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If predator hunting had a season, this would be it!

Luke Clayton

There is no ‘predator hunting season’ in Texas but if there were, it would be now.  

After the close of deer season, many hunters depart their hunting leases with sagging spirits, relegating the next few months to watching hunting shows on TV and setting by the fireside. BIG MISTAKE! Predators such as coyotes, fox and bobcat numbers are at an all-time high these days, largely because of low fur prices. I’ve yet to meet a farmer or rancher that didn’t appreciate hunters removing coyotes from his land.

While hunting rights for deer, turkey, quail and hogs often comes at a premium price, it’s not uncommon for a landowner to grant permission for free to predator hunters, providing the hunter can convince him he will be safe and responsible while on the property.

Hunting predators is not rocket science, but it can be challenging. Coyotes have an extremely keen nose and choosing a good place from which to call is a must. I like to set up on the downwind side of clearing or field edge in an attempt to pull coyotes from the heavy cover. Funnel areas connecting two sections of heavy cover can be extremely effective. Sounds such as injured rabbits, canine pups in distress or even house cats in distress will entice coyotes out of the brush and within shooting range.  

Take a listen, my good friend, Larry Large and I take you out into the field on our coyote hunt.

Credit Luke Clayton
Larry Large and the coyote he took down.

Outdoors writer, radio host and book author Luke Clayton has been addicted to everything outdoors related since his childhood when he grew up hunting and fishing in rural northeast Texas. Luke pens a weekly newspaper column that appears in over thirty newspapers.