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Steve Reinhold Hunts Predators

Day 4: Raccoons are a Bigger Problem in the East than Coyotes in the West

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 ViewWe have a lot of flat terrain up here in Ohio where I live, so most of the time I like to set-up on field edges to take predators. I take a stand where I can see to both sides, giving me a good chance to spot a coyote before it sees me. I like the challenge of trying to get coyotes up close and personal before taking the shot. When I can see a coyote come in and watch it get right to where I want to take it, that’s as exciting to me as watching a longbeard gobbler strut into gun range. In seminars, I’m often asked how I get permission to hunt the places I hunt. I tell them that I knock on doors and ask landowners. Landowners may have problems with bobcats, foxes, coyotes and/or raccoons. In other parts of the country like the Deep South, feral hogs also are viewed as predators and may be hunted all year, but they aren’t a big problem where I hunt.

One of my favorite animals to call and to take is the raccoon. We’re pretty much in the Corn Belt where I live, and raccoons really can do a lot of damage to a farmer’s corn crop. If you’ve never called coons, you may want to try it this year, because when a raccoon comes to a call, it’s usually coming in for a fight. I generally hunt coyotes from first light until 9:00 am and then hunt raccoons in creek and river bottoms. You can call coons out of their trees during the morning hours as well, and the middle of January until the end of February is my favorite time for hunting coons.

Click for Larger ViewClick for Larger ViewWe’re talking with wildlife officials to get them to permit coon hunting all year long just like coyotes. When the corn crop comes in, we can run the coons with dogs but can’t harvest them. Right now our season in Ohio where I live opens in November and goes through January 31. We try to harvest as many coons as we can, but we can’t really help the farmers whose crops are being damaged by coons in the spring and summer at this time. Farmers can get crop-depredation permits for white-tailed deer, but not for coons. Deer will stand in a corn field and eat the corn off the stalks, but a coon will climb up a corn stalk, knock the stalk down and then eat the corn, so the coons really are doing more damage than the deer.

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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: Steven Reinhold on Hunting Crows and Giving Up Too Quickly

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 4