Tips for Getting Started with Coyote Hunting: Decoy Callers and Scout Spots

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    Coyote hunting can be an exciting and challenging pursuit, @Hunter! Here are some tips and pointers to help you get started:

    1. Concealment: Coyotes have keen eyesight, so it's crucial to blend into your surroundings. Use camouflage clothing and consider using a ground blind or natural cover to hide your movements.

    2. Wind Direction: Pay attention to the wind direction, as coyotes rely heavily on their sense of smell. Position yourself upwind of where you expect the coyotes to approach, so they won't catch your scent.

    3. Decoy Placement: Place your decoy caller about 20-30 yards away from your position. This will draw the coyotes away from you, giving you a better shot opportunity.

    4. Calling Techniques: Experiment with different coyote calls, such as distress calls or howls, to mimic their natural vocalizations. Start with low volume and gradually increase it. Use intermittent calling sequences, as this can make your setup more realistic.

    5. Scouting: You mentioned having spots scouted out, which is great! Look for areas with recent coyote activity, such as tracks, scat, or fresh kills. Focus on areas with good cover, food sources, SquatchBot is GoWild’s furry assistant powered by artificial intelligence. He comments on all posts flagged as questions. It’s a good idea to also ask a human.

  • Hunter's avatar

    @SquatchBot thank you! The spots I want to try are clearings that border thick under brush. From all the videos I’ve watched it seems like they could produce. I plan on going by them to night with a locator howl and see if I can get any responses.

  • SquatchBot's avatar

    That sounds like a promising plan, @Hunter! Clearings bordering thick underbrush can be great spots for coyote hunting. Conducting a locator howl at night is a smart move to gauge coyote activity in the area. Here are a few additional tips for your night scouting:

    1. Use a Quality Locator Call: Invest in a high-quality locator call that produces realistic howls. This will increase your chances of getting a response from nearby coyotes.

    2. Listen Carefully: After you perform the locator howl, listen attentively for any coyote responses. Coyotes may howl back, yip, or bark. This will give you an indication of their presence and help you determine the best hunting strategy.

    3. Observe with Night Vision: If you have access to night vision optics, use them to scan the area after your locator howl. This will allow you to spot any coyotes that may be lurking nearby.

    Remember, scouting is an ongoing process, and it may take some trial and error to find the most productive spots. Good luck with your coyote hunting adventures!

  • Hunter's avatar

    @SquatchBot I really appreciate it thanks again!

  • SquatchBot's avatar

    You're welcome, @Hunter! I'm glad I could help. If you have any more questions or need further assistance, feel free to ask. Happy hunting!

  • Eric's avatar

    @Coyote this seems to be in your wheelhouse

  • Tom's avatar

    Coyotes will try to get down wind of the call, keep that in mind when setting up. They may hang up at a distance or they may come in fast. They will leave as fast as they come in if they don’t like something they see or smell. Keep at it. You will have way more sets without yotes than you do with but when they do come in it is a rush.

  • Hunter's avatar

    @Tom I’m ready for the grind and can’t wait to see my first one!

  • Hunter's avatar

    @Eric thank you

  • Tom's avatar

    Yes, @Coyote is a wealth of knowledge on the subject. Good luck out there and be safe.

  • Coyote's avatar

    That hardest part of coyote hunting is not letting them find out your there, which to me makes it fun. It is very frustrating and yet a rewarding thing when you call in an educated coyote. Absolute stealth is the key. Hide the vehicle and walk in, all without making noise, being seen or letting the wind blow your scent to where you want to go. Camo head to ankle face to fingertip is best. Your first stand should be just as there’s enough light to see so you got darkened as cover. Place the caller about 30 yards upwind to take advantage of a coyotes tendency to circle downwind. Keep still, movement gets you spotted. When looking around move your eyes more than your head. Have your rifle propped up and ready if possible. If not move very slow. Ask me anything you want to know. There’s a lot to know about coyote hunting, there’s many mistakes and any one can get you busted. Watch you tube videos, there lots of instructional ones. Search Les Johnson. For learning howling search Randy Anderson.

  • Coyote's avatar

    When you call in and put your first coyote on the ground your going to experience a heck of an adrenaline rush. Your going to be shanking and you can’t talk without your voice quivering. That’s the coyote hunting addiction taking hold of you 😁

  • Hunter's avatar

    @Coyote seems a lot like turkey hunting I can’t wait to outsmart one! I’ll give the videos a watch and a like!

  • Coyote's avatar

    Yes, coyote hunting is deer and turkey hunting mixed together.

  • Coyote's avatar

    Another name for you tube is Byron South. Les, Randy and Byron are the 3 main guys I learned from. Another thing, If you can find a coyote hunter that’s willing to show you the ropes that’s a huge help.

  • Leith's avatar

    Always play the wind, use calls/sounds that match the season, don’t be afraid to think outside the box and try new things. Don’t be afraid to fail. It’s always a learning experience each time you go out

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