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from joegraz on 12.01.09
Me and a friend decided to give yote hunting a try so we bought a electronic caller from gander for $79 and a rabbit decoy for $20, battery operated and drove out rt. 51 to give it a try. The first time the wind was ripping at 15 to 20mph. We tried a few spots for about 20 min each and no luck. We went Sunday night and got to our spot around 4, tried a set with no luck and drove down the road a little to a huge field with a wood line on the bottom by the road for walk in cover. The field is about 400yds wide and deep with the wind at our faces. It was right at dusk so we started calling, distress cottontail---wounded rabbit----- barely enough light to see through the scope and ready to leave(left the red spotlight in the truck) one last call we chose the flicker and looked out into the field at about 130yds and the she was, big ass yote! My buddy put her down and she ended up weighing in at 56lbs. Luck or skill, we'll never know but I can tell you that I believe scent control and wind are the two most important things to it. I have a new addiction and its yote hunting and this is his turn on the caller. Gun was a 243 and we also had a 12ga with us. See if you can find a red tag farm in your area, in my opinion they can produce well.
I agree with bigjake on first and last light calling and cold days. I have been calling coyotes for 12 years and must say that like deer hunting before a storm and following a storm have been my most successful times calling. I dream of days with snow on the ground, the sun shining and the temperature around the freezing point. It seems like these days the coyotes can respond all day long.
coyotes move the most after dark so first and last light are the best times,BUT, they also can be taken at anytime throughout the day.I Hunt on the coldest days possible.The extra energy needed to stay warm on colder days forces yotes to feed more often, which will have them up and on the move during daylight hours.
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