How to Hunt Coyotes with a Decoy
If you think coyote hunting is an easy way to reduce the predator population during the lull between deer and turkey season, you’ve been mistaken. They are naturally sly creatures. Due to increased hunting pressure in recent years, coyotes have become wise to many of the tactics used by hunters.
Think of coyote hunting as more like chasing big game. You have to be cognizant of wind direction throughout the hunt. Camouflage is a priority as well. Finding a group of canines can take hours of glassing and calling. Even with an ultra-realistic coyote hunting decoy, it can still be a challenge to coax a dog into shooting range.
Before putting a lot of effort into hunting coyotes, take some time to scout to ensure you’ve got coyotes on your property. If you’ve seen them throughout deer season, you’re already a step ahead. Search those areas for scat and tracks. You may even find the remains of a recent kill. If you haven’t seen any around, start your search near CRP fields and river bottoms, especially areas where rodents, a coyote's main food source, are abundant.
They aren’t called song dogs for nothing. At night, go outside and listen for their music. Use a howler call and often you’ll get an answer back. This can enable you to pinpoint their location. The next day, trek to that spot to search for sign. Take along your rifle, decoy and calls in case you run across any. If you find recent coyote activity while scouting, set up there.
Set Up Your Decoy
Educated coyotes have likely heard many distress calls. Even if they’re wary, however, they will still likely investigate. Call for 10-20 minutes then pause. Often, pressured dogs will find a vantage point or remain hidden while they search for what’s making the sound. This is where using a coyote hunting decoy comes into play. A decoy pairs well with calling and grabs their attention. If you’re using electronic calls, set up your decoy next to your call and conceal yourself 50 to 75 yards away. This ensures the coyote is only focused on your decoy, limiting the chances of it seeing you.
Use a rabbit in distress call with the Miss Hoptober decoy. At only seven ounces, you’ll hardly even know it’s in your pack. This is one of the most popular coyote hunting tactics, as rabbits make up a large part of the dog’s diet.
Later in the spring, as does begin to give birth, pair a fawn in distress call with Fanwzy. Or use the Kojo coyote decoy. Add in some yips and howling, and you’ll have every song dog within earshot inspecting your spread.
Whether you’re out in the wide open spaces of the west or in the hardwoods and pines of the east, using a coyote hunting decoy increases your odds for success. Each year, as predator hunting grows in popularity, the canines will get warier about hunters. It’s why we produce the most life-like decoys we can, to ensure you have every advantage in the field.