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#3194840 - 02/24/19 10:29 PM Tough hunting
Snowshoes Offline
Die Hard Member II

Registered: 12/04/04
Posts: 1149
Loc: Central Alberta
Another cold morning (-24C) but at least it was calm. The breeze direction was ideal for me to watch a coyote trail that I came across last Friday, so that would be the plan of attack for this morning.
To hunt this spot, I normally park the truck in a low spot 80 yards off the road but with all the fresh snow, I was forced to park on the approach!
From the truck, I would walk south 500 yards on the road and then west into a field for 200 yards. A small willow bush along an east/west fence line is where I would set up. The coyote trail was roughly 125 yards north of my location which runs from a farm's dead pile northwest of my location to a large bush patch to the east of me.
The walk into the field of knee deep snow made me wish I was wearing my snowshoes but I powered through in good time anyways.
Fifteen minutes after it was legal shooting light is when I see the first coyotes. There is three of them on the north/south fence line to the west of me but nothing traveling on the trail so far. ( Ranged the trees by the 3 coyotes at 745 yards).
Ten minutes later I do see activity on the trail as there is a group of five coyotes traveling single file towards me. As I get ready for their arrival, Iím thinking why couldnít they have come one at a time instead of all five together.
I notice the lead coyote is scruffy but the middle two look good, the forth one is also scruffy but the back one also looks good. The coyotes are making good time but the lead coyote suddenly stops at roughly 175 yards out. They are all stopped and looking to the northeast. Although I canít see my truck, Iím wondering if they can. The lead coyote turns around and starts trotting back the way it came, so I quickly get the crosshairs onto the second coyote, who is still standing. Fearing the group would all leave right away, I rushed the shot and the result was seeing the back end of 5 coyotes vacating the area in a hurry.
Sat for another half hour but nothing else showed, so I packed up but instead of walking back to the road, I walked out to the coyote trail. I was curious if my truck was the culprit for the coyote stoppage.
Sure enough, once I got closer to the trail, I could see my truck plain as day. Another coyote hunting lesson learned the hard way!
The coyote trail I was watching. (looking to the west) The first 3 coyotes were at the far trees to the left of the trail.


We had fresh snow again yesterday, so these were fresh tracks from last night.... almost all were headed west towards the farm!
This snow is making for some very tough hunting indeed,


Edited by Snowshoes (02/24/19 10:34 PM)

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#3195028 - 02/25/19 07:46 PM Re: Tough hunting [Re: Snowshoes]
mg4201 Offline
New Member

Registered: 12/30/18
Posts: 19
Loc: Southern Ontario Canada
Keep at it. If it was easy everyone would do it.

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#3195052 - 02/25/19 09:13 PM Re: Tough hunting [Re: Snowshoes]
lockrotor Offline
Die Hard Member II

Registered: 01/21/11
Posts: 1258
Loc: West Central WI
Cold morning, Great looking coyote trail, They won this time, Next time will be yours.

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#3195054 - 02/25/19 09:20 PM Re: Tough hunting [Re: Snowshoes]
.204Dan Offline
Seasoned Member

Registered: 09/28/18
Posts: 111
Loc: East Central Alberta
that snow makes the trail look like a highway, at what time in the morning do you find the coyotes have all headed back to cover? I find my best hunting is over by 10:30 and doesn't pick back up until 2:30

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#3195205 - 02/26/19 06:05 PM Re: Tough hunting [Re: .204Dan]
Snowshoes Offline
Die Hard Member II

Registered: 12/04/04
Posts: 1149
Loc: Central Alberta
Originally Posted By: mg4201
Keep at it. If it was easy everyone would do it.

That is so true smile
Originally Posted By: lockrotor
Cold morning, Great looking coyote trail, They won this time, Next time will be yours.

I'll be parking my truck elsewhere and the snowshoes will be strapped on smile
Originally Posted By: .204Dan
that snow makes the trail look like a highway, at what time in the morning do you find the coyotes have all headed back to cover? I find my best hunting is over by 10:30 and doesn't pick back up until 2:30

The majority will usually have travelled down the trail anywhere from legal shooting light to an hour and half after sunrise. There can be the odd straggler later on of course but I am usually gone after a couple of hours of sitting.
I've never had much luck watching trails in the evenings though.

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