How to Know if Your Coyote Calls Will Work or Not

How to know if your coyote calls will work or not

Everyone hates to give up. Nevertheless, there are a few factors to consider while coyote hunting that could point you to another location or better solution if hunting is tough. Therefore, we will discuss how to know if your coyote calls will work or not.

How to Know if Your Coyote Calls Will Work or Not

The following are a few ways on how to know if your coyote calls will work or not.

The Runaway Coyote

It typically takes time and labor to get to a calling location. However, occasionally along the way, either in your vehicle or on foot, you bump into a coyote. While seeing a coyote running away from an area you were hoping t call isn’t necessarily a reason to give up, it’s not hard to do the math.

In areas of high coyote density seeing one coyote leave an area probably is not a reason to give up and head another compass direction. It is still highly possibly for another coyote to show up from another bearing. However, if you hunt in areas where coyote numbers are scattered and calling success is below average, you may want to pick another locale.

Human Hustle and Bustle

While coyotes don’t always flee from the hustle and bustle of humans, they’ll often put distance between the commotion. You may want to choose another location if you near your calling destination and see activities unusual for the area. Coyotes already could be leaving, therefore reducing your calling success.

One activity you may consider unusual but doesn’t always scare coyotes — and sometimes attracts them — is cattle feeding. Coyotes may see it as a daily routine or are waiting to slip in for a few nibbles of grain.

Neighbor’s Barking Dog

You may notice that sometimes you get to a location with confidence and begin calling, only to have a distance coyote begin a relentless sequence of barking. Barking typically means a coyote is suspicious.

Additionally, a combination of barks and howls could signal a questioning attitude from a coyote. While it’s not a guarantee, oftentimes a barking response means the game is over. A coyote could have seen your form advancing from afar or it simply may consider your sounds to be questionable.

You have two options in this situation. The first is to slip away and come back another day. The other is to begin mimicking the barking to sound like another coyote also questioning “What’s up?” If the barking appears to be more curious than aggressive, then why not bark back before you leave? Wait at least 30 minutes or more for any cautious coyotes to peek for an answer.

Wait Out the Weather

Lastly, you have probably heard the expression wait 10 minutes and the weather will change. Unexpected weather such as gale winds or driving moisture can make your calls extremely ineffective.

This type of weather almost always guarantees low success in open country. Leave areas that will not allow your calls to carry and either schedule a time to return later, or dive into cover that coyotes may also be seeking for weather relief. Coulees, canyons and bottomlands all provide protection and your calls may reach eager ears.


These are just a few tips on how to know if your coyote calls will work or not. For more information on our customized hunting blind options or to order your customized hunting blinds, contact us with the link below!

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