Eastern Coyote Hunting 10 Tips for more success
The popularity of coyote hunting started out in the in the wide open spaces of the western United States and along with the coyotes has quickly moved eastward. Often times an eastern coyote hunter will find themselves calling in the thick woods or heavy brush. This limited viewing requires using some different tricks and tactics for eastern coyote hunting success.
You should always check with your state and local hunting laws before you try any of the tips below.
Here are 10 tips for hunting eastern coyotes in the thick cover.
Tip #1 The single biggest mistake a Eastern coyote hunter can make is to try and get a coyote to leave it protective cover and run out into the open field and say "Shoot Me!" Eastern coyotes instincts tell them that cover means safety. You need to set up in a way that will allow the coyote to circle down wind of the sound yet still have some cover yet give you some shot opportunities.
Tip #2 Try hunting from an elevated stand. Make use of the same tree stand that you used for deer hunting. You can use a predator ladder. A predator ladder can be constructed by using a 4 or 6 foot wooden step ladder. Attach a bucket swivel seat to the top and throw on some camouflage paint and you have a portable hunting platform. A ladder works great in the early season with the tall grass and brush. A ladder will greatly improve your sight distance.
Tip #3 Don't set up in the field. Set up in the woods. A lot of eastern coyote hunters set up to call across an open field in an effort to call the coyotes from out of the woods into the open area. This is not always the easiest thing to do. Coyotes don't like to expose themselves when they have protective cover. Remember, what's usually to your advantage is to the disadvantage of the coyote. Often times they will sit back 20 to 30 yards into the cover and never expose themselves at the wood line. Instead, set up just inside the tree line.
Tip #4 Be patient. If you're hunting wide open spaces you can see coyotes coming in from far away. You can't do that in the thick stuff. You can't see what's out there and neither can the coyote. Coyotes move slower and with more caution in the thick cover. Remember, they are trying to confirm with their nose and eyes what their ears are telling them. Short, fifteen minute stands might work out west but, when hunting in thick cover you should plan to sit at least 30 minutes or longer. You will be surprised how many coyote come in after the 30 minute mark.
Tip #5 Use a combination of an electronic call and hand calls. Sometimes different sounds coming from two different locations just seem to confuse coyotes enough where they throw caution to the wind and come charging in.
Tip #6 Get territorial. Coyotes in thick cover can be very territorial. They tend to have smaller home ranges and territories. If you happen to be invading their home turf they will take action to protect their food sources. Use coyote vocalizations to provoke a response. Once you get a response ratchet up the aggressiveness especially during mating season.
Tip #7 Use game trails and easy access routes. Like most animals, coyotes will usually prefer the path of least resistance. Position your calling to allow the coyote easy access to your shooting lanes. If you're using an electronic call place it near a game trail or lane.
Tip #8 Hunt with a partner. Position your partner to cover the "back door." Coyotes will often circle just out of view as they work their way downwind of the sound. Position your partner to cover the downwind side. It's best if they sit behind and to the right or left depending on the wind direction. For the sake of safety make sure everyone knows the exact position of each hunter. Define the shooting parameters of each hunter.
Tip #9 Turn up the volume. It's alright to start out calling with a low volume. Coyotes can be close in the thick stuff and you don't want to spook them with some unexpected ear shattering noise. If nothing happens in the first 15 minutes don't be afraid to crank up the volume. Sound really does not travel that far in thick woods as compared to wide open areas. This is especially true with a little wind and leaves on the trees. A few hundred yards in heavy cover is much different than a few hundred yards in wide open spaces.
Tip #10 Be ready to bark. It can happen in a flash. A coyote suddenly appears and it's on the move. You have a limited shooting opportunity. A few more steps and the coyote will disappear never to be seen again. Being prepared to stop a coyote instantly is probably the best tip for hunting in the thick stuff. A loud bark will usually do the trick.
Successfully hunting eastern coyotes in areas of thick woods and heavy cover offers unique challenges. Using these 10 simple tips will increase your chance of eastern coyote hunting success.
WAIT A MINUTE!
Here's A Problem
We've all seen the coyote hunting movies and the television shows. A coyote hunter makes a couple of rabbit squeals and here they come on a dead run, multiple dogs from all directions. Which one does he shoot? He's in a target rich environment.
The lucky hunter has plenty of time to get ready and make the shot-one stand- 2 minutes of calling - coyote down. Hey, this coyote hunting is easy! Let's go shoot some more.
If you're an Eastern coyote hunter you know that this is only a dream. It's coyote hunting fantasy land. We all know it rarely or ever happens that way for us but when it does its magic.
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Eastern coyote hunters have to use different tactics and techniques unique to the terrain and environment we hunt in. It's never easy.
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