It was another day at the Taxidermist when my helper Curtis and I were doing some deer heads. As we were doing deer heads Curtis asked me about coyote hunting. I told him when it all works out it has got to be the funniest animal to hunt. In Kansas we can hunt coyote all year long so when we get bored we grab a bow or rifle and head to the woods looking for the great song dogs. Curtis was getting pretty excited hearing some of my stories of hunting the old dogs. Next thing you know I decided to shut down the shop and take Curtis hunting.
This was Curtis’s first time out hunting the old song dog so we were trying to find extra camo and all the gear he needed to go out in. About 2 o’clock we finally left the shop and we were on our way. We arrive at a little cut, out in the timber that I have had great success hunting dogs at in the past. I first set up Curtis beside a big oak tree and covered him up with a camo net. I told Curtis no matter what happens do not move. I set up beside an oak tree just about five feet from Curtis and started to get myself covered up and ready for the hunt.
The first thing I did was grab one of our Rabbit Squealers we just finished and started to call. After about five minutes we could hear something in the timber coming our way. It was a big coyote and probably one of the biggest I’ve seen around here. The big old male just went up and down the edge of the timber looking like he knew something was up. After about 4-5 minutes he decided to go back into the timber. I picked up the call one more time and hit it. He came back out to take a look and that’s when he saw us. The coyote like always took off and headed for cover.
Well I thought for sure Curtis’s first coyote hunt was over. But to my surprise the coyote did something I have never seen before, He started howling down in the timber. Curtis had a look on his face like he was going to wet his pants. I then picked up my Coyote Howler and let out a big howl. It worked he called back and we could tell he was coming our way. To our surprise he came in right behind us and stood between both of us. The coyote was only 2 feet from Curtis and I could see that he was one scared guy. Curtis tried to move around the tree and coyote took off right towards me and ran within inches from my foot. Now I know how scared Curtis was. I looked at Curtis and started laughing but I did find a way to ask him if he was ok. Curtis said “ I thought that coyote was going to eat me." But the coyote isn’t done yet.
When the coyote got to the timber he let out a big howl again. I stood up and got ready. I knew this had to be a big Alpha Male. I got my howler out and hit it one more time. The big male came back out and stood 20 yards away looking at us. I was at full draw waiting for him to turn. Finally he turned and I let the arrow fly. The arrow hit right behind the shoulder and the coyote didn’t go 15 feet.
I thought I probably would never see Curtis again hunting coyotes but I made him one of our biggest coyote hunter around but that’s another story.
Below is a picture of the calls I used to call in the Crazy Coyote.