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Location: Central VT
Joined: 01/14/2006
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coyotes

As more and more people get out predator hunting, the "old reliable" calls, like rabbit distress calls, seem to be less effective. I'm a firm believer, that a coyote, like a mature buck,...will only come to any specific call just once. You got one crack at them, in other words. For that reason, I try to time my coyote hunting to be during the best conditions possible, for a kill. Play the weather, play the wind, and time of day, etc. Wear camo that best matches the terrain at the time too. Don't go out on snow wearing your RealTree Hardwoods, in other words! Be as scent-free as possible, or use a scent to help attract or at least arouse the curiosity of the animals. I make my own predator lure each year.
Turkey calls work great at first light , by the way. I shot seven coyotes during the VT spring turkey season last spring alone, five the year before. And I wasn't coyote hunting. I made shots from 30 to 55 yards, using 3.5 inch Hevishot #6s (my preferred turkey load).
My favorite coyote call for long distance calling is a Primos #702 deer bleat. I've killed over 50 coyotes with that call alone, and at all times of the year. I like reed-type calls for other calling and mouse squeals for in-close calling. Diafragm-type mouth calls are excellent too, as you can vary both the tone and volume easily.
I use a scoped Ruger M-77 in .243 for at-night coyote calling on snow in VT . We often place large baits out well ahead of the coming full moon in winter. A dead deer, deer hide, head, etc., or dead calf works well . But I have killed many more animals daytime, by hunting thick cover with a shotgun, and calling only. I normally use 3.5 inch #4 buckshot (legal in VT) but I'm sure those turkey loads would have done the trick on most of the shots I've made. One important aspect, I feel, is to not get into a "mold" and be sure to alter both your calling sequences and set-ups often. Clear, dead calm mornings (at dawn) produce most of my success. Some small, not-too-obvious "stick blinds" constructed well ahead of hunting, will really work and improve your odds. If in very open areas, make your blinds in fairly elevated locations, like the tops of small knolls overlooking thick cover.
Try purchasing or renting a Randy Anderson tape, if you want some tips on how to get started. He's a real pro at it.
Good luck.
-Jim

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Location: Seekonk MA
Joined: 09/06/2005
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Coyote hunting in Norhteast

Anybody ever get a yote with a bow? I have seen Coyote broadheads. Just curious.
Think

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Location: Central VT
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Coyote hunting in Norhteast

I've taken a few with a bow but always while deer hunting. I love the excuse deer hunters have for not killing coyotes! "I didn't want to scare the deer by shooting", they say! Like a LIVE coyote running around by the stand will IMPROVE your deer hunting? I kill coyotes every chance I get, no matter what I happen to be after at the time. Any broadhead designed for deer will kill a coyote. Don't get duped by market hype, that there's a "special" broadhead for coyotes.
-Jim

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Location: MA
Joined: 01/31/2006
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Coyote hunting in Norhteast

Hello,
I am new to this and was wondering if anyone that coyote hunts uses dogs and if so, are they looking for some?
Thanks

Location: Northeast Pennsylvania
Joined: 02/11/2006
Posts: 85
Coyote hunting in Norhteast

I definitely plan on giving coyote hunting a try....never really went out for them specifically....would see them every now and then.....seen one during second archery in PA .....but it was running pretty quickly through the thickets at 100yds. off...

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Location: MA
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Coyote hunting in Norhteast

Hello,
This is Zeus, he is a seven year old Husky/Pit mix. He weighs about 80 lbs and is an easy to train dog. He is not trained to hunt at this point but knows what a coyote is and will chase them. Thanks for your help Hunter777.
Dana

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Location: Northeast Pennsylvania
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Nice looking dog there!

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Location: MA
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Coyote hunting in Norhteast

Thanks,
Zeus is looking for a home. The ACO banned him from the town because of his love for cats. It would be great if someone could take him. He still needs some training, even at seven, but he is still trainable.
His brother was mine and Zeus is moms, that is why he is not as trained as he should be. She's 78.
So if anyone out there would like him, that would be great. I won't have him put down until they throw me in jail.
I think he would be a great coyote dog.
Dana

Location: Northeast Pennsylvania
Joined: 02/11/2006
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Coyote hunting in Norhteast

I can't have dogs were we are currently living...so until we build a house...I have to wait on having any dogs....well at least big dogs...they allow small dogs.....

He looks like he has some Americna Pit Bull Terrier in him? They are my favorite breed, I am a huge supporter of the breed and I am actively involved in many organizations that support the breed and put down the monster myths that ignorant or uneducated people create. If he has some Pit in him I may be able to help you find a home for him...I can contact some of the site and organizations I'm involved with and they have plenty of adoption areas. Let me know.

Location: Northeast Pennsylvania
Joined: 02/11/2006
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Coyote hunting in Norhteast

oops, I just realized that you did say he is a husky/pit mix above...let me know if you want me to make some contacts to help finding him a home.

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