Originally Posted by ValJamesRules
Gotcha. At least you're not using cyanide guns.
Luckily, we have a creek that borders two sides of our property, and a state route in front. That tends to keep the yotes and fox from getting into the chicken yard. Hawks have been a bigger problem the past few years. All have been safe since we got a goose to help guard the flock. Seriously, it works.
I hope to get a a couple face cords of seasoned firewood from Santa. I don't have nearly enough in the woodshed to have a fire every day. Luckily, we do not heat our house with only wood, but it shore is nice to turn down the thermostat a bit.
Nope. We thought about trapping, but that is such an indiscriminate way of doing it, we decided we'd just go about targeting the coyotes specifically with a hunt.
We have a creek and some wooded areas. But, the ****ers have got VERY brave lately going through the cattle pasture, past the bulls out there, and into the small stock area. Our Aussie Shepherd has done a great job, for the most part, in keeping them away, but with a pack of 8 coyotes, there's only so much he can do. We've seen dead coyotes in the pasture this summer, in what looked like the bulls got a couple of them, but with them migrating to a new part, the bulls seem to care less and less.
This will be our 2nd hunt. Last time, about 2 months ago, we bagged 10-12 coyotes, and thought that'd be the end of it. But, 2 weeks ago, a we started seeing them more and more on the trail cams. And then a couple goats went missing, then a couple hens, and now it's time to take care of the problem, again.
Hear ya on the wood burning. We've got an old, small, pig barn we store wood in. With a tornado going through town last year, we went out and collected all the down trees possible. They've all dried out this summer, and we have a FULL barn of wood. It's always nice to have the woodstove instead of the furnace going.