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Old December 9, 2012, 10:28 AM   #1
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Yotes

I was howling this morning trying to locate some yotes so I could get on them and start calling at sun up. I was sitting in the dark, and heard a crunching sound, not unlike a predator munching bones. I thought I was just spooking myself. That's when I found this about 60 yards away, complete with coyote. Unfortunately, in the dark I must have dipped my front sight in the dirt, and couldn't get a shot off at him with my sight covered in mud. He was then gone faster than I could clean the sight off.

He was eating with me right there. Apparently I played the wind right.

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Old December 9, 2012, 11:58 AM   #2
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That right side tine was interesting. It's almost like a dagger blade. Very flat and thin with a good point.
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Old December 10, 2012, 01:57 AM   #3
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Man, I hate when that happens.I found one the same way 2 weeks ago.
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Old December 12, 2012, 02:02 AM   #4
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I have seen more coyotes from deer stands this year than deer.

Get'em boys, shoot'em all.
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Old December 12, 2012, 09:04 AM   #5
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I wanna get em...just not very good at it yet.
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Old December 12, 2012, 09:27 AM   #6
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In the pix. Yotes sure do know what parts to eat first don't they. Instead of being called the carnivore's of the woods. They should have been named the connoisseur's of the woods by looking at that deer. Not much left for the birds to pick at is there. (neck bones and hoof or two)

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Old December 16, 2012, 09:11 AM   #7
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Neat pic! Thanks for sharing!
Stay on em Chewie!
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Old December 16, 2012, 10:54 PM   #8
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Haha, I almost peed myself laughing. I wanna get 'em too chewie. They do seem to be kinda.....wiley.
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Old December 18, 2012, 12:53 PM   #9
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Sure wish they would put a bounty back on them for a cpl of years and get em thinned back down. In the past 5 years they have really jumped in numbers around here.

In our first yr of trapping we caught 100 predators. Our turkey population exploded the next 2 years. Seeing more birds this year than anytime in the previous 15 years.
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Old December 18, 2012, 02:55 PM   #10
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Trapping is illegal in my county, but I'd sure be tempted to do it if I could.
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Old December 20, 2012, 11:33 PM   #11
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I know if I wanted that yote or maybe a shot at a few of his friends, I'd be back out there hunting that carcass.

They'll be back after the rest.
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Old December 21, 2012, 10:23 AM   #12
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I went back that afternoon, the following weekend, and now it's gone. They're feeding at night there, I think. I don't know, though. I can't be on a carcass for 8 hours like when I was single.
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Old December 23, 2012, 03:45 PM   #13
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I just bought a foxpro wildfire electronic call, I had them load the sounds they figured I would use the most for coyotes, wolves, and bobcats. I am hoping to put some smack on the yotes around here, we have plenty! The call sounds amazing, just havnt had a chance to get out with it yet. I have been fairly succesful with my mouth calls but have never taken it really serious, I plan to start soon! I don't care about the hides so I plan to use my .257 weatherby with my handloads, 80 grain barnes ttsx bullets going over my chronograph right at 3700 fps, should do the trick
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Old December 23, 2012, 04:19 PM   #14
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Yotes

We got too many prarrie dogs here we shoot the prarrie dogs and let the yotes help us thin them out.
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Old December 24, 2012, 06:34 PM   #15
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That's one thing we don't have anymore. We haven't had prairie dogs up here in years. Too bad the yotes don't get the gophers in the yard. The house cats have even given up on them.
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Old December 25, 2012, 08:53 AM   #16
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More yotes moved in an old den here right outside the yard at the head of the ravine not more then 50yds from the house.

I killed three out of that den a couple years ago and thought I had destroyed the den but I can see they have rehabbed it.

Happened to notice scraps from what looked to be a deer gut pile dropped at the entrance and with further examination saw tracks. Wondered why my bunny population had dropped so rapidly here around the house.

Time to start burning the 'midnight oil' again.
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Old December 25, 2012, 09:10 AM   #17
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Basically, in IL over the last 35 years the Yotes have moved from western IL across state all the way to the IN state line (and maybe some actually moved west from IN to IL). What they have done is to wreck havoc on upland game as well as domesticated animals (as you know, any available pets are Yote treats). Well, I knew a farm kid who found a Yote pup and raised it as a pet. A couple years later the farm was burgled, and the kid's Am Staff was stolen, but the Yote wasn't. The kid was happy that he still had his Yote as he so liked the qualities it displayed.
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Old December 25, 2012, 01:46 PM   #18
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yotes will travel. i grew up in western new york but moved away in 78. my family tells me there are alot of yotes there now. they were never there when i was growing up.
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Old December 25, 2012, 05:36 PM   #19
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CurlyQ, here in central Indiana the coyotes are thick as anything and have been for years...I'm sure they didn't wait to fill IL before coming here! There is a place near here that has a captive wolf pack that they study. As a fundraiser they have "wolf howl" nights -- lots of fun for the kids. You get the wolves worked up and then when they stop for a minute, you can hear all the coyotes in the surrounding farmland who joined in. I still recall being shocked at the number of coyotes around us that night.

Just a couple weeks ago I got woke up by a pack making an awful racket right outside our bedroom. Of course by the time I got a shotgun loaded and was out the door they were gone.

I've got a couple weekend earmarked to hunt them this winter. I've got a Saiga 12 set up for night hunting. For several years I've been wanting to get one with my 300WM with my "coyote loads" - 110gr Vmax at ~3800fps Anybody want the hide??
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Old December 25, 2012, 07:29 PM   #20
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I think they want to hide from that load. Isn't that a bit hard on the throat?
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Old December 25, 2012, 07:34 PM   #21
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Have 5.56 MK12 mod O....will travel.

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Old December 25, 2012, 10:03 PM   #22
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I have some 130 gr that move close to that. At those speeds, I found out that most of the soft points made in .308 are frangable.
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Old December 25, 2012, 10:20 PM   #23
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spaniel, I agree. In fact, that's what I was trying to say: That the Yotes in the eastern part of IL may well have come here (moving from IN west to IL). I hadn't spent time in IN, so I wasn't aware of the Yote situation there and could not say if Yotes were in IN to move west to IL. My experience was just the opposite; friends and relatives in western IL telling me their Yote troubles by the mid to late seventies, and as I hunted in central IL, I noticed that Yotes were there before they got here (eastern IL).
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Old January 16, 2013, 10:25 PM   #24
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I kill every yote I see. Killed a few dogs that looked too much like yotes at distance.
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Old January 16, 2013, 11:19 PM   #25
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Saw more coyotes this year than deer up until the last few days of bow season. I'm in Indiana. On one occasion I was leaving the woods walking through a thicket and when I got to the other side there was a big yote coming right towards me. He didn't see me til he was about 10yds or so from me. I had put my arrow back in the quiver and couldn't get to my pistol.

It's ok though cause I got this one on the last Tuesday of bow season with my handgun


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