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Old 08-16-2010, 12:10 PM
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Coyote Hunting Opportunities in Washington?


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There has been some interest on the board in regards to Coyote hunting and I was wondering if anyone knew a farmer/rancher in Washington state that might be in need of this type of pest control services. I got a shot on my first coyote a few weeks ago and I have to admit, now I have the bug. I'm working on learning to call and I'm building a remote controlled decoy. I have lots of forest service land close buy but would love the chance to hunt in more open country.
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I'd be interested as well. Unfortunately this corner of the forum doesn't get much action.
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Old 08-23-2010, 12:24 PM
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Leverite, We'll have to do something about that.
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I live in western oregon, near vernonia. I use calls, and have good success one thing is you dont wanna call in the same place a lot, they get used to it. Its not real hard to call a coyote in, me and a buddy called in 3 using fawn in distress out the windows of a truck, parked on the side of the road.

One more thing worth noting is you dont wanna sit and call for more than 15 minutes, unless your wanting a booby cat.
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Old 08-25-2010, 07:55 AM
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My wife and I are staying at the in-laws while they are out of town and last night we decided to take a walk down the drive and up the street with our dog and our 1 year old son Sig. On the way down the 1/4 mile drive way we noticed a coyote in the lower pasture just hanging out. Of course I did not have a long gun on me at this point and he was well out of range of a sure hit from the 9mm Para ordinance I was carrying. So we went on our walk. When we came back I got a long gun and a full sized 1911 and went to see if he was still hanging around. No such luck. I'll have to get home and finish my remote decoy soon and come back and see if I can call some of these critters in.
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I'd suggest some good reed calls for your main arsenal. Walking loggin roads is great, every 1/4-1/2 mile blow for 10-15 minutes, great fun. You can also have somone drive you around, and drop you off then have them drive off, and you call, in heavily travelled areas they assume its a animal hit by a car. I'm thinking your decoy is going to be more convincing to cats, they usually come in leary, and will watch you. Coyotes are kinda dumb about it, they will come running/trotting in without a care in the world.

Odlly enough many of the ranchers around here are funny about letting anyone predator hunt on there land . Me and my buddy were trying to get permision to hunt a field with 60-70 head of cattle, and the land owner acted as if he had caught us stealing something or tresspassing, then started complaining bout coyote and lion problems, then apologized for not being able to let us hunt his land his loss.
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Old 08-25-2010, 12:00 PM
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thats a bummer on the permission issue. but i understand wanting to keep people away from the cows if you don't know them and or their level of responsibility. it only takes one idiot to wreck your profit margin by shooting your bull. I'll have to try that on a logging road. we have lots of those that are closed with tank traps so the FS doesn't have to maintain them and very few you can drive on. I'm working on making an electronic call with my MP3 player and some battery powered computer speekers. need to get some paint to cammo it up.
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You might check the regs on calling you might not be legal using electronic calls here. On the other hand there is lots of state land here on my side of the state. The BLM should have maps showing these lands and I would bag the decoy idea and just get a chunk of rabbit fir to hang in the top of a bush where the wind can move it or tie a kite string on it so you can jerk it once in a while to hold there attention. You can hunt at night also but there are special rules on night hunting and watch out for the bell tailed worms over here in warm weather.
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You might check the regs on calling you might not be legal using electronic calls here. On the other hand there is lots of state land here on my side of the state. The BLM should have maps showing these lands and I would bag the decoy idea and just get a chunk of rabbit fir to hang in the top of a bush where the wind can move it or tie a kite string on it so you can jerk it once in a while to hold there attention. You can hunt at night also but there are special rules on night hunting and watch out for the bell tailed worms over here in warm weather.
A decoy really isnt required, or even that helpfull for yotes, by the time they see it they should be in shooting range anyway, now for cougs or boobies itd be great. Also have to watch out once in a while in brushy terrain the yotes will try circling down wind, the cats will always circle down wind. Are electronic calls really illegal in washington? i know more than a few people using them there.
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Old 08-26-2010, 12:01 PM
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Electronic calls are legal on yotes in WA. you can't use them during an open deer season. you also must wear orange if hunting Yotes during an open deer season. if no deer season is open where you are hunting then no hunter orange is required and electronic calls are legal. Use of dogs are out as is bait.

I have one reed call named distressed rabbit and will be adding MP3s to the player to have more variety. a site I've been looking at www.buckingtheodds.com, has a number of videos of coyote hunting techniques. for sure these are not the only way to have success but it is what I'm planning to try.

1. a fur covered remote operated decoy with two modes of movement. a rotating fur topper that spins on an 18 inch piece of fishing pole (drive wheels of a modified RC car) and a bobbing rabbit head steering of a modified RC car. the whole thing except the pole and the topper fits in a small plastic tool box about 8"x4"x2" and is fur covered

2. an mp3 player playing pup sounds and various animal sounds at moderately low volume.

3. mouth calls used at moderatley high volume.

The idea is to distract the coyote with the decoy/ sound combo at some distinace from my stand and get them to stop in rnage if possible. the RC car will mean I don't have to move more than 1 finger to get a lot of activity out of the decoy. and will minimize the chance that the yote will pick me up due to movement I'll be in full cammo and if possble behind a blind of some kind. The yotes I have observed at my inlaws place have spotted me from over 200 yards and headed for cover I was not in cammo or trying to hunt them when spotted just see them on the property.
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Sounds good helix, one thing i have been hinking about is a good light portable blind, would be the most invaluable tool, other than that i just use reed calls, i suspect you will have a lot of unexpected action with your decoy. would be quite excellent for logging roads. id love to see some pics when you get that set up. try caling in the timber sometime, thats exciting, and kinda spooky.
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Old 08-26-2010, 03:40 PM
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I'll be using a DPMS AR-15 flat top in .223 REM as a primary and a Mossberg 500 with 00 and 000 buck shot for close range back up. Of course I'll also have a side arm and would love to take one with that but it would have to be super close before I'd go to the .45.

I was also thinking about making a bird type decoy that looks like a crow or a magpie that is picking at a carcas. I think I could set this up pretty easily with a motor that causes a lever on a wheel to flap the wings. I think being able to set up several decoys that are impossible to miss should get even more Coyote attention and be just irresistable. don't know maybe more is overkill.
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i just have to use my 30-30, hopefully someday i get a arsenal like that for predator hunting.
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My old JC Higgins 22mag took a lot of Yotes back in the day when I could get $40 for a hole un skined Yote. at 100 yards the base of the ear was a easy shot. The only thing I ever called in with a reed call was a 10 point white tail and season was over so all I could do is watch him at 15 feet. I have been able to squeel on my own and have yotes run to within 10 feet of me in the woods and it is spooky hearing there feet on the snow not knowing what you have called in and worse in the dark with only the moon light and have one almost run over you while you are laying in the snow under a white sheet and of course your gun gets tangled in the sheet so its a educated yote.
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Wow. You're really trying hard. I can't even count how many coyotes I've been within 50 yards of in eastern WA, without any of the elaborate stuff you guys are talking about (equipment or 'tactics'). Have ...fun?
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Wow. You're really trying hard. I can't even count how many coyotes I've been within 50 yards of in eastern WA, without any of the elaborate stuff you guys are talking about (equipment or 'tactics'). Have ...fun?
Hi MZ5 what on earth would a Idaho hunter be hunting Washington for you have way better hunting and seasons there.
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I grew up there.

And not all Idaho hunting is better.
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Wish I lived in eastern washington. Here the yotes may be within 50 yards, been ther lots of times but if you don't have something to get them to break cover we are not as likely to see them.
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What is keeping you on the west side? Have you grown webed feet yet? I lived on Whidbey for 8 years and got tired of only 8 hours of sun in 3 months. I grew up at Coulee Dam and have lived in Wilber, Omak, Okanogan, Electric City, Brewster, Wenatchee, Palisades and here in Moses Lake where I can shoot Coyotes from my back poarch at any distance you wish.
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Old 09-01-2010, 07:16 AM
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@ 264WM. a good job and a wife that would like to be close to her family and also works in her family's business are keeping me in WW. We've definatley talked about moving east but we would rather move farther east like Idaho or Montana if we were going to make a move.
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