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Scouting And Setting Up For Coyotes

by Chris Hughes

          Two things that are often over looked by new varmint hunters, is scouting and the proper set up. When scouting for coyotes one of the first things I like to do is talk to the local landowners. They will know more about what's on there property better then anyone! After visiting with them, and getting permission to hunt their land, I head out just before dusk or dawn. The coyotes seem to be more vocal at this time then any other. Upon getting to the location I get out my magnum howler, and give them a couple of howls, then wait for a response. If I get a response it gives me a good idea where to start and set up. If by chance I don't get a response, then all hope is not lost, all you need to do is just look around to see if they are still in the area.

          One way in doing this is to look for available food sources. Coyotes are known to eat a wide verity of critters such as rabbits, mice, squirrel, and quail just to name a few, and they've even been known to take down deer and calves. Just about anything they can catch and eat they will go after! At times they have even been known to eat fruits, such as watermelon and pears, just to name a few. If you spot any of these known foods then there's a good chance that they frequent or live in the area.

          Coyotes will move around where ever the food source is available, so if a food source is scarce in that area, you might not find many coyotes, if any at all. So it pays to do some talking and scouting before you go. Another way to see if they are in the area is to look for tracks and scat. Fresh plowed fields give coyote tracks away quite clearly. It could mean more time in the field taking coyotes, then just calling into the wind, with hopes of seeing something!

          Another thing that is often over looked is Setting Up! A lot of hunters make the mistake of not setting up properly when they hunt. Where ever you set up you should have the wind in your face, and a good field of view, where you can see them before they can see you! You will learn a lot of coyotes will try to sneak in from behind to get your scent, and most coyotes like to stay in close to the cover before they come out into the open.

          One way to close the gap between you and them, is to use a good cover scent like fox or coon urine. Try to use natural barriers such as water or heavy brush. In some locations this can be hard to do, but in most cases there is usually a good set up to work the wind, and break up your out line, and still give you a good field of view. If for some reason that the lay of the land will not permit you with a good set up, then as a last resort, work a cross wind. When the coyote comes in from down wind to get your scent you have a good chance in seeing him before he sees you. I have found that crosswinds seem to work the best during winds of 10-15 miles an hour.

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