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coyote tips

Discussion in 'Hunting' started by grafsk8er, Jul 18, 2007.

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  1. grafsk8er

    grafsk8er Member

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    i'll be hunting coyote this year in new york. i've got a predator call on the way. does anybody have any simple tips to lure in a coyote? i saw one this year while turkey hunting, but i only saw it because it was following deer. it was all luck.
     
  2. Art Eatman

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    Don't call too loudly. Don't try to make Wily believe he's gonna latch onto a 400-pound rabbit. :)

    They'll come in from wherever they might be, until that last 50 or so yards. The final approach will be from downwind. That affects where you set up.

    As a for instance, if you can set up at the edge of a woods line or a patch of brush: You want the wind to be blowing from either side, not from front or back.

    Art
     
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    cat toys

    I have been hunting coyotes in eastern Colorado and western Kansas for
    years and I enjoy it more than any other hunting.

    1. I dont pay too much attention to the wind but I always crest the hill and
    sit just enough down the hill so I am not silhouetted. I have the sun behind
    me and that works to blind them and it kind of puts a halo around them
    as it shines off thier fur.

    2. I call and some come in close, some stop at 200 yards, and some come
    running write by you. I buy a cheap cat toy (with the squeaker) and I
    hang it on a piece of string from my barrel where I can hold and the rifle
    with my left hand. If the coyote is coming in to fast or he is in a good
    place to shoot and I want him to stop I squeak the cat toy then BOOM.
    :eek:
    3. Good luck and have fun but be warned it is addicting;)
     
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    gunmn74, what do you do with the coyote when you get him?
     
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    Scent is VERY important! It's rare that a yote won't circle & come in downwind of the noise source. I always use a cover scent (bobcat urine works well . . . must be that "dog vs cat" thing). Arfin was dead-on about not calling too loudly, especially at first. I always use a coaxer/squeeker first-off, on the off chance I set up right on top of one (squeekers from chew toys work well; our Jack Russell provides me with one of these periodically). After you've called with your dying rabbit or crippled bird call without a show for 20 minutes or so, then you can kick-up the volume with a long range call. Pair the call with the available game . . . coyotes are far from stupid and aren't likely to come in to a dying jack rabbit call if jacks aren't native to the area. During January/February, howling works very well. Get a cd/tape and learn the different howls. Set up a scenario: female invitation howl, young male howl, female whimper (made when they're doing the wild thing), old male challenge, young male challenge, then yips as if someone just got their butt whipped. Bagged a lot of coyotes who came running to either see the fight or clean-up on what was left. Decoys help also; they will focus the yote's attention away from you. I quit hunting them with a gun in late February/early March and then use a camera. By then the females have been bred & I'd rather not eliminate next year's quarry on a wholesale basis. In the interim, I hunt them with a camera or just observe & learn until turkey season or the rodents come out. Enjoy; it's addictive . . . in my case, a passion. No money in the pelts anymore, but exceptional ones I take and tan or have them tanned if I'm strapped for time to do it myself. They make ggod gifts to hunting kin/buddies. There's tons of good info out on the web. Good luck! Also, when you bag one, don't jump right up to go get it. Stay put . . . another may show up.
     
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    alright, sounds good. if a coyote comes in from behind you, and they see you, will they spook and run, or are they curious and get close to see what we are?
     
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    If a coyote's coming in, and he spots you at maybe 50 yards or more, he may well stop and look. Closer? He's probably gone, gone, gone.

    Ol' Wily has that one bad habit, though: Just before he goes out of sight behind brush or over a ridge, he tends to stop and take one last look. Often, that's his last look. :)

    After the kill? I let the buzzards recycle him. I usually cut off the tail, skin it out and salt it, and tack it to a front-porch post.

    Art
     
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    alright sounds good, i really hope i get one. there's tons around here in NY where i live, especially up in the mountains of the Catskills.
     
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    What time of day is best? (other than night)
     
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    When I started out in the late 80s they were bringing 30 dollars unskinned.
    Then for years you could not get a dime for them even if you skinned them.
    I mainly did it for fun and to help out sheep and cattle ranchers during
    caving season. I think they are worth a little agian.

    I usually hunt them in the morning facing west with the sun coming up
    behind me. I some times go out with a Howl call at night and get them
    to awnser me so that I can locate them in the morning. Years ago we
    use to go out at night on a full moon and sit on bale stacks with a howl
    call challenging them and then shooting them with bows.
     
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    If it's been shot at before, it will hastily depart.
    Early morning & late evening, but during breeding season, they're active most of the day.
     
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    Graf,
    It is also important to note that you a faced with the extra challenge of hunting Eastern Coyotes. They are the more elusive and shy cousin to the western coyote. I watch these videos of people in SD and other states out west and WISH we had western coyotes :) I haven't had much luck during day light hours in NY and I really would like to spend time hunting during the day.
    (I am originally from Fishkill NY and now live way up state just north of the ADK's)
    ~Russ
     
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    Remember, they're VIDEOS . . . I hunt yotes from Montana,to Wa State & down into Oregon . . . ain't found many stupid ones.
     
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