Predator Hunting: 3 Ways to Find Elusive Coyotes

Predator Hunting: 3 Ways to Find Elusive Coyotes
'Yotes are known for being elusive. (Photo by Brad Fitzpatrick)

Calling all coyotes: These predators are efficient, so finding and calling them to the gun can be a chore.

Over the last several decades coyotes have exploded across the country, reducing game populations and taking a toll on livestock. In suburbs these predators take out domestic pets. So, in addition to excitement, coyote hunting has an ecological aspect.

Unfortunately, coyotes are clever and adapt well to hunting pressure. An educated coyote is, perhaps, the toughest of all North American animals. But there are ways to bring them to the gun.

Coyotes that won't cross open country for a distress call will pop in the open along watercourses, even if just for a listen. (Shutterstock image).


FOCUS ON RIVERS AND STREAMS

Coyotes aren't particularly water sensitive. However, flowing water has a natural appeal, providing travel paths and congregation of game. The steep banks also allow coyotes to duck out of sight if needed, meaning hunters should concentrate efforts in such areas.


Dogs that won't cross open country for a distress call will pop in the open along watercourses, even if just for a listen. Set up on an elevated vantage to see along the length of the creek. A coyote may stick its head up, offering a quick shot, or may even rush into range seconds after starting a call sequence.


>> Related: Coyotes in Suburbia

 

HUNT THEIR TURF

Stay hypervigilant for hard-to-find coyotes. (Shutterstock image)

Coyotes have large home ranges but there are areas within their home range where they feel most comfortable. These areas offer cover, and contain large amounts of sign, particularly scat.

Challenge calling in these areas can elicit a territorial response, especially during breeding season or when there are pups at the den. Start off with simple challenges — a few barks, a short howl or something similar; don't make like an army bearing down. Dogs responding to challenge rarely bear down like on distress calls, so stay hypervigilant.


Wary coyotes are getting wise, but there are still ways to deceive them. (Photo by Brad Fitzpatrick)

BACKTALK

The typical method of calling coyotes has been to blast howls, squeals and squeaks from both mouth and e-calls. However, this means wary coyotes are getting wise, but there are still ways to deceive them, such as a two-part conversation.

Set up either with a buddy or with an e-caller to create a multi-dimensional field sounds to draw in coyotes, even finicky ones.


It can be as subtle as a few territorial barks on the e-caller followed by mouse squeaks or rabbit- squeal.

Or, barks can be added to complement distress calls, or even barks back and forth with a squeal or two, a prime opportunity for another to steal a meal.

Regardless of series, hunters have to be ready, well hid and well prepared with the best possible gear for the price, whether it's a new rifle, call, camouflage jacket or blind; a lot of it is quite affordable.



More on Predator Hunting

>> 4 Steps to Successful Predator Hunting

>> Predator Hunting: How to Outsmart Coyotes

>> The Best Predator Rifle: Bolt-Action vs. AR

Recommended for You

Brush-style bowfishing arrow rest and kits designed for simplicity and reliability. Bows

New TRUGLO Bowfishing EZ•Rest

May 23, 2019

Brush-style bowfishing arrow rest and kits designed for simplicity and reliability.

Crankbaits mimic exactly what they eat when hungry — other fish! Bass

Baitfish for Bass: Search, Suspend or Sink Crankbaits

Jason Houser - May 21, 2019

Crankbaits mimic exactly what they eat when hungry — other fish!

See More Recommendations

Popular Videos

New Optimum and Optimum TS Downriggers from Canon

New Optimum and Optimum TS Downriggers from Canon

From rugged reliability to smooth integration of cutting edge technology across several different platforms, OSG's Lynn Burkhead learns that there's much to like about the new Optimum and Optimum TS downriggers from Canon.

MLF Pros: What

MLF Pros: What's Your Go-To Lure?

When all else fails, here's what these pros tie on.

New Spinning Reel for Finesse Fishermen

New Spinning Reel for Finesse Fishermen

As Pure Fishing's Andrew Upshaw explains, reel making giant Abu Garcia has done it again at ICAST 2019 with a new spinning reel geared towards finesse fishermen.

See more Popular Videos

Trending Stories

Unless you live in Antarctica, the only continent they aren't known to inhabit, there is a species Catfish

10 Biggest Catfish World Records of All Time

Jack Vitek - December 08, 2014

Unless you live in Antarctica, the only continent they aren't known to inhabit, there is a...

North Dakota Game & Fish Department said the 16-9 walleye doesn't qualify for record. Walleye

Record-Sized Walleye Was Foul-Hooked, Agency Says

G&F Online Staff

North Dakota Game & Fish Department said the 16-9 walleye doesn't qualify for record.

 Catfish tend to be found in shallower water at night, but they are still active during the day; Catfish

Catfish Night & Day: How to Catch 'Em Both Ways

Terry Madewell - April 04, 2018

Catfish tend to be found in shallower water at night, but they are still active during the...

See More Stories

More Stories

Here's a look at some of coyote hunting rifles and shot gun featured in this summer's Game & Fish 2018 Gear Guide magazine. Stories

Gear Reviews: New Coyote Hunting Rifles, Shotguns

Game & Fish Online Staff - September 07, 2018

Here's a look at some of coyote hunting rifles and shot gun featured in this summer's Game &...

Behind the Badge is a regular series of perspective stories by Oklahoma game warden Carlos Gomez. In this article, Gomez recounts his experiences from his first nighttime poaching bust. Stories

Behind the Badge: A Warden's First Night-Poaching Bust

Game & Fish Online Staff - July 30, 2018

Behind the Badge is a regular series of perspective stories by Oklahoma game warden Carlos...

Once considered a denizen of the Western wilds, the coyote has learned to adapt to human Stories

Coyotes In Suburbia

Stephen D. Carpenteri - November 30, 2016

Once considered a denizen of the Western wilds, the coyote has learned to adapt to human

See More Stories

GET THE MAGAZINE Subscribe & Save

Temporary Price Reduction

SUBSCRIBE NOW

Give a Gift   |   Subscriber Services

PREVIEW THIS MONTH'S ISSUE

GET THE NEWSLETTER Join the List and Never Miss a Thing.

×