February 26, 2010 at 1:34pm
Some people say you can't get rid of them unless you get nasty and use the methods mentioned here. It may not have to come to that. I used to have several around my deer stand. They were bold too. They'd come out in the day time, right out in the open sometimes. Naturally when I saw this, I didn't have my rifle. Anyway, long story short, I decided hunt them one morning, called in two, shot at the closest one and missed. Clean missed, no blood, hair, no yelps or stumbles. Just too far away. Still, haven't seen or heard them since. Makes for some really exciting hunting. Even though I missed, I still got quite a rush. I got no problem shooting them, but If it were me, I'd leave the other methods as a last resort. I know they're pest animals, but man, hooks and sponges? I was taught to kill as quickly and painlessly as possible. I hate to think of even a coyote suffering like that. Of course, I've never lost a pet to coyotes, or livestock, or worst of all, had a small child in danger from them. I guess when it's desperate, and only after trying a professional trapper, if that doesn't work, you do what you have to do. I don't hate coyotes, in fact I think it's kind of cool to hear them yap and howl off in the distance, I just want them away from my stand. If you want some good info on hunting them, go to www.varmintal.com.
Tons of good info, including how to make a real good electronic call for cheap. Worth a look. Good luck! I'd love to help if it's not too far away.