How to Hunt Pressured Coyotes
Hunting coyotes in early Fall is much easier than in late Winter and early Spring. This is because, as a hunter, you can deal with the young of the year. While they are fully grown physically, they lack the keen wisdom and experience of a coyote that has survived three or four Winters and has been shot at a couple of times.
Many of the young coyotes literally bite the bullet the first Fall or Winter. However, those that answer the call and escape now own a Master’s Degree in Humanology.
The Hardwood Approach
Due to the lack of open terrain in the east, coyote hunters there are severely handicapped. Pressured coyotes in the west will commonly stop half a mile away and either give a warning bark or at least smirk at the hunter.
Due to dense timber and limited open terrain, you probably won’t even see these educated coyotes.
Moonlight is a Coyote Asset
While calling eastern coyotes at night is not very effective, the moon phase does have a bearing on your daylight calling. You may hear that a coyote is always hungry, but this is not the case. A coyote is basically nocturnal. If the coyote has hunted successfully at night and bedded down after daylight with a full belly, it’s not as likely to answer the call as one that failed at night to catch is dinner.
Coyotes see well on a dark night, but they see far better on a moonlit night. You may achieve more success in your daylight hunt follows a dark night.
It is believed that coyotes don’t possess the ability to see colors as humans do. With this information, you might think that camouflage patter does not mater. However, the patterns of camouflage that don’t blend with the natural woods background stand out, even to one who cannot discern color very well.
Therefore, we recommend choosing camouflage patterns that blend with the terrain where you are sitting. If you have more than one pattern, you can easily determine which is better by simply draping one of each over a bush, walking off 50 years and observing. Despite the color, even jungle green will work, if the pattern compliments the background.
Even more, consider covering your hands and face as well. A coyote has unbelievable eyesight. A pressured coyote can bust you at 200 yards, even if you are dead still but not wearing gloves and facemask.
The majority of the time, a coyote that has had a bad experience with a predator caller will circle the area from which the calling sound is coming, using his best defense, his nose.
Even with all these products available, you will never be able to truly eliminate all human scent. However, we still advise wearing clothing that locks in human scent, along with careful personal hygiene and the use of scent blocker sprays and cover scents.
While it is bad enough to miss an early season coyote when you are able to call more than one critter during a day’s hunt, to miss a late season coyote after 15 prior set-ups with no (detectable) response can be exasperating.
Therefore, make sure to sight your gun correctly, clean and in good working condition.
These are just a few tips on how to hunt pressured coyotes. For more information on our customized hunting blind options or to order your customized hunting blinds, contact us with the link below!