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#3290269 - 01/06/22 09:43 PM Re: January 2022 [Re: Snowshoes]
fratri Offline
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Registered: 07/01/08
Posts: 653
Loc: Ont-Can. 1hr N. of Lake Erie
Always enjoy the pics and the read, Thank you
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#3290335 - 01/07/22 07:00 PM Re: January 2022 [Re: fratri]
Snowshoes Offline
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Registered: 12/04/04
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Loc: Central Alberta
Originally Posted By: fratri
Always enjoy the pics and the read, Thank you

I hoped to go out this weekend but the forecasted wind-chills have me questioning the sanity of that idea. Sounds like itís to warm up in a few days now. Iíll be looking forward to when it does.
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#3290495 - 01/09/22 05:57 PM Re: January 2022 [Re: Snowshoes]
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Registered: 12/04/04
Posts: 1434
Loc: Central Alberta
It warmed up some and I needed to get out and try my luck calling, even if it meant snowshoeing in.
The temperature was -15įF but the breeze put a bite to the air, feeling like -29įF..
The first location I headed for had me going through a couple thick stands of snow covered cattails. I appreciated the snowshoes but my legs were getting a real workout.
I set up a half mile from the truck and although a decent area, nothing showed.
The walk back with the big feet on was considerably easier.
Next stand I wasnít overly excited about the walk but being an area that usually produces coyotes, the 3/4 mile walk in, seemed worth it.
After breaking trail in 2.5-3 foot deep snow, a few rest were required. Itís times like this that I remember that Iím not as young as I used to be.
Once I reach the trees that surrounds a large cattail infested slough bottom, I kick off the snowshoes and follow a coyote trail that worked itís way through the cattails and into open area of the slough. Historically coyotes have come on the ice from various locations so I range various spots where I thought the coyotes may show from. Distances varied from 106 to 238 yard.
After my second series of calls, I do see a coyote but it just skirted the cattails for a few feet before ducking into them. At first glance it was encouraging but then realized the coyote was going away from me. It was then I realized the wind swirled directions which put an instant end to this set.
Packed up and worked my way back to the snowshoes. Once again the walk back was somewhat easier following my trail and after cresting the last hill,
the relief of seeing the truck is welcomed, even it was still almost a half mile away.





Edited by Snowshoes (01/10/22 09:43 AM)
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#3290804 - 01/11/22 09:36 PM Re: January 2022 [Re: Snowshoes]
fratri Offline
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Registered: 07/01/08
Posts: 653
Loc: Ont-Can. 1hr N. of Lake Erie
Oh, thats too bad, no coyotes frown
Sure looks like a workout for sure.....
Thanks for sharing what you got to go through to get into some spots.... We are lucky down here, so far only a couple of inches of snow
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#3290894 - 01/12/22 06:44 PM Re: January 2022 [Re: Snowshoes]
limbhanger10 Offline
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Registered: 11/15/09
Posts: 211
Loc: N-W PA.
...Thanks for taking us along so far...beautiful country
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#3290989 - 01/14/22 12:16 AM Re: January 2022 [Re: limbhanger10]
Snowshoes Offline
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Registered: 12/04/04
Posts: 1434
Loc: Central Alberta
Originally Posted By: fratri
Oh, thats too bad, no coyotes frown
Sure looks like a workout for sure.....
Thanks for sharing what you got to go through to get into some spots.... We are lucky down here, so far only a couple of inches of snow

I was on the road yesterday and 45 minutes south of here I would have been able to drive through any field or back roads. We really got a dump of snow here making where I hunt a challenge.

Originally Posted By: limbhanger10
...Thanks for taking us along so far...beautiful country

I do enjoy the countryside, unless I have a snow shovel in my hands. It loses its appeal rather quickly then smile
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#3291294 - 01/16/22 03:10 PM Re: January 2022 [Re: Snowshoes]
Snowshoes Offline
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Registered: 12/04/04
Posts: 1434
Loc: Central Alberta
Havenít been out for awhile but with the weather warming up considerably, it was a treat to be out.
I hadnít been down to the creek valley yet this season, so that was the plan of where I would head.
Parked the truck and was in the process of walking down a tractor trail when I see a coyote cut across the same trail a couple hundred yards west of me. The coyote never noticed me and its attention seemed to be focused to the west. There was a round bale a few feet in front of me, so I quickly got behind it before pulling out the binoculars to investigate the activities to the west.
Three coyotes came out from a row of round bales and met the single on the trail. I watch the group of now four coyotes start trotting down the trail and I just know it will be away from me but they proved me wrong. Sometimes luck is on a guys side and it was proving so, as I watched the coyotes close the distance. At roughly 100 yards I stopped the lead coyote with a bark and a 64 gr. hollow point put an abrupt stop to its easterly travels.
No shots at the other three.

Continued my travels to the creek valley and what I see is very encouraging to say the least. A group of 4 coyotes are mingling down by the creek channel and I can see three singles laying on different hill tops. Using the lay of the land, I knew I could make a sneak on the one coyote as I have in past hunts and I put the plan into motion. No sneak peaks before getting to a rock pile where I would set up. Using the rock pile to hide my final approach was rewarded with the sight of the coyote still laying on the hilltop. I never ranged the coyote as I knew it was under 200 yards and proceeded to put cross hairs on fur. Once again a 64 gr. HP finds its mark and coyote number two is added to the morning total.
My view of the valley from the rock pile

Coyote #2

Never did see the group of four but the other two singles slowing trotted off to the safety of the bushes. I then caught movement between me and the downed coyote and here is a bonus coyote standing roughly 125 yards away and looking at its fallen brethren. Cross hairs placed on its chest and with a touch of the trigger, the coyote count is now three for the morning.

I had plans of calling but figured to leave that for another time. If the wind direction is right next weekend, I know where I will be heading.


Edited by Snowshoes (01/16/22 06:28 PM)
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#3291328 - 01/16/22 09:21 PM Re: January 2022 [Re: Snowshoes]
lockrotor Offline
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Registered: 01/21/11
Posts: 1784
Loc: West Central WI
Congrats on a 3 dog morning. They look good.

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#3291333 - 01/16/22 09:39 PM Re: January 2022 [Re: Snowshoes]
todbartell Offline
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Registered: 07/10/01
Posts: 672
Loc: BC, Canada
good work Snowshoes! Yesterday I was enjoying the return trip in my snowshoe trail after a couple more dud stands.
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