View Full Version : What do you do with a coyote?

May 18, 2009, 09:48 PM
I'm interested in taking up coyote hunting, but I have one question.

What do you do with them after you've killed them?

In the past all my hunting has been for food, but I'm not really interested in finding out what coyote tastes like.

I'm also have limited funds, so I'd only be interested in mounting 1 or 2 nice ones.

What else do you do with a dead coyote? Just leave it in the woods, or bury it?

May 18, 2009, 10:07 PM
My cousin used to skin them and put the skins in an old freezer he had, when he had a fair amount he would sell them to a fur company, no idea who it was.

May 18, 2009, 10:08 PM
Just leave it in a brush pile, where it's not an eye sore. Nature will take care of it in a matter of days.

May 18, 2009, 10:09 PM
Skin 'em. They have some of the nicest pelts. They used to be kinda mangie, but since they seem to feed pretty well, they have really nice thick coats. Check and see if there's a bounty on them where you live. Some places are giving $50 a coyote, unskinned. They are smart critters though. The smell like a deer and see like a turkey. If you really get serious you'll probably want to invest in a good remote call, and a mechanical rabbit (jack-in-the-box). You need something to keep their attention away from you. Good hunting!

roy reali
May 18, 2009, 10:55 PM
The smell like a deer and see like a turkey

You must be one heck of a stalker. Were you not afraid to be kicked in the head?:D

May 18, 2009, 11:13 PM
I started trapping in 1967, we got 5 dollars at any county courthouse for the right ear. Then Gov. Jerry Brown decided that was cruel and Inhumane to put a "Bounty" on an animal. Screw them I decided to trap and sell pelts and made a fair living doing that between Nov-Feb. the Fir is prime and you get top dollar. Pelts ranged from 5$ for a summer dog to 80$ for prime winter pelts with no holes. Linx in prime condition were 300-500$ each! 30 years ago the Big fur buyers were H.E. Goldberg from Alaska, and Gary Shroeder from Moscow Idaho (Moscow hide and fur). They bought 80% of the furs in Oregon and California washington, and the West coast. Selling animals for profit has some drawbacks, skinning and taking care of the firs before they turn ripe. Skinning without cutting the hide or marking it worthless, stretching it for sale and skin side out for 3 days then turning the hide without tearing it we made our own fur stretchers out of 1X3's or 1X4's tapered.. Some states have a season on trapping and killing Coyotes still. Most let you shoot them anytime as unwanted predators.
Should you shoot a Coyote and want to sell it things come into play:

1). Time of year (dense fur or not)Summer or winter snow?

2). The weapon you use, I called many with a friend who shot a 22 mag. I like a 30-06 and solid bullets, I know the arc and most shots were within 100 yards anyways. Fishing line stiches on a green hide is undetectable when dry if done right with a blow drier afterwards,don't let the blood dry on the hair side, and don't tell the big fur buyers I said so!

3). Ethics, do you shoot from a Paved road and make a sure kill? and do you stop at nothing to make money? dark? Bait piles? do it legal and right.

to me the hand held calls are the best, but listen to a good caller one time and you will quickly learn tehnique and timing are everything. Primos has calling videos with Randy Anderson and they really are how I see the world of calling also. He has everything a man needs to be good at killing coyotes. Practice is the fun part, what you wear is irrevelant in my mind, it's your movement, don't move your body. Another question what do you do if you call in a Bobcat? Fox? Lion? Going out and "Hunting" coyotes is really hard to imagine, you will encounter or stumble into a few but after the dumb ones what next? Calling is very rewarding in outsmarting a coyote to me is great fun with a friend shooting, two are even better.
Are you really thinking of eating one? they scrounge road kill like a Bear, eat neither is my advice.


Hope you have fun and pay some bills doing it. Skinning a day old dog is not worth it to me anymore, I put them on a fence line for all to see if the pack is a short distance.

May 18, 2009, 11:21 PM
What else do you do with a dead coyote?

If they're prime pelts, flesh'em, stretch'em, dry'em and sell them for $$$ or you can get them tanned and throw them over the back of the couch, or turn them into hats, mittens, or parky hood ruffs.

Alaska manages coyotes as furbearers with seasons open on them during the winter months for hunting and trapping, unlike most L 48 states that classify them as varmints with open seasons year round.

May 18, 2009, 11:26 PM
At most, skin it and tack 'em to my shed... at minimum... leave 'em lay.

May 19, 2009, 06:14 AM
As long as it's a cold weather pelt any taxdermy shop would take them of your hands free of charge.

May 19, 2009, 06:36 AM
I shoot coyotes to kill them. If they have a good pelt, I'll skin and sell. Other than that I just kill for the sake of killing them. Call it a preemtive strike. The more I kill the more deer live.

May 19, 2009, 09:32 AM
Thanks for all the info guys.

There isn't a bounty in my county, I checked on that.

My main interest in coyote hunting is just being able to hunt year round. It's a bonus to me that it'll help the deer population.

As far as fur goes, that might be something to consider in fall & winter.

I think most of the time it'll be take a few pictures, and leave the body for the buzzards to eat.

A part of me sees that as wasteful, but when I think about it, coyotes ain't supposed to be here in virginia anyway.

May 19, 2009, 09:37 AM
Most of the ones I shoot I leave laying where they die. In the winter when the coats are good then I'll take them whole to a guy who will give me $10-15 a yote. This time of year there coats are terrible so I wouldn't pick one up.

May 19, 2009, 10:22 AM
This time of year; Bury'em about 2 ft deep and plant a nice conservation tree over top of them. (apple is nice) :D

May 19, 2009, 02:45 PM
You can skin them and stretch the pelts, then sell the pelts to a fur buyer. For a few pelts a year, it's a lot of trouble. Or, you can call a few taxidermists and ask if they want to buy wet pelts of the coyotes "in the round" i.e. whole body (taxidermists are much better than you or I at skinning them).

Or, get a smoker and try different ways of cooking 'em. Yum!!!

May 19, 2009, 02:56 PM
Or, get a smoker and try different ways of cooking 'em. Yum!!! Even hogdogs won't eat them things!

May 19, 2009, 03:04 PM
Personally i would just leave it out there in the right spot.
Then just wait and see if you couldn't get another yote after it :D

May 19, 2009, 04:04 PM
A friend of mine who traps gave me a bit of advise. He said in summer just cut the tails off and take them to him. He uses them to make fishing lures.

So in the summer I'll take the tails, and hope they add a bounty over here. If I get some with a nice coat in the winter, I'll give them to him to take care of.

May 19, 2009, 04:34 PM
Even hogdogs won't eat them things!
That is a dern good guess! Not only won't I eat the nasty things, I wouldn't feed them to my dogs or anyone else's for that matter... BUZZARD CHOW 100%....:barf:

May 19, 2009, 04:36 PM
I would rather eat a cat at the chinese buffet than gut a 'yote.

May 19, 2009, 07:44 PM
you mean you're supposed to do something to them after you shoot one? :confused:

May 19, 2009, 11:07 PM
Nothing............As Clint Eastwood says in The Outlaw Josie Wales, "buzzards gotta eat, same as worms."

B. Lahey
May 20, 2009, 12:24 AM
My very strange uncle has a coyote jacket. The pelts must be good for something.

May 20, 2009, 04:25 AM
We used to hunt them for the pelts but there is no real market for them anymore.
AZ game and fish says shoot as many as possible and leave them out of sight. They are becoming a pest around here.

May 20, 2009, 01:22 PM
Or, get a smoker and try different ways of cooking 'em. Yum!!!

Only Scorch... Hahahaha

Me? I'll try anything once, just tell me what it is first. I don't like surprises and got mad when a restaurant by work I used to eat at got closed down for having household pets in cages in the kitchen. They did sell extremely large chicken legs....

I'd most likely let a yote feed someone else in the food chain.

May 20, 2009, 10:10 PM
The farmers and ranchers in S.E. Idaho hang em on a fence post and shoot more when they come to investigate. I only shoot leaverfinders, I leave em where I find em. Usually they have enough fleas and ticks to carry you off. The price of the pelts isn't worth messing around with an old mangy dog. They can also double as a good ballistic testing opportunity, helps turn them into fertilizer faster.

W. C. Quantrill
May 21, 2009, 12:48 AM
You can only sell the pelts during the trapping season which is mid november to mid February. That is when the hides are prime. During this part of the winter, the hides will bring from $25 to $75 depending on the area and the quality of the hide.

Remember that the dogs are having pups about April and if you kill an adult coyote in the spring or summer, you are likely contributing to starving a litter of pups. Wait until late fall and then shoot as many as you can find and make money doing it.

Tex S
May 21, 2009, 10:29 PM
Step 1: Shoot coyote
Step 2: Throw in truck and drive to nearest barb wire fence
Step 3: Locate a fence post
Step 4: Cut a longways slit in bottom of coyote jaw
Step 5: Place slit in jaw over fencepost
Step 6: Allow to hang

Thats how we do it. IIRC, a few years ago there was a rabies breakout and the Game Warden said you were just supposed to leave em lay. It was illegal to move em.

I would like to know if anybody in my area buys pelts. I had no idea you could sell the things. What the heck would somebody do with a yote hide anyway?

srt 10 jimbo
May 24, 2009, 11:21 PM
Give him doggy biscut and tell him to crap in neighbors lawn.:)

May 25, 2009, 12:01 AM
PETA pretty well ruined the fur market on them. I think they make awesome coats for cold weather. I will wear fur just to irritate PETA . As far as someone saying something about it let them, Im to far from the red carpets to worry about paint being thrown on me.

May 25, 2009, 12:08 AM
Their backstraps make great sesame beef. I feed the rest to my dogs while singing She Drives Me Crazy from the Fine Young Cannibals.

She drives me crazy
like no one else
She drives me crazy
and I can't help myself

May 25, 2009, 07:11 PM
I'd like to hang a few nice pelts on my garage wall. The only one I shot this winter I blowed up with a .243 win. 85 gr. Sierra HPBT so I cut off the head and tail & took em' down to my friends "Skull & Bones" shop and paid him to make me a nice European mount and I'll hang the tail from my motorcycle somewhere. I bought some Sierra 90 gr. FMJBT's to try out this coming winter.

May 26, 2009, 07:19 AM
They stay where they lay. Not worth it anymore to skin 'em. :(