Ottawa-area coyote hunters thank deep cold, snow for busy season
Coyotes are thriving on deer slowed down by deep snow and frigid temperatures, hunters say
Some Ottawa-area hunters say it's been a good year for hunting coyotes, which they believe are thriving on deer slowed down by deep snow and frigid temperatures.
"We've [seen] a pile of coyotes. They were out there every place today," said hunter Bill Cherry on Tuesday after shooting the group's 20th coyote of the season.
In the Ottawa area, there's an open season on hunting coyotes as long as hunters carry a valid small game licence and they're not shooting firearms in urban areas, where a city bylaw prevents firearms from being discharged.
Gordon Reaney said he's seen more coyotes this year while hunting in a thinly-wooded, flat farmland near Vars — just 15 minutes from downtown Ottawa — than in three decades of hunting.
A cold winter like this one also tends to thicken the coyote's coat, driving the price of a pelt up to $100, they said.
Cherry said police and city-dwellers are sometimes confused about the commonality of coyotes and coyote hunting, so he carries a copy of the law in his coat.
He said the hunting group will likely shoot 40 coyotes before spring arrives.