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Predators & Small Game

Coyote Tactics

We explain coyote rut behavior and give you hunting tips from the pros.

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It's impossible to beat the simple joy of a day spent squirrel hunting with kids and dogs.

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The Obama Administration okays gray wolf status.

  • January 10, 2014

    A Proper Penalty for Colorado Cougar Poachers - 2

    I’m not a vengeful person. Partly, that’s a mindset that comes from a certitude that we all get what we deserve in some afterlife. Call it Heaven, or Hell, if you like, or simply some immeasurable length of time that we are given after our mortal fire burns out to reflect on our just-ended lives.

    In other words, my hell is intensely personal, and punishment is delivered not by a red-tailed demon with horns on his head but by one’s own fading consciousness.

    With that happy thought in mind, I hope Christopher Loncarich and Nicholaus Rodgers are visited by scores of sharp-clawed mountain lions and bobcats in their afterlives.

    Loncarich, a Colorado outfitter, and Nicholaus, one of his guides, allegedly led a number of illegal hunts for mountain lions and bobcats in western Colorado and Utah. In the indictment, announced by Colorado Parks and Wildlife, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, and Utah’s Division of Wildlife earlier this week, the two are accused of illegally capturing and then caging mountain lions and bobcats, “often incapacitating them by shooting them in the paws or keeping them in place with leghold traps.” [ Read Full Post ]

  • January 8, 2014

    4 Ways to Call in More Raccoons - 3

    Photo by Don Johnston/Getty Images

    Raccoons spend most of their lives trying not be be noticed by humans. They roam mostly at night, and on the edge of our activity. But for a few months in the winter, you can bring a raccoon charging right into your lap.

    A growing number of predator hunters are discovering that the same combination of aggressive challenge calls and panicked distress squeals that lure coyotes into rifle range can also be used to call raccoons.

    In fact, calling raccoons can be at its best in the middle of the day, the very time that many coyote hunters throw in the towel because the predators become ultra wary. That makes coon calling a perfect lunchtime diversion.

    Here are four tips to put more ringtails on your fur stretcher. [ Read Full Post ]

  • January 3, 2014

    Cabela's ColorPhase: Coolest New Camo on the Market - 0

    Of the many latest-and-greatest gadgets released every year for hunters and fishermen, few are revolutionary. Or even new. They're usually just tweaked versions of an old idea wrapped in fancy packaging and described with technical jargon that makes it sound like the equivalent of the Neanderthal man discovering fire and inventing the wheel.

    While Cabela’s ColorPhase technology might not spur mankind ahead in the same manner as fire or the wheel, and at the risk of sounding hyperbolic, it might be one of the greatest evolutions in modern camouflage. [ Read Full Post ]

  • January 3, 2014

    Hunting Tips: Trolling for Coyotes - 0

    Illustration by Joel Kimmel

    Coyotes have spread across the country like cell-phone towers, providing more hunting time for you nearly everywhere, even in places close to civilization. Their abundance and wide distribution means calling coyotes doesn’t require the logistics or endurance of a backcountry elk hunt. With a little scouting of local real estate and knowledge of coyote behavior, you can zip from setup to setup in the comfort of your SUV for an action-packed day of hunting just outside of town. [ Read Full Post ]

  • December 26, 2013

    Shooting Tips: 8 Keys to Hit More Coyotes - 1

    Coyotes can be one of the toughest challenges for a rifleman. They are relatively small targets, they're constantly on the move, and their keen eyesight usually keeps them at a long range from the gun.

    But, with these 8 tips, you'll hit more coyotes this winter. [ Read Full Post ]

  • December 23, 2013

    LED CoyoteLight: Hunt Coyotes When They Are Most Active - 1

    Coyotes use the night as protective cover for their forays. Most coyote hunters already know how effective calling can be during the low-light hours of dawn and dusk, but relatively few of us hunt during the dead of night, for one obvious reason: It’s hard to see. Even riflescopes with huge, light-gathering objectives are useless an hour past sunset on a moonless night. [ Read Full Post ]

  • December 23, 2013

    'Deal Of Century' to Open 70,000 Adirondack Acres to Public Hunting - 3

    The "deal of the century" has outdoorsmen throughout the Northeast eagerly planning forays into nearly 70,000 acres of Adirondack wilderness teeming with deer, moose, and bear that, in some areas, hasn't been hunted since the Civil War as New York State proceeds with its $50 million acquisition of former Finch, Pruyn & Co. timberlands by 2017.

    The Adirondack Park Agency voted 11-0 on Dec. 13 to classify 161,000 acres of former Pruyn lands in New York's vast Adirondack Park. More than 69,000 acres in more remote, interior areas suitable for backcountry activities will be classified as wilderness, while more than 89,000 acres in more accessible areas will be classified as wild forest, allowing snowmobiling and vehicular access. [ Read Full Post ]