Coyote hunting 101

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  1. MrDenton Member

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    Ok, I've got my MVP dialed in pretty good. I've got my California hunting license and I live 1/4 mile from the Northern part of the Cleveland National Forest here in SoCal.
    We have a large pack if coyotes that terrorize the local domestic pets every night.
    I see them every morning when I get home at 4am.
    Since we can't hunt at night, what do I do?
    Basically, where do I start?
    Thanks.


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  2. jwb47 Active Member

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    get a good electronic call along with a vibrating decoy . set up with the sun at your back and start calling as soon as you have enough light to shoot . good camo and shooting sticks will make things a bit easier . dont be smoking or making any sudden movements. I like to put the call and decoy out about 75-100 yds infront of me when terrain allows .
  3. MrDenton Member

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    I appreciate the advice. The one thing I was worried about was calling in the wrong predator...mountain lion. The remote call makes a lot of sense.


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  4. Al in Mi Active Member

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    yotes will try and circle so keep the wind in your face too. things can happen very fast so be ready on those sticks!!!
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  5. MrDenton Member

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    You guys are getting me excited. Correct me if I'm wrong, but coyotes that have no hunter pressure should be easy to call in?


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  6. Al in Mi Active Member

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    as a rule yes....................the first time. Miss one, and they all seem to get call shy pretty quick.
  7. jwb47 Active Member

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    coyotes are fickle . some times they will come in like a rocket and other times they will lurk just out of range taunting you . I had one come in on my decoys while turkey hunting . He was going wide open until he got about 20ft from the decoys and slammed on the brakes . I swear he said oh s%&t right before he caught a face full of number 4 copper coated BB'S
  8. MrDenton Member

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    I've been fly fishing Brook and Brown Trout out of tiny streams for years. The coyote and the trout have more in common than you'd think. Both always on alert, both hungry predators, both very fickle. But, I've learned to adapt to the trouts way of doing things. Hope I can do the same with Mr Coyote. ImageUploadedByTapatalk1417538325.775365.jpg ImageUploadedByTapatalk1417538361.334004.jpg


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  9. Al in Mi Active Member

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    nice mess of fish there!!!
  10. MrDenton Member

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    Thanks. This last October in the Eastern Sierras. I have high hopes in harvesting some coyotes here in Southern California.


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  11. Ryan Towry Member

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    good luck! i just ordered a 20" MVP predator to try my hand at the Coyote game here in northern california (colfax area)

    let us know how it goes.
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  12. MrDenton Member

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    Most definitely! I'm hoping to get out within the next week or so.


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  13. hombre243 Member

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    I have a new treestand coming tomorrow. I have killed a few coyotes while hunting for other game but never hunted them specifically. Is tree stand hunting worthwhile? I want to observe and learn about them songsters and I thought maybe being up a tree may help thin out my scent a bit and also give me a little advantage by being above the ground.

    I missed using it this deer season because it didn't get here soon enough, but I want to get some use out of it and coyote hunting is what is available to me now, as well as some fur bearers that are edible.

    Any advice?
  14. Ryan Towry Member

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    most hunt coyote in more desert landscapes and not so much wooded but i don't see why a tree stand would not work if you have a remote call. if you are trying to mouth call them in they will know the sound is coming from the tree and your element of surprise went out the window. would be cool to setup in a tree at the edge of a open field or something and see what you can cal in.

    cant hurt to try! good luck. let us know how it works.
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  15. hombre243 Member

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    Thanks Ryan. I have a siren type locator and a cheap caller with 7-8 different calls. Also mouth calls. Just learnin so I expect to see tails in the wind more than I want but that's the way it works for a while. I can set up at the edges of woods or fields, deep woods and near cattle, pigs and sheep. I want to be out in the woods when deer hunting is going on. May be able to ambush a dog that way.

    Lastly, I have some really stinky chicken and pork parts ready for the gut pile. If I don't get my deer I may have to eat that...uhhuh.
  16. guthepenguin Member

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    I've wanted to do something like this, but I've NEVER been hunting before. Utah's Predator Control Program pays out $50 per coyote.
  17. spamassassin Well-Known Member

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    Are you sure about not hunting at night? For varmints and predators I think it's legal in CA. Double check the regs.
  18. Ryan Towry Member

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    i think you can hunt at night for varmints predators but there are restrictions.
  19. hombre243 Member

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    At one of the management areas the site manager's wife mentioned that she thought it was "fun" that when she was walking with her kid and the small house dog, down by the creek, near the cornfield...in the evening just before dark, (her words) a whole bunch of them would watch them from the edges and once, one of them ran right past the little dog and it tried to chase the yote but it was on a leash...

    I told her to stop that particular activity unless she was carrying a gun. But now I know where (near where) at least one family packs up at night. About a week later the woman and her family moved and now there is no site manager. I am thinking now, as long as it stays in the moderate temps and doesn't rain, I may climb up, hook up and spend the night. No restrictions here in Iowa. Also, coons are in abundance in the same area. I have taken several just hunting squirrels at dark and the coons happened down the path tight next to my ground stand/treefall pile.

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