I called the ADF&G last winter before I started predator hunting for the first time. The rules governing chasing predators as opposed to using a snow machine to position oneself for a shot seem pretty vague. The answer I got from the game cop was equally vague. Anyway, I ended up shooting one Coyote last winter and still don't know what to think about how well I followed the rules.
I was riding out in the swamps north of Kenai. It had just stopped snowing so I knew that the tracks i cut were pretty fresh. I started to follow and noticed that there was a change in the track from meandering bush to bush to a beeline run for the nearest Spruce stand. She'd enter a stand and exit going another direction so I'd have to circle the stand in order to pick up her tracks again. This went on for a couple miles before I spotted her at about 100 yards. I stopped and squeezed off a shot/dumped her.
What say you; chasing her down or positioning myself for a shot? Would you dedicated predator hunters consider this ethical? If the overwhelming response is "No", I'll stick to my (thusfar) feeble attempts to call them in.
Thanks in advace for replies... Please realize I'm being open and honest at the risk of getting flamed only so I can be a good/ethical predator hunter.