Originally Posted by Skullcrusher
I'm thinking of trying coyote hunting this year as well. God knows I have a pile of them behind my house here in Beaver County. I go out to have a smoke at the back door of my house and you can hear them howling back and forth at each other, and you can also tell when they have a kill and are feeding, they get that high pitched whine between one another as they go through thier pecking order. I am also convinced that these are the hybrids. I have a 110 pound half coonhound, half lab that has a big foot on her, and these tracks are almost as big as hers, so that tells me they are decent sized as well. That and the fact that they are pack hunting. A non hybrid coyote is more of a solitary hunter and rarely pack hunts, and the ones I have behind my house are the opposite.
As with the drunk hunters on certain seasons, that was one of the main reasons I quit deer hunting for a while. I couldn't stand hunting cause it was like I had to have eyes in the back of my head cause those lot just didn't care at all. Lets just say I removed myself from a potentially dangerous situation. I know it wasn'r everybody, just seemed the drunks and the crazy folk gravitated to my area LOL.
I think it's quite possible that you have hybrids, especially since you said the prints are as large as your large dog. Depending on what you saw the tracks in, keep in mind that some media makes prints look larger.
You're quite wrong about coyotes only being solitary hunters. They have no problem running in family units, and some pups stick around for quite a while. Part of it also depends on what they're hunting. It's pretty common for coyotes to gang up on dogs, where several will circle a dog up and kill it. They always call out kills to other animals, sometimes so they can share, or sometimes to let others know where the prey is at. All of it just depends, but coyotes don't always run around as solitary hunters like some people think. Maybe they are hybridized coyotes, but I'm just saying that the fact that they hunt as a "pack" doesn't point to them being hybridized. Have you seen any? Sorry if I come across a bit harsh, but I just wanted some others who might be watching the thread to know that "pack hunting" doesn't just go with wolves.