With the kids' new video games from Santa blaring from the TV, it's time for some quiet exercise outdoors to sweep out winter's cobwebs. Most Montana hunting seasons are closed during winter, but one option for hunters is to strap on snowshoes or cross-country skis and head to the hills for coyotes. At the onset of winter, coyotes congregate on the lower- elevation foothills, where deer spend the winter. Coyotes start preying on deer with winter's first snow, particularly after a dry summer. Not only will the deer be in poor shape, but a dry summer will leave fewer mice and other small animals for coyotes to feed on.