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I have been an avid coyote hunter the last couple of years now and the dang dogs are always teaching me something new. We are just coming into their mating season up here in SD and my morning hunt was exciting to say the least. At sunup a coyote up in the Missouri river ridges behind me started howling from about a half mile away...I quickly repositioned towards its` direction and got on him loud with my howler. After about a minute he cut loose with a howl and some barks from about 200 yards away, but was hidden back in some base timber along the ridge...we challenge barked and howled back and forth at each other for about 10-15 minutes, but he would not come out in the open for a shot. I was fully camo`d and it was dead calm & 10 degrees out so figure he had to hear my lip squeeks as a final attempt to pull him into the open for a shot. Finally, after hearing no response for the next 20 minutes I quietly got up and out of the area in hopes of better luck the next time. Hoping to hear some tips if any of you have ever been down this road before and succeeded in getting them to come all the way in...I`m getting better at this addictive sport of varmint calling, but the more advice the better cuz that coyote hasn`t heard the last from me!
 

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I was working out in the yard this afternoon and heard a yote start yodeling in a wooded draw about 400 yards across a corn field behind me so I grabbed my yard-gun, a Ruger 77-22 Hornet and started across the field towards it. My two dogs took off out ahead of me. The male is half German shepherd and half Alaskan Malamute and female is a one year-old full-blooded Alaskan Malamute and looks like a wolf. And they both hate coyotes.

Needless to say they beat me to the woods and just before they got there, I noticed my female really accelerated like she had zeroed in on something. She flew into the woods and I heard her catch the yote. The fight lasted less than 10 seconds, and by the time I got there the yote was dead and she was chompin on it some more and Bo was running around looking for another one. When she saw me she dropped it and joined Bo in looking for victim #2 and I eased along the edge of the woods in case they flushed one out across the field. That's a good tactic if you've got dogs that hunt with you. :)

A few times, they've attacked a whole pack of yotes, and they went after the Alpha's first and I shot (at) the subordinates that were trying to escape through my field of fire. I've about got Bo trained to sit with me while I'm calling, so then I can either sic him on the yote or pop it with the Hornet. He almost always knows somethings coming way before I can see it or hear it. The hardest part is getting him to sit still if I want to shoot it. I like using the Hornet around my dogs because it doesn't hurt their ears. They don't pay much attention to the report, but if I go up to even a .223, they flinch like crazy when I shoot. So that's how I've done most of my yote hunting the last 3 years.

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coyote lesson

Sounds like you were doing all the right things.I have had this same thing happen to me several times.Have had them hold up 500 yards out and sit down.One of the times i had this happen. I stood up after a very long wait and lip sqeaking.Right when i stood up i coud see his head stcking up over a log.We stared at each other a long time.I finally raised my gun and he ran off never got a shot.There is no telling how long he watched me.I believe to this day if i had'nt raised my gun he would have set there and watched me walk away.The lesson i have learned through the years is.For every stand i dont see a coyote does'nt mean there was'nt one there.
 

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Good quote Plumbrich..."doesn't mean there wasn't one there". I'm curious Ghostbuster, where in SD are you from. I'm guessing that you talk about the Missouri, you're around the Pierre area? I'm asking cause I originally come from around the Aberdeen area and the coyotes are thick there now. As far as your question, that's happened to me on occassion as well. I too don't think you're doing anything wrong. All things being done right, sometimes there's just no convincing them to come in. Some are educated to the point that they just won't. I hunt in ND and sometimes, after trying everything in my arsenal to bring 'em in for a shot, you just have to get up and sneak out quietly and try them the next time. Good luck to you in SD.
 

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Five O in ND...I am from Vermillion and hunt both NE and SD since they put a new bridge in outside of town back in 2001...I have had the "howler hangups" a few times now and even though the rush is exciting, nothing beats closing the deal. Was up in Aberdeen the week of Thanksgiving and hooked up with Shannon at Northern Plains Guide service...we saw no coyotes in a day and a half but had tons of sign...will go back again even though I never fired a shot. By the way, I sent another coyote to the happy hunting grounds yesterday morning, had just hunkered by a cedar tree after hanging a piece of tanned snowshoe hare hide on a weed about 25 yards in front of me...didn`t do anything but lip squeek as I knew one was around due to fresh tracks in the morning frost...a medium sized female came out of nowhere at around 100 yards and sneeked the hide before I put her down with the 22/250 at 70 yards. This sport is addictive!!! Happy Hunting Five 0 in ND.
 
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