Quickly becoming a very popular pastime for hunters in North America, is coyote hunting. It is becoming so popular because of the excitement that comes with the hunt. Seeing a coyote running towards you after having called it, would give quite a rush of adrenaline. Are you ready to experience this? In this article, I will be giving you some tips on coyote calling so you can experience this scenario for yourself!
The most important part of learning to call coyotes is scouting. It is common sense to know that you cannot call a coyote if there are not any present. Things to look for when scouting out coyotes are scat and coyote tracks. It is also good to visit a few locations before attempting to call and take notes of where you see coyotes the most. Speak with the landowners on which you are hunting. They are sure to know the best spots. Another tip for scouting is to look where there is an abundance of rabbits, deer and mice. These are typical animals that coyotes feed on. Where there is prey, there is a predator close by!
The next step in being a successful caller is set-up. You have to know how to set yourself up on the stand to call. Make sure you position yourself with the wind in your face or with a crosswind. Coyotes have a very keen sense of smell and usually like to circle downwind to have scent advantage. There is a new, remote controlled digital remote that you can buy that will allow you to position the call upwind and be in the perfect position for the coyotes arrival. Another tip in position is to call with the sun at your back. This way, the coyote can’t see you because they must look directly into the sun when they approach you. A good way to help conceal your position is to try and set up in the shade. This, along with having the sun at your back, will make it even more difficult for the coyote to see you. If you were to follow all of these tips, you would be set up perfectly. Of course, we all know that the perfect set up is not always possible. Sometimes you may have to sacrifice the position of the sun or your shady spot to get right with the wind. It is always best, however, to sacrifice the sun’s position or shade than the wind. If the wind is not right, you may wish to try calling in that area another day.
You must always remember your camouflage when getting ready to hunt coyotes. Try and blend into your surroundings by matching the color camouflage with the terrain in which you are hunting. You also will want to cover any exposed skin. Coyotes can easily spot human skin because it is reflective. Camouflaging does not always just mean your clothes; it can also refer to movement. Try and limit movement as much as possible. Coyotes have keen eyesight.
Now that we are all set up in the correct manner, let’s work on the actual call. Any of the calls that are in stores today are likely to work for anyone. If you are unsure of the correct sound to make, you may wish to research the sound that a distressed rabbit makes and practice sounding similar. You do not have to sound exactly like a distressed rabbit. As long as you sound like an animal in distress, you have a good chance at getting a coyote’s attention. No two people will call exactly alike, but they are all effective.
The last tip that I have on coyote calling is the amount of time to stay in one location before moving on. Typically, thirty minutes is the longest that you should stay in a particular location when calling coyotes. Also, call in short intervals.
I hope these tips will help you bring up many coyotes. Remember, set up is key!