Steve Reinhold Hunts Predators
Day 1: Predators Provide Off-Season Hunting Opportunities 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.
The real secret to taking coyotes or any-other predators in the East is to scout. The good news is, when you scout for deer, you also can scout for predators. I start by talking to farmers and ranchers. Most people who earn their livings from the land really want to see the predators removed. Most landowners not only welcome me with open arms but often want to know if I can start hunting the next day. You may not believe this, but one of the major predator species I hunt is raccoons, because they do a lot of damage to corn and other crops. When I’m running hounds at night for coons and find coyote scat, then I know where the coyotes are living.
In the summer, coyotes will bark at the hounds, and I can find the coyotes that way. If I hear coyotes howling, I’ll come back to that spot a few days later to call-in the coyotes. I hunt on many cattle farms, and when the cows are calving, landowners really appreciate knowing a predator hunter who will remove the coyotes. Newborn and young calves, as well as young deer, are a priority for coyotes. So, by hunting coyotes, you’re helping the landowner and often will be able to hunt that person’s land for other species.
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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.