Last 3 evenings I have had coyotes around, anywhere from two upwards of a dozen or more. Had 2 yotes 3 nights ago howling back and forth for the last hour of daylight within 300 yards. The last 2 evenings an hour before dark I had 3 packs the furthest away about 200-300 yards. One pack uphill, one pack downhill and 1 pack directly in front. They start howling so close to the same time daily you could about set your watch to them. Starts with 1 howling, then another and within minutes a chorus nonstop well after darkness. I have always had deer behind my house, since the yotes moved in in numbers about 5-8 years ago the turkeys and deer have dwindled.
Have any of you had your hunt ruined or area hurt by the presence of coyotes? Neighbors have lost small pets and some seem to think they just got lost, I have another theory. I have not seen any deer droppings, rubs, or areas with leaves scraped looking for acorns. I have tons of acorns in my area so lack of feed is no issue. Even my neighbors apples haven't been touched and I have been out since 15 sept the season opener.
I have killed 2 yotes but it seems for every one you kill they send 5 more to replace it. 2 winters ago a pack killed a moose right behind my house, they dogged it for 3 days starting about 3/4 of a mile behind my house and 3 days later they finished it within 150 yards of my bedroom window. I think due to the lack of deer they had to take a chance with bigger prey. This was no yearling either. with a deer population that was less than 1 deer per square mile, it doesn't take long for predators to put a real long term hurt on things.
To make matters worse I have had a cougar that visits from time to time, and sadly it killed a buck I was hunting that was a monster even by N.H. standards. A couple years ago I was running an air drill in my yard and a coyote would howl every time I ran the drill, this went on for almost an hour!
what have you guys done to try to eliminate yotes as far as hunting tactics. There is no closed season on them here in N.H. and even night hunting is allowed. I will not be night hunting as I have many new neighbors down the road that came from Mass. and when they hear a gunshot they can't get to the phone fast enough to call the police though there is no law against shooting where I live. I can just imagine the complaints if I was shooting at night, even though they live a distance away.