Pay high attention to the direction of the wind constantly. The coyote's sense of smell is highly developed, and shouldn't be ignored. When you set up, be sure you place yourself either with the wind straight in your face or with a crosswind. The coyotes are known for circling downwind to gain the scent advantage, thus the perfect set-up would have to be with a crosswind and enough open area downwind to observe any coyotes that might be circling.
It is also imperative that you call with the sun facing at your back. This will make it more difficult for the coyote to see you. Another significant aspect of setting up is positioning yourself in the shade. By doing so, it will help hide your position and make it more tricky for the coyote to spot you.
Camouflaging yourself well is essential
It is imperative to blend into your surroundings by matching your camouflage clothing to the terrain you hunt upon. It is also decisive to cover all exposed skin areas, and this includes your face as human skin is extremely reflective and coyotes will notice this. Another important element of camouflaging is to try and limit movement when you're on stand. Coyotes have dedicated eyesight and will notice even the slightest movement you make. If you truly must move, do it slowly and in a well calculated way.
Where is the coyote going to come from? Coyotes like a quiet approach. Using the trails is easier and makes the least noise. Busting through the brush or tall grass makes the most noise. Look for them to come in on a trail or an old road. They will most often use the line of least resistance.
Place your hunting buddy to the left or the right, where he can observe behind you (downwind). If you stand near the bottom of a valley, you can make the calling from up one side and your spouse can sit on the opposite side where he can notice everything above you. The idea is to select a place where your buddy can watch the coyotes approaching you, even if you cannot see them. You can do an extremely good job alone, but some coyotes will circle and sneak up on you from behind and eventually leave without you having any idea that they were there.
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When calling in brush or dense cover, carry a shotgun instead of a rifle as the action is liable to be right in your lap. Every time you call in a region with patches of open ground interspersed with heavy cover you should carry both a shotgun for close-up shooting and a scoped rifle for distant shots.
Coyote tracks in mud & snow
Accurateness and flat trajectory are essential elements in a resourceful coyote rifle. Making use of your preferred big game rifle for predator hunting is not a bad idea and you can get good results. Shooting at standing or moving predators under harsh conditions will make hitting a deer, elk or other big size game animal easier when the fall season is gone.
When you're out in the field, look for scat or coyote tracks that will show coyote presence in the area. In addition, take notes on where you see coyotes over and over, as those will be the areas that you want to target your calling upon. Landowners are excellent resources of hints on where they see coyotes on their lands and where they think would be fine places to call. Look for spots that have high concentration of the coyote's favorite prey, like rabbits, prairie dogs, mice etc. If you search for these types of areas, your chances of finding coyotes will be pretty high !
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