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tator 12-06-2012 10:35 AM

Well since no one is answering my questions in the VARMINT column I decided to move it here.

While I have shot coyotes in the past, I have never actually gone out seeking to kill them. I have always been deer hunting and came across them. My questions include but are not limited to:

1. What time of day is best to hunt coyotes?
2. I have purchased a battery powered "call", how where should I use this?
3. Would combining a moving decoy help the call?
4. How hard is it to remove the pelt off one and are they worth the hassle?
5. What type of firearm is typically used on them?
6. I'm guessing wind plays a big factor with them just as with deer?
7. Do they move more when mating season approaches?

Ok, any help would be appreciated.

on_the_fly 12-06-2012 11:32 AM

Sorry I never open varmint page.
One, early morning has always been better for me but late evening is good too. They sleep all day and when they get up to the time they den back up they are mostly food hunting, this is why early morning has worked best for me because the hungry yote that couldn't find food is a little easier to fool, they will always check it out. (I have electric call but never use it, I only like my rabbit destress mouth call)
A moving decoy works well and it a great way to help get the focus off you. If you can set up with the decoy between you n the yote,
Hunting with two people is even better. Having a shooter and a caller far apart with the shooter between the caller n the yote.
Yotes smell reay well, they can pin point you 300 yards away, so a dollar tub of chicken liver about 20 yards away from you is a cheap n good cover scent.
Fleshing one out is pretty easy, will get faster the more you do. A tail stripper is a must.
243 is most common for yote's but if your wanting to sell pelts trapping is best Because no holes in the pelt sell a few bucks higher. Around here yotes sold last year from 17 to 28 bucks each at the fur sale in town.
Hope that gives ya a good starting point there mr Tator

on_the_fly 12-08-2012 08:36 AM

Tator I think I still got a DVD laying around that shows step by step the proper instructions for skinning, fleshing, n streching a yote hide. I bought it back when I first started trapping probably 8 years ago or so. Think I watched it twice. I'll give it to you if your serious about pelting out some yotes.

timberghost 12-08-2012 01:16 PM

DVDs can provide you with proper calling and technique. Interrogation howl then after a call back from them use a challenge howl. Sounds easy but it is not. They are witty and slick and use the wind 150% to your advantage.

on_the_fly 12-10-2012 01:53 PM

Tator did ya loose intrest in the yotes already

tator 12-11-2012 08:36 AM

no no, contemplating. I think I'll pass right now on the learning of pelting them..... but if I change my mind I'll let you know. Thank you for the offer...

I guess I need to study up some more on the hunting of coyotes. I do know they are plentiful where I hunt. I have the 100's of haybales where they lay every night to prove it.

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