We hit a coyote in ND about 3 years ago, the bullet just slit his belly skin, never dumped his guts. Left a drop of blood in the 3" of snow about every 10 feet.
We drove around the section and found his track and let Skip my 3 yr old Jack out on the track. He wind tracked that coyotes trail over a mile and a half. (we followed him in the truck)
We hit a hill over a 160 acre crp, and spotted the yote in the middle, I took one shot and the coyote went down. (appearently heard the sonic crack of the shot and dropped to hide) We drove down to get him and no dice.
after 5 minutes of looking I ask Red if he sees Skip. Dam now I think I lost my dog in the jungle of grass.
A couple minutes later out comes this yote, out of a cattail slough on the end of the crp with Skip running 40 yards behind him. We didn't miss that time, but it was quite a barage.
If you ever want the best little hunting buddy ever get a Jack Russel.
If fish and game doesn't know anything , check with some of the universities .
On the last outfit I worked on , a kid was doing research with wildlife services and the wolf program for his degree.
In two years I think he only collard three coyotes , two of them the other camp cowboy trapped for him .
Wouldn't it suck if some college recruit tagged a yote thinking it was a wolf.
You do the right thing and tell them you recovered there collar, and now their saying "what did you do with the wolf that was wearing it"
First, The collar is a GPS tracking collar like the ones we use on bears here in the NC. Who ever is doing the study will want the collar and the data inside.
That collar cost about $2000.00 and is reusable with new batteries and clean harddrive. There should be a metal tag identifing a contact person. Your State and Federal wildlife agencies work inconjunction with Universities conducting studies. Their biologist should be able to direct you to whos collar you have collected. Hope it is not a Red Wolf that has wondered over from Washington State. If it is and they try to charge you with shooting an endangered species the "Red wolf" is not and endangered species it is clasified as an experimental species. We have had several shot here in NC thinking they are coyotes. The collar should have a pinger so it can be located and retrieved. If it is left where the signal can be received you may have a visitor looking for it.
Good shooting, nice rifle, have a great day.
i have shot other wild game that had a collar before. im telling you guys this thing has no repeat no ID or tag or marks or anything at all. it is very weird to me as i have always returned collars before but this thing is just from a black hole lol.
it has been hanging on a deer mount in my office for a while now and still nobody has tracked it down. i gone over this thing with a fine tooth comb and there is no marking to show who owns it and would like it back. also in the past when i shot a lion with a collar it also had 2 ear tags [ 1 in each ear ]
i rent a house to the collage for a few guys to live in while they are doing a study on snowshoe hares . i asked the guy if the have ever see a collar like this and they all said no way. even the little collars that they put on the hares have id marks and #'s
for returning to them.
i've got a season ticket on a one way ride