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Coyote hunting under fire in New Mexico

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Coyote hunting under fire in New Mexico

The Farmington chapter of Sportsmen for Fish and Wildlife last weekend hosted a coyote-calling contest that attracted 22 hunters and protest from a state wildlife protection group.
The contest matched 11 teams of two hunters each. The teams hunted during the day Saturday and Sunday, and the team that killed the most coyotes won.

A slow hunt because of the wind, this year’s hunters netted 16 coyotes, said Frances Espinoza, a member of Sportsmen for Fish and Wildlife.

Coyote-calling is a talent that takes years to hone, said Darwin Gunnick, a committee member for the local Sportsmen group. The tricks and techniques of the right call take years to master.

Coyotes “are very smart animals. (Calling) is not something you can run out and do. You have to prepare and train yourself,” Gunnick said. “Early in the morning is best, at first light. Use a jackrabbit or coyote call or a fawn in distress.”

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