Educated Coyotes – Coyote Hunting Tips

Educated Coyotes

When you make a mistake and get busted by a coyote or miss a shot you have educated the coyote. Some people believe you can never call that coyote in again. I believe that with time you can have success. Once the coyote has time to put the bad experiance behind them it will slowly leave their memory, but not their instincts.

The best thing to do is change your stand location and your sound. If you typically use a rabbit in distress sound you may want to switch to a bird in distress, or something that sounds different. If the coyote came in to a decoy you would be smart to change the decoy. If you were using a MOJO Critter, you might want to change to a MOJO Woodpecker. If you only have one decoy you might want to refrain from using it on your repeat visit.

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  1. Charles says:

    I tend to agree. I think in due time that educated coyote will come to a call again. They no doubt hear distressed rabbits quite a bit. They know it’s food and can’t resist the temptation to check it out. It may take a while for him to decide to check it out but I think he will eventually. And yes, changing up your call and location along with patience I think will help. They may be one of the smartest creatures on earth, but they obviously do get careless.

  2. Brendon Speerbrecker says:

    Good post

    It seems like yote huntin is getting popular in arizona and its mostly city folk I see out in the sticks now can get frustrating when you hear some of there stories some of them should just stay in the concrete jungle!

    • Charles says:

      Brendon, I agree with you that there are a lot of city folks out there trying the sport. Me being one of them. However, I have hunted coyotes all of my life and I know enough about calling coyotes to know what I’m doing. I was raised on a farm and we hunted coyotes quite frequently.
      I don’t have so much of a problem with city folks hunting coyotes, I just hope they aren’t out there not knowing what they are doing, and educating a bunch of coyotes for the rest of us. I urge anyone who thinks they might want to learn how to call coyotes to educate themselves in how to do it by going a few times with someone who does know what they are doing. My father-in-law suggested he borrow my calls sometime and try calling coyotes on his land in Oklahoma. After I questioned him a few times as to how he was going to do it, I found out he didn’t have a clue what the hell he was doing. When I explained to him that there was more to it than just going out and sitting down in a field and blowing on a call, he decided it wasn’t for him. I wasn’t going to just turn him loose with my calls to go out there and educate the coyotes for someone who was serious about it to contend with.
      I kinda have bittersweet feelings about new people getting into predator calling. I’m afraid it will become so popular that it will be hard to find a place that hasn’t been called out. On the other hand, I like to promote hunting as much as I can in order to have more clout when it comes time to fight the anti-hunters and anti-gun radicals.
      I hope I make sense in my thoughts.
      Thanks and good luck calling.

  3. Kaylene Boggs says:

    Ok…so I am new to this hunting atmosphere and I am entering into the contest!! Crazy I know…oh and for those of you who don’t know me I am Josh Boggs’ wife…I Have only been out coyote,fox,and bobcat calling a total of 4 times! So Josh and Randy are getting me super Stoked to do this contest…I have yet to see anything out there so hopefully I can go a few more times before the contest so I can call something in and get my jitters out of me! Josh and Randy have given lots of good information, but any helpful hints are greatly appreciated! See some of you soon!

  4. Cody Godfrey says:

    When calling coyotes about how long should you wait in between each call? If your using a rabbitt distress call should go continously until you see a coyote?

    • admin says:

      There are many different views on this. I like to wait 2-3 minutes between calling, but don’t like to wait to long, since I have seen many get distracted.

  5. predatormaster says:

    How long typically do you call before resting?

    • Rafael Serrano says:

      You will hear diffrent answers on that question predatormaster. Most folks will say call for a minute rest 2 minutes etc. The wind, terrain, your setup will affect your calling time and resting period. Some folks will leave an ecaller playing the whole time on a set. Focus on your setup, your point of entry into a stand and watch your wind direction, everything will be easy. Good luck with your hunts

      • admin says:

        We usually play the e-caller at lower volume than most and we also leave it on the entire stand. We use mouth calls to get our sound out far… I just call on the mouth call per my mood or instinct at the time, but if I had to pick an average I probably only call for a minute and wait 2-3… Never really timed it. :)

  6. larry pike says:

    Iam in southwest , OHIO yotes are very hard 2 call in here. Ihave been last 3 wk ends @ different farms & found plentyof signs , tracks & eating dead deer & saw 3 out of rifle range 500 + yds just waking threw a corn field accidentlywhile movig 2 another calling location. I think yotes r alot smarter than we think!!!!!!!!!!! They never stand still when u see one they r always very nervous , Does anyone have any thing theyb would like 2 add & I also have a primos power dogger electronic call guys don,t waste yur money on this one , its a very low end caller Iam begining 2 think its 75n % of the reason Iam not bringing them into range

    • admin says:

      Honestly I think coyotes are difficult to call in everywhere. They are crafty critters and your right they don’t trust anything. Don’t give up, once you have success you will love it. We make a lot of stands to get our videos.

    • nathan owen says:

      I am a power dogg user and at first thought it to be a cheap call but since I have used it I have shot 5 coyotes while using and have had several others come to the call but winded me and bugged out. It does work, keep after it and it will happen.

      • larry pike says:

        hey, thanks 4 comment on pwr dogger , like i said iam not sold on it buddy has a fox pro & is doing alot better with his caller in more educated areas my email add is pikewd45@hotmail & cell # is 513-6174260 , give me a calll & email!!!!!!!!!!!! where u live state & general area

    • joshua smith says:

      i bought one 2 wks ago at gandermnt the remote wouldnt reach 30 yrds. took it back and was asked is the problem the remote ?i was like how do u know ,they had 5 pwer dogs returned in one day.the lady at store said they will no longer carry those.so i bought a foxpro spitfire and i am very pleased.a little more $ but 10x the call

      • larry pike says:

        yea man I tink they r diffently not a high competion grade & educated yote caller , I have had mine 2 long 2 retun , tried 2 give it a chance , wish I could sell it soon & get something different , where u live

  7. Edward Schooley says:

    Larry Pike, try turning your power dogg down to #2 or #3 when doing your rabbit squeals. While you are setting around the house and no one is home, back away from your call, turn it on facing you and try to understand how easy a coyote will hear your call on a lower number. When howling you may want to use the #4 or #5 range. Hope this advice will help you. Ed

    • larry pike says:

      ed thanks where do u live state general area & what time do u hunt call me plz or email me pikewd45@hotmail.com 5136174260

    • CHRIS says:

      I JUST WANTED TO SAY I USE A PRIMOS TURBO DOGG AND HAVE NOTHING BAD TO SAY ABOUT IT. I USE IT ALOT AND HAVE CALLED IN ALMOST EVERY TYPE OF PREDATOR. JUST MIX THINGS UP THERE NOT AS SMART AS YOU GUYS THINK THEY ARE JUST SKIDDISH. GOOD LUCK AND HAVE FUN THATS WHAT ITS ALL ABOUT.

  8. Casey Wren says:

    Larry, I too just bought the same caller 2-3 weeks ago. I live in north TX and on the second day of use I had 2 dogs that nearly ran over me! The wrong gun for that stand, 243wssm at 20 yrds is tough! lol Anyways, the caller works pretty well at least in my neck of the woods! Happy Huntin’

  9. larry pike says:

    I bought a primos trail camera & its awesome any one who wants me 2 email them some excellent nite pics of yotes email me @ pikewd45@hotmail.com

  10. Gotta-Yote says:

    I think a high percentage of coyote hunters make alot of mistakes approaching their stand and setting up their decoys. I live in Central Oh. and the Coyotes here are very savey. I believe if a Coyote sees you, smells you or hears your approach, he will be long gone before you even get started. I am by no means an expert on the calling of Coyotes, but what I have learned is a Coyote Hunter will put in many hours of readying himself for the hunt, just to be figured out by that ol sly Coyote and cause you to go back and go over everything you have just done. With time and experience you will begin to learn the way of the Coyote, and then you will understand just how smart these critters are. I try to remember eight (8) basic things that work for me when I go calling. Wind direction, Location, Stand position, Noise, Scent, Camo, calls, and my weapon of choice. Guy’s try these things and let me know if they help you out. Go Hunting, and Good Luck Ed

  11. Mike Simon says:

    Scent Free, Scent Free, Scent Free, I use a home-made scent killer,,,Homemade Scent Killer Recipe …

    - 1 used/clean plastic milk jug or other plastic jug
    - 1 large mixing bowl
    - 16 oz. (2 cups) Peroxide (3%)
    - 16 oz. (2 cups) Distilled Water
    - ¼ cup baking soda
    - 1 oz. unscented shampoo (Hunter’s shampoo)
    - 1 spray bottle

    Mix the peroxide, distilled water, baking soda, and shampoo in a large mixing bowl until baking soda dissolves, then pour the mixture into the milk jug and let sit. After letting the milk jug sit for a few days, pour some into the spray bottle and use as needed.
    • Pressure will build up in the milk jug. Make sure you do not tighten the cap all the way allowing the pressure to escape.

    *Keep in cool dark area for the first few days, and if at all possible put a black plastic bag over the jug. light will kill the effect of the Hydrogen Peroxide.

    Just remember (If they can smell you they are gone), all the time you spent sneaking in being quiet, proper location, facing the wind or crosswind, and everything else is wasted time and effort…..I have also noticed that if i call softly for 15 seconds wait 1 minute, call softly for another 15 seconds, watched with eyes only no movement , ole wiley might just be watching you, (or Decoy) ….. If not Pump it up some . Longer and louder… Just my $0.02 worth…

    • Dale Serfoss says:

      I’ve heard of a similar technique, except the shampoo was substituted with vanilla extract. I haven’t tried it, but if it works….
      Another thing I want to mention, coating your milk jug with some black or a dark colored paint will help preserve the peroxide contents; the $1 spray paints at Walmart work great.

    • RHONEY HILL says:

      THANKS FOR THE TIP. I HAVE USED AN EASY SCENT KILLER FOR YEARS THAT WORKS REAL WELL. I FIND FOLIAGE IN THE AREA WHERE I WILL BE HUNTING,LIKE SAGE,PINE NEEDLES,ECT. USE AN OLD POT WITH LID, FILL POT TO 3/4 FULL OF TAP WATER,BOIL 1 HR. ( watch water level )ADD IF IT GETS BELOW 1/2. TURN OFF AND LEAVE LID ON TILL COOL. FILTER THROUGH SOMETHING LIKE CHEESE CLOTH FOLDED SEVERAL TIMES,INTO A CLEAN SPRAY BOTTLE. I SPRAY ALL THE CLOTHES I WILL BE WEARING AND I RUB IT ON MY BODY AND HAIR. WARNING— PUT A LITTLE ON YOUR ARM IF YOU HAVE SENSITIVE SKIN TO MAKE SURE IT WILL NOT GIVE YOU A RASH. THIS WILL MASK YOUR SENT AND YOU WILL SMELL LIKE THE BUSHES. HOPE THIS HELPS SOMEONE. RON…

  12. William says:

    Hey me and my buddies have been trying to bag some pa coyotes. We hunt a small field next to a swamp and there are tons of them, only problem is they wont come to our calls. we’ve only seen them on accident on deer hunts. what should we do in a wooded area and how should we go about our night hunts. I dont want to educate any of these animals and make it harder then it already is. if anyone is familiar with night hunts and/or wooded area hunts we would love some insight.

  13. andré Valiquette says:

    My brother and I had probleme with coyotes where we hunt in a swamp. We started baiting with dead chikens at one location and with pork at the other, .We then waited to see from where they were comming inas they made heavely used trails in the snow, and went a ways back to see if they were circling the bait.
    Then and only then did we decide where to set up, each had three tree stands set up to be sure we plaid the wind right.

    AS a rule, never change there habits, dont go putting in new kinds of bait or scents because you will have them abandon your site for a few weeks, very wary. Always feed on the same day at around the same hour and

    NEVER BRING IN SOMONE NEW TO YOUR FEEDING SITE!!! AND VERY IMPORTANT, DONOT CALL FROM YOUR FEEDING AREAS . IFfyou have a camera, put it up and put scent killer on it , yotes are like deer when baited and will arrive at about the same hour evey day to feed, , hope this helps,, oh and we got four SO FAR FROM THES STANDS.

  14. RHONEY HILL says:

    ONE THING I HAVE FOUND WORKS,AS I HAVE SENT A COUPLE OF DOGS TO SCHOOL,I GO IN AT A DIFFERENT TIME OF DAY AND USE A PUPPY CALL OR FAWN DISTRESS CALL. RIGHT NOW IN CALIFORNIA FAWNS ARE BEING BORN AND I ALSO HUNT AROUND FARMS AND RANCHES WHERE THEY HAVE DOGS,SO THE PUPPY DISTRESS WILL HELP. COYOTES ARE SO SMART AND KEEP ME THINKING OF NEW WAYS TO HUNT THEM,THEY ARE NOT A CAN HUNT ! I HAVE AN AREA WHERE I HAVE FOUND WHERE COYOTES HAVE KILLED A FAWN, I AM GOING TO TRY MY DOE DECOY AND THE FAWN DISTRESS CALL LATE IN THE EVENING,I WANT THESE DOGS BADLY !….RON…

  15. prkrgrp says:

    lets check the science.
    1. coyote brain is the size of a walnut.
    2. coyotes don’t have free agency to choose.
    3. there entire life is based on instincts. (sight) (sound) (smell)
    4. coyotes are greedy and curious
    5. if the coyote sees you hears you or smells you its gone, but it will return again and again and again until you shoot it.
    as mentioned above, change it up move around and try different sounds, wind in your face sun at your back are the 2 most important rules .

  16. RHONEY HILL says:

    THIS WILL KILL YOU,my son and his 10 yr. old son went on their first coyote hunt last Monday. i gave him a decoy and my auto.call and some oo buck. they heard coyotes on a hill,made a fast set but nothing ! Made another set up on up the hill. My son turned on the call and hit a note on his mouth call, out pops a big male, and bang ! i hunted about a year before i ever saw a dog,he gets one the first time,boy am i humbled ! good job son.

  17. buford says:

    i hunted coyotes many years ago with no luck. i just bought a spitfire from a co worker. i was just wondering if anyone had any tips for me. i live in the mountain area of va so any tips and help would be greatly appricated.

    • Levi says:

      the call you use is a big thing for hunting coyotes. Many of the posters have said that they use electronic calls which are good but good quality ones are a little pricey. i use a primos still jackrabbit hand call. i paid about 10 dollars for it and everytime i have used it i have had at least one coyote come.the longest i have called for in the early morning is 30 minutes before i spot one. Saying this i do live in saskatchewan where coyotes are very overpopulated so it may not be me and my skills with the call.. I do not know what the mountain area you live in is like but i have hunted coyotes in Alberta in the foothills and use the same approach that i do if i were in saskatchewan. Find a good vantage point to setup, be camoflaged well, get a call that you feel comfortable and confident using, and be patient just like any other style of hunting.

  18. bignasty says:

    “busted by a coyote or miss a shot you have educated the coyote”

    this is not true.

    scent killer doesn’t matter if you set up properly

    we go out with a biologist who retired from fish and game (field agent) and he flat out said scent killers and educating coyotes when you miss is a MYTH

    since he has killed well over 500 yotes from aerial hunts and from the ground I tend to believe him

    wear the scent killer if it makes you feel better about yourself

    all i can say im 7 for 7 no scent killer so far this year

  19. Larry Pike says:

    iam just loking around farms i use 2 hunt & not many signs of coyotes this yr I need 2 find some new areas to hunt in southwest ohio, Any one live ner west cincinnati who needs a hunting buddy

  20. tom says:

    Bought the primos alphadog and Mojo Critter a couple weeks ago went out tonight with my daughter coyote hunting for the first time with this setup. Called one in after about 30 min. My daughter never even saw it. I shot at it and missed. Was using an old scope that i have been having issues with. I hope this coyote is forgetfull. Gonna ad a new scope give it a wk or so and try again. Funny thing is the coyote didnt come in down wind of the call or mojo critter, which makes me believe that he wasnt weary of the sound and that it was realistic. Must have sounded normal to him.

  21. Jeffrey Moses says:

    Had yote not come in to the Mojo Puppy Dog decoy as planned this evening and ended up squeezing off a shot further out than I wanted and shot over him. How long should I rest this hunting spot before going out and giving it another shot?

  22. Thanks for the advice. Most of the coyotes I have hunted so far have returned to the call. Happy hunting folks!

  23. CHRIS says:

    HEY GUYS I SHOT A COYOTE THIS MORNING BUT WAS USING MY 17 HMR CUS WE WERE TRYING FOR FOXES. AFTER TAKING A HARD HIT TO THE NECK THE YOTE SPUN AROUND ROLLED ON THE GROUND AND THEN TOOK OFF. I KNOW I HIT IT CUZ OF THE SOUND IT MADE WHEN THE BULLET HIT. MY QUESTION IS HOW LONG SHOULD I WAIT TILL I GO BACK TO THAT SPOT AND TRY AGAIN.

  24. Charles says:

    If you’re sure you hit him, there’s no need to wait. Chances are he ran off somewhere and died later. Sometimes that happens. And besides, whether he’s hit or not, it makes no difference, because he will probably not come to a call for quite sometime, if he comes at all. But that doesn’t mean there won’t be another that won’t come to a call. I wouldn’t wait. I’d get back out there and see if his brother will try it.
    Personally though I would advise using a little larger caliber on coyotes. My favorite is a .243, but there are other calibers that work also. I think a .17 HMR is a little light for coyotes, but that’s just my opinion. What they claim educates a coyote is when one is called in and shot at and missed. I still say a coyote might possibly respond to a call in time after he’s been shot at and missed.

  25. CHRIS says:

    Thank you Charlie for the tip. I am using a different rifle now so hopefully this doesnt happen again i dont like wounding things and not knowing if they died or are suffering. Happy hunting keep it in the kill zone.

  26. king B says:

    Here in Az just about everyone owns a FOXPRO, nothing bad about it a damn good E-Caller. I do use a foxpro and use two other e-callers ( Manaska, Primos ). I have been fallen back to my older e-callers and hand calls to change up the sounds on an educated dog. Changing location on a stand and approaching an area where you going to postion yourself does make a differance. just my personnal experiences and learn as you go and have fun also shoot steady…

  27. Christy says:

    I’m new at coyote hunting here in GA. I must say it all started as a curious thought. I’ve always wanted to hunt deer but after being on ten acres and meeting a coyote on a 4 Wheeler on evening my mind started wondering. Now……. The itch won’t stop! But since I’ve started carrying a gun is send that they know so they won’t show. After baiting how long till a coyote comes out? Also I’m hunting at night out of my truck which happens to be white, good or bad idea?

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