If you’ve tried coyote hunting and you’ve never even seen one despite repeatedly playing your calls, chances are you’re doing something wrong. Coyotes, unlike other game, are predators themselves. They’re sneaky hunters that like to scout the area first before showing themselves in the open. If you’re a wily hunter like me, try out these awesome coyote hunting tips to up the chance of success!
The Wily Hunter And His Coyote Hunting Tips
I’ve been hunting coyotes and other predators and based on my experience, I’ve picked up a few tricks of the trade. As such, I’ve used what I learned to bag more coyotes ever since. But before you become a successful coyote hunter, you’ll need to learn some facts about the game itself. These coyote hunting tips will improve your harvest this season by knowing how they behave and respond to calls.
Tip #1: Use an electronic call
By using an electronic call, you don’t give out your position right away. You can remotely play sounds to call out these coyotes while you’re behind cover preparing for the shot. A disadvantage of using manual calls is that coyotes hear it from your location thus taking a risk of getting spotted.
Although coyotes have excellent ears, it’s harder for sound to travel when it’s too windy. It’s best to hunt for a coyote on a calm day when your calls reach further than on windy days.
Tip #3: Prepare a good setup
Having a good setup is key to a successful hunt. Once a coyote responds to your call, they’ll scout the area before heading out to check what’s the ruckus about. While being behind a thick brush for cover is good, a brush too thick to position a good shot is the opposite. It can be frustrating to spot an elusive coyote and not be able to take it down.
Tip #4: Scout other places
If you’ve scouted the same place a few times and still have no luck, it’s time to move on. Chances are, that area has no coyotes or worse, they’ve been hunted out. There are many landowners who root for coyote hunting on their property. You can use this advantage to have a wider scope of the hunting area.
Tip #5: Stay quiet
Coyotes have a good sense of hearing so it’s best to stay quiet from the moment you step down your truck. A common mistake rookies make is banging the door of their truck once they exit the vehicle. The action may not produce a very loud noise but in a quiet area, the sound may reach a mile away. If you want to be able to utilize the area to its best, be sure to sneak in and out of the field as much as possible.
Tip #6: Try different calls
If you’ve tried the same call over and over, it won’t be long before coyotes realize it’s a trap. Be creative and use different calls and see what combination works best. Coyotes eat almost any prey so the sound of a cat in distress may lure it out of its hiding place. Furthermore, electronic calls are equipped with a multitude of animal sounds that you could use so better utilize that electronic call to the max!
Tip #7: Scout them out
Like any other game, coyotes may or may not frequent the same places. Scouting is an excellent weapon in the hunter’s arsenal and good scouting may often lead to success. You don’t want to hunt coyotes in a place where there’s none so be sure to list the locations where you spot them.
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Hunting predators aren’t easy but getting permission to hunt them on private lands is. So, you can use this major advantage to scout and hunt on a wider area than what you’d get with deer hunting. If you’ve got more coyote hunting tips, don’t hesitate to drop them in the comments!
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