If you didn’t already know, coyote hunting is an arm of sport hunting that has gained immense popularity over the last couple of decades.
Coyote hunting is most often accomplished through calling them in by mimicking their iconic call.
Check Out These Tips to Bring the Coyotes Running
Coyote calling can be accomplished by a number of means, some requiring more skill than others. The tips in this guide will help you perfect your coyote calling skills and ultimately make you a better coyote hunter. Get to know these coyote calling tips for better hunting experience.
1. Be Patient
Coyotes are becoming call-shy or call-educated, especially in regions comprised of publicly accessible lands. Because of the prominence of coyote hunters, many coyotes have become used to artificial calls and are paranoid.
Johnny Stewart of Johnny Stewart Wildlife Calls said, “More and more dogs are becoming call-shy or call-educated. Call for maybe eight to 15 minutes, and then sit another 15 minutes.”
Contrary to some advice you may commonly receive, extend your periods of waiting after your initial call as paranoid coyotes may take longer to arrive at your stand. The advice “wait 15 minutes and then move on” is common but is really only applicable in an ideal situation excluding the potential for any other like-minded hunters to be anywhere near you.
2. Be Mindful of the Wind
Coyotes have remarkable senses of smell, and as such are very wary animals. Coyotes will intrinsically be wary of any place that a human scent is detected. There are steps you can take, however, to mask your scent.
One tip to keep in mind is to walk into the wind when entering the area of the intended hunt. If you walk into the wind, there is no chance that the wind will carry your scent to any coyotes without you having passed them on the trail. Walking into the wind ensures that your scent is misdirected.
Byron South of Convergent Hunting said, “Keep the wind in your face. You can’t call a coyote that knows you’re there.”
You also should keep your downwind side open when setting up a stand or chair. If you don’t your scent will reach the coyotes before they reach you.
3. Make Sure You’re Using the Right Call
As a hunter, you have an array of options when it comes to appropriate calls for coyote hunting. Anything from bird calls like a turkey in distress or woodpecker in distress, fawn bleats, or puppy screams can produce decent results.
It’s tricky, in 2018, as many coyotes are not easily fooled by calls. They’ve heard the same store-bought uncreative calls time and time again so it is difficult to find an adult coyote that will be susceptible to them.
A good variety of calls can be the key to a successful hunt.
For beginners, it’s probably best to look at electronic calls. Today’s digital hunting calls have all the necessary technology to eliminate the worry of whether or not you’re making the right sound with a manual call.
Manual calls simply add potential for fine-tuning for expert hunters.
4. Try to Find Un-Pressured Coyotes
We know, sometimes your options of hunting location are limited. You don’t always have access to large, private and un-hunted chunks of land. Most of the time, you’ll be limited to publicly accessible hunting spots.
However, if you are able to find a previously un-hunted chunk of land, you’ll likely find un-pressured coyotes.
Most coyotes today have been constantly bombarded with phony animal calls and cannot be persuaded to leave their cover very often.
Do what you can to hunt smarter.
Meet locals with large plots of land and build relationships. Land-owners are far more likely to allow you to hunt coyotes on their land than they would deer or elk so it is certainly an avenue worth looking into.
5. Set Up with a High Vantage Point
Calling coyotes does little good if you can’t see them when they come in. When you are setting up for your hunt, make sure you have a high enough vantage point that you can see the coyotes coming to you.
A common mistake for beginners is to set up in an area with high foliage density. If you don’t have a stand or another apparatus for getting up high, at the minimum ensure you are able to see 50-75 yards in surrounding you – more is better.
Get to Know These Coyote Calling Tips for Better Hunting – and Get Out There!
If you follow the aforementioned tips, and adjust as needed for your specifics, you’ll likely see your coyote hunting abilities improve quite a lot. It is important that you develop these skills as they pertain to your specific locale and ability, so the best way to ensure you’re making the most of your coyote hunt is by getting out in the field and practicing.