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Question by varminthunter. Uploaded on March 19, 2010
My construction crews start pretty early and we work typically 5 1/2 days every week, it very hard to get in morning hunting. I do think that mornings are very effective times to hunt but most of my coyote calling is in the afternoon. The machine that I use is a Johnny Stewart and the sound is a dying woodpecker. This particular tape has accounted for probably 2/3 of the fox and coyote that I've shot and I can't tell you how old it is. I treat it very well and am very careful handling it. If I'm hunting with my brother or a friend the setup is usually the same . One person will run the tape machine and control a monofiliment fishing line that is tied to a small flexible branch that has a small piece of fur or feathers tied to it. The other hunter will get in a good location downwind from the caller but well off to the side of the prevailing breeze, pretty difficult to ascertain all of the time but practice will make you fairly good at this very important part of coyote hunting. We never start the calling session with the machine on high. The first series the calls can be on moderate volume. If you get no response you can turn the volume higher but typically both fox and coyote will respond to the lower volume if they are going to come in at all. We use either bows or rifles for the hunting that we do. Many guys here use buckshot on these animals with good success but it doesn't appeal to me. I've been very successful on fox with my bow and totally unsuccessful on coyote with the same outfit. The two animals are absolutely different in their response to calling. The fox will some times coming charging in right up to the caller and then stop to look around. We have had them stop just a few yards away. Not so with the coyote! They will sneak in checking the air for scent continually, you had better be very alert and ready all of the time. I don't believe that you can fool a coyotes nose but you can sometimes confuse them with a scent bomb sprayed from a plastic aerosol bottle. Fox urine,doe urine and skunk scent will make a good mix. Just don't get it on you! This is sometimes enough to get you a slightly longer time of contact with a coyote, maybe a second or two, but still don't diddle around if you have a good chance for a killing shot. Good luck hunting coyote. I consider them a very worthy adversary.
I've heard that right before a storm is the best time to call them.
Here in the mountains of WV the 1st hour after daylight and the last hour before dark. They seem to come to the call better at these times. The DNR made it leagal to hunt coyotes after dark with a light but it is almost impossible to keep the light on a coyote long enough to shoot it, and they don't need educated to the call so we refrain from hunting them after dark.
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