Picking Your Spot
Many people don't realize it, but coyotes have established territories and leave sign like other animals. The easiest signs to spot are prints in sand, mud or snow. Once you find coyote sign, you'll need to find a place with favorable wind that offers good visibility and has cover for concealment. In most places, the prevailing wind comes from the west. If you're in the mountains, the thermals will blow up in the daytime and down in the evening. When checking out a spot for visibility, the farther you can see out into the landscape, the better. It's also critical that your calling spot is easy to reach from your vehicle, so that coyotes in the area don't wind you or become spooked by your truck. On your scouting day, try to find several calling locations. We often take these precautions when hunting coyotes but forget about them when we hunt deer. This practice reinforces the need to consider scouting and stand locations when we hunt big game anywhere.