Pennsylvania Game News - February 2015 - 35

It took me an hour to get back to
the blind, and when I did, I could not
believe it: The coyotes still were lying
in the sunny spot of the field.
With the crack of the rifle ringing in
my ears, I watched as one of them went
to the ground, then immediately got to
its feet and fled out of sight.
And while I followed in the direction
of the coyote's exit, I didn't find any
evidence of a hit and never caught
another glimpse of the animal or its
mate.
My quest was now
in full swing.
I obtained all of
the best coyote gear
and several traps, and
in so doing, I figured
2010 was going to be
my year.
But I had no
sightings.
I decided not to
give up, though.
And after several
sightings during
archery season -
and with the coyote
trapping season about to begin - I knew
exactly where to place my new traps.
My son and I set the traps and
expected a coyote in the near future.
However, it was not meant to be.
With the spring of 2011 came many
books about trapping and instructional
DVDs that taught me how to make my
own stink bait, pre-sift my dirt, and
fine-tune my traps.
After several more failed hunts,
trapping season was upon me once
again.
Armed with some new knowledge,
and a new partner (my father), this had
to be the year.
FEBRUARY 2015

With only one raccoon to our credit,
and the first week of the season behind
us, my quest was barely alive.
With permission to trap on a new
farm and permission to use an ATV, my
father and I set a new trapline.
While riding the ATV one morning,
we made a 90-degree turn to our left
at the corner of our line and saw what
resembled a deer standing near one of
our traps at the end of the lane.
Panic set in as I began to fear that I
had caught a deer in my trap!
At that moment,
though, a long bushy
tail could be seen.
It was now apparent
that this animal was
not a deer, but the
very same critter that
had eluded me for so
many years.
"It's a coyote! It's a
coyote!" I yelled with
excitement.
The coyote was
pulling vigorously
at the trap, and
we agreed that
approaching the animal on the ATV
would spook it even more.
I jumped from the ATV, got my gun
from the gun-boot, and approached the
coyote on foot.
At the recoil of the gun, the animal
fell dead. With several fist pumps to the
sky and a congratulating handshake
from my dad, my 20-plus-year quest
had finally been fulfilled.
My wife and I decided that pictures
of the coyote, a 45-pound male, would
not do it justice, so with a trip to the
taxidermist, and another long wait, the
beautiful creature now stands in all its
magnificence in our living room.
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