You're not gonna have much luck without dogs. If your state allows you can call them in at night with a caller. Some guys I know have shot them out of attics in old abandoned farm houses and barns. I've never had that such luck. Usually night is when they're active...but I've seen them in my corn piles in the middle of the day before. Rare occasion though.
Not true, I have been coon hunting for 5 or 6 years now without a dog. I live in northern Illinois. Around here there are a lot of privately owned properties, so running dogs can get you into trouble. All we do is walk the woods with bright flashlights ( I use my Dewalt 14.4 light ) and look for their eyes. A couple of years ago we got 14 in a matter of 4 to 5 hours. Seems we are more successful then my friends down in southern Illinois who run dogs. Although N. Illinois is loaded with Racoons. We avg. about 3 to 5 each time we go out.
In canada its illegal to spotlight like your doing and to shoot at night, me personaly ive only seen coons riding around on the quad then seen them running by bails, i got 3 one time as they were running.
i always shoot coons whenever im squirrel hunting near dusk. We see "big squirrels" in trees and figure out there coons. I also see many while stationary deer hunting. Anything deer will eat a coon will eat as well.
Ummm to the guy that said its illegal to spotlight in canada ya maybe for deer and moose and all those other things you hunt in the day but not raccoons look at your hunting regs. Raccon in canada is hunted at night with dogs you can use a light when you find them and you must only use a .22 cal in ontario anyway. It's something like that i don't have the regs beside me but I know I've read that somewhere in there.I'm pretty sure you can use a shotgun too but not positive.
I see lots of coons while hunting deer, especially near the deer fields. Have had them try and climb into the same tree as I, but after seeing what they were like in a live trap I didn''t let them get close enough to be surprised
Do you know of anyone who has a problem with coons in his cornfield? If you're looking to shoot coons, that might be a good way to go. All you need is your gun, a spotlight (with a red cover so you don't scare the coons away), and patience, although a call and some camo probably wouldn't hurt either. We used to have trouble with coons eating out of our deer feeder at night, and whenever I would crack open the door to shoot, they would bolt. If you position yourself so that they will come to you and you're ready for them, the odds are definately in your favor.
Let me start off by saying that I am a scaredy cat.
For someone that spent 3 years in 82nd Airborne jumping out of all manner of military aircraft, my friends find this ludicrous - but... it is what it is!
Climbing stand? Yep, still scared - put me up 15' and that is about it.
Ladder stands? I am better in these - but still cautious.
Chain on stands? Used to love them, now they terrify me.
I was once ridiculed for putting chain on stands waaaay too high - some of my friends...