How to Take Advantage of Terrain Features to Make Predators Turn Your Direction
As a predator hunter, you have most likely been frustrated at one point or another with downwind, circling predators — particularly coyotes.
Instead of making a trip to Home Depot to purchase a predator-proof barrier, consider taking a good look at your hunting property. Look for terrain features that can direct predators in your direction. Coyotes, bobcats, fox and other predators have a knack for slipping through the nastiest of vegetative tangles. Then they will disappear in the slightest folds Mother Nature hold.
However, terrain, flora and even man-made features can sometimes direct sly predators to expose themselves when working to gain the downwind advantage, as they come to your predator calls.
Keep in mind the value of a waterway, or anything wide or deep. Cats are not known for being the best of swimmers. While coyotes can dog paddle, they would rather not in big-water. Therefore, create a set-up featuring an upwind, opening that is bordered by water to direct a predator to circle in an adjacent opening as it avoids going for a dip.
In addition, steep canyon walls, sheer precipices and extreme canyons are ideal for channeling travel patterns as a predator arrives on site. Even if a predator can travel the nearly-unnavigable terrain, it will ultimately seek flat terrain. Steep country scrambles winds. However, flat ground typically provides a consistent wind direction for them to test.
Some fencing can be prohibitive. However, other fencing may already be in place. If so, use it. Sheep-style woven fence can prohibit easy passage from one side to the other. In some regions, ranchers erect large series of windbreak panels that may act as a funnel. In suburbia, large industrial compounds utilize chain-link fence that may siphon a predator right into your lap.
Lastly, thick cover can actually work to your benefit. Some vegetation is just too thick for a predator to move about freely. The following are a few drilled varieties that can deter a predator enough to walk on outside edges, exposing it:
- dog-hair briar patches
- cattail borders of marshes
These are just a few tips on how to take advantage of terrain features to make predators turn your direction. Your own experience will help you inventory terrain features. For more information on our customized hunting blind options or to order your customized hunting blinds, don’t hesitate to contact us with the link below!