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Posted: December 27 2018 at 9:04pm | IP Logged Quote rednekpaul

In Montana coyotes are not protected. If you see a coyote you shoot it. Yet they still thrive....amazing!
What about your state?
Lets see your coyote pics!!




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Posted: December 27 2018 at 11:03pm | IP Logged Quote STCM(SW)

Same here in WA.....

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Posted: December 28 2018 at 7:51am | IP Logged Quote M700

Yup, open season all year, no limit. Even legal to hunt 'em at night!





I don't hunt 'em as hard as I did years ago. Still pop one now and again. Often with the 25-06 as happened with these two.

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Open year round in Missouri for hunting, but some restrictions apply during certain other game open season periods. No daytime hunting for two weeks prior to spring turkey season and restricted to shotguns during turkey season. A few other restrictions as well, but mostly open season the year round. Trapping restricted to about four months during the winter.

When I was a youngster, there was a county paid bounty for coyotes and that kept their numbers down really low. We hardly ever seen a coyote back then. A lot more foxes and bobcats it seemed, but not coyotes. Now, many years since the bounty had been dropped the coyote population has exploded and foxes and bobcats are scarce.



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Open season year around for Coyotes but closed in Nov for the 9 day deer hunt I shot one at 216 yards with Ruger 223 last spring and have not seen one since. Randy
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That hide looks like a small bear rug! lol

How big do they get out west? The ones in the south look way smaller.
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Kansas, all year round no limits and are the only animal legal to take from a vehicle. About the only restriction is you must have a hunting license.

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Posted: January 02 2019 at 6:52am | IP Logged Quote M700

JD45 wrote:
That hide looks like a small bear rug! lol

How big do they get out west? The ones in the south look way smaller.


Shot this one some years back, maybe 20 years ago? The rug measures a full 60" from tip of nose to tip of tail. I understand that sometimes rugs get stretched a bit from the original dimensions. I didn't measure him afield, but he was a heavy rascal to carry back to the truck!


Shot him while he was stalking me! I was mule deer hunting and saw this fellow skulking in towards me from my left... I'd been very still, in a pile of rocks for a long time and I think all he could see was my hunting cap, moving back and forth now and again while I glassed for deer. Perhaps he thought that little, roundish thing was a rockchuck?

I'm not sure how big they get, but this is a good sized coyote, though I'm sure I've seen others about his size as well. Yes, the size of coyotes here in the northwest surprised me when I moved up here 25 years ago from the southwest. Considerable difference.

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Posted: January 02 2019 at 6:56am | IP Logged Quote M700

Don't intend to turn the wolf hide into a rug. We like it just as it is, hanging by the fireplace after being tanned. It's several inches beyond 6' from tip of nose to tip of tail.



Would make a real nice rug, but we like it just hanging there. Was actually my wife's idea to hang it there. Good conversation starter.



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One I killed during the conduct of muzzle loader deer hunting. I'm guessing this was a young one, made a rather dumb mistake that cost it its life. Amazed me at how tough they are, shot it with an RCBS 250 grain Kieth bullet and 70 grains of Triple Seven at about 25 yards, the exit hole was the size of a baseball and it still twitched and snapped until I had the rifle reloaded. Wasn't going anywhere, but I was surprised it wasn't instant dead.

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Fast forward a few years, this is one I actually called in and killed with a 12 gauge in February. Both the coyote and me are quite a bit bigger. I didn't weigh this one, but he was hefty. Nice pelt too, I should have skinned him, but had church commitments that morning.

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Considered vermin by most in S. Missouri, but certainly regulated to some extent by the Mo Dept. of Conservation. Mostly regulated so that other game laws are easier to enforce. Always someone poaching deer and such that will claim they are coyote hunting if there were no regulations at all on them.

I have killed various sizes up to including some really healthy ones. One I remember taking at about 300+ yards with a .243 Win. using an 85gr. HPBT Sierra Game King was almost completely orange with darker reddish coloring on the coarse outer hair.

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Posted: January 05 2019 at 7:37am | IP Logged Quote John Van Gelder

I have collected a lot of pictures from my trail cameras, I have some pictures of one old coyote, that is larger than a wolf I had from the same camera standing in the same spot.
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Posted: January 05 2019 at 8:48am | IP Logged Quote Buffalogun

In Florida coyotes are not protected and I think the Game and Fish guys even want us to take them out. We drop them whenever we get the opportunity.

I've taken them with the rifle/cartridge that I happen to have at the moment. I've used the .223, .22 WMR, 7-30, 7-08, .44 Remag and even the little .17 HM2. And maybe one or two I've forgotten.

We don't like them.



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I killed one large coyote with my 12 gauge while pheasant hunting in NW Mo. on a nine square mile state wildlife area. I was blocking at the top of a draw for my buddies and they had signaled that they had not seen any birds ahead of them so when the big coyote suddenly appeared about 40-50 yards away I took a shot as there was not going to be any birds anyway.

The big coyote just fell over and did not even twitch. I was amazed. I totally expected him to try to stumble off and was ready for a second shot, but one done him in but good. Must have put some shot in the spine or something as it was wham-slam dead.

I used plated #5 shot in my 1 3/8 oz. 2 3/4" heavy pheasant/turkey load. It checks out to nearly 1,400 fps. and is really a magnum load I guess, but it patterns great. Full choke in my 22" National Wild Turkey Federation Win. 1300 gives really good patterns. Extra full choke, not so good.

Just have to give the birds a running start, which is easy for me as I am slow to get on target. I have taken a good many out to 60 yards and finished several off as far as 70-80 yards with that shotgun/load combination. Turkeys are no contest either. No need for 3 or 3 1/2" loads if the pattern is good.

Of course, the higher velocity helps a bunch. I think I would rather have more velocity than large volume of shot for the hunting that I do. More shot just brings the velocity down without any reduction in recoil.

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Posted: January 06 2019 at 6:56am | IP Logged Quote John Van Gelder

I don't have very many coyotes, probably all of the bigger predators. I have a pair that have been around since they were pups, they have made friends with one of my dogs and they play together. I have given them a "pass"..
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Posted: January 07 2019 at 8:30pm | IP Logged Quote rednekpaul

Shot this one last fall deer hunting with my son. I used his Weatherby Vanguard 30-06.
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Posted: January 08 2019 at 4:10am | IP Logged Quote M700

Nice hit!
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Posted: January 16 2019 at 6:36pm | IP Logged Quote rednekpaul

Look at the size of this coyote!!


Just kidding its a wolf!!
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Game or virmen...Both. Private land in RI open no season and no limit. State land and never had to look at seasons I hunt my gun club.


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