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Old 10-23-2013, 07:08 PM   #11
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If you've got beagles and are actively hunting rabbits, I doubt you are foing to have coyote problems. They'll hear the dogs sounding off and they will be on the run. Shotgun in close vicinity near the beagles if they were attacked, probably would endager the beagles as much as the yotes. The loads for rabbit would take the fight out of a yote that got close enough for a shot.



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I wouldn't shoot a coyote when I was running beagles to be honest. Beagles want to run coyotes bad enough without encouragement. Instead of a race in a small area you will be hunting from the truck trying to find the dogs. Coyotes will cover some ground once a pack of dogs starts trailing them.



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I wouldn't shoot a coyote when I was running beagles to be honest. Beagles want to run coyotes bad enough without encouragement. Instead of a race in a small area you will be hunting from the truck trying to find the dogs. Coyotes will cover some ground once a pack of dogs starts trailing them.
An excellent point.
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You have a lot higher risk bodily harm for putting a dirty 870 on a white couch than a pack of coyotes attacking you. LOL!

Coyotes (at least around here) are opportunistic and skittish, not wildly aggressive. This time of year they are still eating well. Use whatever load you have in the gun, but If you are stalk hunting they will see/smell/hear you long before you could think of raising the 870.

Coyote hunting is a ton of fun, but way more challenging than most people think. They survive by being smart and taking high probability meals like carrion and mice. Their eyesight, hearing and smell are so advanced that without high quality calls, callers and decoys the odds of getting one is not very good.

Have fun and Good Luck!
I was thinking the smell of rabbit would draw them out. But then again, we use beagles and a single moondog going up against a pack of beagles would be like me challenging Randy Orton to a fist fight.
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