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Coati ?

Has anybody here hunted or taken a coati?

I saw sign of them when I hunted in Arizona a few years ago but did not actually see one.

I'm quite interested in looking for some maybe while on a javelina hunt.

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Back in the 70's I remember

Back in the 70's I remember seeing one once while quail hunting with my Dad.  I was new to hunting then & we were both new to hunting in the Arizona desert.  After describing the critter to Dad - told him it looked like a racoon crossed with an otter - he accused me of carrying something other than water in my canteen.  Took a trip to the school library (the internet wasn't even a bad thought back then) to show him confermation of what I saw.

From what I've gathered over the years, seeing one seems like seeing a bobcat - not too likely unless your specifically going after one.  I remember talking to a Air Force Lt (I was an Air Force brat living on base) who did alot of varmint hunting & said that he'd called in a few of them.  It would make an interesting mount if you got one though.

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I have only ran into a couple

I have only ran into a couple in all the years that I have been hunting in the desert of Arizona.  That time all I had to shoot it was a .44 magnum loaded with 240 gr hollow points.  I really didn't want to blow in into pieces so I let them wander off never to see another one since.

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When I first learned of them

When I first learned of them I thought there were a lot more than there is. I think they are more of a night animal like a racoon though so that could be some of the problem. A .44 would definately be overkill. I was thinking more like my .17hmr but doubt I will ever get the chance at one.

But I wil be ready if I do.