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Location: Middle Tennessee
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Favorite predator call

What is your favorite pred. call? Most people I know that have called have used the cotton tail squaller. I tried one once but the area had a low population of yotes and whatnot.

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Location: Pennsylvania
Joined: 10/28/2003
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I'm a novice at predator calling but I use the song dog and tally ho also have a couple of rabbit in distress calls. I don't have a electronic caller yet but I would love to get one.
Seems like it would be much easier to trap them but I'm not having much luck there either.....this is the year!!!!
I just got my first fox (night hunting)! and now I need to get my first coyote (other than incidental to deer hunting).
I have heard people say they have success misting the air with fox urine while calling to throw off the yotes nose but I have no personal experience with it.

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Location: Middle Tennessee
Joined: 08/25/2005
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Another scent that works good to fool a coyote is skunk urine. Be very careful with it though. Ive never gotten a yote and really want to. I may do some when I go up for the bear hunt. I trapped a red fox last year and shot another but no grays yet. An electronic caller will do wonders in a heavily populated predator area. GOOD LUCK

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Location: Windsor CO
Joined: 01/23/2006
Posts: 38
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We called one in last week. I got it to within 50 yards and then yelped to make it stop and it was going perfict. Then I pulled the trigger and nothing. I have a Savage 233 varmet with the Accu-trigger. I like it and hate it at the same time. If you pull on the edge of the trigger it'll release but won't fire, then you need to recock it. No problem when shooting prarie dogs but that coyote was not going to hang around. I cocked it and he started to run. I was laying down and tried to shoot him on the run but all I did was make him kick it into overdrive. Wow they are fast when you miss them. I was so pissed.

He was still comming closer when i yelped to stop him. I wonder how close he would have came. I think it would be cool to shoot on with my Glock 40.

I bought a cheap eletronic call ($19.99) from Sportsmans and a few mouth calls. I've been using both. I'll do a rabbit distress call and then if no action I'll do the rabbit again and add the Pup yelps from the eletronic call. That is what brought the one I'm talking about now in.

I also bought some rabbit scent that is used for training dogs and watered it down and put it in a spray bottle. I'll spray a mist in the air every 15 min or so. The coyoet that came in was from down wind of where we were set up so it must work some or he was just a dumb (lucky) Coyote.

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Location: Montana
Joined: 03/09/2006
Posts: 111
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Locator: I have just bought the Hot Dog from Primos, and love it. It is very loud, and gets'em singin at almost any time of day, if they are around. Also can use it for Ki-Yi's, but Im not Randy Anderson, yet!! Brick Wall,) I have heard much talk of bull horn calls being the best, but I havent used one as of yet.

Rabbit: Sceery, real raspy and loud. I like to mix it with the howler if I know dogs are around.

Quick Story: I havent hunted coyotes for a few years, just got into it heavy this year again. My hunting partner and shooter is ALWAYS ready to go call some dogs. We went out about 11 days ago, and got on some dogs right at sundown. I let the Hot Dog rip and they howled back instantly, and it was loud. We knew they were close. I waited about 3-4 minutes and didnt want to howl again just in case I messed up, I didnt want to make them wary. So, I started on the rabbit squaller, and after one 30-45 sec. sequence and two or three minutes of waiting, they come over the hill, 300yds or so in front of us. Perfect, right where we set up for them to come over. Partner is close enough to wisper "Left, Left" which "always" means he wants me to shoot the animal on the left , since I am a lefty. Our little system. Unknown to me, he lost the dog on the right and is going to shoot my dog! I lip kiss lefty to about 75 yards out from both of us. Shooting a .223 (him) and a 22.250 (me) sighted in for a 100yd zero, we got'er licked, right? Wrong. WRONG! He shoots about a half a hair over its back (I know, cause i am applying pressure to the trigger, as the left dog is mine??!!). Needless to say, its too late to put the crosshairs on the dog on the right, cause he found top gear and hit the ridge before I know it. MAN I cant believe it!!! Closest we got to a called dog all year, and we walk away empty handed!!! Worse yet, we educated two nice furred dogs. O well, guess well get'em next time!!

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Location: Idaho
Joined: 02/28/2006
Posts: 159
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I like the open reed Sceery predator call. I can vary my tone and volume to match my area. Most people, I believe, call way too loud. Not a big deal on virgin coyotes, but if they get called too much they will get shy to a blasting cottontail squeal. I had really good luck just squeakin on the palm of my hand. Called in and killed 6 that way this year. It's not very loud and is very unique so coyotes don't recognize it if they've been called to before.
My uncle killed over 150 this year using a metal reed Sceery jack rabbit squeal, He's very good though. He says the location of your stand and wind are more important than the quality of your call. Coyotes are very curious, but very wary. You'll never see a lot of them when they come in.
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Location: Longmont, Colorado
Joined: 04/29/2006
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Knapp, Ive got one for you!
I went out to hunt only coyotes today for the first time and what a blast! I used a Knight & Hale cottontail call. The first two spots didnt produce anything but the last one on the way to the truck did. I sat down at the top of an opening to the basin below, set up my rifle and called for about six seconds or so. I fully expected something to come straight out of the draw considering every other angle it should have been able to wind me. This may sound like BS but 30 seconds after my last call, I had a coyote run two feet behind me, circle around and go back the way it came. I looked at my buddy and started laughing at how close it actually came to me. I turned back around and called it again, and she showed herself again when she ran down a ridge. I gave her a quick squeek and she stopped dead in her tracks to look at me just before I dispatched her right at 50 yds. Thats the first coyote Ive ever killed with my 270 and what a blast!! A little unerving but Im definatly hooked.

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Location: Montana
Joined: 03/09/2006
Posts: 111
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I have had one come to within 10 feet using a rabbit squaller. I couldnt see it because of brush (bad stand location) and he snuck right in on me. I moved my finger three inches from the side of my shotgun to the trigger, and he was GONE. Sprayed some buck shot his way, but knew when I squeezed that it wouldnt catch him. Prolly the instance that hooked me on predator calling the hardest. Not really scarry, but certainly was as exciting as any experience I have ever had in the outdoors.

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Location: Windsor CO
Joined: 01/23/2006
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hey Englund,
Looks like you are not far from Windsor. Where do you hunt?
I went out last weekend and got one in that same spot. We have a lot in that location, I saw 8 of them in a pack the week before. Is it weird to see that many of them in a group?

I can beleive that he got that close. I have a friend with 6000 acers of land out past Yuma and he hunts and traps them alot. He also lets a few other people hunt his land. One day he is home with his wife and gets a knock on the door. It's a guy that he lets hunt his land and he has blood all over his back. Seems he was calling and didn't hear one comming up from behind him. All he knew is that suddenly something hits him hard from the back and he is on his face. It just hit/bit and took off. He didn't have time to do anything. Seems like a freak thing.

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Location: novascotia
Joined: 05/03/2006
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I have heard of a few instances where hunters were sitting and 3 or 4 coyotes were working around them trying to find a chance to attack . When one got shot the rest fled . Their not to be trusted !

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Here's a link to some coyote encounters in the USA & Canada. Some may or not be accurate but assuming they are:

http://tchester.org/sgm/lists/coyote_attacks.html

My theory is this: Coyotes, Wolves and ALL dogs are animals of prey and when someone is running, that triggers the prey instinct. Try to get a dog to chase something that isn't moving fast. I never seen a dog chase a car backing slowly from a driveway, they wait until there is a "fair chase" Joggers, children at play seems to be the most encounters and on "still encounters" are they just trying to iniitate a chase.?
I don't think that a healthy adult that doesn't run has much to fear from coyotes but a child...oh.. a differnt story, they will initiate the chase without knowing better.
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