A belated update, I went out for my first coyote hunt of the 2016-17 season last Friday. This is east central MN, east of Hinckley.
It was warm, probably too warm, but at least there was some snow on the ground. The problem was that the ground was not frozen, so everything was a sloppy mess underneath, but the snow was slightly crunchy on top and it was a lot noisier than I would want.
I was alone, so after the first stand, I had to unload my gun and crawl under a fence to get to the second stand location. After doing the acrobatics, I then walked a half mile to the second stand location and got set up, only to discover that my FoxPro remote had fallen out of my pocket and was gone! The good news was I was 75% sure I knew where it had fallen out. The bad news was that it was going to cost me a mile of walking to go back and get it. So I stripped down to my shirt because I was getting too hot in my snow camo, and back I went after it.
I didn’t immediately see the remote when I got to the fence and my heart sank, but then after some digging in the snow, I found it! Lucky! note to self, put that thing on a neck strap!
And then when I got back, I found I had left the Mojo Critter on and the batteries had died. So this wasn’t turning out to be a terrific day, but I had spare batteries back in the truck, so I was only without the Critter for one stand. Not that the Critter has been a boon to my hunting, in fact I’m going to leave it home next time because I’m starting to worry it’s hurting more than it helps. We’ll see.
I made a couple of more stands, but I wasn’t seeing any sign in the usual places. I have to do some scouting to see where the coyotes are traveling these days. It probably won’t be a surprise that I called in nothing, but still good to get out.
I have frequently been seeing bobcat on my trail cams, so it’s going to be time to get after them when the season opens. I haven’t whacked a coyote for a long time now, so I was disappointed I didn’t get a crack at one, but that’s the way it goes.
I’m not very confident that the hunting will be any good until it cools way down and we get some good snow on the ground. It’s always dicey proposition wishing for snow because it’s easy to get too much of a good thing and not be able to hunt anywhere. I’m massively overdue to call in a coyote or even a double this season.
I still get a buzz thinking about how much fun it is to get one coming in. Shotgunning them is just the best because it’s up close and a lot of times the action comes fast.
That’s the report. Wish it was a “shots fired” report, but you don’t call in coyotes sitting on the couch at home.