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Coyote Hunting in eastern fields and woodlands

Coyote Hunting in eastern fields and woodlands
« on: December 18, 2014, 05:19:54 AM »
My buddy and I are going to try hunting coyotes this evening for the first time. I'm using a .257 "B" with a green VRL light mount.

I "guesstimate" 3 groups of yotes within a mile or less of my home, based on them howling when the train comes through town (about 2 miles away). It is not unusual for them to start up within a few hundred yards of my yard on many occasions. Always at night and they are rarely seen. We are planning on setting up in an old barn surrounded by open fields and woodlands. I dumped a pile of deer guts in the middle of the field yesterday. We have two electronic callers (Foxpro FX3 and a Icotec), a couple of mouth callers, and my buddy is bringing night vision (he is a game warden ;D ). The only thing lacking is we haven't a clue as to what in the He$$ we are doing? Anyone hunt on the coastal plan of the eastern US? Any tips would be greatly appreciated?

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Re: Coyote Hunting in eastern fields and woodlands
« Reply #1 on: December 18, 2014, 07:03:36 AM »
Make sure you can see and shoot downwind,of your call,from your hideout.If they don't come in from that side,that's where they will wind up before getting too close.
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Re: Coyote Hunting in eastern fields and woodlands
« Reply #2 on: December 18, 2014, 07:56:41 AM »
Also, a red light will as well, they can't see it.   Make sure you guys are all cammo up.  If you can find it, get some coyote juice to mask your scent (do not put it on you).  Good luck, and post pictures if you bag any.

Re: Coyote Hunting in eastern fields and woodlands
« Reply #3 on: December 18, 2014, 09:19:36 AM »
I've used a rabbit in distress call with great success here in western Maryland. I ended up shooting two within two minutes using it. One day my wife yelled that a coyote just ran through the yard, I asked her where it went, she pointed to a deep ravine below the pond. I ran to the house, grabbed my Marlin bolt action 22 magnum and distress call. I sat on a crate beside my garage and called for about 5 seconds. Almost instantly I saw a coyote running down a power line toward me. When it got below my pond, about 90 yards away, it stopped, facing directly towards me. I already had the cross hairs on him and squeezed one off. He jumped all around, yelping and squealing. Within seconds a second coyote came out of the ravine to my right, a mere 20 yards from me. He was heading for the crying coyote that just received the first lead treatment. I meowed like a cat, he stopped, broadside, looking in my direction, thinking he was getting an easy meal. With the crosshairs already on his vitals I squeezed another one off. Splash Two. I like using CCI 40 grain game points in 22WMR on these critters, as long as it's within 100 yards they work great.
I love the smell of deer guts in the morning, it smells like...VICTORY!

Re: Coyote Hunting in eastern fields and woodlands
« Reply #4 on: December 18, 2014, 08:26:55 PM »
Just got in. All quiet tonight. Had a doe come right up to the caller when we tried the "fawn in distress" call. She was really pissed. LOL!

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Re: Coyote Hunting in eastern fields and woodlands
« Reply #5 on: December 21, 2014, 05:28:22 AM »
I had my first coyote encounter last week.  Was stalking back to the truck and I heard walking in the thick mountain laurel.  I saw a big grey mass coming up to the trail behind me.  He was 2 steps from the trail when he caught my scent and was off like a shot, but he was only about 25ft from me.  I passed on taking the shot thru the laurel.
I went up to my blind and called for coyote yesterday.   I caught a flash of gray in the distance about 150 yds out.  By the time my crosshairs got there, he was gone.  Unfortunately I dont have a lot of open area to hunt there.  I got barked at a few times about an hour later.  No deer, no yotes and no squirrels....  rough year.