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Offline kickedby444

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« on: June 30, 2003, 08:55:26 pm »
Well I need all the help I can get here guys  :(  I live in western Pa. and I want to hunt the coyotes that I have seen on my farm, that is no longer farmed, lots of thick brush and dence woods.I have seen em In bow season. I have a electronic caller with the rabbit in distress cd.
 I used it once and damn near got nailed by an big assed owl  :shock:
 now I know why there is 20 feet of speaker wire on this thing.
 
       please help, I sure could us it.

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« Reply #1 on: July 01, 2003, 06:01:10 pm »
Do you hunt from a tree stand during bow season? What were you planning to use to kill the coyotes?

Often in thick cover you'll call them and not see them or see them too late for the shot.

With the info you've provided, I would go with a shotgun, 12 ga. 3 inch, # 4 BUCKSHOT, not #4 shot. I would use a tree stand or a step ladder. and I'd wear head gear. :grin: If the owl has a letter, he's probably looking for Harry Potter. :-D

Watch the wind, set your caller upwind as they will lock on the sound and try to come in down wind. Try to figure out their approach and surprise them. :grin:

Be quick and quiet in your approach. Get in and get at it. Two shooters is sometimes a good idea to keep your movements down.
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« Reply #2 on: July 01, 2003, 06:50:12 pm »
Thanks Redfrog

 yes I do hunt from stands,I have several. I plan on hunting with a TC handgun in 7mm tcu or 223. I can get a 75 yard shot in the woods just off the open hay field that i've seen them come into the woods from.But i can drag out the winchester pump 12 guage if need be. do you think the rabbit is the best call to use this time of year ? should i get the howling coyote call also ?
  thanks for the replie , and i did camo my son's full face motorcycle helmet  :)

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« Reply #3 on: July 01, 2003, 10:38:36 pm »
Hunting from the stands will work. The hay field will work too. If you are going to hunt the hay field or any other large opening, a common error is setting up in the cover on the edge. Get right in the middle of the clearing and lie down. Keep your movement on stand as little as possible and stay prone. This way they will come to the edge of the cover and should give you basically a 360 view and an oportunity for a shot. If you call from cover to an opening, they will wind you and leave before you even know they are there.

Winter time in the snow, calling from the center of a frozen pond, lake or river works well too. get prone with white camo.

This time of year the young are starting to move around. they are really naive and will respond to a squeaky screen door. :grin:  :grin:

I usually wait until the cold weather and good fur, but if you want to hunt this time of year, get a howler to go with a distress call. The howlers will locate for you, but will also call them in this time of year or Feb/March. Now because of the pups they will try to chase an intruder off and F/M because they are defending territory and mating.

There are a lot of howlers on the market that are difficult to blow or just junk. I use a custom made cowhorn howler and it is user friendly and always works.  For a distress call, it's really hard to beat a Sceery AP6. Easy to blow and very versatile, even for a beginner. Try www.allpredatorcalls.com they have a wide range and a good outfit to deal with.

I usually start with a couple of howls ,wait a few minutes while I glass, then go to a distress call. A few minutes on, then glass for a few, and repeat.  About 20 min. by my watch on a stand is all I do. Some guys do more, it varies on the situation.

I've never hunted PA. but this info is kinda generic. It may need to be modified or tweaked some to suit your situation.

This time of year, it is common to have multiples come to a call. A common error is kill one and whoop and holler and high five as the others run off. OR empty the firearm at the ones fleeing. It's lots of fun, but I like to kill them all. SOoooo, I very seldom shoot a moving coyote. Let them come in to the call then stop them at the range you want to shoot. I always call prone, so I stop them by lifting one leg, or saying HEY! they see the movement or here a strange sound and turn broadside. BANG! FLOP! then I yelp like a kicked dog as the others run off. They usually stop before they disappear. If you are kewl and on them , you can kill them as soon as they stop.

When you have more than one come in, shoot the furthest one first. As the others run out the way they came in, you are yelping and the shot dog is flopping on the ground. they'll stop to see what happened to their buddy. The worst case scenario is they run off and you don't shoot. That only means nothing bad happened to them, except a noise and you can call them in another day.

I think I'll stop now :grin:  I hope this helps. Anything else, just holler.
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« Reply #4 on: July 02, 2003, 07:04:26 am »
Hey thanks Redfrog

 I think that will get me started. I'm ready to leave work right now  :)
but i'll wait and try this evening. Do you have Harry Potter's address ? if that owl comes back i might have to deliver it myself  :twisted:

                            thanks again  Jim

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« Reply #5 on: October 19, 2003, 09:57:39 pm »
how's the hunting goin james? I'm from western PA myself and have been hunting coyotes for 5-6 years. I saw your post and had to reply because you sound like you're in the same spot i was when I started hunting coyotes. Try scouting the area a day or so before the hunt. set up on the side of the field you expect them to come, just inside the woods 20-30' . Works for me. I cant get them to come into a field or powerline. They come to the edge and stop. Hopefully this might help.

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« Reply #6 on: October 20, 2003, 03:30:25 am »
Thanks Longbeard
 
I have not had any time to hunt but will be back at it after deer season.
 Thanks for the info.

     Jim

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« Reply #7 on: December 08, 2003, 08:32:22 am »
Hi James

I really liked Redfrogs advice. Especially the part about using the distress call with your howler as I have seen this bring the ones that got away right back to your downed yote.
I purchased my hower from Bill Austin in 1987. Bill does an excellent job of breaking down the basics, and getting into advanced calling on his instructional cassette.
Bill is now hunting coyotes in the sky but his calls are still avalible at
allpredatorcalls.com

Getting out in the open was also very good advice. I do this, but try to avoid sky lining myself on the way in. This might sound silly but when I am at the point of heading to the middle of the pasture I will bend at the waist studying my toes intently. With my rifle slung over my back and the barrel being held by one hand-I will let my cover-side arm swing freely as I  walk on in trying to present the silhouette of a four legged animal instead of a standing man. Once there, I will wait 10-15 minuets before calling to let the area quiet down.

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« Reply #8 on: December 08, 2003, 06:59:33 pm »
If you know where the coyotes are there is no reason to call! Coyotes wise up to a call quick so take as many as you can without calling, then during there breeding season use howls & you will likely get a double. This would be a good method especially if you only have a small area to call.

 

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