Coyote Calling Tips
With coyote numbers increasing each year, hunting them is becoming very popular to help control the population. Coyote hunting can be difficult for newcomers to the sport, due to a coyotes keen eyesight, exceptional sense of smell and today’s coyotes are more educated then ever.
So how do you successfully hunt one of these wily predators?
Scout locations that hold coyote by looking for tracks, kill sites and scat in areas that hold small game, birds and mice. Pinpoint your spots by listening for vocalizations such as barks, yips, and howls at dawn and dusk. Putting in some effort goes a long ways to a successful hunt because you can’t kill a coyote if they don’t live where you’re hunting.
Now that you have located coyote, put some thought into setting up the best place to call from. Wear good camouflage to blend into the environment and set up with the wind in your face. Settle into a comfortable shooting position that offers good visibility, and wait about 15 minutes before calling.
My typical stand setup will have the Foxpro caller about 30 – 50 yards away with speaker facing where I believe the coyote will come from. My decoy will usually be within 3 feet of the caller. I like to have both in some brush to conceal them. My calling sequence depends on the time of year I’m hunting but will often change it up anyways. While calling coyotes I normally play at least three different sounds in a set. I might play male coyote howls for eight minutes, then pause for one minute, then play female coyote challenge for eight minutes. I finish with two minutes of coyote pup distress. I will then sit and wait on set for at least 20 mins before I make a move to another stand. The next stand I will mix it up and use 3 different calls and work it the same. Don’t be afraid to change up calls and throw in some mouth calls on top of the e-caller.
If you see a yote approaching be ready to take the shot presented to you at any given time and keep movement to a minimum. Often times you can make the yote stop with a bark, just be ready to shoot. If successful on a set, I will immediately start calling coyote pup in distress for next 5 mins. Often times you can draw in another coyote for a quick double up.
Predator hunting is not always successful but is very rewarding. With a little practice and patience you will find a coyote in your sights using these tips and tactics.
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