View Full Version : Need tips for getting started hunting coyote.
January 2, 2009, 04:29 PM
It pains me to admit that I have never hunted before, most of my friends do however. I want to start hunting coyote because we have a pack that has been bothering our horses and our neighbors cattle and also because I have two rifles that are well suited to the task, a Ruger Mk77 in .22 Hornet and an SAR2 in 5.45x39mm. I need to know what times of day are best to hunt coyote at, what type of calls you would recommend and any other gear, such as optics, nightvision, spotlights, or stands/blinds that I might need. I would also like to know what to do with them after (if) I shoot them; I would hate to let them go to waste (apparently they don't taste so good). Looking forward to your answers, thankyou for your time.
January 2, 2009, 06:17 PM
There's a lot to know about calling coyotes if you intend to be serious about it.
I'd suggest doing some reading at either the coyotegods forum, or the predatormasters forum. Either will get you all knowed up about the art, science, and sport of calling coyotes to the gun.
The PM board is more open, with folks posting anything and everything, so you might have to sift a bit to get the good information.
The CG board has some very knowledgeable callers, with a lot of really good information, but they're sorta stuck on saving hides and such. This is the board I read, since I pretty much agree with what is spoken of and practiced there.
Your choice; you can decide where you fit in best.
January 2, 2009, 07:49 PM
Thanks Daryl; I saw some electronic callers in a Cabela's catalogue one time and they are legal to use in Georgia where I live, however, I wanted to know if using an electronic coyote call is something that is looked down on by most hunters.
January 2, 2009, 08:02 PM
The callers I know of don't frown on the e-calls. They may at times feel the 'yotes won't come to one and resort to mouth calls. Most I know of change it up. If anyone is down on the e-caller they need to make their own mouth call and kill the 'yote with their own homemade hickory bow...
January 2, 2009, 08:12 PM
I actually use both. I called exclusively with hand calls for better than 20 years, and killed literally hundreds and hundreds of coyotes that way.
It was simple, and it worked.
An e-caller can also work really well; you just need to set up a bit different than I like to do with hand calls. They're better for some situations (like calling in thicker brush) than hand calls are, but you learn to pick your stands according to what you're calling with.
As far as other hunters looking down on using an e-caller, the majority of callers use them these days. Calling with hand calls it almost getting to be a lost art in many areas. Use what you feel comfortable with, and don't worry too much about what others think of your technique.
One of my calling buddies, many years ago, was asked if he called coyotes. His answer was, "No, I call Daryl!" He didn't care about calling them in, but he liked to shoot them. I'm getting to the point now that I don't care so much about shooting them; I mostly like to call them in where hopefully someone will get a shot.
Best of luck!
January 2, 2009, 08:57 PM
:D:D That's pretty funny Daryl, thanks a ton for the info yall
January 2, 2009, 11:51 PM
Any chance of you joining your friends? That'd be the best way to learn. Use the Hornet with good bullets. Hornady makes a bunch of .224" bullets. So does Sierra. .224" is the diameter of the bullet a .22 Hornet uses.
You'll need good camouflage clothing and either face paint or a balaclava too.
"...something that is looked down on..." Nope. Wiley is a smart beastie though. He can get used to one of 'em.
Normally, I'd suggest white painter's coveralls, but I looked at a Georgia weather site. It was -6C today with about a foot of snow, here. That's 21F. Not particularly cold, but not 41F to 67F either. I'm insanely jealous.
Most people skin 'em and use the carcassess for bait. I have recipes for coyote though. No, I haven't.
There are about 1,570,000 sites that come up on a Yahoo search for 'coyote hunting' too.
January 3, 2009, 12:03 AM
Nah, they dont hunt coyote, just deer and different types of birds. I've never hunted anything, I'm still in the process of finishing my hunter safety course. Coyote hunting isn't too popular in Ga as far as I know so most of them here shouldn't be used to being called yet.
And yeah the weather here in Georgia is pretty nice, it was around 70 on Christmas day... thats even a little unusual for us though.
Thanks for the info.
January 3, 2009, 01:32 AM
Hi. Protecting your own livestock likely doesn't require a hunting licence. Call the DNR.
Join a shooting club. It opens a lot of doors. The people at shooting clubs are a great bunch of people and will bend over backwards to help you. Especially since you have property.
"...around 70 on Christmas day..." We had 8" of heavy, wet, snow Christmas Eve, then the temperature went up and we got rain, here in London, Ontario. Couldn't get out of the parking lot until 4:30ish PM. The plow contractor didn't show up. Temperature dropped and the snow froze into a glacier. Two wheel drive F150 pick-up's are hopeless in snow.
The '87 Samurai I had wouldn't have cared. It was a rust bucket and the windshield wipers quit working because of the water getting in, but it'd go through 8" of snow like it wasn't there.
A 12 guage shotgun(it doesn't have to be a big dollar gun. An inexpensive single shot will do) with #4 buckshot will sort out the coyotes bothering your horses. Mind you, if Wiley is coming at night, make sure you know what you're shooting at.
January 3, 2009, 02:19 AM
Thanks... Canada doesnt sound like much fun this time of year :D.
I'll probably get the license anyway, my freinds dont have many nice things to say about the local game warden and they are all pretty good about following the rules. Better to err on the side of caution. And as far as guns go I think im pretty well set between my Mk77 and my AK74, one of them should be able to get the job done. Thanks again for the info
January 3, 2009, 02:57 AM
I actually had basically the same question a little while back and got some great replies. I've tried both types of calls and actually don't care for the e-calls. It worked well but I just don't like carrying it and I feel like learning to call them myself is most of the fun I'm having. That's just my opinion and I bet it would be different if I was protecting my livestock. Camo definitely is important. As is keeping them from smelling you. I had one coming in and the wind shifted. He stopped dead and actually seemed to look right at me before bolting the other way. You may want to look up my previous post I'll try to figure out how to attach it.
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