Found! Two Guides Who Specialize In Coyotes


Published: November - 2000

Coyote hunting used to be the domain primarily of bounty and fur hunters, but it is growing nowadays in interest among sporthunters. The appeal includes wide-open seasons and liberal or no bag limits, plus the challenge of trying to outwit a very wily predator. Another factor here is the recent explosion in animal numbers. There are quite simply far too many coyotes in the American West these days, and they are becoming a significant predator on game animals such as mule deer and antelope. Killing coyotes is thus viewed as an increasingly positive thing for hunters to do.

Coyotes can generally be hunted year-round, but the best time for quality pelts and the greatest activity among the "songdogs" is November to May. Traditionally, coyotes are called or in some places chased with specially bred coyote hounds, which are often crosses between greyhounds and deerhounds. Some hunters pursue coyotes on their own, or with fellow predator hunters, and many have become practically fanatical about it. In areas with substantial coyote populations and large areas in which to hunt them, you will also find a number of professional guides.

One of two coyote hunters you might want to check out is Jerry Murphy of Great Plains Outfitters. Murphy, who also guides for deer and turkeys, hunts coyotes in both South Dakota and Wyoming from November to May. His hunts are $200 per day, 1 x 1, with the hunter supplying his own accommodations, generally in a motel near the hunting area. Like most coyote guides, Murphy uses calls to bring the coyotes in. He finds January through March to be the best time for this type of hunting, as this is the breeding season when the coyotes are looking for mates.

Murphy also uses a hunting technique that is quite unusual - decoying coyotes. Some hunters will use stuffed coyotes as decoys. In the early part of May, though, Murphy looks for areas where the coyotes are denning, and then he goes out with his Labrador retriever. Murphy says this type of hunting requires using a........(continued)

 
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