing, I just see it as nature taking its course.

                    I'd try the meat if it was offered to me, but it isn't something I'm going to seek out, as I haven't heard of any flavor of health benefits associated with it.

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                    • #11
                      I guess I tend to basically agree with what Laz said up there in terms of hunting them for territory. I've shot a number of coyotes in my day, but they were ones that were actively going after animals on our property. I've never gone out and sport hunted them outside of our own land. The feral hogs are different; they're an invasive species and need to be freaking slaughtered.

                      I think this should be decided on a case-by-case basis, really. If a farmer/rancher is having a huge problem with coyotes doing all kinds of damage to his animals and property, then go ahead and blast 'em (on the property).

                      It's also kind of funny to see how people here in Colorado FREAK OUT about coyotes. I don't think they're that big a deal, and growing up in Texas we would see them all the time, hear packs of them yipping all night long, and never thought of them as a real threat, other than to our barn cats. People here in the suburbs lose their minds if coyotes make their way in. Like, it's on the news and stuff. I dunno.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by KV8R View Post
                        I'm a hunter and normally only hunt for food...except coyotes. I hunt those mangy bastards for the sport and challenge. They get into everything, cattle, pets...everything. They are very crafty and can be very difficult to hunt so if you're up for a challenge, id say do it. It's also a good form of excersize too, out walking and stalking quite a bit.
                        What he said! My husband hunts them. He also got into snaring them. He has the best ones tanned/pelted (whatever). Some he donates to the Trapper's Association and some just hang around our house for foot warming or draft catching. He even has mittens and an hat made outa them.
                        Some people just need a sympathetic pat... On the head... With a hammer.

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                        • #13
                          Coyotes are fairly common around here, but they're not too big of a threat to the livestock. If you don't feel like shooting one, you can always tag along and enjoy the scenery. Screw hogs, though. One of them suckers cost me $2000 in truck repairs.
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Jefferson1775 View Post
                            Coyotes are fairly common around here, but they're not too big of a threat to the livestock. If you don't feel like shooting one, you can always tag along and enjoy the scenery. Screw hogs, though. One of them suckers cost me $2000 in truck repairs.
                            Treating me like the typical female hunter here I see

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Stacy15 View Post
                              Treating me like the typical female hunter here I see
                              Nah, . My granny is one of the best deer hunters I know, actually. And there have been a few times, when I was out of deer tags, where I went to the stand anyway to read a good book and see what critters show up.
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