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Coyote Hunting

Discussion in 'Hunting, Trapping, & Fishing Forum' started by Brian5582, Sep 21, 2010.

  1. Brian5582

    Brian5582 NES Member

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    With the season coming up soon I was just wondering what kind or tactics, calls, and what weapon do my fellow hunters use?

    I have been hunting coyotes for a few years now and am still relatively new to it. I have been hunting in general sense I was 14 and I am now 28 mostly deer and birds. i have always shot the odd coyote I saw during other hunting seasons but am new to hunting just for them. I have bought quite a few calls over the past few years trying to find what works best for me. I have plenty of camo, a blind and other necessities and was looking for advice and tips from fellow hunters.

    I would like to thank you in advance for any help, tips, or advice. Also I have a good bit of land and access to even more so maybe at some point if someone wanted to go out together in Douglas they could give me some pointers first hand.

    Questions I have:

    -What kind of calls do you use? ex.- electronic, mouth, brands, styles, different species?
    -Do you use cover scents or lures/ attractants?
    -Do you prefer to hunt day or night?
    -What type of weapon do you use?
    -Do you stay put and use a blind or jump around and not?
    -If you prefer to hunt daytime what time of day do you find more productive?
     
  2. meth0d

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    I'm no expert, haven't had much luck in the few times I've gone out, but I will answer your questions with what I have done, and what has/hasn't worked for me. I usually go with my father, one of us will work the call and the other keeps watch and gun at the ready.

    Calls - we have a cheap-o electronic that hasn't proved effective at all. We have a couple of mouth calls for crow and duck, neither yielded any results. The best luck we've had is with a bellows style call that looks almost exactly like this: http://www.fntpost.com/Products/Scotch+Game+Calls/Scotch+Bellows+Predator+Hand+Call Compress and expand like an accordion, shake it around, cover the open end partially with your hand, vary the speed and volume of the call etc.

    Cover scents or lures - No cover scents, we try to setup so we're down wind from where we'd expect the coyotes to come in. I've read that raw eggs or raw meat work well, but we've only tried on one occasion, so I can't say either way how effective it would be.

    Day or night - We've been going at night, but I am interested in trying to get out in the early hours of the day

    Weapon - We're hunting almost exclusively on WMAs at night, so it's been Mossberg pump 12 gauges with HEVI-Shot Dead Coyote loads: http://www.hevishot.com/index.php?page=shop.product_details&flypage=flypage.tpl&product_id=2&category_id=14&option=com_virtuemart&Itemid=73

    Stay put in a blind or jump around - We will typically setup in a natural blind, basically trying to find some light cover that helps break up our outlines and keeps us out of plain sight. Usually in the tree line under some low hanging branches. We had some good luck calling in a couple of coyotes one night but got a little too excited and tried moving to a different spot to try to lure them out, bad idea. They got spooked and wouldn't come out of the deep cover of the tree line. I'd say setup in a blind over looking a somewhat open area that still offers some areas of cover as they tend not to like running out in the open.

    Even better than my input, I'd suggest you check out www.coyotegods.com if you haven't already, the site's owners are very accomplished hunters and there is a lot to learn from their community.

    I don't know where Douglas is, but if you've got some good spots, I'd be interested in possibly checking out some of them with you when the season starts up.
     
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  3. boilermaker

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    Have used a distressed rabbit call at night - quite the experience because it brought out every predator in the area - all of sudden there were what seemed liked thousands of eyes out there. Every owl, fox, fisher, coon, and coyote seemed to come out. I only went once, but the distressed rabbit call worked great.
     
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    Was that an electronic call? If so, which one?
     
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  5. tj western ma

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    Same. bagged two one night last year with a cheapo multi call from dicks. Tried all of them but the only one a had any luck with was the distressed rabbit. I hunt on my property in a tree stand at night. Sometimes i'll throw some gamey meat out in the middle of a log landing and just see what comes.
     
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  6. Madball13

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    Check out Foxpro digital call, some of the best and loudest calls you can get. I'm picking up a Firestorm. This will allow to to separate myself from the call upwards of 100 yards which is a great advantage.
     
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  7. Brian5582

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    I have been looking at a FoxPro I had a Phantom and thought it sucked. Has anyone used night vision or just moonlight with our wonderful law of no artificial lights?
     
  8. boilermaker

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    It was an electronic call, but it was my friends'. I don't know what brand it was
     
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    My buddy has the FX3 which was just discontinued and replaced with the firestorm. The FX3 is awesome and the firestorm seems even better.
     
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    +1 with the Foxpro Calls. That is really the way to go.

    I do most of my hunting at night with NV or on snow with a good moon. If you are calling, the key is to hit a lot of spots. After 20ish minutes, if a coyote has not come in to your call it probably is not going to so move on. Hitting 5+ stands in a night is the way to go.

    If you are hunting over bait stay put and try and stay warm.
     
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  11. Magsrgod

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    I'm not a pro by any means but this is what I know and like to do with Coyotes.

    There's a ton of different ways to hunt coyotes and some of the better ones have been covered here. I like Electronic calls if there is only going to be 1 or 2 people. Put the call away from you in a slightly different direction so they coyote isn't looking for it straight at you. If you have 3 people hunting I like to have some one move about 50 yards to my right or left and hit the calls. This way when they come in their attention is focused on them, same idea as the electric calls. Always hunt downwind, no scents needed then.

    -What kind of calls do you use? ex.- electronic, mouth, brands, styles, different species? I like using Cottontail distress, female coyote whimper and a basic ki yi

    -Do you use cover scents or lures/ attractants? Scents no, there are some good lures you can get.

    -Do you prefer to hunt day or night? Both are cool, I find it easier at night.

    -What type of weapon do you use? Rem 700 VSF 22-250 w/ 4x14x40 scope

    -Do you stay put and use a blind or jump around and not? Move around when possible

    -If you prefer to hunt daytime what time of day do you find more productive? Night usually easier.
     
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  12. Brian5582

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    Jay, what do you use for night vision? I have a ATN scope (don't remember what model) its about 4 years old the thing weighs a ton and I don't have a weapon to dedicate to i so I don't use it much. I am always afraid of loosing my zero putting it on and taking it off.
     
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    I've been out bear hunting 3x's so far this year, called in 2 dogs with my bear call (fawn in distress). Could have taken one with the 308. The other came in too fast over my right shoulder to get the scope on him. Maybe with a fast draw from the .357, he got to within 40ft of me before hi-tailing it. If it was in season I would have had one for sure.
     
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    Does anybody skin the coyotes for pelts ?
     
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    i skin mine. flesh em and dry em with some salt or borax. Staple it down to a shelf like a little rug and put antlers and skulls on it.
     
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    I personally hunt dogs with a 22mag. all the spots i hunt you wont get a shot outside of 100yds. It's quite and it's a tack driver.
     
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    I'll have to read the MA fish & game laws again. I thought electronic calls were banned in MA.

    Watch out for bears when calling. They come in pretty hot and hungry. Facing into the wind, make sure to look behind you. I haven't heard of anyone being mauled, but heart attacks are very possible.
     
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  18. Brian5582

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    Electronic calls can't be used for deer ok for coyotes
     
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    Once my dog gets older I was thinking of seeing if he could hunt them. Anyone know any training methods for it?
     

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