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#1 renaissancehunter

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Posted 11 January 2010 - 12:38 AM

I put my game camera out where I saw tracks and got lots of photos of a single coyote, jacks, and crows galore. I shot a few rabbits and left them for the coyote. Apparently, they will take more then they can eat and will save it for later. This coyote took a rabbit then returned 8 minutes later, took another, then returned 8 minutes later, took another, then returned 8 minutes later. Very consistent. Is it fair to think he took them to his den? If so, I'm thinking his den is 1/3rd of a mile away. I figure a 5 mph trot of 4 minutes to get there means it's 1/3rd mile away. Does that sound reasonable?Let's see if I can figure out how to upload a photo...

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Posted 11 January 2010 - 01:21 AM

I would say that is a reasonable assumption and given your estimate on distance, perhaps it would be possible to backtrack the sucker back to his hidey hole. That would be very interesting. I'd like to hear what you find out.
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Posted 11 January 2010 - 06:47 AM

:drool: waiting for the picstry reading this http://www.californi...?showtopic=1815
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Posted 11 January 2010 - 09:12 AM

Soooooo... are you hunting this coyote?? Doing a study, biologist, just taking pics or what?because its illegal to bait in Calif..
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Posted 11 January 2010 - 09:33 AM

I shot a few rabbits and left them for the coyote.

Just so you know all rabbits in California are considered game animals. So shooting and leaving them can get you cited.

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Posted 11 January 2010 - 06:40 PM

John, I think he meant to say that he set them down for a few minutes and the coyote took the rabbits before he returned to take them.

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Posted 12 January 2010 - 04:57 PM

Watchout the Game Wardens are here. Becareful how you word things on the interweb.

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Posted 12 January 2010 - 05:00 PM

If you are doing something illegal you have more to watch out for than game wardens. :)

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Posted 13 January 2010 - 06:33 PM

shouldnt be scratching out a den yet,a couple of months they will be.they just packed it off to not eat it in front of you.




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