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Foxpro Fury Electronic Predator Call Review

Introduction: Predator Calling

Whether you are an experienced hunter or an aspiring beginner with high expectations of your hunting game, you would do well to introduce yourself to predator calling, the art of using your prey’s sense of hearing to your own advantage. Due to innovations in technology, you can easily access the benefits of calling without having to invest your time in lengthy practice and the time consuming trial and error that was practically a given with normal, old school calls. Modern, electronic predator calling devices are much safer, much less demanding and have high consistency allowing you to focus completely on the hunt.

Investing in a high quality electronic call make your hunting trips much more enjoyable and rewarding, as you will more than likely increase your number of successful kills considerably. Companies all around the world have realized that and have made many such products to capitalize on the growing need for quality calls. One company, however, stands out.

Enter FoxPro

FoxPro is a leader in hunting accessories, with a plethora of innovative products and designs under its belt. Evolving all the way from a single man operation back in 1993 to a more than 70 person company, its cutting edge products are now sold on a worldwide range. Having successfully cooperated with numerous institutions, universities, government agencies, oil refineries and even the United States military it has well expanded beyond the closely limited predator hunting community.

Each new designed is repeatedly researched, tested and refined by the company’s specialist leading to continuous spurs of improvement in electronic hunting accessories products. Their game call brands are of an elite quality and will give you an enormous edge against your hunting competition, setting your hunting game well within the next level.

Although FoxPro has created a great number of successful game call brands, including Deadbone, Inferno and Shockwave there is none that really compared with the good old FoxPro Fury II Game Call, the most advanced digital game call that has ever been produced.

FoxPro Fury Electronic Game Call Review

FoxPro Fury Electronic Game Call

Technical Information:

  • Stereo or Mono operation
  • 16 channels of remote operation
  • Backlight intensity control
  • Continuous, sequential and single play mode
  • Wireless data transfer
  • Internal and external speaker control
  • 8 AA batteries, which are required for the   speaker unit
  • AA batteries, which are required for the controller.
  • A remote range that is up to several hundred yards long.
  • 100 pre programmed sounds, including: coyote pup howl, female coyote bark howl, howling dogs, coyote male challenge scream, coyote pup screams and baby red fox distress call.

 

What we really like about the FoxPro Fury II is how easy it is to use and successfully implement to your hunting trips. Its internal memory – 4 giga bytes – allows you to store up to five hundred different sounds. That being said, however, we find it extremely unlikely you won’t be instantly satisfied with the preexisting one hundred sounds the base package has had already installed. Still, in case you want more, the option is there.

Another feature we liked is not that only does the 24 bit audio produce lifelike quality sounds, but the device has a very long remote range, going all the way up to several hundred yards. Thus, a hunter can easily stay hidden and covered while using their remote to activate the call, ensuring they will stay out of their prey’s sight.

And then there is the product’s amazing sequence capability. You can easily program a particular sequence you like, stacking different sounds of different volumes one right after the other – FoxPro Fury II will do the rest. Moreover, due to its FoxBang technology, the device can accurately follow up your gun shot automatically, with your number one preset predator call, confusing the animal and allowing you for an extra chance at gunning down any remaining predator trying to run away.

Conclusion

There is no denying that this state of the art device is the King on the market of electronic predator calls. There is zero chance this will in any way not satisfy you. If you are interested in purchasing this product, you will quickly find out that it is somewhat expensive compared to other electronic calling devices. Well, they say you get what you pay for. If you are really looking for the best, you have to pay for the best. Do not sell yourself short. This is exactly what you need if you really want to improve.

 

Remington R-25

Best Semi Automatic Rifle 2017

Introduction

What is important to realize is that when it comes to delicate items such as firearms there can be no be-all end-all product. Even though top ten lists and the like are wildly trendy in modern times the harsh reality is that any such list requires real compromises. Anyone claiming their rifle is the best is heavily exaggerating if not outright lying to you: There is no single, perfect semi automatic rifle. There is a huge subjective component in the experience of gun handling, which, at the end of the day, might matter more than most would tend to think. A gun might be just right for your hands, but feel weird and clunky in ours. Moreover, no matter how well intentioned the manufacturers might be, no product can maintain consistent, stellar performances in all roles you might put it into.

All that being said, since there is a need we are obligated to deliver. We have scanned through the semi automatic market heavily and have ended up with two products we believe are solid, versatile and will give you a big buck for your bang. First, we will present you with the parameters we had in mind when performing our analysis and then we will proceed with directly comparing them. Finally, the article will end with our final verdict on which of the two is the most well rounded semi automatic rifle in 2017.

Comparison Analysis

We have weighted the various semi automatic rifles we reviewed on two main aspects. Their performance, how does it fare when you finally put it to work and their ergonomics, how designed for efficiency and comfort they are.

In our experience a gun is as interesting as it is accurate. Or in other words, as fun as it is accurate. If a rifle falls short when it comes to its performance, no matter how budgetly costed, artistically designed or impressive looking it might be you are probably not going to get much use out of it. Efficiency and comfort, on the other hand, is especially important if you are planning for long term use of the rifle. Going for a highly ergonomic product is going to be invaluable if you are planning to go on long hunting trips.

Remington R-25 vs AP4 LR-308

Remington R-25

The Remington R-25 is dubbed “the ultimate modern hunting rifle”. It was designed to meet a growing need for big game hunting semi automatic rifles. It brings to the table an extremely nice blend of accuracy, fast follow up and light recoil setting a very high performance and ergonomics standard. Its design is based on GII technology, it is self-reloading and gas operated with a magazine capacity of four rounds. It is currently listed with a MSRP of $1,697, which is a bit on the expensive side, but you are definitely getting your money’s worth with this purchase: You will fully experience what it means to wield an elite level semi automatic hunting rifle.

AP4 LR-308

Panther Arms introduced the AP4 LR-308 to answer a growing need for smaller, faster and lighter rifles that can still pack quite the punch. This is a favorite of competitive shooters and law enforcers, due to its very high accuracy and extreme flexibility. Due to its higher weight – roughly 11 pounds when fully accessorized and loaded – compared to the Remington, it is more suited towards for still hunting. This highly functional model has a twenty round capacity and is an excellent choice if you are ready to get your shooting game to the highest level. It is currently listed with a MSRP of $1,269.

The Final Verdict

Like we said on the opening of the article, it is extremely hard to make a choice for the best semi automatic rifle. The difficulty increases ten fold when you have zoned in on two elite products who both have a record of excellent performance, have been repeatedly tried and stood strong and true. It is anything but easy to make out a clear winner in this comparison, and we honestly wish we did not have to make such a choice.

Ultimately, since we believe it will suit a wider audience, we conclude that our favorite for best semi automatic rifle for 2017 is the Remington R-25. This is mainly due to its lighter weight and in our opinion more ergonomic design, which will allow a broader range of people to experience the art of hunting to the top level fully and for longer periods of time.

Hunting in Utah

Can I go hunting in Utah?

Introduction

As you will most assuredly know if you are experienced hunter and as you will quickly discover if you are an aspiring hunter, hunting is highly regulated in the States. You cannot just get hold of a gun and go venture forth deep into the woods to hunt prey. Each State has its own rules and laws on hunting game within its territories. These rules you have to carefully study and memorize. Otherwise, you will undoubtedly end up in trouble with authorities at some point or another.

Hunting in Utah

Utah has a great number of different animals for you to hunt. Commonly hunted species include mule deer, elk, antelope, pheasant, ducks, geese, sage grouse, forest grouse, chukar partridge, mourning dove and wild turkeys, with seasons for all hunt-able species being set on a yearly basis. Information on big game seasons is available on January and small game information can usually be obtained by late August each year.

Hunting Licenses and Special Permits

If you plan to hunt in Utah, you are going to need a hunting licenses. You can either get the basic hunting license, which allows you to hunt small game and apply for the many separate hunting permits to hunt specific species, like bears, or you can get a combination license which includes all the basic benefits along with permission to fish.

You can get both types online. These stay valid for 365 days from the date of purchase.

There is a number of species you cannot hunt even when you have purchased a legal hunting license. You will need a separate hunting permit for them. These include: Bear, bighorn sheep, bison, bobcat, cougar, deer, elk, moose, pronghorn, Rocky Mountain goat, sage-grouse, sandhill crane, sharp-tailed grouse, swan and turkey.

There is no guarantee that all special hunting permits will be readily available at a given time. You should consult your local Division of Wildlife Resources office or buy an available permit online.

Hunter education courses

Utah state law states that it is a necessity for “anyone purchasing a Utah hunting license to show proof of completing a hunter education course if they were born after December 31, 1965.” This can come from any state’s wildlife agency or other country. In cases were education courses were taken in other states or countries, the resident is required to transfer that card to a Utah hunter education card.

The educational course helps the trainee learn all the essential skills and practical techniques used in hunting. Other than the mandatory hunter education, there are options for extended courses in archery orientation, bow hunter education and fur harvester education.

Utah’s hunting Guidebooks

After successfully participating in a hunting education course, and after obtaining a legal hunting permit what is left for commencing trouble free hunting in Utah is studying all the relevant guidebooks. These contain in depth information and rules you must abide to when hunting in-state. Luckily for those interested in hunting in Utah, these guides are easily accessible online in electronic format and are distributed freely on Division offices and licensing agents.

There are three categories of hunting guidebooks: Hunt boundary maps, wildlife statutes and administrative rules and finally, a wildlife calendar which includes all hunting application dates, deadlines and season dates. Moreover, there are specific guidebooks written for specific topics. For example, there is a dedicated Fishing Guidebook and a Fur Bearer Guidebook.

Statutes and administrative rules

Regulations that determine how people must hunt, trap or fish wildlife in Utah are contained in both state statutes and division administrative rules. The former are passed by the state legislature whereas the latter are passed by the Wildlife Board. Both are implemented and enforced by the Division of Wildlife resources. Rules are regularly reviewed and modified in accordance with the changing wildlife needs while statutes are created or modified on a yearly basis.

Conclusion

As should be fairly plain by now, hunting is not an endeavor you can just take part in on the whim of an early morning. There is a substantial amount of required actions to be taken before you are considered eligible for hunting. To recap, you are required to undergo an official hunter education course, or, if you have already done so elsewhere, to transfer your card to Utah’s card. Then you can get a basic or a combination license, with additional special permits required for hunting specific species. After you have done so, you are required to study the relevant educational guidebooks and the State’s statutes and administrative rules and laws to make sure you are informed and remain lawful during your hunting trip.

Savage 22-250 Rifle

Savage 22-250 Rifle Review

Introduction

The Savage Axis .22-250 is a rifle designed by the renowned American firearm manufacturer Savage Arms. It is a no nonsense, stripped of pretense and gimmickry product, that is capable of both recreational and competitive shooting and is definitely going to give serious hunters a big edge in all their hunting trips. A recent trend in the firearm industry is trying to lower product costs, in order to make guns more accessible to a wider public. Naturally, this raises concerns by experienced interested parties. Can you really keep the rifle’s performance standards high, even though you are cutting deep into its price? Well, apparently you can. Savage Axis manages to accomplish just that.

Savage 22-250 Rifle

Putting the company name on a product is risky, as a sub-par rifle would tarnish their good name. Fortunately for Savage firearms, their Savage Axis .22-250 model is sufficiently distanced from their competition in the budget, affordable rifle market. This is the definition of value.

Gun Description & Specs

  • Series: Axis
  • Magazine: Detachable Box
  • Stock Material: Synthetic
  • Barrel Material: Carbon Steel
  • Barrel Finish: Matte
  • Barrel Color: Black
  • Sights: Drilled and tapped for scope mounts
  • Caliber: 22-250 RE
  • Handed: Right
  • Rate of Twist: 12
  • Weight: 6.5 lbs.
  • Overall Length: 43.875”
  • Barrel Length: 22”
  • Ammo Capacity: 4
  • MSRP: $$$

Product Review

The rifle’s action is in circularly shaped and holds the bolt with a twin floating-head construction and large opposed locking lugs, with the plunger ejector and the extractor claw ensuring a very reliable cartridge manipulation.

There’s a visible and easy to access safety sitting just behind the bolt shroud on separate tang. If you push the safety forward, you will expose a red dot that signifies the gun is ready to shoot. The trigger is an alternative to the adjustable one, typically used by Savage Arms, and is completely nonadjustable.

The magazine has staggered loading and holds four cartridges. It is easy to release, as there is a catch attached right at the magazine front.

The rifle has no open sights, but comes with a 3-12X50mm scope and mount. The scope enables precise shooting and the mounting allows a nightvision kit to be attached as well.

The Savage Axis, despite any doubts you might hold due to its lower than usual price, shoots very accurately. The only downside is, in case you are familiar with Savage’s typical, adjustable trigger, you might have to spend some time getting used to this rifle’ new and nonadjustable one. Other than that, you are very likely to be extremely pleased by the gun’ accuracy. And, as you will very well know if you are accustomed to firearms, it is only accurate rifles that are fun and interesting.

The Savage Axis rifle weights about 6.5 lbs, which safely puts it well within the lightweight class of rifles. If you are interested in hunting, you obviously understand that it is a necessity for your choice of weapon to be easy to carry around while searching for your prey. In this respect, the Savage Axis delivers big time. You will be pleased to find it feels completely natural to hold in your hands – well, unless you are left handed that is. As we mentioned earlier under the product description & specs, this model is designed for the right handed.

In conclusion: Define your goals

Even though we have praised the Savage Axis 22-250 considerably in the rest of the article we are obligated to stress that we firmly believe that before committing to any significant purchase customers have to set clear goals and expectations of the product they are buying. This article was written from the scope of an amateur firearm handler and is addressed to people interesting in hunting – and yes, the Savage Axis will absolutely do a fantastic job for hunting coyotes and the like. But if you really need a top and elite gun, your best might be to invest in a more refined and specialized rifle. Whatever the case may be, however, it is certain that the Savage Axis will not shame you.

For the general public, this might be among Savage’s greatest accomplishments. If you ever wanted to try a new rifle that can accurately shoot and could not afford it, this is the product for you. Ass odd as it may sound, Savage Arms did the unthinkable: The company has successfully combined a great product with an inexpensive package. A rare sight in business nowadays.

Ruger American 22-250

Ruger American 22-250 Review

Introduction

A trend of recent times in the world of firearms and rifles is to reduce product cost substantially in order to make them more accessible to a wider public. Old school hunters may grow hesitant to invest in such products: The saying you get what you paid has repeatedly proven to be accurate after all. But does this claim hold up to scrutiny when it comes to the Ruger American 22-250 model?

This article will thoroughly explore Ruger’s rifle, presenting you with an unbiased holistic review of the products pros and cons, its strengths and weaker points. You will find out if this is a great opportunity for you to invest in a buying a new, budget rifle or a cheap sales pitch by Ruger to attract customers to buy a less than ideal and ultimately compromised product. Whether you are a gun expert, or a total novice lost in the chaos of the booming firearm market, if you are interested in the Ruger American 22-250, this is the definitive article for you.

Savage 22-250 Rifle

Ruger American 22-250 specs

  • Stock: Black Synthetic
  • Sights: None-Bases Supplied
  • Barrel Length: 22”
  • Material: Alloy Steel
  • Twist: 1:10” RH
  • Capacity: 4
  • Finish: Matte Black
  • Weight: 6.3 lb.
  • Overall Length: 42”
  • Length of Pull: 13.75”
  • Grooves: 6
  • Suggested Retail Cost: $$$

Product Review

Now, the product is obviously inexpensive compared other rifles on the market. What matters is most is how much, if at all, the cost reduction compromises the product’s quality. When it comes to maintenance, it is plain to see that Ruger went a long way to make the rifle easy to use and maintain for amateur shooters. Its cold hammer-forged barrel allows for high levels of accuracy along with easy cleaning. You can simple run down a bore brush through it and wipe it down with solvent and oil.

The rifle features a visible and easily accessible tang safety just behind the bolt shroud that is both comfortable and convenient. It allows the shooter to keep the safety on seconds before the shot. Moreover, the safety does not lock the action, so you can easily cycle the bolt and empty the chamber while the gun is on safe mode.

The American Ruger weighs a tiny bit more than just 6 lbs. This puts the rifle well within the lightweight class. Thus, it is naturally relatively easy to handle compared to its heavier weight alternatives, feeling okay to hold in your hands. The downside is how the lighter a rifle is, the more recoil you are going to experience when shooting it. To combat this, the product’s manufactured added a soft rubber buttpad in order to reduce recoil. It does fair enough of a job, but you should definitely expect a reasonable amount of recoil.

We are certain many of you worry how you are going to look next to your friends, if you get the comparably inexpensive and very affordable Ruger rifle. Aesthetics are a big deal and none of us would like to look as if we were holding toy guns on our hunting and adventuring trips. Thankfully, this model, despite its reduced cost, does walk the walk when it comes to visual appeal. We would not go as far as calling it a beauty queen or anything, but you are surely not going to feel embarrassed about it or anything.

When it comes to putting the gun to practice, you will be pleased to find that the gun, unlike many other guns we have tried, does not rattle annoyingly and is quite accurate, even when using inexpensive, budget ammo.

The Final Verdict

All in all, Ruger’s American 22-250 is a solid rifle which positively surprised us. It is very easy to use and maintain, it is comfortable, it is accurate enough and looks the way a proper rifle ought to look. Is it perfect? Hardly, but which rifle ever is? What is important to understand is that Ruger is not trying to rip you off, by giving you a low quality, problematic product you wish you never bought under the bait of a lower than usual cost.

On the contrary, Ruger’s product will do the job adequately. In fact, it will probably do a little bit more than just that. As long as you do not have magical expectations from this product, considering how budgetly costed it is, we are quite certain you will be very pleased by your purchase.

 

Coyote

Ohio Coyote Hunting Laws and Regulations

Introduction

Hunting is no simple sport you can easily get into. There have been many instances of accidents where hunting trips went wrong and resulted in unfortunate human deaths. The necessity of consulting your State’s hunting laws and regulations can not be stressed enough. For aspiring, over-eager hunters it is important to realize that wielding a gun and the ability to spread death comes with great responsibility. It comes, as they say, with the territory. They must exercise restraint in themselves and follow the in-state written laws and regulations while also being in accordance with the proper hunting ethics. Failing to do so will inevitably, inexorably result in trouble in some point or another.

Read the following article to learn all you need to learn about hunting coyotes in Ohio. If you want to consult the laws and regulations in detail, you are free to see them fully presented in the government’s respective site.

General Hunting

  • Immediately upon harvest of an animal or bird, hunters are legally obligated to record both the time and date of the harvest on the temporary kill tag and attach it to the carcass. The kill tag must not be in any case made illegible by any condition. Thus, hunters must have a protective item in their possession to secure the kill tag from any harm.
  • When hunting in private land, the landowner’s written permission is required for both hunting and trapping on said land, regardless of whether the land is posted. The hunter has to hold the written permission at all times and exhibit it upon request by the respective authorities.
  • All hunting from motor vehicles, except boats and machinery being used in farm operations is prohibited. So is the practice of spotlighting from vehicles.
  • It is unlawful to shoot from, on, across, or along a public road or highway. So is the hunting of any wild animals, with the exception of waterfowl, thirty minutes before sunrise to thirty minutes after sunset during the youth deer gun season, deer gun season and the deer muzzle-loader season.
  • Depending on the weapon’s shooting range, a permit for shooting may or may not be required for shooting.

Ohio Coyote Hunting Laws and Regulations

Licenses

  • Licenses are available at all authorized license sales agents and online at wildohio.gov. Regardless of age, all hunters must carry a valid hunting license to hunt and/or trap in Ohio.
  • Everyone applying for a hunting license must successfully undergo a hunter education course. This includes both instructions on guns and how they work and education of the ethics and responsibility of hunting.
  • Apprentice hunting licenses and permits allow new hunters to experience hunting under the mentorship of a licensed adult prior to completing a hunter education course. No one may purchase more than three such licenses in their lifetime.
  • If you lose your right to hunt, trap or fish in Ohio, according to the Interstate Wildlife Violator Compact, a person loses their respective privileges in all of the other member states. It is the hunter’s responsibility to check with any other state before commencing to hunt, trap or fish in order to ensure that they have not lost their privileges there as well.

Coyote hunting

  • The lawful hunting equipment for coyotes includes the following: Longbow or bows – as well as compound bows, recurve bows and crossbows. Handguns, rifles of any caliber, as well as any air-gun. Finally, shotguns are allowed as long as they stay at 10 gauge or smaller.
  • If hunted during the deer gun season, hours and legal hunting devices are the same as for deer gun season. Rifles and night vision scopes are legal for coyote hunting, however, rifles and night hunting between 30 minutes after sunset and 30 minutes before sunrise are considered unlawful during any deer gun and deer muzzle-loader seasons.
  • There is no specific, open season for coyote hunting and there is no daily bag limit.

Youth Hunting

  • All youth hunting opportunities, except the youth waterfowl hunting season, are available to young hunters possessing a valid, youth hunting license.
  • Every young hunter participating in youth hunts has to be accompanied by a non-hunting adult. They can be any person, with or without a hunting license, aged 18 or older that will accompany the young hunter to and from the field and remains present while the young hunter engages in hunting. The non-hunting adult may not possess any hunting implements.
  • No more than two young hunters per adult supervisor are allowed.
Hunting For A Hazel Grouse Bird

Hunting Call Tips for Beginners

Calling: Old school Hunting

There is quite a bit more involved in hunting than grabbing your rifle and setting out for the woods. Much like warfare, a big part of successful hunting comes from strategising effectively and deception of your target. Much like how decoys are designed to trick an animal’s sense of sight, and scents are luring the prey close by throwing it off-guard through abusing it’s sense of scent there’s a whole other bag of tricks to employ in your arsenal: That of calling, or in other words, using the animal’s sense of hearing to your advantage by making deceptive sounds to attract it closer to you.

Calling has been implemented effectively for thousands of years by experienced hunters lure prey to the hunter. Native Americans were using turkey wing bone hunting calls for more than four thousand years ago to imitate turkey sounds. Luckily for you, you need not kill any turkeys for their wing bones nowadays. Technology has moved leaps and bounds since then, and there is a plethora of modern game call devices for you to utilize in your hunting trips. Unfortunately, you cannot simply buy one and venture forth to reap the rewards. It takes quite a bit of practice in order to become competent enough of a caller to make prey flood your calls.

There are many different animal types that can be attracted through calling, including but not limited to deer, elks, wild pigs, moose, crows, turkeys, ducks, geese, raccoons and coyotes. This article is going to present you with the best hunting call tips for beginners, to set you well on your way for hunting success. Naturally, it will of course focus on coyote calling tips.

Getting the right calling device

Hunting CallNow, since this article is tailored for beginners we will just assume you have no intention of learning how to whistle correctly with your own mouth and have to resort to a game call device. There is currently an abundance of hunting calls on the market. They come in all kinds of shapes and designs. Some require lengthy practice, much like musical instruments, others work by simply pushing a bottom. We thoroughly believe that a true calling beginner would be best served by a mass produced, remote, electronic game call device.

Our rationale is simple: It is much safer, much less demanding and has a standard level of consistency. Coyotes can be quite vicious when cornered as they prone to aggression by nature. Using a remote-controlled calling device ensures you will be able to defend yourself much more effectively if things somehow go south. Moreover, electronic game calls, unlike mouth-blown ones, allow you to intensify your focus on the prey itself rather than blowing the air correctly through the device. Your chances of successfully spotting and shooting rise up considerably in result. Finally, perhaps most importantly, a mass produced electronic game device will ensure that the produced sound is just right for your target, as they often allow the hunter to sequence different call sounds effortlessly, with no unpredictable, unwanted consequences.

Big mistakes to avoid

There is no better way to improve than reducing the errors and mistakes you make in any endeavor. So, our first piece of advice is this: Firstly, focus on what you do wrong and stop doing it!
The most common mistake beginner hunter makes is they do not know what sound to use with their calls. Coyotes are pretty smart animals, and due to the staggering amount of coyote hunters out there, most of them have grown accustomed to hear the most commonly employed sounds. You should aim to produce sounds that coyotes would not hear too often. Good examples would be bird calls in distress, or puppy screams. Again, the electronic call’s versatility in produced sounds shines. Like previously stated, aim for a product that has a wide range of sounds available.

Another common mistake beginner hunter’s make is erring too much either in the side of caution or overzealousy in their calling. It needs to be stressed again: Coyotes are smart animals. They are quite cautious. Making too much of a hassle with your calling could very well raise their red flags and send them away. Likewise, doing too little could fail to attract them to you. The golden point is somewhere in the middle. Unfortunately, how much is too much and how much is too little, largely depends on the hunter’s experience. As you experiment, however, always keep in mind that you should aim for a middle route.

Calling Tips

Now, we’re going to approach coyote calling the reverse way: Things you should do to maximize your chances for success: Priority number one is to conceal your presence. It is crucial to remain completely undetected – therefore, parking your vehicle a reasonable distance away from where you plan to call them is obviously mandatory.

Coyotes have a better sense of smell than you, so you should take advantage of the wind’s direction. You should always try to keep the wind in your face, so that your smell does not give you away. It is also important that you spot the coyote before it spots you, so finding a good, vantage point where you can see the landscape around you is highly recommended. Other than concealing you, your vantage point gives you a nice advantage in aiming and shooting your prey: You cannot shoot, what you cannot see.

Our final tip is to remember the saying that patience is a virtue. That could not have been any more true than in coyote hunting. In order to become a really good hunter you have to invest time, and effort over a long stretch of time. It is only natural that you will not do ideally on your first attempts – and if you do, chances are a big component was luck. What is more important than anything is that you stay resilient: Your capacity to spring back and try again and again, until you get become proficient.

Spotlight for Hunting

Best Spotlight for Hunting

Introduction to Spotlighting

Spotlighting, alternatively called lamping, is a widely practiced hunting method that utilizes the intense lights from spotlights, lamps and flashlights to bewilder and overwhelm nocturnal prey, causing it to freeze and make for an easy target. In essence, this effect is similar to the temporary flash of blindness we human’s experience when exposed to sudden bursts of light but considerably magnified due to the nature of these nocturnal animals. Spending the majority of their time awake at night, their eyes become very accustomed to low-light conditions. That, coupled with their natural physiological eye differences compared to that of a human, such as larger and far more dilated pupils, magnifies the stunning effect of light on them, causing their eyes to oversaturate on a much more massive scale, effectively pinning them down.

Another important aspect of spotlighting, is how many animal species exhibit eyeshine in night time conditions when targeted by intense light – which facilitates the hunting process further for human hunters, as prey becomes much easier to spot. This is due to an extra layer of tissue in their eyes, called tapetum lucidum. It considerably increases their ability to see in the dark or dim light, effectively acting as a reflective surface or a mirror that bounces back the light a second time so that it does transmit information to their brain.

Spotlighting Technique

As expected, human hunters have been exploiting their prey’s sensitivity to light fully to their advantage. More often than not, the practice of spotlighting is coupled with the use of an off-road vehicle, that is capable of driving both on and off paved or gravel surfaces for maximum flexibility. Usually, both spotting prey and shooting it happen without ever leaving the moving vehicle. Even though an experienced hunter is perfectly capable of solo spotlight hunting, it is much more efficient and effective to go in groups of three, with each person dedicated and focused to a single task: Driving, spotting and shooting respectively.

Now, before venturing forth to a spotlighting trip, it is highly important and obligatory to stress that not all countries or states have the same hunting laws. One would be well advised to research the matter beforehand to ensure that they are well within their lawful rights. Moreover, shooting in the dark can be dangerous so scanning the area beforehand for nearby human settlements is mandatory. In case there are inhabitants, it would be best to inform them of your intentions, to save yourself any unnecessary trouble.

On the practical side of things, before you start your hunting trip, there are a few things you should check beforehand: You should always carry an extra battery or two for your spotlight, as it is quite the bummer to cut a trip short due to it giving out early. You should always have your gun set and ready beforehand, as it is quite silly to try to do that after you’ve spotted your prey. Perhaps most importantly, make sure you have had some shooting practice: Using an overly powerful rifle means nothing if you are unable to reliably hit your targets with it. Finally, make sure you follow the proper hunter’s ethics. Hunting is no simple game. You’re taking life away, so make sure you do it the right way.

Best Spotlight for Hunting

Now, we have to be perfectly honest with you: If you were to ask twenty different hunters about the best spotlight, you would more than likely get twenty, different answers. This is largely a matter of personal preference. There are many color varieties, and each product is bound to have some pros and cons. Ultimately, you should experiment to find what best suits you.

However, we cannot just let you keep hanging and wondering on what to choose. So we are going to present your our recommended choices for the best spotlight for hunting. Both of the following products have been tried and stood true. They are of a high quality and they will definitely give you a big bang for your buck.

Kohree: 80000Lux Cree XML U2 LED Coyote Hunting Light K111Lm Mining Headlamp Lighting 20Hours with 4 Optical Filters, 10W, 11000 mAh

Kohree 80000Lux Cree XML U2 LED Coyote Hunting Light K111Lm Mining Headlamp Lighting 20Hours with 4 Optical Filters, 10W, 11000 mAh

This product is designed so that you can wear it on your head, effectively illuminating wherever you’re turning your gaze at. Thus, it is more suited for those who are planning to go on a hunt by themselves and have to multitask, keeping their hands free. It has a considerable range, reaching all the way up to three hundred meters far and features four different modes of lighting: Working at 25%, 50%, 75% and 100% of its maximum capacity respectively. This makes the lamp highly versatile and able to work fine both in complete darkness or the dimness of moonlight. It is surprisingly lightweight, and its battery is more than capable of taking you through a hunting trip: The downside is that it takes a while to fully recharge, taking roughly eighteen hours. Perhaps most importantly for those on a tight budget, the product is also very wallet-friendly. Considering how you save 63% of its initial due to it being on a huge sale at the moment, you should honestly get it ASAP. It is quite the bargain, and goes toe to toe with many other much more expensive lamps.

Streamlight: 44911 Waypoint Spotlight with 120-Volt AC Charger, Black

Streamlight 44911 Waypoint Spotlight with 120-Volt AC Charger, Black

By design, Streamlight’s lamp has to be held in a pistol-grip: It is thus best left for those who are planning to hunt in groups. This is an extremely durable product, shockproof and waterproof up two meters of submersion for a period of thirty minutes. Its lithium ion battery has a five hour life and is fully rechargeable in four short hours, it is lightweight enough to be comfortable in your hand, and it is capable of producing extreme brightness in the form of a long range targeting beam. It sports three different modes, high, medium and low: At peak intensity it reaches 678 meters, at medium it goes up to 490 meters and at low, it maxes on 200 meters. All in all this is very solid product, beautiful in design, sturdy in durability and highly effective in power output. It is highly recommended for those who plan to hunt in groups.

Choosing the right Coyote Bait

Choosing the right Coyote Bait

Introduction: Coyotes and Traps

A canid native to North America, the coyote often proves to be quite the menace for humans due to its largely aggressive and intrusive nature. They are known to scavenge through human garbage for food, or even attack and kill domestic animals such as dogs or livestock. If they are of large enough numbers, they could quickly evolve to be quite dangerous and they will almost certainly disrupt the peace and quiet of your homestead.

Choosing the right Coyote Bait

In response, humans have developed a significant amount of different coyote traps, to capture alive or outright kill the pestering intruders. A large part of the process, however, is finding the right bait – coyotes are very cunning animals and catching them can be very tricky otherwise.

Coyote trapping tips

In order to avoid any unnecessary complications when resolving to trap a coyote, one should do all that can be done to plan ahead and keep the following tips in mind:

Step number one would definitely be to look up and follow the hunting rules and regulations of your State. For example, more likely than not, setting up traps on pathways regularly used by people or domestic animals will be prohibited. After you made sure you’re within the allowed parameters, make sure to target the right coyote – the usual culprits are male, between the ages of three to five, something that can easily be determined by the coyote’s incisor teeth.

Set your trap and bait in problem areas, places where the coyote has already been to, as they are known to frequently return to the same areas. Obviously, you should restrain children, and domestic animals from roaming around before setting the trap as they might spring it by accident.

Finally but not least importantly, should you trap the coyote alive, make sure to keep in mind that they become extremely dangerous and aggressive when trapped. Always wear thick clothing and protective gloves and don’t hesitate to contact a professional or the local governmental wildlife or department.

How to choose the right coyote bait

Choosing the right coyote bait is no easy task, as there is a great variety on the market. Moreover, if you were to ask ten old trappers what their best bait would be, you would more than likely get many different answers. Luckily enough, most commercial baits seem to work well enough. Before we get into specifics, let’s first present you with some general coyote baiting tips:

  • Choose to place your baits at night, as coyotes do most of their hunting under the cover of darkness.
  • Make sure the bait is big enough to avoid it getting consumed totally, as the animal is a fast-eater. To make it look as natural as possible, sprinkling some blood on it is a sound idea.
  • Choose such a position, so that you will remain concealed from the coyote and any wind blowing your scent towards it.

As for choosing specific bait, you need to keep in mind that a coyote has a pretty wide diet range – its diet is adaptive to whatever is presented for the most part. Thus, its choices are different per season. There are certain meats, however, which it is partial to in all seasons. These include bird, rabbits, rodents, turkey and deer. Whether you decide to make your own bait or opt for a commercially-prepared option is up to you.

Another great alternative would be utilizing cheap dog food. Coyotes love it, and they are prone to stealing it from food bowls. You should make certain, however, that any dogs in the immediate vicinity are restricted and won’t take the coyote bait themselves.

Conclusion: The verdict on Coyote Baits

All in all, finding the right bait for coyote can be daunting if people do not take the time to properly educate themselves on what the little canid devils preferences are. In truth, there are many viable options for you to pick from, both commercial products and hand-made. Perhaps the best choice available is dog food, particularly in urban areas, due to its wide availability and relatively cheap cost.

Whatever kind of bait you end up going with, however, you should always keep in mind that a wild coyote can be dangerous. If you make sure to take all the necessary precautions, protecting clothing and gloves being chief amongst them,  your coyote trapping will prove to be probably uneventful and easy. If you have any doubts about the process, remember that knowledge is key: Don’t hesitate to conduct further study on the subject or contact a professional for help.

Coyote

Examine the Coyote Track

Introduction: Coyotes

The coyote is a canid animal, native to North America. Closely related yet smaller than its cousin, the wolf, it is a highly versatile species that is abundantly and widely distributed across North America. Due to its intrusive nature and habits, it often proves quite the nuisance for humans. It will scavenge through garbage and pester or even attack domestic animals, such as dogs, cats or livestock. In response, humans have practiced coyote hunting for many years, utilizing traps, baits and lures to catch the elusive intruder.

Coyote

Track finding Basics: Footprint

Interpreting signs like footprints, natural paths and nibbled plants to discover which animal passed by a certain area recently is called the art of tracking. It is a useful skill to develop, if you’re interested in hunting animals or, perhaps most importantly, taking note of the animals passing by in your area to be able to better protect it from intruders.

A big deal of tracking is identifying the animal that left the tracks. The best way to accomplish this to examine its footprints, paying attention to the following factors:

  • The size of the print: A coyote will naturally leave a much smaller footprint than a bear, for example.
  • The number of toes: Different animals have a different number of toes, a fact than can be very revealing if one is knowledgeable about the area’s animals.
  • Whether or not nail prints are visible: Feline prints don’t show the nails, whereas those left by wolves or bears show long, deep claw marks.
  • Whether the back and front prints are of the same size: Many animals, including dogs, cats and foxes, have front and back feet of exactly the same size. On the flip side, other animals, such as a rabbit or a hare have tiny front and relatively large back feet.
  • Whether the prints were left by a hoofed animal: A hoof would obviously point towards the direction of a deer, moose, elk or a similar hoofed animal.

Identifying the track pattern

Not only can you use the track pattern to predict the animal’s direction, you can also use it to help determine what type of animal left them, as different animal species have different gaits. The most common track patterns are the following:

  • Diagonal walker pattern: Felines, canines and hoofed animals lift the front and hind legs on opposite sides simultaneously, thus leaving behind them staggered tracks.
  • Pacer pattern: Bears, beavers and other wide-bodied animals lift the front and hind legs on the same side of the body, simultaneously.
  • Bounder pattern: Weasels, ferrets and badgers hop so that their front feet land first and their back feet land next.
  • Galloper pattern: Animals that gallop when they move, like rabbits and hares, leave prints that tend to look like a “U”, due to their long, larger back feet.

Coyote Tracks

Coyote tracks look very similar to dog tracks, to the untrained eye. However, after close inspection, one can tell a few distinguishing characteristics that make clear the tracks are of a coyote. Generally, an average coyote will leave tracks falling roughly under the following parameters:

The coyote print has two nail prints at the top of the paw, in addition to having a large heel impression. They appear in straight lines, with the hind foot’s track almost overlapping with the track of the front foot. The front paw print measures approximately between two and a half inches long and two inches wide, and the hind paw print is approximately two and one fourth inches long and one and three fourth inches wide.

Coyotes, much like any other canids, are unable to retract their claws. Therefore, claw marks are nearly always visible on their tracks – unless the coyote walked on a really hard surface. Typically, coyote paw prints show two defined claw marks on the middle toes.

As for their stride, in a trot, a coyote’s stride falls between sixteen and eighteen inches, with the hind tracks in line with or on top of the front tracks. They walk in straight paths nearly always, making their tracks almost completely linear and even.

Conclusion

There are many aspects in animal tracking. It is highly recommended to first educate yourself heavily on the matter, before drawing hasty conclusions. Different kinds of animal species leave different prints and marks and walk in different patterns. Even so, there are great and many similarities amongst the different species, so it would be quite easy to mistake a dog’s tracks with a coyote’s. Therefore, unless you have prior experience or are in a state of emergency, consulting a professional might be your best bet in identifying animal tracks.