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L. Gallagher
They probably can, but unless they always hunt in packs, they probably don't. I've seen flocks of geese and wild turkeys run off a coyote-they're not very brave, and don't want to fight for something. They're even afraid of something that gives them a fight.
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Coyotes will most certainly take healthy deer and live stock all it takes is 2 yotes to take a deer down.  They will also take down dogs the same size as them if they get the chance and attacks on humans have risen in the northeast as they are loosing their fear of man.

While a flock of birds (Geese or Turkeys) can run off yotes singles dont stand a chance.

Eastern Yotes are also much larger then their western brothers most will go around 38-40 pounds with some large males upwards of 60 pounds.

Time to get he snow camo out with any luck I can get out on Sunday. :D

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L. Gallagher

Well, we must have western coyotes here in Michigan, because the biggest I've ever seen here, and I've seen a lot, weighed 44 pounds...a big male.

And no dog stands a chance against a coyote, but a kicking deer in good shape does. Somewhat more intelligent than livestock of all sizes, but only the calves get bothered regularly here.

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Coyotes certainly do hunt in packs in Maine. Hearing a pack run down a critter and get it on the ground in the dark of night is more of a nightmare maker than any horror flick.
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...Hearing a pack run down a critter and get it on the ground in the dark of night ...

The sounds they make border on the grotesque.

I've only been able to get out twice this season (opens Nov. 8 here), what with the weather we've been having. I just got some new diaphragm calls that I hope to be able to try out this afternoon.

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I'm getting cabin fever. I started organizing my calls, shells, shotgun, misc stuff for some coyote calling & hunting.

I have had some luck calling in coyotes here in central Maine in late afternoon into evening but that's about the only time I have tried it.

Is there any other prime time during the day to call in northeast coyotes?  It seems out west they call them in daylong.

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Well, we must have western coyotes here in Michigan, because the biggest I've ever seen here, and I've seen a lot, weighed 44 pounds...a big male.

I think in the east the idea is that the coyotes share some genetic similarities with wolves, a throwback to a time when they interbred to some extent.  IIRC, many of the coyotes in New England (especially southern New England) are also fairly recent immigrants from the north.  In any event, they do run much larger than their Midwestern counterparts.

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From my experiences with coyotes the only animal that will eat a more varied diet is a domestic goat!  I've seen coyote scat with plastic bags in it and my great great grandmother told of the time the coyote ate her bonnet made from a flour sack on the plains of Nebraska.  

I've watched coyotes stalk antelope herds in NM in the summer, that is until the antelope figured out it was there, and then several bucks came abreast and ran the thing off, very amusing.

I can also attest that a coyote can kill deer quite handily if there are two or more.  In the winter a common tactic in the mountain west I've seen is they will drive a deer onto the ice and then dine on it for several days.  I've seen them lay nearby to protect it from other scavengers as well.

A pair of coyotes will also pull down a calf if given the chance.

Bottom line they are predators of opportunity.  Yup, they'll eat all kinds of stuff, but then look at what our dogs will eat (carrots, peas, fruit such as apples, etc.) and it's no small wonder.  

I love to hunt coyotes, either calling them or my favorite spot and stalk.  It's a good time either way and the perfect time of year for such a sport.

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but then look at what our dogs will eat (carrots, peas, fruit such as apples, etc.) and it's no small wonder.

Yesterday while I was hunting, nature called . . .

. . . guess what my dog decided to eat?  :glare:

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Michael Stenstrom

I do think they have shown a genetic link to wolves in the eastern coyotes.  I think there was some out crosses as they came across Ontario and headed south.  Out yote do seem to pack regularly.  Four pushed my deer and at least four more came to help eat it.

Went out yesterday for two sets.  first around three and the second after four. 0 for 2.  Picked up some 11o grain hollow points to load for the .308.  We'll see how they shoot.

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Mike, vengeance can be a motivator. :<img src=:'>  

Keep at it. I may get out tomorrow for a set or two.

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Is there any other prime time during the day to call in northeast coyotes?  It seems out west they call them in daylong.

I'm pretty new at this, but I've seen more movement at twilight. It's coming up on mating season, though - so they should start being more responsive to howling.

Speaking of "out-crosses" - seen any totally black ones? Reports of at least 2 packs around here...

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Still waiting on a culinary review. Tap tap tap tap tap.

Nope I'm not eating any squirrel or coyote and I sleep at night. You can stop waiting.

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PartridgeCartridge

Well, I'll make a deal with you. You fry up one red squirrel, eat one bite and tell us how it tastes and I promise not to post a picture of me holding a road kill baited, prime Alberta coyote in my long underwear.

I would suggest a little oil, salt, pepper and a slice of onion.

Deal?

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