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Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: pa, juniata county
Re: Beagles for coyote
here are a few things i found online...my point is this..if you want to try beagles..use a pack of them..but honestly i don't know why you would when other breeds would be better suited..
from a guy who uses beagles..his answer to the question about beagle safety.
"You ever catch a coyote with your beagles if so hows it turn out?"
"Well....If they catch up to one....they bay it up....then one(or more) of our group goes in to finish it off....we try to always run at least 2 dogs at a time for dog safety and to keep the coyote's respect....we have had a single dog backed down by a coyote on several occassions.....we have been fortunate and have never had a dog seriously wounded. "
sounds risky at best..
another comment by a coyote hunter..
"A fresh coyote will be all over a dog[I believe, any dog], in a one on one fight. A tough dog with alot of stamina & heart, may eventually get the best of a lone coyote by getting a [throat hold]..."may". But, will surey pay for it's efforts.
I've seen quite afew dog[sighthound] & coyote fights. These have been after the coyote has been caught after a chase, some a short chase, some after a long chase. They are a blur in a fight, especially when they are fresh & not wore down.
One noted dog fight many yrs ago. Jack, a 85lb male kick butt Greyhound. Caught a 47lb female coyote alone out in a mile section. Jack caught her after she had already ran 1/2 mile. They fought one on one face to face, as witnessed by my friend Larry.
Shortly, into this fight. The coyote was kicking his butt. Soon Jack broke off the fight, as he had, had enough. But the coyote wanted more of this dog & "ran him down", two more times to fight him some more.
Coyote broke off & ran another 1/2 mile. One more large[fresh] tough Greyhound was dumped on this female coyote. They fought hard, one on one. Coyote, kicked that dog's butt as well.
Our trailhound Pokey, eventually bayed her another 1/2 mile into a section. I killed her with my shotgun.
"After talking to people off line and reading some on here Re coyotes attacking and or killing beagles .I was curious as to what can be done to protect our dogs during a hunt , what do you do ,do you carry an extra gun just to shoot the yote or do you make your beagle wear protective gear?
Last year a few times ,one of us would be waiting for the rabbit to go past when all of sudden the bunny goes by then the yote then the beagle ,we`d take shot at the bunny and the yote and then the dog would pass but so far we`ve not had any attacks.
"The boy's in CB have lost over 30 hounds so far, Foxhill has a first hand account as his females got hit hard in the early fall and they chased his male right into his arms. Our friend from PEI that runs the trial circuit lost 2 in the spring to the yotes and not sure if lost a 3rd in the fall or if it just got tore up and the one he is trialing and winning with got tore up. Best defence is a good offence always be ready for them as they are opportunistic and will eat anythin
"I lost one hound the year before last, and my lemon beagle came back, but badly beat up. Multiple bite marks and cuts, quite a mess. I never did see the other one"
"Wow. I know my friend lost 4 in one year and is out of it now aftre probally 30 years of raising and hunting beagles as is quite a few others.Man we have a strange breed of coyote it seems here."
do what you want..but if i were to choose dogs for coyote hunting...it wouldn't be beagles.