1. The 101 of Coyote Hunting for Beginners.
Why Coyote’s, you may ask. They are not your typical specie of animal that a typical hunter may hunt. If you’re thinking about food, well the Coyote doesn’t offer much meat. They are wily, lean creatures, so you are not going to feed the family this way.
No, the real reason for hunting Coyote and should possibly be the only reason is because they are in abundance and they can be a nuisance. In that, we mean they are on the high predator list for killing off many a deer and other smaller animal. This can be a problem when it comes to generally keeping the deer population up and game farm owners happy.
So, helping to keep the Coyotes numbers down will in turn help the general longevity of our deers.
2. What Weapons are Best for Hunting Coyote?
When hunting Coyote as a beginner, you want a weapon that fits a few basic features:
Look for a gun that weighs in not more than 6.5 pounds. Reason being, that if you are a novice Coyote hunter, you may take a few hunting trips to perfect actually bagging one of these crafty fellows, and you don’t want to be put off by lugging a heavy old gun around with you.
- Flat Shooting Rifle
We are referring to the flight path or trajectory of the bullet from muzzle to prey – as a beginner a rifle that doesn’t arc too much will mean a keener aim.
Its best to go with a cartridge that has projectile ability – in this we mean that the bullet enters cleanly and then expands into tiny pieces within the body of the Coyote. This is the most humane method and .17 or .20 caliber cartridges work best.
Ensure your rifle has a low recoil, so you won’t be thrown back too much and can be ready to aim and fire again within seconds. Coyote’s are not the biggest of targets, so you will find that you may need a second or even third attempt to seal the deal. Having to right yourself and rifle in a few minutes will end up with your guy running off before you have even looked up again.
- Cartridge Choice
Go with a .204 Ruger – it covers all of the above very nicely.
- Accurate Aim
While we appreciate you value your aim as pretty true, the help of a good predator rifle with at least a 1 MOA (1 Minute of Arc) will make your hunting trip more memorable
Select rifles we suggest are, and in no particular merit order:
1. Savage Axis
Available in .223 Rem, .22-250 Rem and .243 Win, you can be assured of a sure aim and hit with this lightweight, right or left- handed rifle.
2. Ruger American
For those windy open plains, the Ruger is perfect. Weighing in around only 6.5 pounds, with a light trigger release and easy hold, you will be popping down those Coyotes in no time.
3. Remington Model 700 SPS Tactical
The Remington is renowned for being used in law enforcement and boasts a very accurate kill hit. With its 16.5 inch, heavy barrel you will find you can maneuver this baby around quite easily while getting that accuracy you need for the longer shot. The best part of this rifle is that it can accommodate a suppressor, which is often required in certain areas.
4. Semi Automatic Rifle DPMS Sportical
When you know you are going to need an extra distance rifle, the Semi Automatic DPMS modern sporting rifle will do the trick nicely. You are looking at least a 400-yard shooting range. With an adjustable, as well as collapsible length butt stock, you will find you can take easy aim once set up.
3. Aspects to heed when hunting Coyote as a Beginner
Setup is vital when it comes to Coyotes. As mentioned, they are a sneaky predator and are used to being hunted, so you want to get one or even two up on these shifty creatures. Take into account the wind direction, as you want to be sitting upwind. Their keen sense of smell will ruin your hunt in a millisecond. Visibility is key or at least not being visible. Coyotes have real good eyesight and even with your camo outfit, you will be easily seen. So, make sure you are well hidden.
- Decoys and Caller
When it comes to your callers and decoys, ensure you have positioned them in an area that, firstly seems like a likely place that a prey would be in. Coyote’s are, by no means, stupid animals. If the setup doesn’t seem realistic to them, they will skedaddle before you can say Wily E Coyote.
Secondly, elements to remember are to make sure the decoy or caller is hidden, not too much in the open and of course don’t be calling too often. Make your calls erratic and if at all possible try to listen to an animal in distress. Do they call constantly or in little bouts? Mimic this.
In addition to you being well hidden and all camo’d up, you want to ensure your rifle, your backpack as well as any accessories you use are well masked. This pertains to your callers, decoys, and camera equipment.
- Hunting Patterns
The Coyote’s hunting patterns, not yours. They mostly hunt alone or in pairs, but rarely in packs. Generally there may be a litter of puppies to feed back home and one parent will stay with the babies, while the other goes hunting. As for time of the day, again, if there is a litter they will be hunting around the clock, but mostly, they are daytime hunters. Know your Coyote’s hunting pattern, to avoid wasting your own time.
Hunting is a waiting game and in particular the Coyote can make you wait, however, having said that, with a little bit of research and trailing, you can pin point where your Coyote will be hunting, and position yourself perfectly for an easy hit. Scout the area for their scat, for their leftover prey and if you are struggling, consider a decoy or caller, which will assist in luring your little guy out into unknown territory. The name of the game is patience. You may need loads of it and then again you may just wing this the easy way.
Common Mistakes you may be making as a Rookie Coyote Hunter
Don’t let the Coyote’s cackle away at you as you attempt to snag their sneaky hide. There may be a few vital faux pas’s you are making as a novice hunter.
- Call Of The Wind
Using a Coyote Caller is a fantastic idea, especially when you don’t really know where the Coyote are at. They are inquisitive creatures by nature and hearing an animal in distress or even the sound of other Coyote’s, whether male, female or a pack of puppies, will always bring them sniffing.
But, you don’t want to be plonking your caller down in some random spot and blasting it out with no real plan. A slightly hidden caller that issues a call every 30 seconds, for a short duration is better. The type of call should also be varied. Some Coyote will react more to certain distress calls than others. You need to change every hour or so if you find they are not taking the bait.
Coyote’s generally will hunt one particular area, however, if they are not feeling easy, either because a call sounds unrealistic or they get a whiff of a foreign scent, they will move right away. Scouting around and picking up the obvious signs of Coyote is a good pre-hunting strategy. Also, not spending too much time in one area is a good call. Be patient, yes, but also know when to move on to a new area. In addition to location errors, spend a little time finding out what other animals are frequenting that area. Coyote’s like smaller prey, such as birds, mice, vermin, rabbits, and other smaller game. That is where you want to be.
- Noisy Nillie
You may just be too loud. From your backpack to your rifle, you want to be as stealth-like as possible. Coyote’s, in addition to perfect eyesight and scent, have keen hearing too. Any out-of-the-ordinary sound will send them shuttling back across the plain. Ensure your backpack is made from a super quiet material, so when it rubs up against branches, you are not heard. Step lightly and ensure your rifle doesn’t make any clicking noises, which it may do when knocked up against something.
Take a look at this Youtube Video of Coyote Hunting Compilations which will give you a good idea of calling and making that shot count.
In conclusion, Coyote hunting is entertaining sport and in addition is good for the environment and deer population. Making it fun means taking a few moments to assess your situation, know your Coyote habits and be patient.