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Still-Hunting Predators

Hows it goin,
my dad just bought 112 acres of pine woods adjacent to our already existing property. i took a walk out there the other day and say coyote and fox tracks all over the place. now, all the predator hunting i have done was either at a very short distance or 200+ yards. i will sit in one spot for hours, just blowing a call and waiting. but seeing all of this sign, i want to try still hunting through the woods for predators. i have done this for deer many a time, but predators, at least to me, are much more intellegent than deer, so it would be harder to see them or find them. they are very skilled at keeping hidden. i was out one night, leaning against a tree, when i gave the field in front of me a shine with a spotlight. five yards away was a coyote, staring at me. that just goes to show how sneaky they are. so, just wondering if anyone had any tips for me.

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I hunt coyotes almost every weekend on public land near my house and have scored twice since the end of archery deer season. I started by scouting during bow and rifle season and then by going back and doing a little calling. I also talked to a couple of local trappers who run traplines in the area throughout the year. I currently hunt near one of the lines because several yotes like to check this area out. Probably looking for an easy meal that's still in the trap.

I hunt at night between sundown and about 0430 ( depending how cold it gets) because they seem to very active then. Lately I've been snowshoeing into position early so I can set up before sundown. I've called several in but only two close enough for a shot...about 100 yds for the first one and about 135 yds on the second. I don't usually have the option for a really long shot because of the terrain and cover. They don't pause long in open areas.

I started hunting coyotes at my ranch in Colorado when they came in for a free lunch at our hen house. I sat on the deck and shot them from a lounge chair. Kind of like hunting over a bait pile. I have to work a little harder here.

I use a Ruger Mini-14 with an ATN Gen II night vision scope. I bore sight it with a laser cartridge and accuracy has been excellent. My rifle has a Hogue overstock, flash suppressor, and Harris bipod. I use Wolf varmint rounds with the red plastic tips. Very fast, expand nicely and not too much pelt damage. Quality control seems to be good as I've had no feeding problems on follow up shots. That's real important with autoloaders.

I call with a small mouse squeeker. I 've had great luck with it. I start with a series of loud piercing squeals and then pause and finish with quieter peeps. Don't call too often...be patient and wait. They can be right on top of you before you know it. Set up based on the wind but remember it will change or completely stop after the sun sets. I haven't found the moon phase to a big factor, but some guys really swear by it.

Now is the time to get out there since the females are going into heat for about the next 3-4 weeks. The boys will be gettin crazy and throw caution to the wind...should be some easy shooting. One bit pf advice...try to avoid the temptation of setting up right on top of their piss posts...if they detect you they won't be back. Move off and watch for them to come by. I usually give them at least 100 yds depending on terrain, cover etc.

I used keep the pelts for bounty or sale but the fur market is way down right now so I.m not sure if I'll mess with it this year. One more word of advice...be very careful with this type of hunting...it's very addictive! Good luck and have fun.

Never bring a knife to a gun fight

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With the fox and coyote keen senses, it is important to conceal your self with your hunting environment. You must attempt to blend in with your surroundings, so be sure to pay attention to this detail. Be sure to cover face and hands (especially if you tend to move these often while hunting)

try to set up where I can see the critters coming in from as far as possible. This will allow me to make any neccessary adjustments with my weapon and lights. I also like to set up on a high spot in the terrain. Again, this gives me a good vantage point to seal the deal. Overlooking a large field that is backed up by a swamp or woods is often ideal. Wind is critical and must be paid attention to. The predators will almost always circle around you to identify the source of the commotion. Position yourself where you can take a downwind shot. This is imperative! If you have a buddy with you, sit looking in opposite directions. The key here is to sit close enough so that you can communicate with each other. NOTE: Be sure to have a plan for shooting since you are going to be close to each other. Safety must come first!

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