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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: 967
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: 967
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: 967
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: 967
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: 492
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: 492
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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