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Other Hunting => Coyote, Small Game, Varmints => Topic started by: elksnout on November 17, 2019, 05:46:28 PM

Title: To kill a coyote
Post by: elksnout on November 17, 2019, 05:46:28 PM
Ok. I've read all of the posts about how all of us Washingtonian big game hunters need to help with predator control and go out and shoot coyotes. So, I'm considering it now that I'm retired and really tired of hunting my rear off and not seeing even does.

I live very close to state forest land in SW Washington. That country is a mix of thick reprod, clear cuts and 100 year old timber. How do I hunt that to even think of being successful? Seems like a long shot and I'm not even 100% sure I even want to get into this....just thinking of doing my part and learning something new.

Do I just leave 'em lay or ? The smallest caliber rifle I own is a 30-06.

Thanks
Elksnout
Title: Re: To kill a coyote
Post by: bobcat on November 17, 2019, 07:00:30 PM
It can be done. I use my 270 Win. Use what you've got, it doesn't really matter. You might consider adding a bipod to your rifle. For some situations you might be better off with a 12 gauge shotgun. Get an electronic call if you don't already have one. You can get a decent call for $150 or less. Biggest thing on your set ups is just be sure the wind is right.
Title: Re: To kill a coyote
Post by: HillHound on November 17, 2019, 07:10:57 PM
Iíve shot more opportunistically with my elk and deer rifles than I ever have with a smaller caliber and they seem to kill them just fine. Maybe a little bigger hole than necessary. You can just let them lay if they stink too bad or get the hides tanned or maybe even see if a taxidermist would want them for a small amount of credit towards other work. I have a few skulls that I boiled out that are pretty cool and easy to do. Tales are easy to peel off the bone and then just fill it with salt and/or salt borax mixture it will preserve it nicely.
Title: Re: To kill a coyote
Post by: millerwheeler on November 17, 2019, 07:20:02 PM
While most people shoot them out of opportunity , get your self a fox pro  and a few mouth calls shoot them with what u have. Tails are easy to salt , skulls are cool and winter years pelts can get ya a few bucks to eight person but my goal is helping  the deer where I hunt . Good for you on thinking of  the hunting future.  Lots of people co.plain on wolves, cougar and bears while they cause havoc on out heards I still think yotes  probably have most affect over all
Title: Re: To kill a coyote
Post by: jasnt on November 17, 2019, 07:21:58 PM
Shotgun works well with #4 buck.  30/06 works just fine
Title: Re: To kill a coyote
Post by: ELKBURGER on November 18, 2019, 12:24:40 PM
I have been meaning to give the souixon or lewis a shot. I've done most of my coyote hunting over east where I deer hunt so not sure how the west side yotes will respond to calling. I went east to check cams for late deer this weekend and called a yote with a cheap hand call. You don't need to spend too much, but having an E caller keeps your hands free.
Title: Re: To kill a coyote
Post by: elksnout on November 19, 2019, 06:50:09 PM
Seems like a 1-5 year clear cut is where a guy would need to hunt to have any chance of seeing them on the west side?  The yote's I've seen have been on full tilt runaway mode whenever I've run across them.

Wind direction. They're going to circle downwind and bust the hunter, correct?

Elksnout
Title: Re: To kill a coyote
Post by: ELKBURGER on November 20, 2019, 05:40:20 AM
Depending on the set up and the coyote, they may come right in. If they're call shy, they may circle, but the terrain could limit that. I know that there isn't a lot of new cuts in the Gifford, state land would likely have newer cuts. Getting into a tall timber stand could get you some longer shots as well as a potential cougar encounter depending on what sounds you use.
Title: Re: To kill a coyote
Post by: Threewolves on November 24, 2019, 07:03:12 PM
Defiantly something to do being retired. Good hunting
Title: Re: To kill a coyote
Post by: Oh Mah on November 27, 2019, 09:19:23 AM
Night hunting is probably best,Get a strong light and give night hunting a try also.Most active times are night,dusk and dawn.Winter is the most active time of year.  :tup:
Title: Re: To kill a coyote
Post by: boneaddict on November 27, 2019, 09:25:09 AM
Bare in mind that many of these vermin have fleas and ticks, and the first thing they do when the blood stops pumping and the body temp plummets is to abandon "ship".     8)
Title: Re: To kill a coyote
Post by: Oh Mah on November 27, 2019, 09:26:10 AM
 :chuckle: VERY TRUE. And they smell awful.
Title: Re: To kill a coyote
Post by: Cougartail on November 28, 2019, 07:58:43 PM
Bare in mind that many of these vermin have fleas and ticks, and the first thing they do when the blood stops pumping and the body temp plummets is to abandon "ship".     8)

52 gallon garbage bag and "Raid". After a hour or so you're good to go! :chuckle:
Title: Re: To kill a coyote
Post by: KFhunter on November 28, 2019, 08:19:50 PM
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Title: Re: To kill a coyote
Post by: lokidog on November 28, 2019, 09:41:31 PM
Good luck!

I've shot two in WA, one with a shotgun while duck hunting, wrong place, wrong time for him and one while calling bears, came running right in to about 10 yards, too big of a hole with the -06 to bother with, though I wish I had kept the skull.
Title: Re: To kill a coyote
Post by: Bofire on November 29, 2019, 08:18:56 PM
I have been calling for a few years, in my area around Yelm, I have about 2500 acres that let me hunt. I prefer farm land. They will respond really FAST, do not make a sound until you are ready. rifle caliber is not important, be ready. shotguns work well but when you use one you will get a hold out that all you can see is the head at 100 yards. stop your calling if you see them coming. Try not to miss, shots are few. Sneak in sneak out, watch the wind, remember you are gonna call it in a few days. that's all I got, keep your brain working, smell the air, look for sign. call like you are holding your light weight drift rod for steelhead, feel every bump. have fun
Carl
Title: Re: To kill a coyote
Post by: birdshooter1189 on November 29, 2019, 09:06:34 PM
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Looks like you've been taking notes from me..... I'm using that exact motion sensor right now.  Different scope but same idea.

Turkey scraps from thanksgiving work well for bait in front of the motion sensor.
Title: Re: To kill a coyote
Post by: The Marquis on December 05, 2019, 08:05:57 AM
What call do you successful coyote hunters on the west side use that gets the best result?