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Steve Reinhold Hunts Predators

Day 2: Access to Prime Deer and Turkey Lands by Hunting Predators with Steve Reinhold

Editor’s Note: Steven Reinhold of Polk, Ohio, is an avid predator hunter. The good news about predator hunting is that in certain states, you can hunt them before deer season arrives, during deer season and after deer season. Even when predators are out of season, a farmer or a rancher often can get a crop-depredation permit for you to hunt predators on their lands. Many people believe predator hunting is easier in the West with its open terrain, but Reinhold has been extremely-successful taking predators in the East.

Click for Larger ViewClick for Larger ViewOne of my favorite places to find predators on any property I hunt is an animal cemetery. Most livestock owners and farmers have some type of pit or hole where they dump all their dead animals, and these locations are a buffet for predators. Even if a landowner buries an animal, a coyote will dig that animal up and eat it. I hunt many small farms and also housing developments, because garbage cans draw-in coyotes too. I prefer to hunt these types of places with a shotgun. That way I don’t have to worry about my shot traveling further than I can see. Anytime a landowner is having a problem with coyotes killing and eating livestock, destroying his crops, coming too close to the family dog or killing his wildlife, I can come in and solve that problem for that landowner. I don’t charge for removing predators, because often landowners will invite me to hunt deer and turkeys on their lands in exchange.

Click for Larger ViewClick for Larger ViewSince predator hunting isn’t glamorous like deer hunting, often people who are new to the sport fail to realize that you still have to wear your Mossy Oak ( camouflage to keep from being seen by the animals and use scent eliminator and cover scents, just like you do for whitetails. Even after doing all this to eliminate human odor, I still try to hunt into the wind. Coyotes especially have really-good noses and are very adept at picking-up the slightest bit of human odor. If a coyote picks up your scent, the game is over. Too, I use decoys to get the coyote’s attention off of me.

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John Phillips, winner of the 2012 Homer Circle Fishing Award for outstanding fishing writer by the American Sportfishing Association (ASA) and the Professional Outdoor Media Association (POMA), the 2008 Crossbow Communicator of the year and the 2007 Legendary Communicator chosen for induction into the National Fresh Water Hall of Fame, is a freelance writer (over 6,000 magazine articles for about 100 magazines and several thousand newspaper columns published), magazine editor, photographer for print media as well as industry catalogues (over 25,000 photos published), lecturer, outdoor consultant, marketing consultant, book author and daily internet content provider with an overview of the outdoors. Click here for more information and a list of all the books available from John E. Phillips.

Tomorrow: To Take Coyotes You Have to Hunt Differently with Steve Reinhold

Check back each day this week for more about Steve Reinhold Hunts Predators

Day 1: Predators Provide Off-Season Hunting Opportunities with Steve Reinhold
Day 2: Access to Prime Deer and Turkey Lands by Hunting Predators with Steve Reinhold
Day 3: To Take Coyotes You Have to Hunt Differently with Steve Reinhold
Day 4: Raccoons are a Bigger Problem in the East than Coyotes in the West
Day 5: Steven Reinhold on Hunting Crows and Giving Up Too Quickly

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Entry 860, Day 2