Now that many Deer seasons have begun to end it is good to extend some hunting fun to other game that actually may harm your pursuit of Deer or Wild Turkey. Coyote hunting is both fun and useful as a management tool to keep conditions good for our favored game animals. We will look at what it takes to get started in predator hunting. The rifle, if you have any centerfire rifle from 30-06 or smaller you are set there. Yes you can go more specialized, but to start just use what you have. Look for ammo with smaller faster loads. Now for the main requirement, a good predator call. I cannot stress enough how this single part will lead to your success in this sport. You can buy mouth calls, or inexpensive electronic calls, you may waste time and effort for little results.
FoxPro has been in this business for many years and is made here in the USA. The Hellfire model is a great middle of the road caller. It comes with 75 pre-loaded sounds and can hold 200. It has a 100 yard remote included. The unit only weighs 3 pounds so packing it into the field is pretty easy. One big feature for this model is called FoxBang. What this does is change the current sound to another of your choice just from the sound of your rifle going off. The reason for this is that many times you have not just one, but more Coyotes coming from other areas and they know sometimes there is wounded game that is shot by hunters, so they will continue into the call, provided you change to a sound that will peak their interest.
OK now that we have covered the gear, let’s go hunting! What do I do to setup a coyote hunt? Remember they have excellent smell and hearing. Look at wind direction and guard your scent from keeping them away. Yes they see quite well also, so camo clothing is needed. The best locations are open areas near woods and swamps, or water. If you hunt this area keep notes when and where you see activity. Place your caller about 50 yards away from your position. This way as the coyote approaches he will be within a good shooting distance, say 100-150 yards. Use a rifle rest or some support to aid in shooting. I did not mention above of another item needed to help lure this animal, a decoy. This is often a moving little piece of fur or feather, that looks like a dying rabbit or bird. So now you have sound and sight to attract the coyote. Work the spot for about 45 minutes to 2 hours, then move to another location.
~Bill Mellentine (Hunting Team Lead)