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A reader sent in this shot of an all-black coyote, captured by a trailcam in the Catawba area.
This is a pretty neat-looking dog, for sure.
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A black coyote has been roaming the Union Hall area in Franklin County. Creepy-looking animal.
I have never even seen a picture of a black coyote, that is neat.
Coyotes are creepy enough with a gray coat much less a solid black one! Neat picture!
Wow, that’s incredible. Just in time for Halloween, too!
Hey! That IS a dog! Its my dog Elvis. Haaaa Haaaaa!!
They are elusive critters as well. I missed two of them this morning with my bow. I was already picking out a spot for the full body mount and then I came back to reality! I missed easy shots if there is such a thing at a coyote with a bow! Bummer…
On Predator Extreme the other night Fred missed a black coyote. They said that 1 in 10,000 are born black. Cool pic to see one here!
Very cool picture !!!..Had the privilege to actually see a black coyote and take him…last year, while deer hunting,way back in a mtn side in Rke Co. He came by around 11am that morning…pretty scary critter !!!!!
Trophy deer head brought to court as hunter charged with illegal killing in Tennessee
SOMERVILLE, Tenn. — It’s not every day that the frozen head of a whitetail deer is brought into the General Sessions courtroom of the Fayette County Justice Center.
But it happened Tuesday morning as Ricky Williams of Mason, Tenn., faced Judge Mike Whitaker on charges of illegally killing one of the largest deer ever taken in Tennessee.
The head of the gigantic Fayette County buck, which was partially covered with a black plastic garbage bag, scored 204 points on the national Boone & Crockett antler scoring system. If it had been taken legally, it would have qualified for ninth on the state’s all-time harvest list.
Williams, who is charged with hunting over a baited area, hunting without a license and illegal possession of a firearm during the archery season, could not reach a plea agreement; his case now goes to a grand jury.
The deer’s head and 24-point antler rack were brought to the courtroom at the request of Whitaker, who admonished Williams from the bench.
“Hunting over a baited field is one of the most offensive violations a hunter can commit,” said Whitaker, referring to the illegal practice of using corn to lure wild game repeatedly to the same area.
Matthew Armour, Williams’ attorney, began the proceedings by telling Whitaker of a proposed plea agreement between his client and the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency. But it proved a tough sell with the animal’s head just a few feet away.
Under the proposed agreement, Williams would have pleaded guilty to hunting in a baited area and possession of a firearm during the archery deer season. The charge of hunting without a license would have been dismissed.
He would have paid $1,000 restitution while forfeiting his firearm and various other hunting accessories to the state. He also would have lost his hunting privileges for two years.
Armour argued that the plea agreement was fair because there has been no allegation that Williams used the illegal firearm to kill the deer. He said it was killed with a crossbow, a weapon that has been legal during Tennessee’s archery deer season for several years.
Whitaker was not satisfied with the terms of the agreement.
“I would not accept an agreement without at least a five-year suspension of hunting privileges,” Whitaker said.
Williams left the courtroom to speak with his attorney after hearing Whitaker’s decision on the proposal and returned 30 minutes later, asking that the case be bound over to a grand jury.
A handful of Tennessee conservation officers were present, including Bubba Spencer, Ty Inmon and Ray McMillen, who carried the deer’s head and antler rack into the courtroom.
They agreed that such an impressive deer deserved a better ending.
“Whatever happens, it’s really a shame that a deer like this had to be killed illegally,” Spencer said.
The deer’s head created a buzz in the courtroom, and several people asked the officers to stop for pictures as they carried it out.
Inmon, who has helped make numerous high-profile cases against Fayette County game violators during the past year, said the deer had great potential if it had lived another season or two.
“This is just a 31/2 -year-old deer, and most people will tell you they don’t reach their potential until they’re 51/2 years old,” Inmon said. “It could have been a state record two years from now or even next year. It’s a shame to see it go down this way.”
— Bryan Brasher: 529-2343
I think the judge should have taken the plea. The article doesn’t state whether Mr. Williams placed the bait himself. He admitted to illegal possession of the firearm, hunting over a baited area, and hunting without a license. If he gets the right jury, and jurisdiction he may only face charges of illegal firearm possession, and hunting without a license. If he didn’t use the firearm, and it wasn’t on his person during the kill, a jury may drop those charges too He’s obviously not the sharpest knife in the drawer. The best bait I’ve found is the grain that’s left after harvesting, a white oak tree, and a doe in esterous. Isn’t Ricky supposed to be in Miami practicing with the Dolphins this time of year anyway?
Ive seen a black coyote around castleton, va.
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Thu, 20 Jun 2013 04:10:42 +0000
While growing up in rural Southern Oregon, Mark Taylor
developed a passion for the outdoors while he and his younger brother tagged along with their father on fishing,
hunting and camping adventures.
Graduating from Northwestern University in 1988, Taylor spent four years as an officer in the U.S. Navy based
in Norfolk before moving into journalism.
After five years writing about the military for a Norfolk-based publishing company, he became the outdoors
editor at The Roanoke Times in 1998. He lives in Roanoke with his wife and twin daughters.