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#3190527 - 02/03/19 11:37 AM Re: Massachusetts predator hunters [Re: Mark2]
ChR1s Offline
New Member

Registered: 01/19/14
Posts: 22
Loc: Massachusetts
I've had a very slow start to this season, due to never ending flu/cold. One bobcat down, and no coyote seen other than on trail cam. Hoping to get some stands in during this warm spell coming. At least I'll be warm!

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#3195587 - 03/01/19 09:59 AM Re: Massachusetts predator hunters [Re: Mark2]
masshunter Offline
Die Hard Member

Registered: 12/10/08
Posts: 998
Loc: western mass
Been getting out a little, sick me, sick wife, very sick dog, and crap weather have intervened but I did miss 2 hard chargers a couple weeks ago, called in a red fox weds. morning that I gave a pass, kept it around for a decoy before dog walkers spoiled the spot. That night was pretty bright while snowing, so I made a stand about 11:15, and had a coyote do a run by so fast I couldn't get a shot. Only a week left of the season and more crap weather coming. I made one stand this morning with no takers, hope to get out this pm.

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#3196658 - 03/07/19 07:25 AM Re: Massachusetts predator hunters [Re: Mark2]
masshunter Offline
Die Hard Member

Registered: 12/10/08
Posts: 998
Loc: western mass
Got out yesterday morning at first light calling to a spot they howl from almost nightly, but crunchy snow may have given me away, only called in a barred owl
























Got a 40 pound female yesterday morning, at a stand I call 4 or 5 times a year, and have never called in a yote {that I saw}. I was using Lightning Jack at very low volume, a sound I seldom use. Came in at about 5 min and caught a load of Win. BB. Stayed another 45 min but the wind picked up and started swirling back and forth. anyway, two more days. Hard to fnd a place to park.









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#3196681 - 03/07/19 10:58 AM Re: Massachusetts predator hunters [Re: Mark2]
ChR1s Offline
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Registered: 01/19/14
Posts: 22
Loc: Massachusetts
Tuesday, I was out in the afternoon targeting bobcat. As soon as the sun went down, I had barking to the south of me and howling to the north. I'd forgotten to pack my [beeep] diaphragm call, and attempted a challenge bark. They laughed at me.

Last night, I had the Shockwave with me. I set it and ensured it worked, then parked myself in a stand near where I heard the commotion the night prior. As soon as the sun set, they were back at it howling. I attempted to use the Shockwave but it wouldn't respond. Defeated again. It was like the caller went into sleep mode? The caller powered up just fine after I got it home. Energizer Lithium, with only a bit of time on them. Not sure what the issue was, but temps had fallen hard.

Maybe I'll try that soft calling tactic before they begin their howling.

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#3196778 - 03/07/19 10:01 PM Re: Massachusetts predator hunters [Re: ChR1s]
masshunter Offline
Die Hard Member

Registered: 12/10/08
Posts: 998
Loc: western mass
I had a problem with my Hellfire in the cold, and it was the remote battery not the caller. Even though it showed as power on the remote, as soon as I changed it I was good to go. Hate these last couple days, taking dog to the vet in the morning, then new dryer getting delivered in the afternoon. Day is shot. Got a NH licence for my B day so I can get up there and hunt with my buddy. Good luck to all that get out. Do you hunt the Valley, Hill towns, or the Berkshires ? I was stuck close to home in the valley this year.

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#3196829 - 03/08/19 11:48 AM Re: Massachusetts predator hunters [Re: Mark2]
ChR1s Offline
New Member

Registered: 01/19/14
Posts: 22
Loc: Massachusetts
Caller functioned last night, but no takers. All quiet out there. I've been staying in the hills of zone 4S, but hoping to make a stand in a WMA field before the season ends. Going to check some parking spots on the way home today.

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#3197165 - 03/10/19 08:45 PM Re: Massachusetts predator hunters [Re: Mark2]
masshunter Offline
Die Hard Member

Registered: 12/10/08
Posts: 998
Loc: western mass
So Saturday night about eight I took mo dog out an heard howling from five locations covering three towns. I think they were celebrating the end of the season !

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#3197178 - 03/10/19 09:53 PM Re: Massachusetts predator hunters [Re: Mark2]
duckstopper Offline
Seasoned Member

Registered: 01/28/09
Posts: 497
Loc: MA
Based on my poor success this season and seeing very few MA hunters posting about their success I'd say quite a few coyotes made it through the season.

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#3197883 - 03/14/19 10:11 PM Re: Massachusetts predator hunters [Re: Mark2]
duckstopper Offline
Seasoned Member

Registered: 01/28/09
Posts: 497
Loc: MA
Headed across the border to NY to call on some private land. Fresh coyote tracks in the snow, but no response. Oh yeah, on my 3rd stand I called in a bobcat. Just about 60 yards from my position. Of course, the season on them is closed.

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#3213809 - 10/01/19 08:28 PM Re: Massachusetts predator hunters [Re: duckstopper]
BAYSTATE YOTE Online
Die Hard Member III

Registered: 01/06/10
Posts: 3245
Loc: Big Foots Back Yard
18 more days boys!!!! I live to snipe the doggies!!! got 29 last season..
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ALL ANIMALS ARE EQUAL,BUT SOME ANIMALS ARE MORE EQUAL THAN OTHERS..

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#3213817 - 10/01/19 09:32 PM Re: Massachusetts predator hunters [Re: Mark2]
masshunter Offline
Die Hard Member

Registered: 12/10/08
Posts: 998
Loc: western mass
Anyone here read about the proposed new coyote hunting regs ? Seems the F&W board is proposing a ban on "hunting contests" and also a wanton waste reg that would include coyotes. It was on the GOAL website, I skimmed through it earlier, but can't seem to bring it back up. Seems a coyote contest on Cape Cod last year stirred up some anti hunters, and now the board is considering a public hearing on the changes. Last spring at a hunter ed class I was working in Southwick the EPO that came to speak mentioned wanton waste, and the fact that Mass has no such law while addressing PR and not leaving dead coyotes around to offend non hunters.I didn't think much of it, at the time, and didn't question her further, but I know she's an avid trapper and skins and sells everything. Can't recall her name but she's a Lt. I think, and lives here in W.Mass. I don't know what that would mean for the mangy, or shot up yotes. I would guess if this comes to pass the on line reporting will fall off.

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#3213821 - 10/01/19 09:49 PM Re: Massachusetts predator hunters [Re: masshunter]
BAYSTATE YOTE Online
Die Hard Member III

Registered: 01/06/10
Posts: 3245
Loc: Big Foots Back Yard
M.H.
Yes, the "dreaded coyote contests" are out, seems they were a scourge to humanity and had to go the way of the dodo bird. I do not know what
happened on the Cape, so I cant comment, and while I am one of the more serious dog hunters in my area, I have never been in a contest, I tend to keep a low profile due to this being the "Peoples Republik of Mass".

You will now have to tag your kills within 48 hours online, versus waiting and doing it before the season ends.

As for "wanton waste" not sure what that is.. but just have to say people need to use their heads, we need to make sure the public does not see dead coyotes laying around.

Sad thing is we have hunters who are morons and they give us good hunters a bad name...Low profile is the only way to hunt...
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ALL ANIMALS ARE EQUAL,BUT SOME ANIMALS ARE MORE EQUAL THAN OTHERS..

CARPE NOCTEM!!

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#3213823 - 10/01/19 09:58 PM Re: Massachusetts predator hunters [Re: Mark2]
masshunter Offline
Die Hard Member

Registered: 12/10/08
Posts: 998
Loc: western mass
Just found it spelled out in the Berkshire Eagle. I agree on low profile. Really wish I could find a reliable market for them. Its coming up fast, good luck to all!

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#3213897 - 10/02/19 09:22 PM Re: Massachusetts predator hunters [Re: masshunter]
BAYSTATE YOTE Online
Die Hard Member III

Registered: 01/06/10
Posts: 3245
Loc: Big Foots Back Yard
Mass, I see what your talking about, Mass Game just sent me email with a hearing notice. I thought it was a done deal, from what I read on their site..
One at Westborough, and one at Lee, let me know if you want to go, I may pop in, and voice my opinion about wanton waste B.S.
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ALL ANIMALS ARE EQUAL,BUT SOME ANIMALS ARE MORE EQUAL THAN OTHERS..

CARPE NOCTEM!!

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#3214268 - 10/06/19 08:54 PM Re: Massachusetts predator hunters [Re: Mark2]
masshunter Offline
Die Hard Member

Registered: 12/10/08
Posts: 998
Loc: western mass
What are the dates ? I havn't seen anything yet

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