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Glynn Riley [00:00:00] There was a guy in Greenville, Texas, or in Hunt County - Alvin Paine, afine man. And he had some dogs, decoy dogs. That was in 1960. This before most people ever heard of a decoy dog.

Glynn Riley [00:00:17] And so we used to get a catch report every 90 days. And we'd look at them and see who was doing what. Old Alvin caught just as many coyotes in summer as he did in the winter. And so I always wondered about that. And it was his dogs.

Glynn Riley [00:00:33] And so he had decoy dogs. Well, if you go where coyotes have pups, and you take some dogs up there, the coyotes will attack them, and the dogs will come back to you, and you shoot the coyote.

Glynn Riley [00:00:50] Works real good because, you know, those coyotes have got their mind on that dog, and they'll come closer than the wall over there. And so we have some people that have decoy dogs, and that works real good.

Glynn Riley [00:01:04] And helped to find dens. We used to have den hunters back when I was in Lubbock. We had some really, really good guys that knew, that's when you find out how much a man knows about a coyote is in the summertime.

Glynn Riley [00:01:17] You have more problems in the summertime here with killing because they've got to feed their pups. And they're really good parents. They're better parents than a lot of people are. And they'll kill just as much as they will the whole crew.

Glynn Riley [00:01:34] But den-hunting used to be a big thing. Very little of that done anymore.

Glynn Riley [00:01:43] I had the opportunity, I've been very fortunate in that I've had the opportunity to go with a lot of good field people, really good field people, and see what they, how they operated, and what they did.

Glynn Riley [00:01:57] And when I was at Lubbock, there was a fellow named Tom Sparks there that was as fine a man as ever walked, I guess. Never heard him cuss, ever. "That old Jesse," that was his saying.

Glynn Riley [00:02:12] So we went to Matador one day. And I've found some coyote dens in my life, but I really didn't know what I was doing.

Glynn Riley [00:02:21] But we went down to Matador and got Louis MacDonna, and he was a trapper in Matador. And he was a little Scotsman, little short guy, and he bounced when he walked.

Glynn Riley [00:02:31] And so we took off to go den-hunting. And they'd get out, and it was just like two little dogs, and they'd find track and they'd say, "No, this is not, this is not it." So, you'd finally find a track, and they'd look at it, and they'd look at one another, and they'd talk. And they'd say, "There's a den on one end or the other of this."

Glynn Riley [00:02:50] And we, we killed 27 coyotes that day. We dug three dens, and we called up some old ones and stuff.

Glynn Riley [00:02:58] So I learned a lot from them about den-hunting.

Glynn Riley [00:03:02] In that kind of country, it's very successful. In the Hill Country down here, there's a lot of brush and rocks, it wouldn't. You got to have to have a dog or something. It wouldn't work as good.

Glynn Riley [00:03:14] But that was quite an experience to see some good people like that - knew what they were doing.