Where would you go predator hunting if you were me...?

Posted by: tawood

Where would you go predator hunting if you were me...? - 11/23/21 10:54 AM

Hi All,
I'm a long time Michigan predator hunter (fox, coyote, bobcat--although I've never gotten the latter), who is ready to expand my hunts a bit. A little about me: I'm very fortunate to have a job/business that pays really well, a job/business that gives me lots of time off, a pilot's license, and my own airplane. I've never predator hunted (or actually hunted anything) outside of Michigan, but I've decided its about time I do!
I've taken a week off the second week of January, and I'm looking to hop in my plane, and head west for some coyote (or?) hunting. I really only have a couple of limitations:
1) I'd like to hunt somewhere within a single day, during daylight, flight time away. From my home in Michigan, that would put me as far west as anywhere in ND, SD, NE, or most of KS, or southwest to AR.
2) I need to land at cities with rental car companies. This might not sound like a big deal, but my initial research shows this is a much bigger deal than I had originally anticipated. For example, only 4 cities in SD have reliable rental car places, 3 in KS, and only 2 in NE. I say "reliable" because of my third limitation which follows.
3) Because I'm flying a plane, and not an airliner, in the winter, weather can sometimes be a significant factor. I can always flex my days off, so that would mean flexing my rental car days (which shouldn't be a huge deal), but also means flexing my hunting days. This will probably force me to public accessible land, as trying to arrange hunting dates on private land/or guided hunts on a flexible schedule would be nearly impossible.

So, given the above, where would you go? Right now, I'm leaning towards South Dakota for only one reason: I've been there a few times in the summer, and I know my way around a little. But, if the hunting were much better somewhere else, I'm open to suggestions, and I wouldn't mind a new adventure. Not to mention, I'll probably take another week off in February and do it again, but to somewhere else. Thanks to all in advance...
Tim
Posted by: AWS

Re: Where would you go predator hunting if you were me...? - 11/23/21 11:35 AM

I'd head for AZ or southern NM fly into Phoenix or El Paso and you can be hunting in an hour. Great break from Jan in MI.

When we had the convention s in Las Cruces and Tucson I had alot of fun hunting there. So much so we moved here.
Posted by: AWS

Re: Where would you go predator hunting if you were me...? - 11/23/21 12:03 PM

Even Vegas would work I took my nephew out south of the city and he killed his first coyote there. You could hunt southern NV and northern AZ. I'll be hunting out of Kingman in February.
Posted by: tawood

Re: Where would you go predator hunting if you were me...? - 11/23/21 12:19 PM

NM, NV, AZ? That's two full days of flying in my plane...and that's too much flying for a week off. The beauty of my own plane is I go when/where I want on no schedule. Not to mention, I hate flying commercial, especially these days, then put "flying with guns" on top of that? No thanks.
Posted by: AWS

Re: Where would you go predator hunting if you were me...? - 11/23/21 12:37 PM

You might want to check with a local car dealership. When I worked construction we would rent job site trucks from local dealerships.
Posted by: tawood

Re: Where would you go predator hunting if you were me...? - 11/23/21 01:35 PM

Good info! Thanks!
Posted by: Terry Lightle

Re: Where would you go predator hunting if you were me...? - 11/23/21 02:31 PM

What AWS said
Posted by: Heymartay

Re: Where would you go predator hunting if you were me...? - 11/23/21 07:28 PM

I would’ve said the dakotas ,but with the weather and Kirsch it might be a LONG shot.
Posted by: tawood

Re: Where would you go predator hunting if you were me...? - 11/24/21 06:02 AM

Kirsch? (I'm new here...)
Posted by: Heymartay

Re: Where would you go predator hunting if you were me...? - 11/24/21 09:00 AM

Kirsch shot 300 + last year out of n Dakota. You want to shoot coyotes at night listen and watch his videos.
Posted by: tawood

Re: Where would you go predator hunting if you were me...? - 11/24/21 11:38 AM

Cool thanks!
Posted by: Kirsch

Re: Where would you go predator hunting if you were me...? - 11/24/21 11:43 AM

Heymartay, thanks for the kind word. I only hunt the Central and Eastern part of the state, and there is better hunting the further West you go. I am a product specialist with Night Goggles and focus on thermal technology. The videos you see at the Night Goggles YouTube Channel are mostly mine.

Coyote hunting in January in ND (especially for the first time) is not for the faint of heart. I hunted multiple times at under -25°F last year during January. Wind + Temps + Snow will make it tough. If there is a lot of snow, you aren't getting too many places as only main roads get cleared. If you get stranded, you better know someone close by.

SD is a little better as it does get warmer, the further South but still pretty brutal. I don't know how much public land is available in SD.

If hunting either ND or SD, I would probably recommend a trip during the fall months (at least in ND, the night hunting season doesn't start until after our deer-gun season closes) and try to establish a kind of home area. I would find some areas to hunt with some public land and then meet some local ranchers and establish some relationships, etc.

If you truly want a blind hunt, I would try to find a state where you feel comfortable if you had some type of issue while hunting such as your vehicle won't start or you get stuck, it wouldn't be life-threatening and has a lot of public land access.

Posted by: tawood

Re: Where would you go predator hunting if you were me...? - 11/24/21 11:51 AM

Thanks for the info Kirsch...
Well, the beauty of what I plan to do is, I can pick a more southern state if it would be too brutal going north, weather wise.
Nebraska, Kansas, Arkansas are all on my list. I've just never been to any of these before, so I'm looking for a little local guidance to help point my way.
Posted by: spotstalkshoot

Re: Where would you go predator hunting if you were me...? - 11/24/21 03:09 PM

You will need a predator license in SD. NB,ND to I think, or small game?. Wy,Mt no lic. KS? I make a run or 2 in Jan to NE SD. Is there an airport on you list there? Usually more fun, successful hunting with someone.
Posted by: wicka

Re: Where would you go predator hunting if you were me...? - 11/24/21 06:41 PM

What is your hunting rig set up if you don't mind?
thanks
Posted by: tawood

Re: Where would you go predator hunting if you were me...? - 11/25/21 09:34 AM

Originally Posted By: spotstalkshoot
You will need a predator license in SD. NB,ND to I think, or small game?. Wy,Mt no lic. KS? I make a run or 2 in Jan to NE SD. Is there an airport on you list there? Usually more fun, successful hunting with someone.

Rapid City, Pierre, Aberdeen, and Sioux Falls are the only airports with car rentals.
Posted by: hydehunter

Re: Where would you go predator hunting if you were me...? - 11/25/21 10:15 AM

Just thinking, how much runway does your plane require for a grass field landing and take off, I might have a idea that would work if you are not wanting to hunt solo. thanks Jim
Posted by: tawood

Re: Where would you go predator hunting if you were me...? - 11/25/21 01:31 PM

Originally Posted By: hydehunter
Just thinking, how much runway does your plane require for a grass field landing and take off, I might have a idea that would work if you are not wanting to hunt solo. thanks Jim

2000 feet, but in winter grass runways are a bad idea.
Posted by: SubpaR

Re: Where would you go predator hunting if you were me...? - 11/25/21 11:50 PM

There's no predator season in KS. I think all you would need is a non-resident hunting license/97.50.
KS Outdoor

We don't really have any public land but there is this. KS WIHA Kansas Walk In Hunting

The rental cars I really can't help you with.

Good luck to you wherever you go.
Posted by: tawood

Re: Where would you go predator hunting if you were me...? - 11/27/21 10:24 AM

Originally Posted By: wicka
What is your hunting rig set up if you don't mind?
thanks

Sorry, just saw this…
I’m a daylight hunter (here in Michigan it’s shotguns only at night). I use a bull-barreled Stag Arms .223, an electric call, a couple of mouth calls for howling and mouse, and a “wiggle rabbit”. Oh, and a ghillie suit.
Posted by: tawood

Re: Where would you go predator hunting if you were me...? - 11/27/21 10:25 AM

Originally Posted By: SubpaR
There's no predator season in KS. I think all you would need is a non-resident hunting license/97.50.
KS Outdoor

We don't really have any public land but there is this. KS WIHA Kansas Walk In Hunting

The rental cars I really can't help you with.

Good luck to you wherever you go.


Thanks…good info. I’ve found similar sites for Nebraska and South Dakota.
Posted by: shanedogg

Re: Where would you go predator hunting if you were me...? - 11/28/21 08:50 PM

Originally Posted By: tawood
NM, NV, AZ? That's two full days of flying in my plane...and that's too much flying for a week off. The beauty of my own plane is I go when/where I want on no schedule. Not to mention, I hate flying commercial, especially these days, then put "flying with guns" on top of that? No thanks.


No worries! You probably wouldn't see much anyway.
Posted by: 204 AR

Re: Where would you go predator hunting if you were me...? - 11/28/21 09:15 PM

Ever since this thread started I've been trying to think of where I'd go in Nebraska. I'm in the panhandle, and there's a few walk in areas but they're barely worth a 20 mile drive much less a day long flight. There is the Crescent Wildlife Refuge which is 40-some thousand acres, most of which is walk in only. I don't know how hard it gets called but I know deer hunters walk it pretty hard. Definitely want to track yourself so you can get back out lol. I know there's an Enterprise in Scottsbluff but probably nothing at the airport. Scottsbluff would be roughly 3 hours west of Crescent and not far from WY if you found places in the eastern part of that state.
Posted by: tawood

Re: Where would you go predator hunting if you were me...? - 12/02/21 10:41 AM

Originally Posted By: 204 AR
Ever since this thread started I've been trying to think of where I'd go in Nebraska. I'm in the panhandle, and there's a few walk in areas but they're barely worth a 20 mile drive much less a day long flight. There is the Crescent Wildlife Refuge which is 40-some thousand acres, most of which is walk in only. I don't know how hard it gets called but I know deer hunters walk it pretty hard. Definitely want to track yourself so you can get back out lol. I know there's an Enterprise in Scottsbluff but probably nothing at the airport. Scottsbluff would be roughly 3 hours west of Crescent and not far from WY if you found places in the eastern part of that state.


Thanks for the info! So I'm thinking Chadron, NE. I can rent a U-haul pickup there. Seems to be some good areas nearby: Oglala, Fort Robinson, some NF...

Maybe you (or someone else reading) knows the area for some tips?
Posted by: 204 AR

Re: Where would you go predator hunting if you were me...? - 12/02/21 11:14 AM

Oglala has coyotes, again I'm not sure how hard it gets hunted. It's pretty open with some badlands and hills. I'm not sure about the nf or Fort Rob but the scenery is great if nothing else. There are a few guide services in the area if that interests you. Geoff Nemnich is out of Scottsbluff and guides as well as shoots videos.
Posted by: 204 AR

Re: Where would you go predator hunting if you were me...? - 12/02/21 11:17 AM

You'll also be close to the black hills and some other public ground in sd. I don't have any experience up there.
Posted by: 6mm06

Re: Where would you go predator hunting if you were me...? - 12/02/21 11:38 AM


I will think out of the box a little. Some may laugh, but I am serious. Since you have good income, you might want to experience an unusual hunt, something different. How about Namibia for calling jackal? They are true predators and are despised by ranchers and farmers. I speak from personal experience and not merely throwing out a bunch of silly gibberish. The only issue that I currently see could perhaps be international travel due to Covid. As for the hunt itself, you can expect good numbers of jackal and experienced guides who know what they are doing, and are great people. Just a thought.
Posted by: tawood

Re: Where would you go predator hunting if you were me...? - 12/02/21 11:59 AM

Originally Posted By: 6mm06

I will think out of the box a little. Some may laugh, but I am serious. Since you have good income, you might want to experience an unusual hunt, something different. How about Namibia for calling jackal? They are true predators and are despised by ranchers and farmers. I speak from personal experience and not merely throwing out a bunch of silly gibberish. The only issue that I currently see could perhaps be international travel due to Covid. As for the hunt itself, you can expect good numbers of jackal and experienced guides who know what they are doing, and are great people. Just a thought.


Did a Namibia hunt in 2016 for Kudu et al. Great experience...although we never went after jackal.