“I don’t do it because it’s the best way to kill coyotes. I do it because it gives me another opportunity to get outside and enjoy the fresh air. To see the wildlife. To get some exercise.”

First things first. “Assuming all other aspects of hunting regulations are complied with,” says Captain Woody Erickson of the New York Department of Environmental Conservation told syracuse.com, “the act of hunting coyotes while on cross country skis is perfectly legal.” So now you know. What you may not know is that John Rybinski reckons “it’s surprising how quickly and quietly you can come up on a coyote in the snow. They’re not used to be being followed. I’ve actually shot and missed and in 15 minutes be right up on top of them again.” FYI: the firearm above is a Winchester .30-06 deer-hunting rifle.

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