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Grizzly bears, black bears, wolves, coyotes, cougars/ mountain lions,bobcats, wolverines, lynx, foxes, fishers and martens are the suite of carnivores that originally inhabited North America after the Pleistocene extinctions. This site invites research, commentary, point/counterpoint on that suite of native animals (predator and prey) that inhabited The Americas circa 1500-at the initial point of European exploration and subsequent colonization. Landscape ecology, journal accounts of explorers and frontiersmen, genetic evaluations of museum animals, peer reviewed 20th and 21st century research on various aspects of our "Wild America" as well as subjective commentary from expert and layman alike. All of the above being revealed and discussed with the underlying goal of one day seeing our Continent rewilded.....Where big enough swaths of open space exist with connective corridors to other large forest, meadow, mountain, valley, prairie, desert and chaparral wildlands.....Thereby enabling all of our historic fauna, including man, to live in a sustainable and healthy environment. - Blogger Rick

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Tuesday, October 15, 2013

So we all read yesterdays Post from George Wuerthner and what he had to say about the NORTH AMERICAN MODEL OF CONSERVATION being utterly ignored by the majority of State Wildlife Commissions around the USA..............And here is straight up evidence out of Kentucky showing how blatantly ignored the "Model" is................."FAIR CHASE" is an alien concept in the "Bluegrass" state in regard to Coyotes who can now be shot day and night every day of the year without any bag limits.............So as to put the complete "BOOGEYMAN VERMIN" moniker on Coyotes, the State has now made it legal to hunt the Songdogs at night from February though May with the use of lights.............Kentucky has opened the floodgates hoping that hunters kill as many Coyotes as they can day and night year round, with floodlights assisting in this genocide via lighting up the woods like a filmstage from mating season(Feb) through pup rearing season(May)----"SLOB HUNTING" AT IT'S FINEST NOW ON DISPLAY IN KENTUCKY!!!!!! ................We are out-of-control without morale compass whether it be "Ken-tuc-kee", New Jersey, and virtually every other state in the USA save California where you cannot kill Coyotes unless they are endangering people

Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife
to allow night hunting of coyotes year round
Coyotes may now be hunted at night year round. | Photo by Franco Folini (image source linked), used under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license.

Hunters may now pursue coyotes at night.

New regulations allow hunters to use a shotgun
 to take
 coyotes at night year round. Lights or night 
equipment can only be used from February 
1 through
May 31.

"This new opportunity offers landowners another tool
 to assist in the removal of coyotes associated with
 livestock depredation," said Steven Dobey,
 furbearer program coordinator for the Kentucky
 Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources. "Coyotes 
are generally less wary at night, and hunting at this 
time can result in increased harvest success."

While Kentucky's General Assembly enacted a law 
allowing night hunting of coyotes earlier this year,
 lawmakers left it to Kentucky Fish and Wildlife to
 create regulations for the seasons. The Kentucky 
Fish and Wildlife Commission approved the new
 regulations in the spring; the proposed 
regulations recently won all the necessary approvals
 from legislative committees to open a season.

A shotgun is the only legal firearm for night coyote
 hunting. Hunters will not be able to use slugs. 
Decoys and electronic calls will be allowed.

Hunters on private property must have 
permission from landowners to be there. "In 
developing these new regulations, Kentucky
 Fish and Wildlife has taken special precautions
 to prevent the illegal harvest of antlered deer
 and minimize human safety concerns," Dobey 
said. "No hunter should jeopardize those 
precautions by trespassing just because they
 are hunting at night."

The night light season will correspond with the
 time of year when deer have shed their antlers.
 This should lessen the motivation to poach deer.
 Late winter is also when vegetation is at its lowest,
 food is most scarce and when coyotes are actively
 breeding, making them easier to call into a set up. 
Lights cannot be connected to or cast from a 
vehicle. Any color of light can be used.

Daytime hunting for coyotes is open year 
round. Hunters may use shotguns, 
centerfire rifles, bows, crossbow, air guns 
with a minimum size of .22-caliber and 
rimfire rifles during daylight hours.

There is no limit on the number of coyotes
 which hunters may take at night or during 
the day.

From the Kentucky Department of Fish 
and Wildlife Resources.

1 comment:

Mark LaRoux said...

Personally, I'm more distraught over the use of decoys and electronic calls than the night part. This is mostly an accommodation for 'jelly butt' hunters that are too lazy to get up and walk (yes hunting coyotes IS tough). The coyotes HAVE to respond to the calls or they will surrender their territory to a rival....unpsorting to say the least.