COLUMBIA — Outsmarting coyotes and other predators presents its own set of challenges for hunters.
“You’re hunting the animal that normally does the hunting,” Andrew Kenner of Jackson, Missouri, said. “They’re the top of the food chain for a reason.”
Kenner, who belongs to a Facebook group for predator hunters in Missouri, said coyotes can remember individual calls. If they see the hunter before he can shoot, Kenner said, coyotes will never respond to that call again.
“Whenever you see them, that’s about the only chance you will have,” Kenner said, “because after that, they will learn exactly what’s going on.”
Different techniques for calling coyotes, foxes and bobcats — from hand calls to electronic versions — will be one focus of a workshop from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.
The workshop will also go over the limits and regulations for hunting coyotes and other predators. Camouflage and scent control will also be discussed.
The Missouri Department of Conservation is hosting the workshop to teach people how to call coyotes and other predators, such as foxes and bobcats, at the Missouri Department’s regional office in Columbia.
The workshop is free and open to anyone 11 years or older. To reserve a seat, call outdoor skills specialist Brian Flowers at 815-7901 ext. 2867 before the workshop begins. Openings are subject to availability.
About 60 people attended last year’s predator hunting workshop, and a similar turnout is expected Wednesday.
Flowers said predator hunting isn’t an activity where someone can go out and be successful quickly. It requires dedicating time to learning the ins and outs.
“It’s not something that is easy,” Flowers said. “I think that’s why folks want to seek out information and knowledge about it.”
Flowers said problems that can arise from an uncontrolled predator population include the spread of disease among the predator population, the displacement of predators into urban areas because of overcrowding and the attack of farmers’ crops and livestock due to a shortage of food.
Missouri residents must possess a small game hunting permit to hunt coyotes, foxes and bobcats.
The Department of Conservation encourages hunters to make use of the hides of predators they kill.
Kenner skins the coyotes he kills, and then gives the fur to someone who will tan it, or he tans it himself.
“Before you go on a coyote hunt, you want to have everything lined up in terms of what you’re going to do with the coyote,” Kenner said. “That way you’re not just shooting an animal and letting it lay.”
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