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Posted: 8/4/2005 5:26:00 PM EDT
Few weeks back I was given a fourteen month old AKC Registered male black lab, beautiful smart animal, fetches like a machine, can catch a frisbee in the air 90% of the time, swims like duck. Problem is I don't duck or bird hunt. I hunt deer and coyotes. Deer are out of the question, no way I can drag his big ass up a tree or expect him to be quiet. Is there a possibility I can train him to hunt/track coyotes? Could I use him as a decoy, to draw them out or to distract them so I can get a shot? Any suggestions are appreciated.

Link Posted: 8/4/2005 5:31:08 PM EDT
is that even legal in your state?

Link Posted: 8/4/2005 5:35:40 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/4/2005 5:36:09 PM EDT by axl]
I see about two law enforcement cars a year passing by. I only hunt on private land anyway. Not a problem. Farmers call me from three counties to hunt coyotes.

Link Posted: 8/4/2005 5:40:00 PM EDT
I wouldn't use a dog as a decoy
Link Posted: 8/4/2005 5:52:38 PM EDT
It seems to me I read something a few years ago about using a dog for coyote hunting.

Was a female Black Lab IIRC. The dog would venture out a 100 or more yards and lure them in, then draw them toward it's owner, staying far enough away from the yotes to avoid getting jumped. It was pretty interesting.

Link Posted: 8/4/2005 6:00:50 PM EDT
You're gonna wind up shooting your dog on accident.
Link Posted: 8/4/2005 6:18:32 PM EDT
or alternatively: a coyote does get the jump and then you're too far away to help and you cant shoot b/c you cant accurately shoot at 2 fighting animals. you either shoot and kill your AKC (AKA expensive) dog or the coyote rips your dogs throat out because its a lot lower and faster and meaner b/c its a wild animal and not a domesticated animal. yotes aint frisbees.
Link Posted: 8/4/2005 7:13:43 PM EDT
Dude, just love the dog and he'll love you back. Enjoy the time with your best friend.
Link Posted: 8/4/2005 7:19:24 PM EDT
I think you need to hunt the yotes and leave the dog at home...
Link Posted: 8/4/2005 9:59:30 PM EDT
Go to The Coyote Gods website and poke around their forum. They use airedales, but you can probably get some answers there.

Link Posted: 8/4/2005 10:03:20 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/4/2005 10:05:26 PM EDT by sysop]

Originally Posted By Ghost-Shooter:
Dude, just love the dog and he'll love you back. Enjoy the time with your best friend.


He'll protect/defend you, your family and your home with his life.
Link Posted: 8/4/2005 10:07:19 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Ghost-Shooter:
Dude, just love the dog and he'll love you back. Enjoy the time with your best friend.

+1 I can't think of a way to use a big black lab for coyote hunting. There are other sports though, rally obedience, Retrieving challenges, Dock Dog, Tracking in general.

Link Posted: 8/4/2005 10:10:08 PM EDT
Link Posted: 8/4/2005 10:11:48 PM EDT

Originally Posted By axl:
Problem is I don't duck or bird hunt.

As you said, that is the problem. Buy a remington 870 and a few cases of steel and bird shot and go do something your new best friend will LOVE!!!
Link Posted: 8/4/2005 10:12:08 PM EDT

Originally Posted By thebeekeeper1:
They are great for retrieving doves, if you shoot them.

shoot the dog or the doves?

Link Posted: 8/4/2005 10:23:25 PM EDT
I agree with the above - Labs aren't built for Coyote hunting, sounds like a waste of time and effort and your dog's well being. You could easily wind up with an injured or dead lab, and no coyote. Labs aren't really effective biters. They're strong and tireless, but not built for combat....and hunting coyotes may come to that.

Just enjoy a great pet - and black labbies are great pets.

FWIW, I've been hunting yotes for a long time, and I've NEVER had a need for a dog. Try a wounded rabbit call, and stay still and upwind.
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