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Old 02-07-2008, 04:55 PM
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Two years ago, bow hunting, I spotted a black coyote in Hancock county. A year later, in Jefferson county I shot one in a cotton field.

These are the only two I've ever seen and only one friend has seen another.

Any idea how common they are?
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Old 02-07-2008, 04:57 PM
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fairly common and getting moreso by the day. Saw my very first one on the way to work this am...
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Old 02-07-2008, 05:02 PM
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Do a search here on the forum on black coyotes as there are a few posted.
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Old 02-07-2008, 07:54 PM
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I have seen a couple down here...1 night I spot lighted 1 and it looked like he had irrodescent stripes barely visible patterned almost like a zebra...he was purty but no small caliber to shoot him...he'd been a purty mount....
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Old 02-07-2008, 09:10 PM
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I shot one maybe 15 years ago. I think it may have been a "coy-dog", but it was midnight black.
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Old 02-08-2008, 08:55 AM
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I have seen several on Fort Gordon. Actually, I've seen more black coyotes here than the naturally colored ones.
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Old 02-08-2008, 08:59 AM
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Seen one in Habersham co.
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Old 02-08-2008, 09:06 AM
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Seen two bagged one in morgan co, about rare as a 12 point buck.
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Old 02-08-2008, 10:20 AM
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i see them every year in walker co. i kill 1 or 2 almost every year
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Old 02-08-2008, 10:31 AM
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as rare as a 12 point? then i wanna swap my coyote out lol.
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Old 02-08-2008, 12:24 PM
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Seen two bagged one in morgan co, about rare as a 12 point buck.
That's where I had all of my sightings of black yotes...They also seem to run a bit larger than the average yote as well, or at least the ones I saw were huge.
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Old 02-08-2008, 08:09 PM
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I killed a black one in November. Have also killed a 12 pt buck, but that was a few years ago. If you notice, most black coyotes have a small white patch on their chest.
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i have never seen one but i know several people that have shot them. most of em arent pur bread yotes. they are cross bread with dogs.
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Old 02-12-2008, 03:46 PM
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I would say that black coyotes are as common as panther sightings, except in areas where there are river otters.
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Old 02-12-2008, 03:47 PM
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I have seen a few in ogelthorpe.
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Old 02-12-2008, 05:20 PM
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Default They seem to fairly common in the eastern central part of the state...

I have seen them in Wilkes,Mcduffie and Hancock counties
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Old 02-12-2008, 05:56 PM
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them yotes are smart, one of mine wuz carrying a can of black shoe pollish. They think they can blend in with house dogs!
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Old 02-12-2008, 06:32 PM
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I have done alot of reading on yotes, and I believe I read that only about 5% of yotes are black. It is hereditary so that explains multiple sightings in one area.I ran one with dogs about 10 years ago, but I haven't seen one since. They will also breed with yard dogs, so that could also cause them to be black.
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Old 02-17-2008, 08:20 AM
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The guy doing my food plots told me yesterday that he has seen a large black one around our place in Talliferro Co.
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Old 02-18-2008, 05:59 PM
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Some folks hunting on large land leases in GON Magazine articles reported about 10% of their coyote sightings/harvests are black. Some bow hunters in Fulton Cty. GON magazine articles also reported good luck in big buck sightings every trip that they saw a black coyote, for whatever that is worth. I still have not seen a black one yet, but I have a friend that harvested one that he's going to have mounted.
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I have killed two as of et , and have several friends who have killed a couple also.
The term is "melanisim" and it basically means that they have a pigment defect in their grnrctic makeup. The occurence was once thought to be about 1 to 600 . But with coyote growth I would put that number ( depending on your area) at probably closer to 1 to 100. They are quite common but my findings from my kills and those of my friends ( we are up to about 8 now) most of the melanistic yotes we have seen have been relatively small --25lbs or so....some smaller. A HUGE yote will be anly about 45 lbs at best.
A biologist would tell you the more correct color would be "Sable".
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Probably coy dogs. Where I am we have a lot of wild HCBD (Harris County Black Dogs) running around and people call them "yotes" but they are just stray black dogs. Humane Society is full of them. But there are definitely some black "yotes" just not as common
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Old 03-13-2008, 10:12 AM
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I killed a black one with a white patch across its chest this fall in Taliaferro County I have also seen one in Hancock county as well.
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I was hunting in Northern Florida this year. I was sitting on a trail and just shot a nice black sow. About 20 minutes later I see something black coming onto the trail. I pick up my gun, it stepped out and it was a black coyote. It was about 125yrds away. I shot and missed. It crossed the trail 3 more times and I missed it all 3. It only had a white patch on its chest and the very end of the tail was a silver color.

But later that night, I had another coyote cross the trail and it was almost a pure white. It was beautiful. I couldnt even shoot because I just kept looking at it.
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Old 03-13-2008, 11:19 AM
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My brother traps and tells me that a regular coyote pelt brings only about $5 whereas a black yote pelt brings $35 to $40.
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