First of all you need to be aware of the fact that the night hunting laws and regulations vary greatly and for this reason you must check your state and local hunting laws before heading out hunting at night. Hunting these animals during the night can be both challenging and effective in the same time. Here are a couple of tips that will help you during the night coyote hunting
1. It is advisable to get some type of red light which will reflect off the coyote's retina. According to some experienced hunters, a white light will most likely spook the coyotes. These lights can vary greatly from handheld spotlights and flashlights to gun & scope mounted lights or even large spotlights that are installed on the hunter's car.
Coyotes in the night
2. If you prefer hunting with a rifle, it would be best to use a scope-mounted light as it will permit you to scan the area and, in the same time, be prepared to shoot when the moment occurs. If you however enjoy using a shotgun, get a head-mounted light positioned so that when sighting down the barrel, you can see the coyote as well as the sight beads in the same time.
3. Using an extended monopod, call and shoot from a standing position. You don't have to worry about positioning yourself against a backdrop like you do when you hunt during the day. Why? Because coyotes cannot see beyond the source of the light, so you will be safe. Do not forget that the shots you plan on making will need to be fairly close for target identification and for this reason you should position your stand accordingly, taking into consideration also your personal safety. Needless to say, that although you will be hunting during the night, you will still need your daytime skills.
4. It is recommended to scan the area very fast and keep the beam of light moving in an effort to catch the eyes of a possible approaching coyote as fast as you can. Do not shut off the light when you are calling. If you notice the coyote's glowing eyes, you will need to direct the outer edge of the light beam or the halo on the eyes. What you need to do is to give just about enough light in order to keep the eyes glowing. Avoid focusing the main beam on the coyote before you can confirm the target and take the shot.
5. When the coyote's eyes are close enough to identify, drop the main beam on the animal and shoot. Prior to moving from your current position you should take some time and focus on the area of the shot and obtain a mental picture before retrieving the coyote. Why? Because the terrain might look a little bit different during nighttime.
6. If you plan to go coyote night hunting
with a partner, ask him to go retrieve the coyote while you aim the light at the point of the shot.
Hunting at night is always a challenge, and it definitely takes the right equipment to succeed in the dark. If you need transportation to and from your hunting spot, the Polaris Razor 900
can do the job for you.
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