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Author Topic: Predator Control  (Read 1848 times)

Offline ZLong19

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Predator Control
« on: January 29, 2016, 08:19:16 AM »
How many of ya'll practice this?  I'm not talking about the "pop a yote" when it comes through deer hunting. I'm talking about get out there and trap or call predators in after season has went out.  I bit the bullet a couple years ago and bought a FoxPro and have started doing it. I've thoroughly enjoyed getting out there and calling in coyotes and bobcats the last couple years and it has helped tremendously just in two years from what I can tell. Our place used to be overrun with coyotes and cats and since we have started hunting them we have seen a dramatic drop in any sign of them. You used to could walk our field roads and coyote tracks would rival the deer tracks there was so many. Just yesterday I seen a fresh set of tracks coming through and I've got a date with it soon!
How many practice proper predator control?
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Re: Predator Control
« Reply #1 on: January 29, 2016, 09:08:29 AM »
I'm not sure we call it predator control but here in Western, NY we hunt coyotes right after deer season with hounds. To us, it is all about the dogs and the chase but we still cull a bunch out which eliminates deer kill for sure. Our coyotes have surely reduced the fox population as well and we rarely take a fox anymore. Glad you are making a difference in trying to control the coyote population but according to our DEC biologist, you would have to eliminate about 80% of them to cause a serious reduction in what they kill and eat.
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Re: Predator Control
« Reply #2 on: January 29, 2016, 09:19:31 AM »
Z if you were chasing me with a loaded gun I would run too!

I've been predator hunting all my adult life.  I love it.  I also bought a fox pro a year or so ago.  I also bought the jack attack decoy and it works!    I usually do most of my predator hunting in February and March after deer and duck season.  Plus it's breeding season for them which adds to the fun.   

Last year I was sitting in my pop up deer blind yote hunting.  I had the fox pro going and a quiver rabbit decoy going (not the jack attack I had to buy after this happened).  From behind me on a dead sprint a yote comes flying in and scooped up my decoy on the run.  It happened so fast I didn't have time to even shoulder my gun much less get a shot.   It was like 3 secs and my decoy was gone!   Lesson learned.  Always carry a shotgun for the close range shots and have it ready when the call turns on.   It has been my experience when calling it usually happens quick.  I rarely have ever called one in after 10 min of calling. 

Z what fox pro sounds have worked well for you?  My favorite is the woodpecker then the rabbit in distress calls.  During breeding season you can use the various howls  to locate them.  Works great. 
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Re: Predator Control
« Reply #3 on: January 29, 2016, 09:33:52 AM »
Z if you were chasing me with a loaded gun I would run too!

I've been predator hunting all my adult life.  I love it.  I also bought a fox pro a year or so ago.  I also bought the jack attack decoy and it works!    I usually do most of my predator hunting in February and March after deer and duck season.  Plus it's breeding season for them which adds to the fun.   

Last year I was sitting in my pop up deer blind yote hunting.  I had the fox pro going and a quiver rabbit decoy going (not the jack attack I had to buy after this happened).  From behind me on a dead sprint a yote comes flying in and scooped up my decoy on the run.  It happened so fast I didn't have time to even shoulder my gun much less get a shot.   It was like 3 secs and my decoy was gone!   Lesson learned.  Always carry a shotgun for the close range shots and have it ready when the call turns on.   It has been my experience when calling it usually happens quick.  I rarely have ever called one in after 10 min of calling. 

Z what fox pro sounds have worked well for you?  My favorite is the woodpecker then the rabbit in distress calls.  During breeding season you can use the various howls  to locate them.  Works great.

I start out with the cottontail in distress. I usually do a 30 second on 2 minutes off routine for the first little bit. That has been the best for me. I'll use the locators to find where they are at if I'm going to hunt at night but usually don't mess much with it until summer time. Late September a pup scream has been unbelievable for me. For cats I've had better success using the ranting redbird and vole squeaks. You're right about coming in a million miles an hour. I killed two last year that came running in like someone had shot at them the other direction. I shot the first one (with shotgun) at 10 yards, the other made it to about 200 yards before he died. The first day we used a call (keep in mind these things had never been called to) we killed like 7 yotes the first morning. They were just falling over themselves trying to get to the call. I've got a black one down here I've had on trail cam this year that I'm going to try to kill. I'm talking jet black too, not any other color on him.
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Re: Predator Control
« Reply #4 on: January 29, 2016, 10:13:23 AM »
Z if you were chasing me with a loaded gun I would run too!

I've been predator hunting all my adult life.  I love it.  I also bought a fox pro a year or so ago.  I also bought the jack attack decoy and it works!    I usually do most of my predator hunting in February and March after deer and duck season.  Plus it's breeding season for them which adds to the fun.   

Last year I was sitting in my pop up deer blind yote hunting.  I had the fox pro going and a quiver rabbit decoy going (not the jack attack I had to buy after this happened).  From behind me on a dead sprint a yote comes flying in and scooped up my decoy on the run.  It happened so fast I didn't have time to even shoulder my gun much less get a shot.   It was like 3 secs and my decoy was gone!   Lesson learned.  Always carry a shotgun for the close range shots and have it ready when the call turns on.   It has been my experience when calling it usually happens quick.  I rarely have ever called one in after 10 min of calling. 

Z what fox pro sounds have worked well for you?  My favorite is the woodpecker then the rabbit in distress calls.  During breeding season you can use the various howls  to locate them.  Works great.

I start out with the cottontail in distress. I usually do a 30 second on 2 minutes off routine for the first little bit. That has been the best for me. I'll use the locators to find where they are at if I'm going to hunt at night but usually don't mess much with it until summer time. Late September a pup scream has been unbelievable for me. For cats I've had better success using the ranting redbird and vole squeaks. You're right about coming in a million miles an hour. I killed two last year that came running in like someone had shot at them the other direction. I shot the first one (with shotgun) at 10 yards, the other made it to about 200 yards before he died. The first day we used a call (keep in mind these things had never been called to) we killed like 7 yotes the first morning. They were just falling over themselves trying to get to the call. I've got a black one down here I've had on trail cam this year that I'm going to try to kill. I'm talking jet black too, not any other color on him.

Oooh good luck with that black one!  I see a full body mount on the way! @--0--0118
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Re: Predator Control
« Reply #5 on: January 29, 2016, 05:45:37 PM »
I have been practicing tote management year-round for the past 30 years.
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Re: Predator Control
« Reply #6 on: January 29, 2016, 07:05:55 PM »
Note to self, if I ever get around to using a decoy rabbit for coyotes, I will anchor it one way or another.  lol
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Re: Predator Control
« Reply #7 on: January 29, 2016, 09:32:02 PM »
it's weird for my. I have a fox pro I've used at the cabin. I wonder if it draws the maggots to my area and scares the deer away. i'm not in 100% yet. I probably should be. i'm a pop and shovel guy
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Re: Predator Control
« Reply #8 on: January 30, 2016, 07:41:58 AM »
I shoot em every chance I get, on the deer stand or around the house.  Haven't gotten one yet this year, but have only gotten out with the calls one time since bow season ended.  May give it a go this evening, but wind will be problematic today.  Keep shooting, send us a pic of the black one napping!
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Re: Predator Control
« Reply #9 on: January 30, 2016, 04:29:05 PM »
Love predator hunting!

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Re: Predator Control
« Reply #10 on: February 05, 2016, 10:13:21 AM »
I read a very interesting article a few years back...

The articles showed a study where areas of heavy predator hunting resulted in lower populations of turkeys. Their reasoning was this. While coyotes and bobcats do catch the occasional turkey or poult, the vast majority of turkey kills comes from raccoons and possums finding and eating thurkey eggs. A good population of predators keeps the raccoons and possums in check. I don't know how true this is but it is something to think about.
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Re: Predator Control
« Reply #11 on: February 05, 2016, 11:01:07 AM »
The more the better. Kill coyote to help deer, turkey, rabbit, upland game. Trap raccoon, opossum and skunk to help out the turkey.
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Re: Predator Control
« Reply #12 on: February 05, 2016, 11:03:13 AM »
The more the better. Kill coyote to help deer, turkey, rabbit, upland game. Trap raccoon, opossum and skunk to help out the turkey.

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Re: Predator Control
« Reply #13 on: February 05, 2016, 11:32:43 AM »
The more the better. Kill coyote to help deer, turkey, rabbit, upland game. Trap raccoon, opossum and skunk to help out the turkey.

I like the way you think..   @--0--0120

I like that too!!! Kill Everything!!!!!!!!!!!!!  We don't have a population of turkeys at my farm at the present time HM, but maybe one day NWTF and the Alabama Conservation Depart. will get off their dead you know what's and help out.
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