Outdoor Skills – Hunting Q&A

I want to move to a good state for coyote hunting, and if possible good bird hunting, too. Is there any state that still has a bounty on coyotes? I'm thinking about Oregon or Montana. --W.B.

I don’t know of any state that still pays a bounty on coyotes, but some stockmen’s associations do. Just about any Western state has lots of coyotes these days, so the big difference would be the bird hunting. Oregon has a little more varied bird hunting than Montana. Both have the standard Western mix of pheasants, Hungarian partridge, and prairie and forest grouse; Oregon also has good populations of valley quail and chukar partridge. Oregon is considerably warmer in the winter too, if that makes a difference. I live in Montana, and it gets a lot colder here than many immigrants can tolerate. In fact it sometimes gets cold enough to freeze spit before it hits the ground.