How to Prepare for a Successful Predator Hunt
Zero Your Rifle
If you are the average hunter you have likely been busy deer hunting with your trusty deer caliber. This means your .223, .22-.250 or new 6mm Creedmoor has been sitting idle for a few months, possibly even a year or more.
Before leaving for your first predator hunt of the season hit the range to confirm your rifle’s zero. Shoot it off bags from a bench and then practice several rounds with shooting sticks, or off bipods.
Prepare Your Calls
Similar to your shooting iron, your electronic caller has also likely been gathering dust in a garage corner. Even worse, the batteries are most likely dead or dying, and the battery compartment could be a fouled with battery corrosion. Examine the unit thoroughly and have the Energizer Bunny re-energize the unit.
Now you can add a spare set of batteries to your hunting backpack in case of a power failure in the field. Finally, toss a selection of hand calls. Hand calls can save the day if your batteries go on strike and combination calling could be the spark to bring a predator in for a casting-call ending.
Check the Forecast
Make sure to check the forecast and hunt the best windows of opportunity. If you have a 2-day weekend to hunt, then there’s no reason to beat yourself up on Saturday if the forecast is wind and rain. Hunt smart and hold off until the front passes on Sunday to take advantage of hungry predators able to hear further in the calming winds.
In addition, there’s hunting apps available such as ScoutLook Weather that can keep you abreast of the forecast for optimal hunting success.
Map an Entrance
Once you know the forecast, you can utilize it to map an invisible entrance. Using wind forecasts and topography, map a route into your hunting area to veil your presence.
If you are hunting primarily flat country access area and under the cover of darkness. Then wait at your setup site for shooting light.
Take Your Time
When hunting today’s high-pressured predators, patience is a necessary virtue. Coyotes feel the burn throughout fall and winter from zinging bullets and poorly-executed call setups. Therefore, you will need to wait it out for the magic to occur.
Waiting thirty minutes is necessary and up to an hour is not foolish. Even moving toward distant howls after 45 minutes or more could spark a meeting. Cloak your advance. Then, set up again to press the territorial button of a coyote trying to reassure itself that you could be the real deal.
These are just a few tips on how to prepare for a successful predator hunt. For more information on our customized hunting blind options or to order your customized hunting blinds, contact us with the link below!