Coyotes in Maryland?

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  1. Changeling

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    Hello. I live in Frederick Maryland. Over the past year I saw 2 coyotes,honest truth). 1 in my yard while I was warming up my truck, the other about 250 yards away trotting along a tree line. There is absolutely no doubt that they were coyotes!
    This past winter I have been throwing some scrap meat from cooking out back for the fox's/whatever. Fox tracks are easy to identify but this winter after each snow there has been tracks that look more like a dog in my yard, sometimes trailing the rabbit tracks, definitely not fox!
    What do coyote tracks look like and why do I never hear them howl like in the movies?
    Changeling
     
  2. dkopriva

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    Changeling,

    The tracks you saw that looked like dog tracks trailing the rabbits were probably coyote tracks. Coyotes make tracks that look just like a dog except they are smaller. When they hunt their tracks zig zag around alot. I do not know why your coyotes don't howl. They don't howl alot like in the movies but if you are going to here them it will be at dusk or just after dark. Get you a rabbit in distress call and sit at the edge of those trees and blow it early some morning. If he's around and has not heard a call before he'll probably appear down wind of you in pretty short order. Be ready.

    daryl
     
  3. Changeling

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    Daryl thanks for the reply. I have a "Weems wildcall", sounds like a rabbit getting his donkey kicked. I use it all the time and have called in fox, owls, coons, dogs, cats, pissed off neighbors, etc,. However I have never been able to call in a coyote yet. I have listened for there howling night and day but nothing yet. I hear fox's yapping a lot but never a coyote howl.
    But they are definitely around.
    Changeling
     
  4. dkopriva

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    Changeling,

    I know what you mean about the irate neighbors. This last winter coyotes were supposedly bothering a friend of mines dog so I was invited over to dispose of the pest. I set up 1/2 mile west of the friends house in a fence row and about 1/4 mile further was another farm. I thought is was abandoned but I stayed on the property of my friend just to be safe. Any way I sat down and let out a big locator howl and a few barks and in less than ten seconds I had an upset border collie come charging out of that,abandoned) farm and not to long after a neighbor who was wondering what had upset his dog so. You might try a howler sometimes they will talk back to you. If you don't have one try www.callingcoyotes.com they have a nice selection. I like the Hotdog or the Red desert howler both work real well out here.

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  5. Changeling

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    Do you mean if I use the "Howler" the Neighbors or the coyotes will answer, hell, the neighbors are beating the animals to the call now, LOL. I know what you mean, thanks, I'll give it a go.
    Changeling
     
  6. buffalohunter

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    We have them in Harford county too, haven't shot any but have seen them.
     
  7. chino1969

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    buffalohunter,
    Where exactly in Harford County? I'm familiar with Rising Sun, Conowingo, Darlington, etc. By the way, I see you are a driver. Do you know Mike Harkins?
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  8. buffalohunter

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    Harford county is south of where your talking about, we are talking about BelAir and surrounding area. I hunt in the the Norrisville area.

    The name Mike Harkins sounds familiar but I can't place where I have heard it at.
     
  9. chino1969

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    I hunted coyotes in southwest Vermont several winters ago for the first time and gained a healthy respect for this canine. Set up in a Wildlife Management Area that borders the Green Mountains, I was 250 yds. from a forest treeline. I was under a hedge with snow camo. on, lying in the snow with the wind blowing toward me. There was an electronic caller set up about 25 yds. outside of the treeline with a fur shaking decoy. My intent was to draw Old Wily out into the open for a clear shot. The caller was a rabbit in distress and had been active for about ten minutes. I was carefully glassing the edge of the treeline when I saw what I thought was a shadow. I kept the glasses on the treeline and sure enough, a coyote had come in to see what the noise was. Something queered him because he slipped as quietly back into the woods as he had come. I've hunted coyotes since, but will never forget that first encounter. Mister Cotyote is a worthy adversary.
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  10. chino1969

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    buffalohunter,
    Mike is pretty active with the Darlington Fire Co., as well as an EMT, HazMat team, Water Rescue, etc.
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  11. PJ

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    Guys,
    I have to agree if they have not been hunted in the area before. Try calling a few times if that much.
    The first time i went after 'yotes i was with a few friends. On a farm never hunted before. Owner told us she was walking down to get the mail. When she thought her dog was with her just to the right of her. When it trotted passed her she saw it was a yote. NOTE HER STORY NOT MINE. Back to my story. We setup and a friend called not 5 minutes latter had two 'yotes on full bore run coming in.One bought it while landing jumping a creek. The other turned tail and ran up a hill. A whistle stopped him in his tracks.
     

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