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Hunting coyotes with rifles to resurface

Published 11:43am Saturday, February 23, 2013

COURTLAND—Southampton County Capron District Supervisor Bruce Phillips will ask the board to revisit whether or not to allow the use of higher-caliber rifles to hunt coyotes.

“I’ve had several calls,” Phillips said Friday. “Certainly some favor it and others are opposed for various reasons.”

He would like to see it on the agenda for the 7 p.m. Monday, March 25, board meeting.

Southampton County supervisors in June delayed taking action on the proposal introduced about a year ago by Phillips and Boykins/Branchville District Supervisor Carl Faison.

The county code makes it illegal to hunt anything with a rifle larger than a .22 caliber, except for groundhogs from March 1 to Aug. 31. The county code also prohibits muzzleloader rifles or muzzleloader shotguns loaded with slugs. Shotguns are allowed.

Phillips and Faison indicated that residents who hunt coyotes had asked about using larger-caliber rifles. They claim the coyotes are becoming more of a problem and shooters being limited to a .22 caliber make the animals tougher to hunt.

They suggested the county law be changed to allow for rifles for groundhogs and coyotes outside the general firearms deer season. They feel this would give landowners control over a nuisance while keeping rifles out of the woods when people are deer hunting.

Newsoms District Supervisor Glenn Updike favors the proposal, noting that three years ago he lost 30 lambs and 14 geese to coyotes.

“Anything we can do to reduce the coyote population will be a benefit to all citizens,” Updike said. “Coyotes are deadly on cats, small dogs, and any small animals, and the population is increasing.”

He believes any advantage for hunters could help control the population.

“You gotta be an expert (shot),” Updike said. “Even the hunt clubs and hunters will say ‘I saw a coyote, I shot him and missed.’ They are fast, quick and smart, and will hang around the edge of the woods.”

Drewryville District Supervisor Dallas Jones favors the proposal with restrictions, including no Sunday hunting or hunting around churches or schools.

“Either way, I don’t know how to get rid of coyotes,” Jones said. “Some solve it by bounty. That doesn’t seem to work.”

Coyotes can be hunted 24/7 except on Sundays, according to state law.

If supervisors approve hunting coyotes with rifles, nothing could be implemented until after the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries sets regulations, which is normally done in May.

  • Masknup

    Cant use rifles because THEYRE DANGEROUS!!!! remember???

    Cant use black powder rifles because the clubs cant kill bullwinkle first!!!!!!! (oh! theyre dangerous too!!)

    Ive got a great solution!!!!

    Lets ask Richard Railey….he seems to know about everything hunting-wise in Southampton County. Im sure he will have a solution. As the county attorney, he always does a great job of quickly squashing any hunting measure that his dear hunt clubs dont agree with! That’s my suggestion!

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  • SlimPickens

    A Rifle won’t even kill them. Coyotes are known acrossed this land for being able to hit a rock wall, a Freight Train, even a Tank at 60 MPH and not be effected. I’ve seen anvils, ACME Safes, bolders and airplanes fall from the sky and squarely land on top of a Coyote and yet he lives……and you silly folks think a rifle will kill one. Remember the Roadrunner?

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  • walters_native

    The hunt clubs will fight this. If it gets approved they will lose any leverage they had banning black powder rifles for deer hunting because hey are unsafe. Southhampton county is the only county in the state that dose’nt allow black powder hunting. The Hunt clubs are affraid that someone might get a shot at a deer before they do.

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  • sedge

    Coyotes have excellent eye sight and are very sly. Even if you call them close with a electronic call you will only get them to within 75 yards or so before they become suspicious and stop advancing, making a .22 cal. ineffective for a good clean kill.

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  • Jeff Turner

    What needs to happen is a demand for them. Maybe some specialty restaurant can come up with a dish made using them. Something like maybe Wile E. Burgers or Runnin’ With The Pack Rack-O-Ribs! That would then them out and it would be all organic!

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  • FromHere

    My research on coyotes says that pure bred coyotes don’t usually hunt in packs. But the coyotes that are migrating from the northeast are often found to have some trace of wolf DNA which results in pack hunting. Don’t know what we have here, but they certainly travel in packs. Very chilling noise to hear their serenades at night.

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  • seymorebutts

    Coyotes are only dangerous to adult humans when they hunt in packs, which is very rare from what I’ve read. UNFORTUNATELY for lower Southampton County, last week I heard a pack of them which was only about a football field length away from me at night. I observed 4 of them (slowly) retreating into the woods after making my presence known.

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    • FromHere

      There are several packs in my area of the county (Boykins/Newsoms) because I have heard them howling and yipping at each other. Sounds to be 6-8 in one of the packs. This is just listening at night from my yard. No telling how many more packs I don’t hear. They are becoming a real problem.

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  • bobs94

    “Coyotes can be hunted 24/7 except on Sundays, according to state law.”

    I’m so confused.

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    • simplifyingit

      poor description…….better woulda been 24/6

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