Carcas Disposal


Jan 6, 2010
East-Central Illinois
I apologize if this has been handled in another thread. If it is, I could not find it.
I am new to coyote hunting, and I have no real interest in saving hides. For me it is about ridding our deer woods of some coyotes.

What methods do you folks use to dispose of any dead coyotes if you do not want the fur?

I just drag them off in the woods and let the animals have them. The ranch owner gets mad if you leave them near the cattle. He also gets mad if he hears you saw one and didn'y shoot it. He lost a few calves to them last spring.
There may be State law that trumps any advice from here so I'd probably check with your local game warden or wildlife officer. If there's no law then I guess you could bury them although other animals may dig them up or burn them or leave them and other wildlife can consume.
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In an area where there are alot of Eagles and Hawks, they will go back into the food chain very quickly. That has been my experience when I've hunted them for Wildlife/Livestock Damage Control during the spring and summer months.

They are most likely to be picked clean by the big birds of prey if we leave them in the middle of an open field or especially on the ridge tops...........Eagles don't like to be surrounded by cover when feeding........they like to be able to see their surroundings and be able to "catch a wind" to escape.

Just as Farmers spray their crops for pests/bugs..........we Ranchers need to keep the Predators in check to protect our livestock. The majority of coyotes I've got during the spring/summer months are "belly full" of pronghorn antelope or deer......................another reason for Damage Control work.

Before we white man came to this great country, the coyote's only natural predators were the big birds of prey, wolves, bears, (and other predators sometimes when the coyotes are pups) also........starvation/mange/disease. Now, their only natural predators in most of the country; are birds of prey, some other predators and Mange/Disease. This is why they've expanded their range and can now be found in areas where they weren't in the early 1900's.

Supposedly, coyotes control their own litter size based upon the amount of food/prey available in the area and the size of their territory.......they are the ultimate survivor IMO.

Alot of people would have us (and all of America) believe that hunting non edible game should be illegal; but since we humans usually don't control our own "litter size" based on food supply and territory; hunting the hunters has become a neccessity, and maybe "those people" should look in the mirror before looking down their nose at the rest of us???????

Just my 2 cents worth.
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Interesting thread.
I guess that if you want the hide or not (after taking out the hide the rest is not useful), the best thing would be to leave the carcass to be eaten by other animals of the great outdoors. Agree with Chas1, check what the game warden has to say and proceed from there.
Here in Ca, coyotes hides are pretty poor, unless you're up north.

I like to hang them on a fencepost, toss 'em into a tree, toss 'em on another carcass or roll them off a bank. I never bury them, what a waste! Leave them for the crows, vultures, hogs and other critters...
Carcass disposal can be a big deal and should not be done in a thoughtless manner. If I gun them they usually die in a good place to leave them, don't drag them all to your truck unless you have a spot to dispose of them like a deep draw where no one frequents out of site or in a pit.
I used to have to dispose of hundreds of coyote carcasses and it can be hard, the best is to skin right there and leave at the kill site that way the birds and other coyotes slick them up fast.
If I want to let the rancher know I'm getting them killed I scalp them and hang the ears on the fence near a gate to the field where I killed them, that way you don't have a whole carcass hanging there, times are changing and we need to protect our sport anyway possible and present as good of a face as we can.
+1 on the above. If you're not keeping the hides put them in the bushes for other predators, or scavengers to recycle them.
I am new to coyote hunten but after last year deer hunten we got a prob here in MN that need to be delt with so I going to do my part. I realy like the year round part. Around here we cant just dump them off (dont ask me what happends) so I use a dumpster just talk to you boss or were you go and ask the if you can and what day thay pick the trash do it the night before
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