With whitetail deer season slowing down, many hunters are switching out their gear for predator hunting season.
I’ve never purposefully hunted predators like coyotes and wolves but have seen them up close and personal while deer hunting.
In New York, I had a spike sneak up me about 5 yards above me on a very steep ridge on state land. After seeing me as I sat nestled in my natural ground blind under a huge pine tree, he bolted to my left, and circled around me only to cross about 30 yards below me on the ridge. A few minutes later, I heard another noise behind me. On the same game trail, came a wily coyote. He saw me and did the same thing as the spike. Amazing. I would have shot the coyote but it was the first minutes of light on opening day and was hunting deer not coyotes.
A few minutes later, believe it or not, on the same ridge trail, a nice size bear came within 10 yards of me. I would have shot him but in NY, you couldn’t shoot a bear in the opening week of deer season, so I just took pics.
A couple years later, while hunting whitetails in Idaho, I had a small pack of what I thought were coyotes start making their way towards me at first light. Turns out they were wolves. At that time they were protected. But I had my rifle up just in case I had to defend myself in those deep woods. Good thing I didn’t have to.
One day, I will purposefully go and hunt a predator. Just seems like so much fun.
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