Gentlemen, you are arguing a point that does not exist.
Sierra and I are neighbors, of sorts. And anywhere that a rifle or bow is not legal to shoot a 'yote, niether is a pelletgun. I KNOW this to be a fact, as I have LOST a pelletgun to the cops for that reason! Stupid as it sounds, and unknown to me, it IS concidered a firearm in Ohio. (it fires a projectile) and just like a bow, is illegal to discharge within city limits.
It is one reason I have gotten quite good with a slingshot. It is not forbidden.(I checked)
using a pelletgun on a 'yote holds the same penalty as using a 30-06! a stay in a graybar hotel, and a fee for room and board.
Poison is illegal to use (antifreeze)
booby traps are illegal.
no explosive arrows (dukes of hazard style)
no machine guns (unless you happen to have paid the special stamp fees and the yote happens to cross a closed shooting range.)
intentionally gut shooting is unethical, but to the best of my knowledge, legal.
(I have heard of this practice by paid rodent killers)
Now, in some parts of this wide country, hunting with dogs is thought to be unethical. In others, hunting with handmade primative bows would be thought to be unethical, due to the lower successful kill ratio, and a higher chance to wound, than modern bows. Just as taking a 500yard shot at a deer is unthinkable here, it is commonplace out west, where long shots are all you may get. Differnt conditions call for different responses.
I will not follow this practice, but i will not try to forbid someone else who may find the need to do so. I will regulate myown actions, and allow others to be resposible for their own actions. (This is the major diffrence between concervatives and libreals, by the way;))
But you will not be using a pelletgun to do it here. It is the wrong choice of weapon, it is no more legal than the right choice, and it is far too limited. And using a nearly silent weapon, might just get you charged with poaching, even if there is no closed season. (the weapon being chosen for stealth.)
And since we do NOT suggest illegal methods of hunting here, (anti-freeze, explosives, boobie-traps, punt guns, or best poaching methods) I would suggest dropping this debate. the method as stated is illegal where I am, of that much, I am sure. outside of city limits, the rules change, and there a proper weapon could be used.
The only real difference between a good tracker and a bad tracker is observation. All the same data is present for both. The rest is understanding what you are seeing.