I normally use some distress early in the year then switch to vocalizations later in the year when the breeding takes place. You still have to do scouting. Using the wind is extremely important. My rifle of choose is a 22-250 but many others are used and liked by other hunters. When in thick cover I use a 12 gauge. If you have any questions I would be more than happy to try to answer them for you.
I look for trails they use. Entrance and escape routes. I also try to search a little for possible dens. You can glass hillside at midday and might see one napping under a shade tree. But I want to know if there will be coyotes in the vicinity when I am calling. If you have some farmers around I am sure that they probable have coyote problems and would love to have them thinned out and they have almost all the information you need to kill some coyotes on their farm.
The older men in our club clean the deer about 50 yards from our camp. At night you can here them very good. it sounds like they are in camp. My buddy Bernie and I decided to walk up the dried up creek bed, we came up to a clearing that had alot of bones. Along the creek bed you can see where their dens. Keep in mind all of this is no more than 75 yards from camp. One day me and my wifes cousin was hunting and it was getting dark so I got down out of my tri-pod and started to walk to him you could here them closing in on us thst sucks. On Thanksgiving day last year I shot a red one it must have been 75 lbs. But I have never been hunting for them.
I've never tried trapping.But once you call one in,youll be hooked for life.They are by far the smartest thing in the woods around here.They can see,smell and hear better than anything.If your looking for alot of action it may not be for you.But when they do come in its intense.You may call 30 times before you ever have 1 come in.But that 1 time is worth it.
yea i only tried this once. We hade yotes like once a week coming right into my back yard, these things can make some noise, there were about three of them and constantly howled and yelped, one of the weirdest things ive ever heard. I bought just a general call and tried it out and never got a response, not sure what i was doing wrong, but they are sure smart. Not wanting to, i put some raw deer meat out on the ground and put up a trail cam and got some pretty nice pics. They are quite the little animal.
One of the things I do here in Illinois is after you field dress your deer put all the insides out for the coyote. Make sure you put it in a place that's easily accessible for you. It might take a day or two for them to take to the bait depending on how much human scent you get on it. Finally, you could also grab some road kill and use that for bait.
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