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A Basic Guide To Coyote Hunting

By on May 17, 2017

There are many mistakes that you could be making when looking at coyote hunting. You might be doing something that keeps the coyotes away and this is counterproductive to what you want. To overcome any mistakes you are making, you need to know what they could be and how you can remedy them.

You Are Hunting Where There Are No Coyotes

This is a mistake that a lot of people make. Deer hunters often scout an area for months to find a big buck, but coyote hunters generally say they should be in an area and head there. It is possible that you are setting up in an area where there are no coyotes or very few.

The best way to avoid this mistake is to scout before you start hunting. You need to look for coyote tracks, scat, kill sites and pay attention to any coyote vocalization which will determine where they are. This will take some time, but it is worthwhile because you will find the best area to hunt. Once you find the area where the coyotes are, you need to ensure that you do not chase them away with a sloppy approach to hunting.

Using The Wrong Call

Coyotes are not stupid and they will not come running toward you when they hear anything that sounds like a dinner bell. Experts state that there are few mature coyotes that have not been called to at some point and you need to keep this in mind. The coyotes will know the common calls used by hunters and will run when they hear them.

To increase your chances of success, you should look at using a call that is not commonly heard. New callers will generally have more success than those using common calls. Bird calls such as an animal in distress or fawn bleats and puppy screams will generally work at calling a shy dog in.

Mark Zepp, a coyote hunting guru, recommends an electronic caller for new hunters. These callers are reliable and easy to use which means that anyone can go out and give them a try. When using these devices you will not have to worry about not making the correct sound with a hand call. Here is a good piece on the best coyote calls.

You Are Not Seeing Them

Just because you cannot see or kill the coyote it does not mean that you have not called any in. It is possible that you have called in a coyote, but your hunting setup is flawed. When this happens the coyote will see you and run away before you are able to spot it.

A common mistake that new hunters make is to settle down and start calling in areas with low visibility. If you are unable to see the predator, you will not be able to shoot it either. While there are times when your only choice is to hunt in thick cover, you should look at a call from an area where you can see at least 50 to 75 yards or further.

You also need to train yourself to look for small bits of movement in the area. An old coyote will generally stay under cover and look at the surroundings before it moves out into the open.

You Are Calling Too Little Or Too Much

There is a lot of debate about this among serious coyote hunters. If you call too much you can ward off a cautious coyote, but calling too little or too softly will not be enticing enough for the coyote to break cover. The rule of thumb for calling is that open areas need a longer and louder call sequence. However, you will need t be careful because a string of long and loud calls can scare away coyotes in high-pressure zones.

This is a mistake that can only be remedied with experience. You should keep notes on how long you call in certain areas and what the results were. Over time, you will find a pattern and you will be able to determine what works and what does not work.

You Are Spoiling Your Setup

Success is dependent on your positioning and a good setup will start from the moment you arrive at your hunting location. A sloppy approach to your setup can end your hunt before it even begins. Slamming truck doors when you arrive is something that you need to avoid.

It is important to remember that coyotes are observant creatures. If you do not take the time to pay attention to their environment when you enter it, you will have a hard time hunting them. Before you setup in an overgrown fencerow, you need to ask yourself if this is the best place to be.

You have to consider if the wind is right, if you can see and if you can be seen. If you are hunting on public land, the highly convenient spot has probably been used a lot and the coyotes will know about it. You have to choose your hunting location based on the effectiveness and not ease or comfort.

You Do Not Have Enough Places To Hunt

If your hunting area is a 40-acre area, you will wear it out fairly quickly. There is some good news, which is the fact that many landowners who close the door when you say deer hunting will welcome you when you say coyote hunting. This means that you need to take the time to knock on doors and build relationships with the local landowners. When you get to know the landowners you will gain access to their land and any valuable information they have about the coyotes.

Giving Up Too Soon

Another common mistake that new hunters make is giving up too soon. When hunting in Canada or Florida, it is recommended that you wait 30 minutes after calling. The exception to this would be when it is snowing or raining because the call will not travel far. On a calm day, coyotes will generally start to come in after 20 minutes, but new hunters do not wait that long. You need to allow your call time to work and not move on too quickly.

You Are Hunting Pressured Dogs

Coyotes that are hard-hunted are smart coyotes. This is due to the fact that the dumber coyotes are the ones that have been killed already. If you are a new hunter and spend time calling, you could be making the mistake of hunting educated coyotes. If you have not made any of the other common mistakes, there is a chance that someone else did.

Coyotes living in areas that are heavily hunted will be harder to hunt because they know what hunters are able to do. The key to hunting these coyotes is to be a smart hunter. Being a smart hunter will turn the tides on the coyotes and increase your success when you hunt.

Coyotes in heavily hunted areas are not going to fall for the tricks that every other hunter has been using. To overcome this you need to be innovative and change what you are doing. Look at using a different call to other hunters, change things up regularly, keep your hunting subtle and always try to keep your hunting smart. This is the only way that you will be able to outsmart the coyotes in the heavily-hunted areas.

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