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The Coyote Caller’s Playbook (Page 2)

Here the author offers up tips on how to lure in predators that have learned prey-in-distress calls are too good to be true.

If you want to send a love letter vocally, you need to capitalize on the coyote estrous yip, the estrous whine and the basic howl. Estrous yips are short, simple and high pitched. Three or four advertise a female is in the area. These are unmistakable to male coyotes. Follow the yip with what’s referred to as the “estrous whine.” Forget the fancy definition and imitate the whining your pooch makes when you pluck a steaming-hot bratwurst from the grill. Give it intensity and sound sultry. Wait for up to 15 minutes. If that doesn’t do the trick you can always end your setup with a howl for a long-range invite.

Last winter, before I stashed the coyote gear for the season, I decided a breeding-season hunt was in order. I knew coyotes preferred to den on a particular ridge that overlooks a creek. To give myself a late-season advantage, I slipped in as close as possible.

I first advertised my presence with a series of high-pitched estrous yips and followed them with submissive whimpers. That’s all it took. A coyote raced off the ridge and crossed the creek bottom. I lost sight of it as it coursed toward me through a steep gully, but when it reappeared I had a 75-yard shot. After the shot I checked out the coyote and to my surprise discovered it was a female, likely defending her den site, spouse or dignity.

Regardless of her reasons for responding, I ended my coyote season just like I started it with a slam-dunk setup. The only difference was in the message I sent. Without a change of dialogue the outcome would have been very different. 

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1 Response to The Coyote Caller’s Playbook (Page 2)

Bill McDannold Jr wrote:
January 07, 2011

It didn't take me long to learn that coyote hunting success took a dip after the firearms deer opener. Wounded and unfound deer quickly become a favorite coyote food source. Plus, being afield with the deer season crush is not the best of plans. States with current extended deer seasons (Nov thru Dec)make for extended coyote feeding feasts. One not need to stay home throughout all the seasons. Hunting pressure definitely drops after the regular firearms season. Those who know their local territory well - and those who hunt the vast open lands of the west should have a better crack at success.