Twenty years ago coyotes were rare in Ohio. Not so today.
Now they're the state's No. 1 predator replacing gray fox, which are essentially extinct and red fox which are becoming rare, eaten quite possibly by coyotes. They're big animals, often 40 to 50 pounds, very smart and wary, and even more important, a quarry that can be hunted or trapped year around without seasons or limits. Question is how do you hunt them?
A modest number of area gunners have taken a coyote, usually by accident while turkey or deer hunting, though they might have been hunting specifically for the sneaky gray predators. But hardly anyone bags them consistently. Except, that is, a hard-hunting friend of mine and his small circle of fellow hunters who have killed more than 100 coyotes to date. He and his partners just might know more about coyote hunting than any other gunner in the state.
This hunter became interested in hunting coyotes after attending a seminar, and decided to go all the way. He began to hunt the animals hard, working farms all over northcentral Ohio, and got a few, making and learning from his mistakes. Then he managed to live trap a male and female, fitted them with radio collars, and went out every single day for 2 1/2 years to check their location with a transmitter, recording each time the weather, wind direction, temperature, and anything else that might be relevant.