Well, Santa brought me the Spitfire for Xmas and I will be testing it out in the quarry behind my house this weekend. For a newbie at predators what sounds to start with? Locators, distress, where to begin? Its powerlines and rolling hardwood and some softwood ridges with plenty of denning sites. Any tips or tricks are appreciated...looking to get my family out to get through the winter doldrums. Thanks, and good luck! HANK
You got to love Santa at Xmas. I sent this e-mail to my hunting friend, as we are trying to find that magic set of sounds that will bring in coyotes.
Dan and I use coyote sounds all the time. The 5 we called in last year were with coyote sounds. Now that I think of it we do better with coyote sounds. It is a poke and hope thing. Weather and food to me are the role playing things that get them going. Were I have hunted just winter, the snow and the temp. are what I look for. With alot of snow and cold pray distress work best. Here south, coyote sounds: Mating, Coyote Distress, and Howling, Pup Distress, and Territorial have worked. Here the weather is not a threat, but Tuff and keeping the Female seem to be the priority. When I moved down here. I had to learn coyote hunting all over again. Here I have used alot of different sounds, North I used 2, Rabbit distress, Pup distress and killed more north then I have here south. To me Food is key. Lack of it will make you and the coyote do krazy things. And If you are burning energy to stay warm and plow through deep snow. You will do what it takes to fill that hole. There is no 1 or 20 sounds that will work all the time. It is what worked on that day. The Farm coyote we got. Dan played 1 sound Female Estrus Chirrp. It worked. Did other stands and played the same sound nothing. "Go figure" Good video at this site, its is in the lower left wn.com/estrus. Have to get out there and hunt them. The more stands the better the odds. Night hunting too! I hope to do more this year. I was talking with Dan last week and we came up with that we do not have 1 set of sounds we play all the time. Maybe I will start a log of the sounds we play and watch and see which sounds, combo of sounds, seems to come up all the time we see coyotes. Put that list to the test and see what happens. No matter what you play if the dogs are not there you are blowing sound to the wind.
Well my 2 cents. You have to find the dogs and to me you have with the dens you have found. Work there area around the dens and use the wind and funnels to get them to the caller. Take your time and make a good stand. Don't rush it. Setup and ambush are the key.