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Old 08-13-2019, 06:54 PM
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I've been doing a bit of scouting lately. Long story short, numbers look way down this year in my area. Which, is what I already knew. I've located a few small pockets that should produce okay early on. But it's going to be a tough year for calling, for me, I think.

Here's camp a few nights ago while out scouting. Perseids meteor shower was happening, made for some awesome star gazing.



And I just made another post on my blog, about scouting. If you have a few minutes to kill, you might take a look, see what you think. Comments are always appreciated!

Scouting for coyote.

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Old 08-13-2019, 08:06 PM
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Another GREAT article and photos too.
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DAA,
Great article on scouting.
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Old 08-14-2019, 01:38 AM
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Awesome photo. Thanks for posting.
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Old 08-14-2019, 10:12 PM
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Great Article Dave thanks for sharing the article and the info.
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Old 08-15-2019, 05:48 AM
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As usual, great photography works with the written details. One of the steady things DAA does in his articles is emphasizing the "Never say never" element where coyotes are concerned.

One thing that stands out as obviously different about Dave's scouting methods and what I do in this neck of the woods has to do with the general layout of the land he scouts. You could take all of the farms in Ky. that I have permission to hunt and not offer the acreage that a small portion of the land Dave hunts and scouts. Most of the farms around here vary from 150 acres to an occasional 400 acres or so. These farms are broken up by lots of fences and gates, and having permission to hunt adjoining farms is a big asset. There are a few places in Ky. where you might take an ATV or a Jeep and drive logging roads or farm roads to your advantage, but not here in central Ky.

Scouting a farm before I ever hunt it is a solid rule of mine, and has paid off many times. I walk the entire perimeter, and then the cross fences and hollows to get a good idea of spots I want to hunt both for morning and evening. Right after a fresh snow when you can tie the time down can be a big advantage too. Many of the farms really offer crossing points more than habitat coyotes live in or hunt. Right after recent rain can be good too, as you can pick up fresh tracks more readily.

Thanks Dave, for another great article and more great pictures.
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Old 08-15-2019, 05:33 PM
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Very good points Al.

Local conditions dictate everything!

I just looked it up and Kentucky is 40,000 square miles. The area I roam coyote hunting every year has more public land than that!

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Old 08-16-2019, 01:39 PM
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Dave, hard to not be envious of you when I look at that night camping picture with the beautiful sky. That is about as good as it gets. Big sky country describes it pretty well. I am happy for you that you have that great place to roam.
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