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spotlighting coons

Discussion in 'New User Introductions' started by coonslayer21, Mar 8, 2005.

  1. hi, new to the site. just wondering if anyone in here go spotlighting for coons. i went for the first time in Jan. (i think) but didn't have any luck in the cornfields, just found LOTS of deer. i read somewhere that corn fields are productive, but i didn't see one single coon, just wondering if your supposed to walk the edges of the field. ;)
     
  2. Hey welcome the Indiana sportsman. I have had the best luck in a woods with a lot of dens.
     

  3. Coon Movement

    Coons don't move as well once it gets cold, they den up and travel less during cold snaps. November-December are your best times to catch coons weather you are hounding, trapping, calling or spotting. If you waited until January it may have been too late for the coons to be nailing the cornfields hard enough. Look for riverbottom corn fields... those are a gold mine. Also watch for a warm front to come through during the winter (Nov-Jan) and try to be out there any night the temp stays above 45-50°. ;)
     
  4. I totally agree with JRB. I have always had really good luck where ever a cornfield edges a creek. For that matter, just a creek works good. Get on the highest bank and start walking shining looking forward. Hey JRB, in your years of trapping coons, when have you found they start mating. I usually hang it up for the year when I start catching all those bores with bald spots on their back. I've heard a couple of theories on that. One guy told me, it's because they are visiting so many dens, they rub the hair off upon entry. And another told me that during mating the female will grab onto their back. What's your opinion?
     
  5. Rubbing

    In the extremely cold weather the coons are going to start denning up pretty hard no matter what.... they actually hibernate to a degree. I assume the boars are going in and out of the dens but I have never had the pleasure of witnessing coon love so I don't know. Next year I will let you know, I will be raising coons next winter so we'll see how it turns out. Maybe I'll hook up a webcam and link it to the site so we can all see how baby coons are made! :yikes: :biggrin:

    The coon trapping slowed down pretty hard in late January this year so I didn't see a lot of rubbing, the weather pattern usually plays a big part in that. Just like any other type of rut, whitetails or turkeys or whatever... hard to pattern it beyond a couple weeks of late January in my neck of the woods.
     
  6. Tips For Training Coon Dog

    THANK FOR THE INFO YA'LL. I HAVE A FULL BREED BLACK LAB ABOUT TWO YEARS , AND THINKING ABOUT TRAINING HIM TO TREE COONS.RIGHT NOW CANT AFFORD A COON HOUND. I KNOW THAT LABS AREN'T TRADITIONALLY USED FOR THIS PURPOSE, BUT BUCK (DOGS NAME). SEEMS TO HAVE A KNACK FOR SNIFFING THINGS OUT. THIS SUMMER I WAS FOOLIN AROUND IN THE BACKYARD WITH FOX SCENT JUST TO SEE WHAT HE WOULD DO. HE WOULD FOLLOW THE SCENT TRAIL UNTIL HE FOUND THE STICK,AND JUST ABOUT EVERYTIME HE WOULD FIND IT. WHAT WOULD BE THE BEST WAY TO TRAIN HIM, WITH COMERCIAL SCENT OR THE ACTUAL HIDE OF A FRESH DEAD COON. :bonk:
     
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