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#3049242 - 02/24/17 07:16 PM Active coyote den
Slagiatt Offline
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Registered: 07/04/15
Posts: 188
Loc: washington
Found this freshly dug den today. TONS of yote tracks around all over and heading in and out of den. Some fresh dirt on the snow around it. How would you guys call near a den site? Challenge howls? Distress?

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#3049285 - 02/24/17 08:57 PM Re: Active coyote den [Re: Slagiatt]
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Loc: nw pa
I wouldn't get that close to it again. Don't want to leave any human scent near it. They may abandon that site and make a new den. The last thing they want is to raise pups where humans go. I would try some pup distress and play on their natural parental instincts if they've begun denning. JMO. Others may disagree.
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#3049289 - 02/24/17 09:05 PM Re: Active coyote den [Re: foxhound]
Slagiatt Offline
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Loc: washington
Had no idea it was there, then i saw a bunch of tracks on the snow and some reddish brown stuff i thought might be old blood. It was dirt that had been kicked out of a hole. From 30-40 yards off, when i spotted it, i thought i had spotted a kill site. By the time i got up to where i could actually see what it was, i was already right there. No intention of walking up to it again, but since i stumbled on it already i figured oh well, might as well get a pic cause the damage is already done.

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#3049303 - 02/24/17 09:35 PM Re: Active coyote den [Re: Slagiatt]
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Loc: nw pa
That's completely understandable. I would've snapped a pic if I stumbled on it too. I wasn't trying to imply any wrongdoing. I would definitely hit them with some pup distress. I would love to know where a den site is. Lol. Good luck with that honey hole. Let me know how you do.
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#3049305 - 02/24/17 09:45 PM Re: Active coyote den [Re: foxhound]
Slagiatt Offline
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Registered: 07/04/15
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Loc: washington
The calling will be interesting anyway. Also found a few sets of coug tracks, one of which was significantly larger than most, couple sets bobcat tracks, and some wolf tracks that i followed for a while. 2 wolves traveling together. Checked a tcam near the den and had 1 daylight coug pic, and thats all for predators, but ive had yotes, wolves, cougs and bobs all on that cam before. Thats a .357 rd in the wolf track.


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#3049316 - 02/24/17 10:17 PM Re: Active coyote den [Re: Slagiatt]
foxhound Offline
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Loc: nw pa
That's impressive! Nothing like that in my neck of the woods. Just coyote, fox and bobcat here. Cougars and wolves would be awesome!
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#3049349 - 02/24/17 11:37 PM Re: Active coyote den [Re: Slagiatt]
Bowhunt Offline
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Registered: 11/28/15
Posts: 760
Loc: Illinois
I would post up where i could see the den from a good distance. Late afternoon or early morning.
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#3049352 - 02/24/17 11:48 PM Re: Active coyote den [Re: Bowhunt]
Slagiatt Offline
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Registered: 07/04/15
Posts: 188
Loc: washington
Originally Posted By: Bowhunt
I would post up where i could see the den from a good distance. Late afternoon or early morning.


Flat with thick timber around the den. Im going to try calling early afternoon from a bench below the spot thats like .15 miles away from it. But if calling doesnt work then ill move up to a spot that i can watch the general area around the den with my thermal monocular in the dark. Being where i could actually watch the den just wont work, id have to be way too close.


Edited by Slagiatt (02/24/17 11:52 PM)

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#3049391 - 02/25/17 06:54 AM Re: Active coyote den [Re: Slagiatt]
MVT Offline
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Registered: 03/07/15
Posts: 51
Loc: Missouri
Keep us updated!

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#3049396 - 02/25/17 07:57 AM Re: Active coyote den [Re: Slagiatt]
smokem Offline
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Registered: 12/12/06
Posts: 605
Loc: midwest
is the opening size small enough that a coyote would have to crawl in? seems like the snow near the opening should be disturbed if so.
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#3049604 - 02/25/17 06:35 PM Re: Active coyote den [Re: smokem]
Slagiatt Offline
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Registered: 07/04/15
Posts: 188
Loc: washington
Drove 30 miles to get up there today only to find 2 rigs (shed hunters) parked at the gate. The den is about a mile as the crow flies, but i didnt want to risk having some shed hunters blow my setup. Ill just wait.

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#3049650 - 02/25/17 08:58 PM Re: Active coyote den [Re: Slagiatt]
foxhound Offline
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Registered: 01/09/16
Posts: 103
Loc: nw pa
That's disappointing after the long drive. I agree, it's better to wait. I had a setup blown Wednesday morning by some guy randomly "extreme running" through the woods. He apologized. I said that's ok, don't worry about it. Figured I would call anyway since I had hiked in and was already setup. It was all for naught. Just going to file it away in the "odd hunting story" files.
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#3049683 - 02/25/17 10:11 PM Re: Active coyote den [Re: Slagiatt]
TommyP Offline
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Registered: 03/25/13
Posts: 405
Loc: Minnesota, USA
I found an active coyote den on a farm once while deer hunting. I asked the old farmer if I could come back and hunt them. He asked me where and I told him. He them made a pipe bomb and blew it up. Crazy old goat!

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#3049687 - 02/25/17 10:22 PM Re: Active coyote den [Re: Slagiatt]
foxhound Offline
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Registered: 01/09/16
Posts: 103
Loc: nw pa
Wow! That's harsh.
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#3049715 - 02/25/17 11:53 PM Re: Active coyote den [Re: Slagiatt]
dan158 Offline
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Registered: 03/31/14
Posts: 1308
Loc: PA
I was thinking a 4 pound shockwave at the entrance my self..

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