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Old March 1, 2010, 02:08 AM   #1
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Night coyote solution

Been looking for a sub $1000 at least 250 yard Coyote night hunting solution. I was at some little general/junk store near hocking hills today and saw something I had never seen before. A simple shop/work light made to run off of a car battery. I was considering doing something similar with some parts ordered off radioshack but I was a little worried it might get complicated. The design is to assist while working under the hood, but fits my needs perfectly.

The strategy:
Chicken leg to a string to a clothespin switch wired into the circuit of a car batter and this light. Coyote pulls the chicken leg, insulator removed from clothespin, circuit closes, light on, I get at least one half decent shot before the coyote bolts out of the light field. Is it possible the coyote will freeze like a deer at first or will it bolt off immediately?
Pretty sure I can use lights on coyotes outside deer season in Ohio. I will have to check in to that. I have everything I need except the light which was only $10 and will be useful if this does not work out.
If I leave it in place for several days the scent should not be a problem.
PS:I love clothespin switches.
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Old March 1, 2010, 07:53 AM   #2
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It's worth a try. Let us know how it works.
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Old March 1, 2010, 08:04 AM   #3
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Dogs rarely freeze at light... They BOLT!!!! He will grab the chicken, tug and as the insulator comes out of the switch, the dog will hear the arc of the 12 volts contacting and he will have the after burners on right then... WINNER WINNER CHICKEN DINNER!!!

Is this a remote location? The farm? Electricity available? If you have electricity, I can come up with a half dozen "legal" "yard light" options that will illuminate the dogs without spooking them so quick. If remote, that number is limited somewhat.
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Old March 1, 2010, 08:21 AM   #4
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Try a 12-volt brake light bulb, loosely wrapped in red cellophane. Possibly, use red water-color paint for as thin a coating as possible. Mess with it until you get it set to adequately light the immediate vicinity of the bait. Dunno if 250 yards is "do-able", though.
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Old March 1, 2010, 08:49 AM   #5
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To take Art's idea to the modern high tech age...

Pick you a red one! Super low draw as well...
Here they have complete units that may provide better area illumination than a single unlensed bulb.
http://vehiclelight.com/
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Old March 1, 2010, 09:03 AM   #6
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A word of warning on the 12 volt "trouble light"... The filament in the bulb is as fragile as a 110 bulb and they are not cheap at all... One drop is gonna blow it out. "Severe Service" don't mean what it did in the 70's and before.

Most all the LED stuff has a warranty. Just ask before you buy. With the low draw of LED you can use several units for the same draw as one incandescent bulb.
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Old March 1, 2010, 12:20 PM   #7
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Remote. No electricity for a thousand yards or more.

I am guessing the red light is suggested because it will not spook the coyote?
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Old March 1, 2010, 12:24 PM   #8
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I knew Rube Goldberg wasn't dead!

How about one of these beauties?
http://www.cabelas.com/cabelas/en/te...-box.jsp.form1

You can light up the area with red light (coyotes can't see red) from 1/2 mile away.
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Old March 1, 2010, 12:26 PM   #9
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Correct, red is least invasive to most wild critters!

With the low draw LEDs, you can have them on all the time you are set up and shoot the yote on approach to the bait.

also if they approach an already lit (any color) they will be less spooky than if the light comes on as they approach or work the bait.

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Old March 1, 2010, 05:22 PM   #10
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you guys are totally killing my perfect ambush with facts and logic. I should have found an anti-gun board to post this on, at least then I would have only been forced to deal with easily refuted emotional rants...

Switching gears...
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Old March 1, 2010, 05:38 PM   #11
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For A smooth grand just go with night vision equipment John.
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Old March 1, 2010, 05:43 PM   #12
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I was confused by your response then reread my original post.
To get the NV and optics I would be happy with it would set me back no less than $1000 for name brand and maybe only $600-700 for Chinese/Russian. I would like a much cheaper solution. I think I will start with this. maybe try to light the area for a night or two with bait and not observe, then come in on the third night or something.
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Old March 1, 2010, 06:01 PM   #13
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Take a look at the Texasboars website John.

They have some great, fairly inexpensive lighting solutions that I think fit your situation.
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Old March 1, 2010, 10:45 PM   #14
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http://www.texasboars.com/catalog/pr...roducts_id=112

Looking at their site that seems to be what I would need at a minimum. much more expensive than what i currently have or the light from cabelas.
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Old March 2, 2010, 08:39 AM   #15
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Just make sure the chicken is secure. I betcha that yote will grab the chicken and be out of the light radius real quick. Maybe two strings attached to the chicken?

Also, if you get a spooked chicken it could trip your switch before the yote get in range. Let us know what you decide to go with and I may end up testing it out here in Missouri.
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Old March 2, 2010, 05:49 PM   #16
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It's against the law to hunt anything with a spotlight here unless you are on private land had have written permission from the landowner.

But, if I were you and it was legal, I'd buy a commercial spotlight either hand held or mounted on the vehicle.
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Old March 2, 2010, 05:55 PM   #17
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Just make sure the chicken is secure. I betcha that yote will grab the chicken and be out of the light radius real quick.
I intend to use raw chicken breast or similar not an entire animal.
I will likely dangle it a little high so the 'yote has to jump up and maybe take a couple jumps at it.
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Old March 2, 2010, 06:06 PM   #18
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vermin

We are allowed to use any means to kill non-indigenous vermin.
bait,lights,traps.....24/7/365 season.
these include hogs, nutria and coyotes.
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Old March 7, 2010, 09:09 PM   #19
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nite coyote

it seems like nite vision is illegal in tn. though. had really planned on using it.
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Old March 7, 2010, 09:56 PM   #20
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Jug, always make sure to cypher them rules as the writers do...

In Florida, many rules are written as "... is illegal for the taking of *game animals*...' In many instances, these methods are legal for exotic, non-native, and other non-game critters.

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In many instances, these methods are legal for exotic, non-native and other non-game critters
Sorry for the thread drift but...

Hey hogdogs, speaking of non-native, how does the night vision equipment work on those anaconda's down there in Fla.?
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