Coyotes are amazing predators. A hunter once told me that great trophy hunters often cannot successfully call coyotes. But good coyote hunters, he added, can successfully hunt anything!
Why Hunt Coyotes?
If you recall in yesterday’s posting, Sometimes it is Best NOT to Fool With Mother Nature, I indicated that man has tinkered with the natural balance in some locations — and caused severe changes to the landscape.
Sometimes the animals that prey on coyotes have been killed off, leaving the coyote to breed and kill at will. In those circumstances, state agencies ask hunters to help thin the number of coyotes in a given area.
Understanding a Coyote’s Senses
It is easiest to understand their senses by comparing them to a turkey’s senses. Like a turkey, a coyote is a master at catching (even faint) motion and knowing that things are out-of-place.
Like turkeys, coyotes have excellent hearing. They can tell where a sound originates. The coyote and turkey share excellent eyesight and hearing.
However, coyotes are predators, while turkey are prey. Hunters call a gobbler by imitating the call of a lovesick hen. When a coyote answers a call, it is to eat!
Unfortunately, a coyote has an excellent sense of smell – most agree that it is better than a deer’s nose. Mr. Coyote also is smarter that a hunting dog.
A Coyote is a Worthy Adversary!
Think of a coyote as a seasoned athlete with amazing senses and the smarts to use it all to reach his goal.
Coyotes can run about 35 mph! He has great stamina and can accelerate in the blink of an eye.
Are you aware that, unlike a gobbler, a coyote will not voice a response to a call?
Things to know:
- Call him into an area of high visibility (a clearing, so you can see him),
- Keep the sun behind you — and in the coyote’s eyes,
- Hide in the shade, if possible,
- Set the electronic caller 40 – 50 feet in front of you,
- Shoot him before he recognizes your scent (that remains on the electronic caller),
- Know where your scent is blowing; make sure the coyote does not cross it on his way to you.
Professional coyote hunters say that a hunter must be in place to shoot when he starts calling. A coyote offers no warning of their approach. He can be staring at you in seconds!
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