HUNTING: WHERE TO HUNT COYOTES
While I have only hunted primarily in the southwestern U.S., specifically New Mexico, Colorado, Utah, and Arizona. I won't be dumb enough to try and tell you where --in your own neighborhood-- you should go.
I will say this in agreement with many of the "experts," which is the coyote is seemingly growing in its population. As such, you don't necessarily have to travel far to find a coyote. Or a place to hunt a coyote.
This article shall be more slanted towards things to look for when choosing a site to make a stand and, things to watch for which can be in your favor, or not. I'll try to keep it simple.
Please, don't cause the loss of more huntable lands for the rest of us, because you did something stupid!!!
Okay, I'll get off the soap-box
Wide Open Spaces
The open-ness of the gullies make shooting lanes for you, with ample visibility. The brushy sides of these gullies give the coyote, fox, or other possible varmints security in traveling to the calling location, "under cover." If I'm calling alone, I always find a high spot on the terrain to call from. Which also lends a higher degree of difficulty to choosing the right spot, because there are other factors to remember when choosing your stand site.
Such as; is there sufficient cover for you to sit back against? so as to break up your outline. Is it shaded? in order for your camo to blend better, and to also hide some of your movements while calling. Will the location also allow you to watch the downwind side of the area, or only the upwind. If you're hunting with a partner, watching and calling to the upwind is fine. But if you're hunting alone, watch the downwind side always. If possible too, make the brush at your back heavy enough that (if hunting alone) it serves as a barrier. Not only as a physical barrier, but to also disperse your human scent.
One nice attribute to hunting around juniper trees alot is that once under one, I grab a handful of it, and sort of grind it around in my hand. This will release the natural scent of the juniper to help hide the scent of me. Sage works just as well also. And as discussed in the How To Call page, if the coyote is excited, he'll travel around a bush or tree to get to that hot meal he's been hearing about. It's the wary coyote that must be accounted for by keeping close watch on the downwind.
Gang bang 'em
Although, as I said earlier, I've never hunted coyotes anywhere but the west, I have traveled through the midwest and southern states. Looking and analyzing as I went. Alabama for instance, has heavy tree cover, but man has made breaks in that landscape for shooting lanes and vantage sake by cutting power line right-of-ways, farm field clearings, and so on. Mother nature makes clearings in dense cover too. Look for the spots that will put the advantage of ambush on your side of the hunt, not the coyotes. Because he does survive by usually putting these factors to his advantage.
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