It’s not a new discussion, but a recent email directed to me from an avid reader on Predatorxtreme.com brings up the question. Should we be shooting coyotes in the so-called offseason? First, what is the offseason? I consider the late spring, summer and early fall the offseason for coyotes. It’s the time period prior to when furs are prime and traditional fur taking would take place. With the value of furs spiraling for years the hunting of predators has leaned more toward recreation and management than as a moneymaking venture. That may change with recent spikes in fur value, but for some, management trumps fur value any day of the year.
Here’s the argument the email sender laid out and it does have merit.
“Those of us in CA and AZ that are in organized predator-calling clubs set aside the spring and early-summer months as a no-hunting period during the pupping season. All the clubs in CA stop hunting from March 1st until July 1st, and later, during this critical period when the pups rely on both of their parents. We treat this as an ethical matter. As a practical matter, most of us don’t even start hunting until about Labor Day because the desert is just too hot. During the summer, pups are dumb and too easy to call. If one were to shoot one, it would not be gratifying whatsoever. Pup dispersal occurs around the first two weeks of September in this area. I know the AZ clubs have this same prohibition, but it might vary by a month