Coyote Hunting East of the Mississippi

Posted: 06/17/2012 in Gable Sporting Goods, Georgia DNR, Hunting, News, Tips and Tricks, Wildlife
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By: Brian Grossman Originally posted on biggamehunt.net
Posted on: 03/11/12
If coyote hunting was only as easy as it’s portrayed on television. You just set up on a big, open area, turn on the caller, and within minutes coyotes come running from all directions. Heck, the hardest part is deciding which one to shoot! In the real world, however, it seldom works out that way (For me, it NEVER works out that way). What you don’t see in those 30 minute shows is all the times that the hunters set up, called, and didn’t see anything.

These programs can really set unrealistic expectations for anyone new to predator hunting, especially for those of us east of the Mississippi River. That’s because most are filmed out west, in states like Nebraska, Kansas, South Dakota and Wyoming, where wide open spaces and long shots are the norm. Techniques that work there, aren’t necessarily the same techniques that work best here. Let’s take a look at some of the key techniques for taking song dogs and how they can vary for us easterners.

SCOUTING
Regardless of which state you live in, scouting is the key to consistently harvesting coyotes. Most of us wouldn’t dream of going deer hunting without first putting in some time scouting, but it seems pretty common for those new to predator hunting. I know, because I made the same mistake when I first got started!

Just as with deer hunting, it’s important to spend some time figuring out what areas the coyotes are using on a regular basis. There are several ways to get this done, and I always start by talking with the landowner (assuming you are hunting private land). Chances are, they can get you pointed in the right direction by telling you where they have seen and heard the coyotes. If talking with the landowner is not an option, then a good starting point would be to get out in the late evening right at dark and try to elicit some howls by howling yourself with a mouth call or electronic caller. A siren call can be effective, as well.

If you get some response, make a note on the location from which the coyotes are calling. This should give you a general idea of where they are denning, which will be a great starting point for your hunting sets.

Just as important as knowing where the coyotes are, is knowing how you are going to get close enough to set up on them. This is where the terrain differences between east and west can really come into play. For those in the flatter, more open areas you will have to rely on fencerows, woodlots, ditches and creeks to plan your route into your sets. Hunters with more woods and more rugged terrain can use those features to their advantage. Just as you would if you were going after a big whitetail buck, make sure that you pay attention to what wind directions will work for each set. We’ll talk a little more about that in just a bit.

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