Coyote hunting is fraught with frustration as you learn the devious ways of these wild dogs. But after countless setups, I can point to a number of insights to get you in the game. This video highlights five of my favorite coyote hunting tips.
Know 3 Different Call Categories
Coyotes have different vocalizations for different circumstances, such as attracting a mate, warning of danger, or luring prey. Knowing the three main call categories—prey-in-distress calls, coyote vocalizations, and confidence calls—can help you select the right call for each situation and improve your chances of attracting a coyote.
Get the Vantage Point
Coyotes have sharp eyesight, so it’s important to have a high vantage point when calling them. This can be a hill, a tree stand, or a blind. By being above the coyote, you make it more difficult for them to spot you, and you also get a better view of the surrounding area, making it easier to spot the coyote when it approaches.
Be in Charge of Your Wind
Coyotes have a keen sense of smell, so it’s important to be aware of the wind direction when hunting. Use HuntZone on the HuntStand App to make sure to position yourself upwind of where you expect the coyote to come from, so your scent won’t reach the coyote and alert it to your presence before you can get a shot.
Be Where the Coyotes Want to Be
Coyotes are opportunistic predators that are always on the lookout for food. Find areas with high populations of rabbits, squirrels, or other small game and pets. These areas are likely to attract coyotes, making them prime hunting locations. Locate these areas and then position yourself between the two putting you in the prime spot for an opportunity on a curious coyote.
Patience Is Key When Coyote Hunting
Coyote hunting can be a waiting game, so it’s essential to be patient. Don’t get discouraged if you don’t see a coyote right away. Set up in a good location, make some calls, and wait. The coyote may take a while to arrive, but if you’re patient, your persistence will pay off.
At the end of the day, following these coyote hunting tips can help you increase your chances of success when hunting coyotes. Remember to be patient, know your calls, choose the right vantage point, control the wind direction, and be where the coyotes want to be. With these strategies, you’ll be well on your way to bagging more ‘yotes.