In Wisconsin, we just went through one of the biggest snowstorms of the winter followed up by some frigid temperatures. Spring seems a long way away. But a glance at my calendar reveals it’s nearly April already and spring has in fact arrived.
With spring here, many predator hunters have packed up their gear until fall. Other callers, however, choose to hunt all year. It’s a debate that divides predator hunters. Is it ethical to hunt coyotes while they are denning with pups and their fur is nearly worthless?
Recently two of our writers came out in support of year-round predator hunting in articles.
In the April-May 2011 Trapper & Predator Caller issue, Tom Austin says, “Most states allow coyote hunting 365 days for a reason. Check your local game laws, dust off your calling gear, apply some deet and celebrate your independence by doing a little calling during the dog days of summer.”
And in the Winter issue of Predator Hunting Magazine, Andrew Lewand writes, “I would encourage all predator callers not to put their camouflage away when the snow disappears.”
What do you think? Do you hunt predators in spring and summer? Why or why not?