Hunting Coyotes in Open Country
The West is big country that consists of landscapes larger than any Hollywood theatre screen can depict. The best way to avoid tripping any coyote alarm is system is to stay out of sight.
When you are hunting predators, this means staying low. All open country animals watch the skyline for silhouettes. You put yourself in jeopardy of having a sharp-eyed coyote spot you whenever you have to access a location by crossing the skyline. Therefore, avoiding the skyline is ideal to avoid being spotted.
Instead of topping out to get to the other side, sneak slowly around a hill. Often times this will put you in the same high location for a calling setup without placing yourself against a high backdrop of sky. Consider crawling over the top if the hill is too large or the slope is too vertical for travel.
While this may sound like a lot of work, it definitely keeps you below the skyline. Also, if you use boulders and brush to hide your movements, you can easily sneak into position without setting off an alarm.
Make sure to make all your movements slow and deliberate, regardless of your route. Coyotes are on the lookout for quick, dashing action and often miss your slow, deliberate movements. Additionally, dress head to toe in background-matching camouflage.
Some western areas have flat environment instead of broken topography for skyline environments. In these cases, darkness is your best friend for access. Morning setups are ideal when using darkness to slip into your stand. Keep your downwind of your intended calling site and arrive and well before daylight. Coyote have some night-vision capabilities but, similar to most animals, they do not have military night-style vision.
Fog also works well to offer cover. However, be ready because an incoming coyote may run right over you in low visibility as it hastily tries to get to your call.
Unarguably, the best cover entrance will come from natural and man-made terrain features. Make sure to look for gullies, creeks, hills and even fences choked with tumbleweeds while scouting out calling locations. These locations can all hide your form and gain access to prime calling sites where coyotes may be traveling or bedded or surveillance lookouts.
Being invisible also means silent. Hunters often make noise when gathering their hunting gear and shutting car doors not realizing that it might alarm nearby coyotes.
You can separate vehicle noise from the calling setup by parking at least a quarter mile or more from the calling site and hiking the final distance.
Most open-country glassing situations call for much long distance searching, so the price will be worth the headache savings after spending hours behind your optics.
Depending on your optic needs and hunting topography, research binoculars in the 8 to 10X range with 30 to 50mm objectives. Several manufactures make variable power binoculars if you prefer the zoom advantage as welll.
In comparison to wooded settings, open-country differs greatly in color. Therefore, choose a camouflage pattern that matches your backdrop.
Keep in mind that regardless of how slow you move, a darker pattern will make you stand out more and allows coyotes to pick up your movement quicker.
These are just a few tactics for hunting coyotes in open country. For more information on our customized hunting blind options or to order your customized hunting blinds, contact us with the link below!