2. APPROACH: The approach to your stand is crucial. Stay low, don’t skyline yourself, and set up quickly. Use the terrain and cover to your advantage so you can get in and out undetected.
3. CALL: Most e-callers come loaded with a hefty library of realistic sounds and vocalizations. However, many coyote hunters fall in the rut of playing just a small number of sounds over and over again. Using the same sounds educates coyotes and makes it easier for them to evade your ambush. Shake up your calling sequence and add sounds that they haven’t heard. Try turkey-in-distress, calf bleats or fawn bleats instead of the traditional rabbit in distress. Look to coyote vocalizations to trigger territorial instincts. Challenge, locate, invite, mating or other coyote vocalizations could be the key to bringing in wary dogs, when used right.
4. WIND: Coyotes have an exceptional sense of smell which makes it imperative for hunters to play the wind. If the wind isn’t right, don’t head into the stand. Once coyotes begin to connect your scent with the call it will make them that much harder to call next time. Wind will determine which direction your scent goes and it will also play a role in the direction a coyote is likely to approach from. Head winds are great, but crosswinds may be more advantageous as they provide shot opportunities in the downwind direction when coyotes circle around on the downwind side to check out the situation when approaching the call.
5. LAND: Most coyote hunters will spend no longer than 20-30 minutes on one stand before moving on to a new location. Having several different hunting locations is ideal so you can hunt them according to the best light and wind conditions. In addition, over calling can burn a spot out so having several places to hunt spreads out the pressure instead of focusing it solely in one area.
Cull some coyotes!