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  2. alleyyooper

    Coyote: It’s What’s For Dinner!!!

    No the tumbler is for removing rust from small parts taking sharp edges off small parts and of course cleaning my brass and shot gun hulls. I tried to remove the pictures but site wouldn't let me. The young ones we butcher are normaly more tender than any beef or pork you buy out of a store. Al
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  4. TFF Admin

    Coyote: It’s What’s For Dinner!!!

    Do you tenderize them in the tumbler?
  5. alleyyooper

    Coyote: It’s What’s For Dinner!!!

    Cajun Coyote RecipeINGREDIENTS:* 2 cups vegetable oil* 2 tablespoons Cajun seasoning* 2 tablespoons dried Italian-style seasoning* 2 tablespoons lemon pepper* garlic powder to taste* 2lbs of fresh thawed coyote meat â pounded to 1/2 inch thicknessDIRECTIONS:1. In a large shallow dish, mix the oil, Cajun seasoning, Italian seasoning, garlic powder, and lemon pepper. Place the coyote meat in the dish, and turn to coat with the mixture. Cover, and refrigerate for 1/2 hour.2. Preheat the grill for high heat.3. Lightly oil the grill grate. Drain coyote, and discard marinade. Place coyote on hot grilland cook for 6 to 8 minutes on each side, or until juices run clear. **************************************************************************************** Coyote Casserole Ingredients10 pieces Lean Coyote 1 large Onion; Chopped 1 can Cream of Chicken Soup 1 can Campbell Cream of Mushroom 1/4 cup White wine Paprika All purpose flour Original recipe makes 1 ServingsServings PreparationFlour meat and sprinkle with paprika; brown in small amount of hot oil using a Dutch oven or other covered baking pan. Add onion and soups along with wine. Cover and bake for 1-1/2 hours in a 350 degree F oven. **************************************************************************************** Crock pot coyote2-4 pounds of Coyote meat 16 oz of apericot preserves1 Bottle of BBQ sauce1/2 Purple onion diced1/2 tsp salt1/2 tsp pepper1/2 tsp garlic powderThrow all ingredients in crock pot and let cook for 8 hours. Waste not Want not. About July harvest some coyote spring pups for some tender meat. Al
  6. TFF Admin

    Coyote: It’s What’s For Dinner!!!

    With as many coyotes as you have bagged, you should be eating VERY well!
  7. alleyyooper

    Coyote: It’s What’s For Dinner!!!

    Dog is a staple of many peoples thru out asia. People in ther USA are just short of totaly crazy when it gomes to food. I have heard people usually woman there is no way they would eat a cow. But those same women will buy a nice T bone at the grocery store. Wonder if they think T bones grow on some type of tree or vine? Coyote back straps on the grill is some of the nicest meat I have ate. Al
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  9. alleyyooper

    More time with Lee.

    Lee and I have been partners for nearly two weeks now. I’ve been busy but when he called and said he was ready to make a day of it I said I would be at his house in the morning at 6:00. I told him I hoped he had laid out a good route and places where we would not have to wade mud. I am really getting tired of all the mud. Lee laughed and said bring my mud wading boots as he could not guarantee no mud at this time of year. I arrived at his place just at 6:30 trucks clock and a light was on in the house. The yard light flicked twice and then stayed on. So I shut the truck off and went inside. Lee says pull up a chair and how you want your coffee? He sat a cup in front of me and says how do you want your eggs I know you haven’t ate breakfast. I tell him I had fixed my breakfast at home but if he wanted to fix me some thing then a slice of that home made bread toasted and slathered in butter. I got the slice of toast yum. I asked Lee why he was dragging his feet didn’t we need to go to make the first set as it was getting light. He laughed and said we are just going out back to make our first set. Heard them I thought 2 nights ago he said. Took his caller out and ran the siren sound full volume to figure out if they were on his side of the river or not. Said they are on his side so we were going to set up in his back 20 next to his 32 acres of woods along the river. He finished his breakfast then we got in our camo, walked back across a hay field and made our set just as it lightened enough you could see the trees in the woods. We had decided it is hight time to run the mating sounds so we went with a female in heat looking for a mate. That took a full 5 minutes to pull in a pair of coyotes. One a youngish male and the other a youngish female possibly last springs pups attempting to form a new pack. Both had good fur yet, figure once we get several days in a row of nice weather they will start shedding fast. The deer on my place are already starting to shed. Picked up a wad of white hair just the other day from a bed. I use this hair to tie into fishing flies. We get the two coyotes back up to the shed Lee has then throw our gear in his truck and head out to a farm only 5 miles up the road. Lee knows the owner well as he sells hay to them. They board horses for people in cities and near by towns that do not have a place to keep their horses. They maintain about 4 miles of trails to ride on with leased land and their own. After 30 minutes of mating sounds we didn’t see any coyotes. Now coyotes have even made the local news here. Many people having sightings in urban areas and reporting them. The state DNR was telling people thru the news media to take in all pet food at night, keep trash in a secured area as the coyotes could smell food scraps in it, and do not let your pets out in the evening before bed alone nor in the early mornings either. The DNR lady said it is coyote mating season is why they are sighting so many coyotes now. We did 5 more sets with in 30 miles of Lee’s farm and got 4 more coyotes, Lee had some hay buyers that were to come at noon. Lee wanted to be there while they loaded the hay (small rectangle bales.) figured a half hour for them to load 200 bales depending on how many the buyer brought to help load. Lee’s, Ann fixed us roast beef sandwiches to eat for our dinner along with all the coffee of iced tea we wanted. I wasn’t needed for the count so I started in on the skinning of the coyotes we had placed in Lee’s shed. Took the 3 men about 45 minutes to get the trailer loaded and tied down for the ride to their horse farm. I don’t care what any one says working with hay is hard work any time of the year. After they had left we again hit the road. It is over cast and the wind is changing to a more north wind than any thing. Glad I had dressed for the changing weather and also brought a change of coats. Lee had mapped out several sheep farms for us to hit. They tend not to have muddy fields near wood lots where coyotes may be lurking. We were able to pull a single male from the first place and then nothing the next 4 places. The 5th place we switched back to the lamb in distress sound. That brought up a double for us to drag back to the truck. Next we hit on a couple dairy farms, here we did have to deal with a little bit of mud about 20 yards to cut across a cut corn field to a hay field to walk back to the wood lot. We had decided to run the female coyote in heat for no more than 15 minutes then go into a distressed Piglet sound. We decided the female coyote not finding a mate was still going to be wanting some food. It worked at about 20 minutes we got two more female coyotes to come in. By the time we finished a set at 3:00 PM the wind was really strong, was bringing tears to the eyes. Once we got back to the truck we decided we should just call it a day just as it started a cold rain. That is Michigan in the spring, expect more of the same till the end of April. Al
  10. Yum, yum!!! Just knowing some of the stuff coyotes eat, I'm not sure I could bring myself to eat some but then again, might not taste too bad. Just have to get past the mental images of what they eat plus I guess if I was hungry enough, I probably could. https://www.gunsamerica.com/digest/hunt365-coyote-its-whats-for-dinner/?utm_source=email&utm_medium=20190308_FridayDigest_216&utm_campaign=/digest/hunt365-coyote-its-whats-for-dinner/ Mine will definitely be WELL done if it ever gets on my plate.
  11. alleyyooper

    Wednesday afternoon

    Picked Mike up at 1:30 PM at a Walmart parking lot. Headed East then North, got to Peck and took Peck road West to a big crop farm. This one is new to us, I volunteered Mike and I to do the follow up when I was talking to Eric Tuesday. John Mathews had called early Tuesday morning told Erics girl he had a pair of coyotes raid his yard Sunday evening and nearly got the family yappy dog. I had called in the morning and made sure John would be around when we got there to set up, who we were a picture of the whole group, where to park, property lines. And all that stuff, John proved to be a nice fellow big hands with big calluses. Loaded us in his pick up and drove use to see the south east and west lines road is to the north. One big sloth connected to the wood lot where he has a sugar shack and has a lot of maple trees taped and lines running back to the tank beside the sugar shack. Says the sap isn’t flowing very well yet but according to the weather guessers should be going boom next week. Mike and I decided we would give it a try this afternoon since John said he had been driving back to the sugar shack regular checking things and taking the propane tank back there to hook up to the boiler. We set up near the east line fence with the wind in our faces. Went with the piglet in distress sound and having two decoys set out. At about 22 minutes we saw our first coyote slinking thru some brush then back behind it about 25 yards was a second one. My zone so signed Mike should take the lead and I would take the trailing one. Worked like a charm Mike fires on my signal as I squeezed off the shot. We waited the full 30 minutes, went to pick up our equipment then check the coyotes. Mikes was a young female, mine was a old long in the tooth female. Wrapped them in plastic to drag back to the truck, as we were loading them John came out of his shop and said you guys don’t waste time do you. After talking a bit more we left there thinking we could get in at least 4 more farms. Next road north we took for 8 miles to a sheep farm Reggie White owner and a very nice fellow in his mid 60’s. There is a big wood lot on the place about 100 acres they have sectioned off and log off. So some is really clean due to the sheep pasturing in there and some thick with new growth. We set up and decide to use a mating call. That sound has to start working soon as it did tonight with 3 males showing up. We got all three Mike got two. Back at the truck continued north another 6 miles to another sheep farm. It is Reggie Whites brother Zack, they have a sloth on the place and a couple drainage ditches that converge on the place and where we have had the coyotes in the past come from. We again go with the female coyote mating sound for 30 minutes and saw nothing. Leave there and make the swing back west again cross the county line and find the dairy farm we were going to hunt next. They use loafing pens and feed bunkers here. They have a large grassy swamp at the back of the property where we set up again decided not to go with the mating sound again but the piglet sound. At about 18 minutes a coyote come thru the grass toward the decoys. Mikes zone and Mike has another coyote. We decide if we are quick we can drive 19 miles west and hunt another farm as it is just after 6:15 PM. It is another dairy farm a large set up that uses feed bunks and loafing pens. Lots of automation here with inslage coming out of standing silos to be augered down trays into the feed bunks. There are two sons and one hired man who care for the cows and 4 woman who are the milking maids doing 6 hour shifts. We work back in the fading light to an area of woods along a creek and a large marsh area where they pump water from to irrigate the summer fields of corn. We decided to again go with the piglet in distress call. At 24 minutes I see a coyote in my zone and wait to see if one is trailing but don’t see one. The Swift jumped on the rest and a coyote was laying in the snow. Get back to the truck and drive to Mikes truck. I told him I would skin the coyotes for him but he declined. As we were transferring them to his truck a guy stopped by seeing what we were doing and started taking to us about all the coyotes around his place. He is 18 miles north of the Walmart, owns 25 acres of woods and another 135 of crop lands he grows hay on for the horse people. We made a date to check out the farm on Friday afternoon. Note to self transfer dead critters in a less trafficked area than a 24 hour store parking lot. Al
  12. alleyyooper

    Sunday afternoon

    We are all hand loaders, most have a form of 22 centerfire. I use a 220 Swift 55 gr. Serria HPBT IMR 6440 to about 3808 FPS, Erica uses a 22-250 with the 55gr HPBT, Dean has a 22/308 and uses the 55 gr. HPBT Mike and Charlie both use 250 3000, with 90gr HPBT all are game kings also. I think Brent uses a 20 cal 39 gr bullet. Tom is a 22-250 used also, his Daughter has a 222 Mag I think one of the other guys has a 222 mag also. Normaly one hole shots and easy to sew up with waxed dental floss. Al
  13. TFF Admin

    Sunday afternoon

    What ammo are you using? For pelts, the Hornady 22-250 Superformance either in the Vmax 50 grain lead round or the NTX 35 grain seem to be my choice for a clean kill and one hole in the pelt. The 50 grainers can reach out farther. I have been looking at the .224 Valkyrie but I have not seen many if any rifles with a barrel long enough to take full advantage of this particular round and there just are not that many places where you can even get or take a 500 or 1,000 yard shot. I would be very concerned about a ricochet.
  14. alleyyooper

    Afternoon with Mike.

    I have lots of sharp partners. There are 11 in the group counting my self. Amy the fur buyers daughter is away at college right now. We meet every other Sunday half of us put our names in a hat. the other half draws a partner for the next two weeks. Next metting is Sunday next. some guys don't like switching and are pretty much perment partners like Charlie and Brent. Most guy don't care as they don't care for Brent. Al
  15. alleyyooper

    Saturday with mike.

    Lots of Coyotes here too. Not many have the fortiude to hunt them in the cold though. Get below 35 and they all be come couch potatoes. May change how ever if the fur prices keep riaseing. Our buyer has been giving us $70.00 but told us a recent auction they went for 170.00 each. He is logging our sales and says will pay us more if the prices continue stay at that level or raise even more. Al
  16. TFF Admin

    Saturday with mike.

    Wish you guys were close to our place. Seems like an endless supply of coyotes in our area. When I get more time, I am gonna have to get back out there and try my hand at hunting them. It's been a long time. We got a bobcat with a rabbit in distress call that time.
  17. TFF Admin

    Afternoon with Mike.

    That was definitely worth the trip Al. I apologize for the long delay in replying. I have been VERY ill with medical issues and just now getting back up to par. Coyote hunting sure is a lot more fun when you have a sharp partner to come along with you.
  18. Afghanistan continues to pop up in the news from time to time and especially with respect to being known as the 17 year war. There is a LOT to understand and unpack to get to the big picture of what is going on there and why. This video is about the best summation of this topic for those who have questions and may be interested as to "why are we there again"???.
  19. alleyyooper

    Sunday afternoon

    Picked Mike up at the park and ride west of Goodells. He had called me at 1:00 and said we could meet at 3:00PM and have enough time to do a about 6 sets. He seemed preoccupied till we got to the first farm about 5 miles north of his truck. Just a small 160 acre place owned by a old retired auto worker. Pat Jones and his wife moved to the area in the mid 1990’s and had a few head of cattle mixed breed for meat and some thing to do, Pat says to keep him from dieing right away. They have a wood lot off to one side around 25 acres where Pat gets a bit of fire wood to supplement his heating bill. Says gets lots of early shrooms and mid summer berries. We made our way back to the fence line about 75 yards from the woods with a wind in our faces set out the caller and decoys. Ran the piglet in distress sound, about 12 minutes in a coyote showed up working along the edge of the woods Mike fired and he had a coyote. Waited till the 30 minute mark pick up the caller, decoys then went to look at Mikes male coyote. Get back to the truck and load it up undressed and hit the road. A short drive to a beef operation, Mike still wasn’t talking even when I asked why he had jumped on that coyote so quick. Just said didn’t want it to decide to go back in the brush. I admit I have not hunted a bunch with Mike but it isn’t like him, he has always given partners a chance to see if more coyotes would show.Every one says good things about him. Ron Whitbeck is my age and grew up on a farm, a dairy farm and hated it. Told his dad no way he was going to be a farmer if he had to milk cows. Was fresh out of high school when a farm near his folks went on the market a small place by todays standards but has grown to several sections over the last 50 some years. They have a sloth in one corner with brush and most years weeds but the drought in the summer 2018 allowed them to pasture a few steers in there. Still lots of brush and it stretches for about a mile or more. We set up in a cross wind with both decoys and callers out. Decided to run the piglet sound again and the sound of a coyote party. About 5 minutes in here comes 3 coyotes running flat out it seemed. I sign to Mike I will take the lead coyote and see if I can get on the 3d one. I fire and quickly hit the yiyi sound as mike fired the second time downing the 3d coyote. We had got 3 females all seemed young. Back at the truck I said to Mike did he want to continue hunting or did he want me to take him back to his truck so he could hunt the way he was feeling. He said he was sorry and not thinking about us hunting as a group today. Said his church thing was OK for church that is, asked his lady if she wanted to go to dinner with him. She said that would be fine so they drove to Flint and went to a Italian place. Said she started pumping him about his ex wife. He told her that it was over and if she thought he had intentions of making a new commitment she should look else where. We reached the 3d farm dairy was done here by the Nate Turner family. We have been hunting there for a bunch of years and they had just reported Saturday morning seeing a couple coyotes slinking thru the back pasture. Also a howl fest Friday evening. Small wood lot connected to a neighbors gave several places coyotes could lay up. We ran the piglet call for the whole 30 minutes with gaps of course with no results. Packed our gear up headed for the truck. Kept one caller up front with us then drove down the side road just off from those wood lots. Stopped got out set the caller on the back of the pick up and ran the siren. Set off a howl fest so made a note to return in a few days. Mike is now talking about his morning. After dinner he drove to his place to show her how he was setting up to get a pond dug in the summer and a gazebo he was working on in the pole barn to move by the pond when it was done. Then took her back to the church to her car. We made it to the next place a sheep farm. I like hunting sheep farms as they pasture the sheep year around. Taking hay out in the field unrolling it or breaking small bales for the sheep They are always moving around, making sounds I feel the coyotes get use to and are comfortable with the sounds. We set up in a fence row over looking a wet land valley with lots of brush about 50 yards off the owners property but we have pulled coyotes out of there before. We had the callers both running the lamb and yappie dog sound together about 15 minutes we see 2 coyotes. Sneaking out to the edge of the brush, I half expected Mike to shoot but when I looked at him he was looking at me signing whats the plan. I signed he should take the lead and I would take the one behind even if they were to change position. He should say when, I see his finger trigger and shoot. We have two coyotes glad the snow isn’t deep or it was muddy to go down the hill to get them. Two nice females really nice fur. We decide we would have time to hit one more place before it got to dark to see. We drive about 2 miles to reach a another sheep farm at the other end of the Valley where it opened up into a big flat plain. Jim Zinger farm were we have hunted for years, he is who told Manny Guteriza about us when he was seeing a lot of coyotes cruising his pastures. We set up near the top of the valley with the wind in our face. Ran the yappy dog and Lamb in distress sound here for a full 30 minutes and nothing showed. We packed it in and I asked about Monday afternoon, said he would like to but had promised to work at the auto parts store Monday to cover for a guy to see his daughter in a school play. So we are going to try for Tuesday. Al
  20. alleyyooper

    Saturday with mike.

    Mike and I made a day of it Saturday pretty much. I picked him up at 6:30 didn’t go far to a small farm for these days. They have a couple milk cows for their own use, and about a dozen head of beef cattle they sell by quarters to a whole beef to a few locals. They farm 240 acres of land for animal food and pasture. We have been hunting the Jackson place for about 8 years. We work our way back to a fence line with a stone pile and lots of trees & brush walked out and set our callers and decoys out where we several times in the past have called coyotes from the neighboring wood lot. Had just finished setting up when it started to snow hard. Forecast was calling for a trace to a inch today. We stayed never the less, started out with the Yappie dog and chicken squabble. About 20 minutes when a coyote showed up to my left, it’s attention was on the decoys so I was able to twist around to shoot. One coyote down but we wait till the full 30 minutes are up and do not see any others. Snow has stopped so maybe the weather guessers are right about a trace. Next stop is the Dennis Kirk place a crop farm where the lady of the house keeps a nice flock of chickens and few other fowl. They are long term coyote hunting farm one of our first 18 years ago. Farm is pretty much one level field and come a month and a half be all soybeans. They how ever have not leveled the wood lot nor buried all the stone piles on the farm yet. We walk back to one such stone pile and walk out set up our decoys and callers about 100 yards away. We go with the yappie dog and the chickens again. Took about 10 minutes and we had a pair of coyotes working along the wood line toward the decoys. Mike signs I should go for the trailer and he would take out the lead coyote. I see his finger make the trigger sign and fire. Another coyote down for me and Mike has his first. Leave there with the Idea we will try to keep the driving to a minimum so hit a farm 5 miles up the road. A sheep farm with a very clean wood lot, sheep seem to keep brush and weeds down in and around wood lots they pasture in. We waited 30 minutes and it is a dry hole. About 10 more miles up the road is another sheep farm and another dry hole. Mike even ran the siren locator before we left to see if we could get some coyotes howling, Nothing. I was a bit bummed as I had talked to Eric Thursday night had him send me the list of complaint calls they had gotten in the last two weeks where no one else had responded to yet. Erics wife takes the calls, wrights them down then if any one calls and wants complaint calls where they can go set ups and pretty much be sure of seeing coyotes. 15 miles up the road we come to the Ron Cass farm established in 1937 by Rons father. They run about 300 Holsteins milking cows, farm near 400 acres of their own place and lease about another thousand acres. They raise mostly hay on their place chop a few loads every day for the cattle in season and grow corn and other grain crops on the lease land. They have a nice 80 area wood lot with some thick brush in it. We set up near some round bales with the callers and decoys out about 125 yards. Decide to go with our piglet in distress sound. Had hardly started and here comes a small flock of turkeys I counted 26 Mike said 27 of them. Worked their way out to a field being covered in manure so once they could be plowed, under it would go to feed the crop they plant in it as a cover crop for some nice alfalfa. Another dry hole I assumed but as we’re just about ready to grab our gear and go here comes a lone coyote Mike shot, a male long in the tooth but still nice fur. Drive another 15 miles to another big crop farm where they have not leveled every fence line nor buried every stone pile on the place yet. Doug Conclin is a crop farmer and leases several thousand acres in two counties. He is working in the yard on a big cat so fence lines are in danger of becoming instinct as well as stone piles soon. Still they have their wood lot I am guessing close to 120 acres, they cut wood for a OWB to heat the house and shop with every year. We make our way back there, set up about 50 yards from the woods and set up in a fence line about 125 yards back. Turn our distressed piglet loose and about 20 minutes later 4 coyotes sneak out of the woods work along the edge watching the decoys. Mikes zone so he signs I take the # 3 coyote He will take #4 and if I can try for a second shot on #1. Didn’t work out the way we had hoped, I got #3 Mike took out #4 and #2 the angle for me to get a shot at #1 was to great of a twist for me to make. We had got 3 nice appeared to be young Females with some every nice fur. If the weather guessers are right we are going to behaving some nice fur for about month yet. Time for a mid day meal so we hit up hungry Anns dinner for a hot turkey sandwich, all the coffee Mike could drink and ice tea for me. The girls who work there know us and stop by and ask where we have been it has been a while. Our Waitress Joan keep coming by and filling our drinks till we hold our hands over the top of the cup and glass. She is a good waitress and a pleasant lady also. Asked how the weather was out there told her holding at 30F roads are OK as they were warm enough from Fridays sun shine to melt the snow on the black tops and the side roads had broke up on Thursday and Friday so only a few slick looking spots. Nope not working us for a good tip, knows talk doesn’t cut it if we run dry on our drinks plus she doesn’t hover she is keeping people happy in about 10 other tables too. Back on the road again we hit a another beef operation score another dry hole. I would think if they had made the complain list coyotes would still be in the area. Thursday and Friday were bright sunny days Thursday was 27F for the days high Friday was 34F so I am sure they just laid up during the day and hunted at night with the nice warm coats they have been wearing. This time we drive about 5 miles to a Orchard owned by the Porter brothers. They are not crazy about the buck deer in the fall rubbing on their trees so allow a lot of archery hunters on the place but when deer season is closed we are allowed to hunt coyotes there. We walk back thru the trees and find a pile of brush from pruning where we set up then take the decoys and callers out about 75 yards set up hopping to pull coyotes from the neighboring wood lot. We pull 2 coyotes from there that came right down between the trees nearly strait for us. About 25 yards from the decoys they turn to go for them Mike takes the lead coyote and I take the trailer. Two females appear to be about middle ages by their teeth and foot pads. Leave there and hit the sheep farm of George Androff Nice fellow told me once was hard for him to make his way to the USA from one of the war torn countries, Albania I believe in the 1960’s. Had worked at a steel mill near Detroit for 10 years and bought the farm in Michigans thumb and stocked it with sheep like where he and worked at home country. This is his 28th year of owner ship and has given up his steel mill job where they worry every day the place will shut down. It was a dry hole again. Is 3:00 PM when we hit the next farm a dairy operation, we work back thru the fields to another thick brush choked wood lot that had been clear cut about 5 years before. We get set up about 25 yards out from the edge then back off to some stacked round bales. We go with the piglet in distress sound once again and once again pull a single coyote out in Mikes zone. Another youngish male. We drive 20 miles this time to another dairy operation owned by Dave Clark and family. It is about a medium operation and they have a nice wood lot about 80 acres that supplies them with a bit of lumber every so many years. We have to walk thru a narrow finger of wood lane to get to a 20 acre open field. We had just entered it when a bunch of deer came charging from the woods & field they see us about 15 yards away and split into two groups 3 going south and 4 going north to climb a ridge line next door. We continue on to the field and set up. We had decided we would try a female mating call here. Has to be getting close to that time of year when it becomes the hot sound. But it wasn’t the hot sound today there. Back at the truck Mike and I discuss the deer coming thru there like that. Both of us had the first thought coyotes and jumped them bedding down. But when no coyotes had came to the caller decided there were probably a rabbit hunter across the fence line doing some evening hunting only 28 days left in the season. We hit another crop farm about 35 miles up the road after this. It is a challenge to hunt as they have no fences no stone piles they do have a sloth full of weeds and brush. But we have to set the callers and decoys out about 200 yards away from the sloth just no way to get close with out our scent blowing into the brush and grass. We like to work cross winds or winds right into our face. We start out with a lamb in distress sound about medium volume and get the second caller going with a yappie ankle biter. There is a sheep farm near by is why we choose the lamb sound. As the sounds are going I am thinking I wish I had a snow camo gillie suit for this type of area where there is nothing to break up our out line so lay prone. I my self do not like laying prone as I myself feel it is hard to see into the sloth. We were just about to leave when Mike points and a single coyote is working thru the brush to his zone. Another single male to Mike. Back at the truck is is getting darker as we get out of our camo and is snowing again as we climb in the truck. I ask Mike if he wants to hunt Sunday. Told me no he had been invited to church by a lady that had been coming into the auto parts store. Mike works part time there covering sick people and people on vacations. Said the first time they had met her dad told her to come into the store and price a car part and ask about a good reliable auto repair shop. Told Mike she was single and didn’t know any thing about repairing cars just the oil, tires and light check her dad had taught her to do. We did one last set before we quit due to darkness. A sheep farm again about a 40 acre wood lot with manture trees and kept clean by the sheep. But there is an extension across the fence line that was full of brush and good hiding cover for coyotes. Set the callers out at the edge of the woods run the sound of distressed lamb, but nothing come of it. Took Mike back home , happy he was going to attend church with a lady. We as a group were worried he was spending way to much time trying to help Cheryl out. Al
  21. alleyyooper

    Afternoon with Mike.

    Had Mike pick me up at my house yesterday since I had put my truck in the shop at 10:00 in the morning for a trans problem. When He got here I asked if he wanted to give the pack behind my place a try. He said no, he wanted to hit a couple places west of me that hadn’t been hunted in about 3 months. I load my gear in and off we went about 30 miles for the first place a beef operation. We have been hunting here about 6 years they have a large wood lot mostly mature growth but sections have been timbered off since the first time we started hunting there. They rotate what they cut for fire wood and saw logs. We set up two decoys and two callers, Mike starts with a challenge call then quickly switches to the sound of a female looking for a mate. At 20 minutes we use the coyote party sound with in 5 minutes a coyote shows in Mikes zone. He lets if get about 25 yards from the first decoy before he shoots. One chunk of chaching A male to drag to the truck. A quick 10 mile drive to another beef farm owned by Lee Albreck he is sort of a new comer to our list of farms to hunt only been with use about a year and a half. They have a rive that runs thru the farm with a lot of wetter bottoms where there is a lot of brush and trees along the river. We get set up on a hill over looking the river in a open field we set the decoys out and the caller . Mike said he wasn’t sure they coyotes were ready to mate yet since it took so long to get a coyote to respond at the last place. Probably because of the cold is Only 20 f and a wind chill down in the single digits. We choose a piglet in distress sound. About the 12 minute mark two coyotes start working along the edge of the brush line. I signed for mike to take the trailing coyote and once aaa saw he was on the coyote I signed the trigger and let the swift speak. Two coyotes down both were females fairly young by the teeth it seemed. Mike drives us about 5 miles north and stops at a sheep farm owned by Rodger Porter. Rodger has been with us a really long time at least 12 years when he had a pair of coyotes coming in to the yard and killing some chickens and eating dog foot set out for his dogs. There is a small wood lot with out much brush since the sheep keep it trimmed down. But there is a corner of 3 farms where the wood lots connect and one place is owned by absentee people who only show up in the summer to camp and ride ATV’s and fire arm deer hunt in the fall. This time we run both callers with lambs in distress sound. About 22 minutes we have a single coyote show on my zone. I don’t allow it to get so close to the decoys as I like them to be about 150 to 200 yards from our set. Trigger the Swift and see the coyote go down then quickly raise as I jacked another round in the chamber just as it dropped for good. Mike say one more farm and then he will take me home and have a go at the pack out back. It had started snowing by now a fine powder sugar type of snow. We drive about 6 miles and pull into another beef farm Dennis Collins place. They have been with us about 12 years also, we got the call when coyotes were coming to the calf area and made attempts at getting in there. They have a sloth usually full of grass and brush by due to the drought last summer cattle were pastures in there and had mowed the grass down and trampled some of the brush. Still we are going to give it a try since we think we may pull one or two out since it has been 5 months since any one has hunted it. We should have just passed it by as we saw nothing in 30 minutes. Get back to my house and had time to walk back and set up on the ridge and put the callers down by the creek. 30 minutes there and we seen nothing. I have not seen signs or heard Any since I shot the one a week or so ago. Al
  22. alleyyooper

    Aw Shucks afternoon

    Yup it did. Hit reply and it disappeared. Also wouldn't let me attach a file. Al
  23. TFF Admin

    Aw Shucks afternoon

    Did something happen to your post Al?
  24. alleyyooper

    Aw Shucks afternoon

  25. I finally got all of my 40 nucleus colonies pushed together and insulated with a triple layer of Reflectix bubble insulation wrapped around the hives and 3 inches of John Mansville polyisocyanurate foam insulation board cut to fit inside of and on top of the half gallon glass jar feeder box. As you can see, the insulation is doing a very good job of mitigating heat loss. The only heat loss showing is the box with the half gallon glass jar feeders inside that are not wrapped and above this box there is very little heat loss due to the foam insulation board. I have also included FLIR camera pictures of a few 10 frame hives that are insulated with the Easy-On Beehive Cover which did OK with R-4 insulation value but was not as much insulation as I like so I added a Bee Cozy over it which added R-8 insulation for a combined R-12. The hives that I insulated that have a Broodminder kit installed showed a stabilization of temperature swings and internal hive temperatures increase varying amounts depending upon cluster size.
  26. Good point Al, I re-read your post in the exMark section. I'll give another dealer a call.
  27. Remember fool me once my fault. Never ever allow some one to screw you a second time. Read my post about dealers above in the I believe smiplicity section or in the exMark section. Al
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