How to Become a Better Coyote Hunter?
Coyote hunting is one of a hunter’s career’s most exciting encounters. The strategies remain the same whether you’re hunting to protect your livestock and keep your land secure or for coyotes’ pelts. In that specific season, you should think about what the coyotes are doing, where to set up, and what calls to use to get them in.
Know how they react
As with any game animal, if you understand their actions and how feeding, patrolling territories, mating, and raising pups can impact their reaction at various times of the year, you’ll have a distinct advantage when hunting coyotes.
You don’t need a graduate degree in wildlife behavior, but it is a important to understand the factors that influence coyote behavior during some seasons.
The coyote year starts in December or January, as females become receptive and males battle for breeding rights.
Scouting coyotes can be a challenge because dogs spend a lot of time on the move outside the damning season – but the more knowledge you have about coyote habits the more prepared you will be for the fall.
Start by recognizing the apparent indications, such as footprints, sites of killing, and droppings. Coyote droppings also serve as territorial markers indicating border and travel paths. Plus, there could also be piles of scat along creeks, roads, logging trails, and other natural borders that are not unusual to find. It indicates preferred routes and primary hunting areas.
Coyotes are visual hunters, having faith in what they see. There’s a pretty good chance the coyotes will investigate if you have a great calling setup, but a visual signal might be the critical factor needed to lure the dogs out of cover.
Motion decoys operated by batteries, even small ones, can improve the chances of success, but even small stuffed animals can be used.
In fact, many hunters prefer stuffed animals as decoys because on a still day, they generate no sound that could alarm coyotes.
Change up calls
If you’re in a good position and your approach went unnoticed, before you even call, there’s a fair chance a coyote is within range of your setup. That’s why it’s best to take the easy approach.
Start with a mouse squeaker or a call from a turkey, which seems to be incredibly enticing to coyotes in many areas of the nation.
Try various calls and record what’s working and how long it took for the coyote to respond. That will give you a growing database of calls that function and those that don’t.