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#2625167 - 01/30/14 08:32 AM Re: Baiting [Re: 6mm06]
Scalloper Offline
Die Hard Member II

Registered: 01/03/11
Posts: 1084
Loc: Downeast Maine
I got a call yesterday morning at 6:30am coyotes had a deer down on the ice. I took my gear and went to check it out. This is what I found. The coyotes had eaten this deer before killing it as seen in the photo. The deer crawled 50-60' while being eaten. Not a mark on the neck area.

This was a fresh kill. It was snowing lightly when I got there. I waited 2 hrs thats why there is a little snow on the deer.Small button buck

Another example that hunting over bait simply works......... There were 3 coyotes that came in at daylight so I shot the smallest female. Most times the male will stick around or come back looking for the female but I was not so lucky this time. Maybe later

Female deer killer down.

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#2625217 - 01/30/14 09:37 AM Re: Baiting [Re: Cougar Jim]
xxLeftyxx Offline
Predator Master

Registered: 11/02/12
Posts: 98
Loc: Northern N.H.
Nice work, Scalloper. Too bad you didn't get a shot at the male.

Can you stake it out again?

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#2625233 - 01/30/14 09:50 AM Re: Baiting [Re: Cougar Jim]
DoubleUp Offline
Die Hard Member III

Registered: 12/18/10
Posts: 3450
Loc: USA
Nature is brutal and violent to say the least. They would do the same to an injured or disabled human given the right opportunity. Sometimes it is possible to go back and call the next day with lonesome howls and draw the other one in, but since three of them appeared the one you shot may have been a young female held back by the mated pair just in case.

Congratulations and a good job of removing this one.
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#2625721 - 01/30/14 06:32 PM Re: Baiting [Re: Cougar Jim]
cozwurth Offline
Junior Member

Registered: 08/24/13
Posts: 37
Loc: SE Virginia
Another month with nothing but possums and buzzards. Even the possums are getting scarce. I've walked most of the 40 acres around my place and have seen very few tracks in the snow. Last week I did see some fox prints in the snow, it came up to some bait (turkey carcass) in the corner of the yard (old bait site) but would not come in to eat. I was lazy when I put it out and left it on the baking pan, I guess that spooked it some. I walked all around the perimeter of my property after the snow last week, and about a 50 yard radius around the bait site, and saw absolutely nothing. No predator, no prey, just a couple of small bird tracks. Nothing but deer tracks in the snow today.

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#2625849 - 01/30/14 09:01 PM Re: Baiting [Re: Cougar Jim]
DoubleUp Offline
Die Hard Member III

Registered: 12/18/10
Posts: 3450
Loc: USA
The baiting has been slow this year for most of us with a few exceptions of course. You just have to stay with it and some will move back into the area. Weren't you seeing them pretty good in the early fall? Did you get your shooting lane cut out to suit you and your shooting station rigged?

I know 6mm06 has experienced this the past two years. He will have coyotes during the summer and early fall, and then they just about disappear until sometime in February or March and then a few will move in again. He usually does pretty good in the spring. I've experienced the same thing but to a lesser degree.
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#2625861 - 01/30/14 09:22 PM Re: Baiting [Re: Cougar Jim]
6mm06 Offline
PM senior

Registered: 07/31/05
Posts: 8410
Loc: USA

Nice going Scalloper. That is indeed a reminder, as DoubleUp mentioned, of how brutal nature is sometimes.

Cozwurth, it has been slow here all fall and winter. Like you, possums and to a lesser degree, buzzards, have robbed my bait. Currently I'm having a fit with crows and hawks. I do get an occasional red fox and a gray fox coming, though they don't visit every night. Coyotes here seem to be scarce at the moment, though I did find fresh tracks on the farm yesterday. They were around the bait site too, but neither camera got videos for some reason. A skunk has also appeared a couple of times, as well as a bobcat. I have had dogs show up too on a couple of occasions, something I don't like. Seems once they get started coming, they keep on coming.

As DoubleUp mentioned, it seems this season is par for the course. Generally every winter is slow for me, but begins to pick up in February and March. Hopefully I will begin to score some soon. It's been a very long winter of wait, bait and rebait, and hope.


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#2625917 - 01/30/14 10:10 PM Re: Baiting [Re: Cougar Jim]
dog driller Offline
Seasoned Member

Registered: 01/08/12
Posts: 250
Loc: new england
scott l nice pics I have some bait ready to be hung tomorrow.
nice going lefty congrats
family guy that shooting hut is really nice it gave me an idea that I might try that I had not considered thanks
scalloper nice going what lake is that? what did you hit coyote with? things got noisey 4:30 this morning just letting me know they are back in the neighborhood. time to really restock the bait areas. I let them run down just a little because it has been so cold getting the window open has been a problem. now that things have warmed up a little things should pick up a little... i hope. no sightings or pics for 2-1/2 weeks. they are around tracks say so but i can't get any times with out the camera.....eeerrrrr. hope it picks up for the rest.

funny story.... i got a friend into coyote hunting even got him him a big downed cow for bait. Tuesday night he got he his first shot called all excited even though he missed.... hit the leg of the cow in the dark. this morning he calls me again .. he shot one ... it danced all around but he could not find it as it went into the woods -- i told him go look some more i am sure it is there.... then he gets after me and says he is going to start sending me a bill every month becsuse of all the work he won't be doing in his shop because he will be coyote hunting. i said welcome to the addiction... he laughed and said this is so much fun ,,,,, then i laughed

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#2626028 - 01/31/14 05:46 AM Re: Baiting [Re: 6mm06]
Wcboy Offline
Predator Master

Registered: 01/04/13
Posts: 74
Loc: Warren County, Indiana
Hey there. I just guessing here but I think that the fox in this vid and that yote in the other vid may not be scared of the IR rather I think they are hearing the cam come on.
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#2626049 - 01/31/14 07:07 AM Re: Baiting [Re: Cougar Jim]
Scott L Offline
Junior Member

Registered: 02/22/13
Posts: 38
Loc: Lebanon, Me
My cousin and I shot this 46 pound female off our bait pile the other morning. They have finally started hitting the bait. We have a road kill deer that has been there since before Christmas and the yotes were digging for old dry dog food we placed there very early in the season. Funny why they want that over the deer?

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#2626052 - 01/31/14 07:14 AM Re: Baiting [Re: preddhunter]
Wcboy Offline
Predator Master

Registered: 01/04/13
Posts: 74
Loc: Warren County, Indiana
That is an amazing picture of the eagle!!
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#2626227 - 01/31/14 12:00 PM Re: Baiting [Re: Cougar Jim]
6mm06 Offline
PM senior

Registered: 07/31/05
Posts: 8410
Loc: USA

Wcboy, welcome to the forum. You could be right about the click of the camera vs the IR. I do know they see the IR, because they stare at it at times, moving their head back and forth as they look.

Scott, nice going on the coyote. That is a large coyote. What did you shoot it with? I'm like you, you would think the yotes would go after the deer over the dog food.

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#2626232 - 01/31/14 12:18 PM Re: Baiting [Re: Cougar Jim]
Scott L Offline
Junior Member

Registered: 02/22/13
Posts: 38
Loc: Lebanon, Me
6mm06--shot it with a tikka t3 in .243
we haven't had the huge flocks of ravens and crows over the bait like in past years. I have baited for many, many years and have noticed that if the ravens and crows havn't touched it neither will the coyotes. Once the birds get to it then the coyotes start. Might be a confidence or a safety thing--who knows.

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#2626844 - 02/01/14 10:47 AM Re: Baiting [Re: Cougar Jim]
dreamer Offline
Junior Member

Registered: 01/07/14
Posts: 27
Loc: mi.
Scott, I agree with you (at least from my experience). Dreamer

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#2627329 - 02/01/14 11:37 PM Re: Baiting [Re: Cougar Jim]
J.Mark Offline
Seasoned Member

Registered: 02/09/13
Posts: 445
Loc: N.W.Wis.
They definitely hear the cameras. I have had many daytime videos were coyotes and deer stand there staring at the camera real jumpy like. They have incredible ears being able to hear a mouse under feet of snow.They never run from the daytime cameras as the video shows you. The infrared light sure gets their attention sometimes spooking them but most seem to get used to it after a while.

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#2627807 - 02/02/14 05:26 PM Re: Baiting [Re: xxLeftyxx]
Scalloper Offline
Die Hard Member II

Registered: 01/03/11
Posts: 1084
Loc: Downeast Maine
Originally Posted By: xxLeftyxx
Nice work, Scalloper. Too bad you didn't get a shot at the male.

Can you stake it out again?

Yes, if the weather clears up I am heading out at midnight with 2 kill lights one for scanning and one on the AR

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