Coyote pelts are prime right now in northern, midwestern and western states and Geoff says that the coyote market is as high as it has been in nearly 20 years. That means not only can you scratch your predator hunting itch, but it could also pay pretty well this season. Before you start collecting checks though, you need to be able to consistently call coyotes in and that starts with speaking their language. It’s important to understand the different sounds that trigger responses from coyotes as well as what time of the season to play those sounds in order to achieve the best response. Geoff says right now, early in the season, there are a lot of young coyote pups roaming the country. There are large populations of pups right now, as much as 50-70% of the whole coyote population. Because these coyotes are young, Geoff says playing dominant or aggressive male vocalizations will likely cause them to turn and run. Instead, he prefers to keep it non-aggressive, sticking to higher pitched lone howls or pup style howls that they won’t perceive as threatening. Playing to their feeding instinct, Geoff says prey distress sounds are very effective on young pups that have little experience yet with being called in, shot at or spooked. Geoff uses a Lucky Duck E-Caller and says some of his go-to distress calls are cottontail sounds like the “TNT” and “Shelterbelt” or bird sounds like the “Luckypecker” which is a woodpecker distress. To use them on a stand, Geoff says he plays the distress calls for the first 5-6 minutes and if they don’t trigger any response, he’ll then roll into pup distress sounds for 5-6 minutes. By playing the combination of prey and pup distress sounds you are able to key in on different triggers, he says. If a coyote didn’t seem to care about the cottontail sound you were playing, it might be intrigued by a pup distress, instead. Presentation and understanding the language of coyotes during different times of the season is vital to your success. Having a caller with a solid selection of sounds makes that much easier. Geoff says the Lucky Duck E-Callers are stacked with great sounds, and have other great features like extensive remote range, robust volume and remote mobility. How loud does your call need to be to get the attention of a coyote? There are a lot of different factors that will impact the amount of volume you need; however, Geoff says he sits down and surveys the land to determine where coyotes may be coming from and how far. From there, he will then adjust the volume to match those circumstances. People often underestimate how great a coyote can hear, he says, noting that they can hear up to four times better than a human. For that reason, you shouldn’t get carried away and turn the volume up to max levels. If anything, err on the side of less instead of more volume and adjust from there. The Lucky Duck E-Callers are capable of putting out some serious sound, but it’s also in the way that it is delivered that makes a difference. Because several of the Lucky Duck E-Caller models have the ability to be turned remotely, hunters can sit tight and instead use a button to turn the call and speaker in the direction they want to better concentrate the sound. Play a few distress calls in the upwind direction and then press a button to rotate the call and play some vocalizations in the downwind direction, or anywhere in between. Because it’s remotely controlled, hunters aren’t married to an exact position, instead they can react quickly and accordingly without having to sneak out and manually change the direction of their e-caller.
Listen in as coyote hunting pro Geoff Nemnich stops by with early winter coyote hunting tips that will have you collecting from the fur buyer! Check out some of his incredible coyote hunting videos on YouTube!
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