12-29-2009, 03:59 AM
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Join Date: Dec 2009
Coyotes usually occupy a range of around 10 to 12 miles, ensuring that nearly any area you set up in will have an active population. The key is in knowing how to hunt coyotes, not so much where.
Being predators, coyotes are extremely adept creatures of their environments, and will be quite difficult to fool into not being aware of your presence. As an avid deer hunter and experimental predator hunter, I can guarantee you that you will miss many more coyotes than you will see, especially in the beginning.
A coyote will not usually (if ever) come directly at you, and it would be rare for one to spend much more than a few seconds in the open, time usually spent sliding from cover to more cover. Furthermore, getting a coyote to come to your area will require effective scent cover, immaculate camouflaging, and some skill with a predator call.
As a member of the canines, one should realize that coyotes have an acute sense of smell, and this one factor will give up your position from distances well out of sight or range. Similarly, coyotes are accomplished at detecting shapes or movements that are not quite "right" for the environment, so one should take care to set up in a way that makes this more difficult. A few notes on this: never "skyline" yourself, sit as still as possible and behind as much natural-looking cover as possible, and try not to move (this is especially important for hands and feet/legs). You should also wear a covering for your face. Coyotes will respond to a variety of "distress" type calls, including fawn bleats, rabbit distress calls, and etcetera. Practice with one, or several, to provide a convincing draw.
Another important factor in any predator hunting is marksmanship. Hunting coyote is challenging enough before one considers that they will likely be taking moving shots, at small targets, and at considerably long ranges (while maintaining ethical responsibility, of course). Put in plenty of time at the range, especially if you are hunting with a rifle.
Good luck, and happy hunting.