I just shot my first Coyote! 10pm

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by katiek, Apr 4, 2009.

  1. katiek

    katiek Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 4, 2008
    Wildwood, GA
    This morning, I came out to see my chickens and found nothing but feathers and my missing rooster. Our one and only prized rooster....gone.

    I was determined that I was going to get revenge.

    Tonight, boyfriend and I staked out in the chicken coop, and we had a little party sounder thing from a bday party. I made little distress calls, and sure enough after some patience three to five coyotes came prowling.

    Boyfriend was being patient, but I waited only until one got close enough, and with my 410 shotgun, I shot one of the coyotes.

    Sure enough, I got it. We found blood, and I saw is wriggling for a while.

    But it got up and ran away.

    I've never shot, much less killed anything before. I'm starting to feel guilty that A) I shot and maybe killed it B) maybe I injured it bad enough and it's somewhere suffering instead of a humane death.

    I know they will be back. There were tons of them, and they knew exactly where to come.

    Please console me BYC friends.
  2. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Ga is overrun with coyotes. Good job! Sorry about your rooster, though.
  3. CityClucks

    CityClucks The Center of a 50 Mile Radius

    Jan 31, 2009
    Tulsa, OK
    So sorry about your rooster, and I'm sorry if the coyote suffers, but kudos to you for taking the steps you deem necessary to protect your flock. You are right - they'll be back. Glad to know you're ready with your trusty shotgun.
  4. EllyMae

    EllyMae Chillin' With My Peeps

    They are coming out in broad daylight around here...twice I've seen them and thank goodness my dog Diesel heads them off. He HATES them with a passion.
    I understand the guilt feeling...it just shows that you have a conscience and a good heart. Just remember that you sometimes gotta do what ya gotta do to protect the homestead.
  5. briana1975

    briana1975 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 23, 2009
    Carleton Mi.
    Wow. Start target practicing during the day if you can. Get better, but I wouldn't think twice about shooting one again. If there is that many and they know where to come for dinner they will be back. Look into tree stand maybe. Or contact someone who likes to hunt them and let them sit out and wait. But I would be ready.
  6. Omran

    Omran Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 26, 2008
    Bagdad KY
    Thank you for killing him, I wait all the time to find tem, but they never show up. [​IMG]

  7. EngieKisses

    EngieKisses Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 10, 2008
    Collinsville, Oklahoma
    Congrats that you could shoot it. Sorry about the guilt though, its only natural for someone with a good heart to feel guilty.
  8. Judy

    Judy Chicken Obsessed Staff Member Premium Member

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
  9. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits... Premium Member

    May 19, 2008
    Western MA
    ...ooh gosh, this is hard for me because..I want to say SO badly, good job! (because i also want to get rid of my coys here..and i wish i knew a hunter to come kill them for me..) BUT.. i still am SO sensitive to shooting an animal and not getting a clean/clear kill shot!...know what i mean? thats the only thing that bothers me..i just cant stand to think of an animal suffering and lingering in pain...even if it is a coyote...i think if we kill a predator it still deserves the respect of a quick kill..not a lingering painful death....but..thats just my opinion....thanks for doing so much to protect your flock! they are lucky to have you! [​IMG]
    Last edited: Apr 4, 2009
  10. wanda047

    wanda047 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 26, 2009
    Hardy, Arkansas
    This morning while sitting under a cedar tree with my 11 year old daughter, (we were turkey hunting) I made a few hen calls and what do you know.... a coyote came a runnin'. I didn't get a shot at him, but would have if he'd gotten closer.

    Coyotes are natural predators and don't have a conscious when it comes to killing your pets or young farm animals. Alone- they are cowards, but when in a pack, as you described, they can be real trouble and have been known to even attack children.

    Several years ago while camping with my family, our campsite was surrounded by yelping coyotes sometime after midnight. We couldn't figure out what had lured them into our camp area until we remembered that we had brought our minature pomeranian with us. She was sleeping in our daughter's tent and apparently they smelled her. Luckily we always carry a gun and my husband scared them away. It was a sleepless night.

    Don't beat yourself up over shooting a coyote. You should be commended! [​IMG] They have their place in the food chain... but not in our chicken coops!!

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