Hunter Attacked by Coyote He Fooled with His Turkey Call

A man hunting wild turkeys in Maine was trying to lure a turkey into the open with his imitation of a turkey's call — but his mimicry was just a little too good.

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    A coyote attacked a hunter in Maine, mistaking his imitation of a turkey call for that of an actual turkey, the Bangor Daily News reported.

    A man hunting wild turkeys in Maine was trying to lure a turkey into the open with his imitation of a turkey's call — but his mimicry was just a little too good.

    Bill Robinson's mimicry instead lured a turkey-hungry coyote that lunged at and bit him, mistaking him for a turkey.

    “I’ll never forget looking up and seeing a jaw full of teeth coming at me,” Robinson told the Bangor Daily News the day after the attack.

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    Robinson, 39, had been hunting in Down East Maine near the Canadian border just before dawn. He told the Bangor Daily News he had put his turkey decoy in a field and then hid a ways back in some woods, behind a thick spruce tree.

    "That coyote came up the edge of the field and was on one side of that tree, with me on the other," Robinson said.

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    "The distance involved was only about four feet. But that tree was so thick that he couldn’t see me, and I couldn’t see him. He was determined to have turkey for breakfast and was also determined that the sound he heard was a hen turkey," he said.

    "When he bit down on my upper arm, he went through four layers — a heavy jacket, a sweatshirt, a long-sleeve shirt and a T-shirt," he said. "As I peeled off each layer there were two holes in each one. When I got to my arm, it was just burning and bleeding out of two holes."

    He said the coyote fled once it realized it hadn't just chomped down on a turkey.

    Once the coyote realized it had jumped a human, not a hen, it sprinted away.

    "It was as shocked and surprised to see me as I was to see it," Robinson said. "I hit him in the haunch with a few pellets from my turkey load, just to say goodbye.”