Predator hunting season is technically here, but the "special" season allowing the use of rifles as well as shotguns rapidly approaches.
This is also the time of year where all the would-be predator hunters realize that they have not done anything to prepare themselves for predator hunts other than watch Outdoor Channel and spend hopeless amounts of money at Cabelas on gear and accessories that they have no clue how to use.
The modifier in all this is the fact that New Jersey is experiencing an explosion of growth in the coyote population...again. Moon dogs are everywhere--probably right under your nose. What's my point?
Guided predator hunts are selling like crazy, but the ratio of hunts to actual harvests of animals remains frustratingly distant. While I have indicated many times that uninformed, uneducated, inexperienced hunters are the main reason, I can't understand why these same hunters cannot simply heed the word of their guides and follow direction. I even wrote a book about predator hunting; "Howling The Moon Dog: Coyote Hunting East Of The Mississippi", keeping it simple, easy to read and short, to the point, but still get questions from readers who ask things like; "How many moon dogs can I expect to get on any given night?".
Now don't get me wrong--I am NOT putting down my readers by any stretch of the imagination. I have quite a few who have thanked me profusely for what they have learned and applied out in the fields and nothing pleases me more than hearing of their successes. It's the silly mistakes that confound me. I've written about them before. Yelling, making noise, standing up out of a blind, urinating, eating, and my all time favorite--taking a "sighting in shot" with a rifle about one hour into a hunt.
Please... I beg you... If you're going to take a guided hunt and pay good money--understand that your guide WANTS you to succeed. Listen to him/her. Do what they say and learn something that doesn't come from a tv show or a product ad. Predator hunt the right way.
I'll leave you with this one comment I received recently from a potential hunter who stated; "Just you wait til I'm out there. I'ma shooting everything that moves, like rapid-fire, y'know? So if I shoot the tail off a fox...I get to keep it, right?"
Hence the name of this article (you dirty minds, you), and buddy.. If you can shoot the tail off a fox, you can absolutely keep it. Until that day comes, many years from now, when that fox comes back looking for his tail and finds you asleep in your bed. Ooooooooo... the horror.
This Jew Shoots Guns... at fox tails.