Coyote Calling Techniques – How To Coyote Hunt

Calling Coyotes

Calling Coyotes is an art and many coyote hunters have developed their own style. Many different styles work well. The fun thing about calling coyotes is developing your own style and methods. I believe that there are many ways to call in a coyote and the sound you make isn’t as important as how you use your sound.

I like to start off with a soft sound so I don’t scare off a coyote that could potentially be bedded at a very close distance. Since we use an e-caller at low volume this has become our first calling sequence. We will typically let the e-call do it work for several minutes before we chime in with a mouth call. We have witnessed coyotes sitting off at long distances that haven’t responded to the e-call at maximum volume. Once we blast a mouth call the coyotes have responded. This let us know the coyote couldn’t hear the e-call.

We usually increase the volume of our mouth call every sequence. Out West we sometimes have the advantage of seeing a coyote coming in from a distance. We usually stop using the mouth call once the coyote has been spotted and is coming to the call. If the coyote hangs up we typically use a close range low volume mouth call or squeaker to get the coyote moving again.

We typically don’t want the coyote looking at us when they get at close range and that is why we use the e-call at low volume with a decoy so we have the opportunity to make slight adjustments or swing our gun in the coyote’s direction. When all goes well the coyote is focused on the sound of the low volume e-call and the decoy.

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  1. Charles says:

    Hi I just started hunting coyotes and u have called in a few but I have also missed a few and was wondering if I should stay calling after I shoot or move. I also wanted to know how far to move after each call if nothing comes in.

    • Andrew Sharpe says:

      Hi, Charles
      That is some great questions. I will actually stay on a call after I shoot or move for sometimes up to another 15-20 mins after a coyote comes in. On more times than I can count I have shot a ‘yote, and have had 2-3 still come into the call. One time outside of Seligman, AZ we took 5 ‘yotes on a stand had a pair come in that we shot at around 30 yards, and saw in the distance 3 more spread out but on a full run, and the gunfire didn’t slow them down a bit. That stand I believe helped us win the contest again that year!
      As far as what distance to call from stand to stand. Lets look at the land your hunting, and how far your game call carries. If your in a 20 mph wind and calling straight into it the call won’t carry far, compared to a nice calm day.
      If I am calling into a wind and have maybe some hills, and canyons I go about 1/4 mile to another canyon if it is close by. If it is optimal conditions and the game call is getting some ‘yotes coming in from 400 yards away. I go 3/4 mile to a mile between setups.
      I think it is more important to pick a spot that gives you as many advantages as possible (wind, shaded bush to sit against, a slightly elevated location, and a good clearing for shooting), and then getting to this set up undetected.
      If you have ever watched a mountain lion stalk a deer this is how I would try and get to a stand. Use bushes, trees, rocks, and cactus for cover, and don’t let the sun silhouette you to be seen for miles around.
      I hope this helps.

      • Charles says:

        Ya it will help alot and is it good to change the sound while calling say your using a rabbit distress and change to a fox distress will that scare them off or will it help you

    • josh says:

      When the coyotes get to the point where they are killing live stock, the wild game you go out of your way to feed and hunt during open season and taunting the family dog so it runs out only to get ambushed stop wasting time and money cause here is how its done.during winter Start baiting in a few places til you find a spot where they are consistent on taking the baitt. Takes about a month. Once you are confidento go buy a half a pig, put it out and run a garden hose over the top turning it into a frozen popcicle. Call up some friends and kick back in shooting range til u see one attempt to carry it away. Once it can’t the coyote will call the entire pack in to help and that’s when you open fire. I spent two years wasting time and money only to see the sneaky varmits take out everything. Complaints were made and nothing was done. It got to the point where a child could have been taking. This method took maybe four hours of my time, little money and ended up with 17 in 30 seconds.

      • Rick Weatherford says:

        I like this idea very much. The very thing you are talking about has been happening more frequently around my area. And they just got our family dog. You don’t have to drive around very much to find dead deer that have been hit laying along the side of the road. I may try using that in the area where they took my dog. Thanks

  2. Anthony Anderson says:

    I have a question, I live in Utah and have seen a ton of coyote trails up in some forested and mountainous areas. What would be the best way to call them in and where do they typically like to hide durring the day? We have found a spot with either sage,quakes, and/or pines all in the same area.

  3. Charles says:

    I was wondering if its good to change your call while calling cyotes or not and if it is how often Thanks alot

  4. Brett says:

    I was just wondering, I’ve found a location where a coyote or a few are sleeping, there is feces and dead beaver carcasses lying around aswell, I hunted this area for the past 3 days without any luck, everyday there is new sign (tracks, feces…etc) nearby there are fields but also some thick bush, would i have more luck hunting the thick bush other than the fields? Please help thank you.

  5. jordan froese says:

    I live in southest Manitoba and have tried calling in coyotes for 2 years with no luck what can i do to help learn more about calling

  6. Andrew Sharpe says:

    @ Anthony sounds like you have a good place to hunt. By coyote trails are you seeing lots of scat and prints? Sometimes I have been known to bring out a pop up tent blind and set up in an area to just glass it with a spotting scope for a pack of ‘yotes habits. Over the past 2 mos. I have been trying to clear out a canyon here in AZ because the ‘yotes ate my friends Boston Terrier. I have killed 14 ‘yotes in a 4 square mile area there are plenty more coyotes to shoot but I have to learn their habits a bit more. I would bet if you found a nice clearing to shoot, and was very very quiet kept the wind in your favor and camo’d up with a bush right at your back you will have great luck. Try this if you have an e caller play it on low with a fox in destress then every 3 mins use a Primos raspy rabbit mouth call ( wal-mart $9.96) for 30 seconds. Just try and play along with your e call until you learn what works for you.
    Everybody asks me about changing calls in the middle of a stand if nothing is coming in to a call nothing wrong with trying another call after say 20-25 mins. Now if I call a ‘yote in at a certain stand and I don’t kill him now I have educated a ‘yote that coyote most likely won’t come into that call anytime soon. I will try and wait a month or more with a very different call set up before I try that stand again.
    @ Brett looks like you have a awesome spot for some coyote killing same thing find a tent blind and glass until you learn their habits. If your finding carcasses then you have some very full and happy ‘yotes that probably hunt at night then gorging themselves by morning, and they then probably sleep under a bush most of they day as it gets colder they will get hungrier, and you may glass them laying in the sun with a full belly in the late morning until mid afternoon. I sure would like to know how you do on this one.
    Good luck out there.

    • Anthony Anderson says:

      Mostly just prints we followed one of the many trails up into the pine and there was scat up there. Would you think that having a hill at our back is enough of a backung for our camo or can they pick us out on the hillside? Also how much of a clearing do you find beneficial because most of what we have been finding the tracks around are valleys roughly two hundred yards across with about a hundred yards of flat between the pine on one side and the sage/quakes.

  7. Andrew Sharpe says:

    Well Jordan
    I guess you came to the right place. This forum is a wealth of info.
    If you fly into Las Vegas, NV I can pick you up only a 100 miles from me,
    If your ever in my area I would be happy to take you out for a couple of days and get you on lots of ‘yotes, and maybe show you what my 16 yrs. of hunting old Wiley Coyote has taught me.
    I posted just about what I know on here in different posts.
    Also I am sure that this forum has members that kill more ‘yotes than me as well. Just keep scouting for ‘yote signs scat, tracks, and a bit of coyote challenge calls will help you locate them, then glass that area different times a day to figure out their habits. I know every area is different, and ‘yotes sure do adapt.
    Keep at it and once you find what works for you I bet you will have about a 30% success rate.
    Best of luck, happiest hunting.

    • Harry Samarn says:

      I live in Bakersfield, about 4 hours from Vegas. This invite you have Coyote hunting, is open to other people and if you charge how much. I have hunted for years and would like to learn how to call Coyotes. We have them here and I well kill 5/12 a year just on site.

  8. Luke Johnson says:

    This may sound really stupid, and i have watched many of your videos but when you call a coyote, what exactly is it that you are trying to imitate?

  9. matt law says:

    How do you get to where you want to set undetected? I know the wind makes a BIG difference but how?

  10. Andrew Stoen says:

    I hunt mostly in the winter when there is snow, does it mater what type of calling I do? Do the yotes respond to differently to certain calls in the winter then they would in the fall/summer?

  11. Andrew Sharpe says:

    @ Matt I try to set up with the wind at my face, and use as much of the natural cover as possible (trees, bushes, rocks). I have also have been using natural earth scent spray, and scent wafers hung up in front if me to help mask my scent. Also try not to outline yourself walking at the top of hills or ridge lines, and I like to set up if I can with about a 10ft to 30ft elevation over the call and decoy.
    @ Andrew I find that about any distress call works pretty good all year. I have been using a jackrabbit distress call, or sometimes a fox distress call playing from an e-caller on med. to low volume with a few load mouth calls every 2 mins or so. It seems like a lot of people on my area have been using e-callers, and the ‘yotes have interest in them but seem to hang up or bark back to the e-caller so I figure the loud mouth call mixes it up enough that I think I am in the 20-30% range for a kill or 2 on a stand.
    My problem seems to be shooting fast at longer ranges accurately at a running ‘yote looking through a 16x scope. Unlike the B.T.O videos on here I don’t wait for a perfect shot to get something on video. If I see a ‘yote sitting still at 600+ yards I take my shot. I sometimes use a bit of overkill on ‘yotes for those long range shots a H & S Precision in .300 win mag with 125 grain ballistic tips that I hand load myself.

  12. OldFat'nNasty says:

    Southern Utah, been out twice with a distressed rabbit call and saw NOTHING. First one I think we were too far up into the hills, where the juniper start. This morning it was out in the sagebrush near a spring.

    Wondering if waiting 3-5 minutes between blasts is too long? The blasts themselves sound like what’s being demonstrated here and on other sites.

    Been starting loud, mixing it up in duration and timing, but with the weaker calls also being shorter.

    Also wondering if we see only a single cotton-tail while driving out to a spot, are the pickings too slim for there to be many predators out there to call in? We’re talking 2+ miles on the dirt roads…

  13. Tom Oakes says:

    I am just breaking into the Coyote hunting sport, does anyone have some good tips for yote hunting in central Virginia?

  14. Andrew Sharpe says:

    @ old
    I am in Northern AZ if you ever make it down my way, or if I get up your way I would be happy to take you out, and show you how I hunt ‘yotes at least for the last 15 years. I think what your doing sounds ok.
    I have been playing my e-caller on low to med volume lately using. Fox in distress call, and using a Knight & Hale ultimate predator (sold at wal-mart)mouth call every couple of minutes for 45-60 seconds. Just play the mouth call to the tempo of the e-caller until you learn what works for you. If you see a rabbit in. 2 mile stretch that’s GOOD must a ton more that you DIDN’T see.
    It can get tedious sometimes calling ‘yotes I have a dry spells for little while sometimes it takes me 10-15 set ups before a ‘yote comes in. So, many factors come into play. Like how much food is available, moon phase (with full moons makes harder hunting because you may have full ‘totes that bed down to sleep off a big meal. If it is warmer ‘yotes seem to get lazy about coming to a call. Also in my area I have really work to shoot ‘yotes because all the people that are hunting them. Nothing worse than having educated ‘totes that have been called before, and escape.

    • juan says:

      hey Im new on coyote hunting I’ve been out there looking for some yotes at least 10 times buti haven’t have any succes .
      i found some tracks but no luck calling it, im from utah what can i do to atracting coyotes?

  15. David Miller says:

    Started hunting coyote last year. Love it!! My question- What is the best way of disposing of animal after the kill. I would not skin it out and save the hide. Would it be sportsman to leave it where it lays.

    • Michael Arnold says:

      I would check with your local game Warden. I was told ther is no problem leaving them wrere you kill themjust drag them in to the bushes so a local hiker does not stumble upon them and freak out.

  16. Andrew Sharpe says:

    @ David I set up a trade account with a taxidermist freeze them in a chest freezer for trading them for future services. I do know many people that leave them lay where they shot them, and they tell me the ‘yote is GONE in a few days probable ate by other ‘yotes.

  17. S.B. says:

    As i was driving near promontory ut, i was seeing at least one coyote a day just out trotting in the fields but i never had a gun with me. I went out one day and called up a HUGE one by where i”d been seeing them, but due to firearm malfunctions it got away unharmed. This was back in late september. As soon as october hit and hunting seasons began, (mainly deer) the ‘yotes disapeared. I haven’t seen one since. Did they just get smart with all the hunters out disturbing them? now that hunting seasons have mostly ended, when, if ever, will the coyotes be back to their usual daytime routines? Any insight would be appreciated. -thanks

    • Robbie says:

      S.B, I too would like to know when the ‘yotes will be back out. I was seeing quite a few in the summer, now they’re gone. I don’t think the bounty has gotten rid of all the dawgs, they’re just smarter. Someone please help us with when they will be less skittish!!

  18. Eric says:

    I just started coyote hunting and dont know that much about it ive went a couple of times with other people but never saw anything. I use the wildfire foxpro and i use adult cottintail and i just cant call anything in. I use a rabbit decoy but i still cant seem do get anything what am i doing wrong? and if you have any other tips please let me know.

  19. Dog it says:

    Eric…..I understand totally what your saying. It seems that no matter what or how you call for them, you just can’t seem to get them to come in.
    Well, I can say this with confidence. I’m relative new to this web site, BTO, but after the last couple of weeks enduring this extreme cold front moving down from Canada across most of the US, I’ve had an opportunity to read and watch a lot of the information on this site, and will say that most of the guys posting on here really know what it takes to get the dogs to respond to calling. If I may suggest an answer to your question, I would read and study what every experienced hunter has had to say on here. I would try to apply everything these guys have found to work. Sure it’s different from place to place. In the east with the hills and valleys are certainly different from the vast openness of the western or northern plains, thus tactics used in some places may differ slightly from others. But, dogs are dogs….no matter where you drop them. Most things tend to work anywhere, just needing a fine tune to the immediate area and conditions of the day. As an example to what I’m saying, you’ve stated that you are using an electronic caller with adult cottontail sounds. I’d say with almost certainity that we all use that same call at some point in our sets, and are effective using it. Some sounds or calls work better different times of the year, or weather conditon, or hunting pressure, etc. I would just keep studing, checking your area for sign, and trying to get an idea of what works and what doesn’t until you do get sucessful. If you stay with it, devote enough time and work, you will start to see results.
    I tell you, I was in your spot many, many years ago. Not aiming to show my age, but in the fall of ’73 after calling for deer using a mouth bleet call, I called in a hugh coyote. At that very time I knew I was hooked for life! Most people here in Kentucky at that time had never even seen a coyote before, they thought it was a mixed breed dog or something. But, I was hooked and wanted to call in coyotes! So at that time there weren’t any electronic callers, I rigged up a “garage door opener receiver”, wired with three 9 volt batteries, wired to work a cassette player with a cottontail rabbitt tape to make it able to turn on and off. In a couple of days I went back out to my deer stand and started using the “remote” caller to see if I could call in coyotes. That day I watched 3 ‘yotes come in to the tape player which was placed in a bull-dose pile, 2 of them stood on one side waiting and watching the third dog enter from the opposite side to flush the “rabbit” out….I used my old .270 cal Remington 700 and nailed two of the three coyotes….man!!, was I ever hooked on coyote hunting! I knew at that time that they were an extremely smart animal, that they worked together and depended on each other. I just started to learn all I could about them. I found that some things work at some times of the year, and wouldn’t at other times. I learned very quickly they could smell and see me long before I could see them. Back then there weren’t very many of them in our state, believed to had crossed the Ohio river when it froze-over in late ’60′s. I’ve learned a lot over the years, and am still learning today, knowing I am still dummer than a box of rocks after I spend a cold morning on a set without any luck, just when I get up and start walking back to the 4 wheeler, I look out in front of me 150 yards and spot one watching every step I take.
    So Eric…hang in there. Work hard to learn, and don’t be scared to try different things. Stay low and be still when on the ground. Watch the wind, it can be your friend.
    Be Careful !! Get the young involved in the sport! Enjoy…you’re in for the time of your life!
    BTW, it never get’s old…..
    ps. I killed one day before yesterday, 16 degrees, windy. ( Yeah I know, the fellows out West would probably just be hunting with a shirt on. But man, it was cold!…{for an old man} )

    • Smokey Joe says:

      Dog it

      Thanks I am a big hunter but brand new to coyote hunting. I’m hooked…hunting on tennessee farm land
      And I need advise. Just got a foxpro with remote (damn expensive) just tried it…granted I didn’t see anything but I was really just messing around. But here’s a question….once I’m set up….a little higher and about 30-50 yards from the caller…I start with a low volume (I assume low means….8-10 volume number?) then let is go continuously for how long? 2-3 mins? Then stop it for 10 mins and start over….then after two of these …..I raise the volume to 12-16 which is pretty loud? Or do I switch to a fox or a “pair of coyotes” pr a single howl
      I am hunting now….meaning mid January…..also….once I get set up do you wait 15-20 mins to let things calm down before starting the caller?
      Lastly…..I put the caller out in an open field but very near a finger of woods and tall grass…I mean there’s a finger of thicket that sticks out into a cut cotton field…..or should I set up in the woods like I do for deer

      Look I’m sorry and I really appreciate the help…I hope this is not too many question but basically….well…I admit it….
      I’m a ‘yote virgin!!! I hunt a lot and killed fox deer ect but never killed a coyote….I want to lose my virginity…LOL


  20. Russ Martin says:

    Is there any advantage to using a slug gun for coyotes? I have a Mossberg 835 turkey/slug combo. I’ve had coyotes within 20 yards during turkey season. I know the turkey loads will take them down at that distance–I could go up to #4 easy enough. But I’ve been thinking about taking the slug gun out. It’s plenty accurate out to 100 yards or more. I’ve got a decent scope and I’d like to put it to use. I hunt on public land–heavy timber to open marsh and tangled river bottom– My shot opportunities are rarely beyond 75 yards, and usually closer than that. I’m thinking I’d improve my odds by extending my range beyond the turkey loads…Any suggestions?

  21. Jason yote hunter says:

    Can a coyote tell the difference between a cottontail and jack rabbit call if jack rabbits aren’t in the area?

    • Jonny b good says:

      Im sure they can tell the difference. However that does not mean they will not come in. Coyotes are def opportunistic and will get a meal any way they can if they are hungry. So just because you may not have jackrabbits in the area. Does not mean a coyote will not come in to a jackrabbit distress call.

  22. Kevin says:

    This has happened to me twice now. I’d really like to hear your advice on what exactly it is that I need to do to finish the job while calling in coyotes. The last time I went coyote hunting I was set up in a barn overlooking a 250 yard long cornfield surrounded by woods. We had an e caller in the middle of the field, a spinning decoy, and some scent we put out to increase our chances, just in case. It was around 9:30 at night and we had the cottontail call going for around 30 minutes and nothing was coming in. So I decided to swtich it to some coyote calls. Within about 10 minutes a long howl came from the bottom of the woodline. After the second howl, the pack began howling and charging in towards our call from a good ways away. So we left it on our coyote call because they were responding so well. The pack was getting close and in a hurry. It was loud and intense! They got right on us, about 75 yards away right at the edge of the woodline. So we got the spotlight ready, looking for some eyes, waiting for them to come flying out of the woods. But like I figured they’d do, they stayed in the woods and circled. They went all the way around to the other side then got quiet. We waited for an hour, switched the call, but never saw anything. So my question is, whenever I have coyotes responding that well and coming straight at the call…what do I need to do do seal the deal? What do I do with the electronic call when they arrive? Turn it off, turn it on the cottontail, maybe a mouse squeak? I’d really appreciate the help! I’m going to try again tomorrow evening before the sun sets to see if I can finally luck out! Thanks guys

    • Ryan Butler says:

      Sounds like they winded you. When they circle around, it’s often because they’re suspicious and trying to get down-wind to see if what they smell agrees with what they’re hearing. When they hear a dying rabbit and smell you – they’re gone. Try to figure out how to set up so you can ambush them when they try to get downwind of the call. Obviously, this can be a challenge, and will be totally based on the terrain and cover where you’re hunting. If you can set up close to that woodline they’re coming to before they start to circle, sounds like that’d be a good bet; or if you can get to the cover they’re using to circle around, that could be another good place to ambush them. Good luck!

  23. John Knowles says:

    Im hunting in central Illinois and was wounding what the best calling techniques would be. I have had success with use g my rabbit squaller and I have had some success with using a female howl in the evening hours. But the times of not seen g anything are out weighing the times of success. How can I change thus any advice?

  24. Adam says:

    Me and another guy have been trying to call in yotes for a couple months now and have had only one come in to the e-caller. We live in central nebraska and have been trying to call them in canyon type terrain. We have only used a snow shoe call wich we got the one and only yote from. We also use a jack distress call. If you have any tips or tricks that would give us some better chances in getting some to come it that would be great. We are on the verge of giving up.

  25. bryant brimhall says:

    @ Andrew Sharpe
    i live in az also and do a good bit of hunting in the north eastern parts of az just below holbrook. now i have seen lots of dogs and had a few respond to my e-call, (foxpro) but i can’t get them to come in that extra little bit for a good shot. is there some thing you’de reommend to get them in a little closer. also with mating season what are your thoughts on coyote mating calls or challenge barks? also curious about bobcat and how hunting them will differ from coyotes.

    • Andrew Sharpe says:

      @ Bryrant…To get a ‘yote to commit to my call I guess it depends how far away they are hanging up on you. If it is 50 or more yards away I use a small loud fox pup mouth call, if they are close by I lip squeak (tighten my lips and blow through them to imitate a pup cry).
      As far as your bobcat calling. I try to use a higher pitch rabbit call (young cottontail). Now cats are way different critters. Every time I get a cat coming in to a stand I have been calling for 45-60 mins they come in slow, and you need almost continuous calling (stop calling and cat stops coming, and gets easily disinterested).
      Only time I get bobcats is in elevations between 3500ft to 5000ft with cedar, junipers, or piñon pines.
      When calling for cats it seems you almost have to remain totally still for long periods of time, and just scan with your eyes only.
      Hope my experiences help.

  26. adam lewis says:

    i use an e caller…i live in ohio so we have hilly terrain and thick woods. i hunt in a food plot type clearing with a deep revine behind it in the wood line. there are several signs of coyotes in this area, in fact they got my dash dog one night close to there so im obviously on a mission. i put three decoy rabbits in the clearing and used a foxpro wildfire around sunset. i could hear them howling and yipping all around me, and i mean close, almost freaky, have hunted that spot a few times now and always the same. there are tracks, chewed up carcusses and evrything in that area but i cant get them to come into the clearing for a shot. sooooo frustrating. im not over calling and im mindful of the wind…they are there for the killing what else can i do. i am new at coyote hunting but am a seasoned all around hunter..i sit still, camo real well, scent cover, why are they not comin in? please help me!!!

  27. David Powell says:

    It is mating season here in Minnesota. Is their some calls at this time of year that are better than others? Should I be using some sort of female in heat call? Is their such a thing? All the coyotes I have ever shot have been during deer season, I am new to this and need some help.

  28. Gerald Croarkin says:

    To Adam Lewis: Not sure what the problem is but I will stab at something. Make sure you are not underestimating the wind. Pay mind to your approach to the stand. If your scent is drifting into where they are, you are done before you even know they are there. Also be as quiet and quick as possible going into the stand area. I think some people try to get into the perfect spot to see and call. In doing this, we walk to far into the area and they are onto us. Get to the edge of your area and get settled in and make sure the wind is in your favor. If you are in brush, have your partner watchn the back side. I’ll bet you’ve called them into the area and they bugged out before you even saw them……that is unless you are hunting wide open ranges. Than you maybe just having bad luck!

    • adam lewis says:

      thanks for the reply…it is so thick here in the east its hard to spot them cause they utilize the wood lines and thick brush very well..ive decided to bait with roadkill. many people in this region are doing that. attatching about four foot off the ground into a tree where the yote cant pull it off and has to eat there in rifle range. am tryin tonight for first time with a dead cat. i also cut up chunks of squirrel meat and threw them all around to give the yote confidence in this area to go ahead and start on the main bait.. hopefully its succesful…but thanks for your help and will put all into consideration. if you have any thoughts on baiting i would gladly love to hear anyones experience.

  29. adam lewis says:

    oh yea one more thing… iam experimenting with baiting at night with a red light…wat are some differences or extra steps i should be taking to be succesful at night?

  30. Brian says:

    Any suggestions for winter hunting in Utah… calls, recommended locations (west of Utah County area)? Also- are there recommended times of days for hunting in the winter?

  31. adam lewis says:

    update…been really gettin discouraged from unsuccesful hunts…went out this evening ….put out a spinning decoy and decided not to call at all….the decoy did its job and i bagged a nice male…AT LAST!!! thanx for the input and help here

  32. Randog says:

    I’m not familiar with Utah but if you have located sign like tracks, scat, feathers left after a kill then you can set up in that area in good cover ( disappear ). If its 65 degrees or colder you can hunt yotes all day. It might be a little tougher to get em out of bed if they had a good night of hunting. My last trip out i called three in one day, and the last one was at about 10am. A decoy of some type helps to get them curious, and calling gets them to you. But distress calling can bring in stuff you may not expect like hawks, eagles, ravens, owls, cats, lions, even bears can show up. Have you watched all the BTO videos?, i have and learned a lot by watching them. The more you get out and try the sooner you will start to figure things out. Equipment is one of the first things you will have to figure out, and everybody’s stuff is different. First learn all you can then go out and put it to use. I didn’t score my first kill till the 3rd or 4th stand, and i felt confident in my calling ability. I just knew at some point i would have success and i didn’t give up till i made it happen.

  33. chuck adkins says:

    I am brand new to the sport of coyote hunting,we went out tonight with our electric caller and used the cottontail in distress as well as the grey fox in distress and the coyote huntin yelps with no success,I want to learn this sport very badly as me and my friends are all avid sportsmen and love the outdoors please educate me on what techniques I should be using,Thank You

  34. noflour says:

    I live in the salt lake area and want to get into coyote hunting but don’t know where to start. I’d appreciate any pointers on where to go and tips for success. I’m on a budget so I can’t buy any expensive e call. I’d even go out with someone as long as you don’t murder me.

  35. coy says:

    hey guys, i have recently started coyote hunting and cant seem to call anything in. i am using a combination of electronic and mouth calls. i can hear them howl but i have yet to see one. i aint really sure what im doing wrong. i hunt deer and turkey and duck all the time but i cant figure out why i havent killed one yet. i know they are there like i said i can hear them howling and the farmer says he sees them all the time. anyways i hope yall can help me

  36. Trevor Johnston says:

    hey, i just started hunting coyotes and i bought myself a basic electronic call. i see the coyotes all the tim when i drive by but i cant seem to call them in. any tips wil be awesome, thanks.

  37. Al Thorpe says:

    Does anyone out there know of a DVD in the use of mouth call – coyote howler. I can’t get them to work. (have a lot of them ) Thanks

  38. andrew says:

    So i have a pair of coyotes living in the ravine behind my house that is very thick with cedar trees and brush. I know they have a den in there and are gonna have pups soon. What coyote vocalization would be best to call them in?

  39. CHI says:

    Coyote calling is a very important part of the hunting process, indeed. However, there are different ways of calling them, by using a mouth call or a howler. Which is more efficient?

  40. Elmer says:

    I have been trying to coyotes in for 3 years now with no success. I recently moved to oregon and i hear tons of yotes howling near where i live. Its pretty flat grassy land with little agricultural land and have tons of houses that surround me. I have been trying to get them in sight to try picking a few off since i moved here but they just dont aeem to come to calling. Any suggestions for me?

    • JJ says:

      Hey Elmer!
      I would do a bit of scouting and see if I could find a trail they are using regularly and set up where I had a good view of it! You may be able to call one in there or see a target of opportunity.
      Just set up where the wind in your favor and get after it!
      Good luck!

  41. travis says:

    I live in Iowa we have mile by mile section’s and a lot dogs I’ve been out 12 times in the day time and sit for 20min to 30 min each time watching over timber and thick draws and pounds but I have yet to even see a dog I don’t really understand what I’m doing wrong I got electronic call and mouth calls and a tail dancer to keep the focus off me I do know that there is a lot of pressure on the dogs from deer hunters and other dog hunter’s didn’t know if anybody has any ideas or tips to try I’m really getting discouraged

    • JJ says:

      Hey Travis! Stay patient brother! I have called in my share of coyotes and the are still stretches where I go 12 outings and not see anything. I know it gets frustrating butbtry to learn something each time out.
      It may be something new about the property you are hunting. Maybe yo u find a new spot to set up or a new active trail the coyotes are using. It maybe a new sound you can make with a hand call or a new way to set up.
      You may look back on your stands and see where you were moving your head a bit more then necessary. That was a problem I still strugle with.
      You might try calling a bit different. When I first started I used just hand calls and I would call to much on a stand. I started watching my watch to see how much time passed before I started the next sequence.
      When I am on a stand I try to creat a scenario.
      A new coyote comes into the area. I let out a couple of high pitched howls.
      Wait 2-4 minutes.
      It catches a rabbit. I let out a few low rabbit distress screams.
      Wait 2-4 minutes.
      It sinks it’s teeth into the rabbit! I turn up the volume and intensity a bit!
      Wait another 2-4 minutes.
      It riooing the rabbit apart! I let out a few blood curdling screams!!
      After another wait I may let out another high pitched howl or two.
      If after another wait there is still no takers I always close the stand with some ki-yis or coyote distress.

      This is just what works for me. There are many ways to get the job done!

      Just keep reading post here and watching every bit of footage of coyotes responding to calls you can get your hands on!
      And stay after em!

  42. larry says:

    What a great site. Like all the Info, that many with experience sometimes find hard to share. Live in Arizona and like hunting all parts of the state for critters. Always with my boys.
    We have a phantom call with many differant sound options. I figure two three to be the most widley used. Cannot seem to find an answer as to approximate length of call on a site. Are most using a constant call time with no breaks? Or should we be going for 2-3 minute intervalls and how much calling time at any one burst?
    Not sure our 20 minute long calls are correct. Any ideas would be great.

    • JJ says:

      Welcome to the forum Larry!
      It sounds like you are doing it right by getting your boys out in the field with you!

      As for calling there is no right or wrong!
      Some call constantly some off and on.
      I like to call for around a minute and then pause for a few minutes watching for movement.
      I will usually stay on a stand between 20 and 40 minutes depending on the location.

      I would also recommend watching all of the videos here on the forum.
      They will show you how Lance and Uriah like to work on a stand.

      Good luck and stay on em!

  43. Gavin Boone says:

    I just obtained an E-caller and would like to get into coyote hunting. I live in western WA, about 50 miles NE of seattle. Does anybody have any tips specific to the area. Such as good set-ups, which call to use, how often to use it, how loud, etc? I have been an avid big game hunter, and some small game, for over 20 years, so I am not new to hunting, just new to preditor/varmit hunting.

    • JJ says:

      Hey Gavin.
      I would do a lot of reading and watch all of the vidoes you can get your hands on.
      There is no set way of calling! Some do it one way and others do it another way and both work.
      There are many ways to get it done and what works for you may be different then what works for the next guy.

      I like to try to keep it as realistic as possible. Rabbits have small lungs so they wont have long drawn out screams. Short shrill screams seem more realistic to me so that is what I use.
      Any distress sound can bring in a coyite if there are some in the area.
      I like to use some that may be a bit different if I think the place has been called in hopes that the new sound may work.
      Just do a bit of research and reading here on the forum and on the web and get ideas of what works for others and then adapt it to fit your situation.

      Good luck! Stay on em!

      • Gavin Boone says:

        Thanks JJ! I went out on saturday for a couple sets. I didn’t see any critters, but it was still fun to get out. I am going to head out again tomorrow for a few hours.

  44. Gavin says:

    I am new to hunting coyotes, but I am really trying to get into it. I live in Utah and have been trying for the last couple months with no luck. Any helpful tips would be great.

    • Jason Butler says:

      Are you hunting the desert or in the timber in Utah? I’m heading down to the desert around Boise this weekend to give that a try. I have been doing well(for a guy just learning) in the timber country. Tips for what they are worth…
      One good “set” is better than 10 bad ones. Wear camo for the cover you are hunting and don’t be afraid to walk…Another rule of thumb, I use calls of the critters that are in the area I’m hunting. The last two coyotes I have killed I used the juvenile fox distress, and the coyote I killed last Thurs came into coyote pup distress.
      I have totally gotten away from rabbit distress calls altogether. Stick with IT!!! I went the whole month of Jan and didn’t see a dog…Then I killed two in 10 days when I switched from rabbit to canine distress. Hope this helps.

  45. chuck says:

    im new to hunting coyotes, just bought a foxpro wildfiretoday, been looking how to call, I will be hunting eastern Ohio and western,and central PA, what sounds should i use??? in the mountain of PA there are not many rabbits, so what should i call with? If a guy had two or three choices what would you use? or recommend???

  46. chuck says:

    morning or evening hunting best?,

    • Jason Butler says:

      I’m new at this but I have called in more coyote and fox in the morning. I say that with a grain of salt because I killed a nice male coyote on the evening of Feb 7th. The other thing to think about is the weather!! Morning or evening I have seen all my animals when a front is coming into the area. A major system was headed into southern Idaho and I left work early to hunt before the system. Nice move on my part! I wish I could post a picture on here. Good luck Chuck..

      • chuck says:

        i was out saturday morning and saturday night and sunday morning, no luck, but going to continue, seen tracks in one area, there is about a foot of snow in PA and has a crust so its hard walking and noisy, i used a conontail distress, not sure what other sounds to try, i did try a couple

        • Jason Butler says:

          Glad to see that you are getting out. I don’t have an answer for the crunchy snow…I have the same problem here. I think sneaking into an area and then hunting it is really important. I don’t mill around an area, I work my way in quietly, glass the area to find where to make my “set”. I usually drop my snow shoes about 100 yards away from my set because they are loud….

          Try this when using a rabbit distress. Hang a feather from a limb about 30 yards away from you, about 1 foot off the ground. It will keep the coyote focused on the movement and will draw them in so you can get a shot. I use pheasant tail feathers in calm wind, a wing in strong wind. I have shot 2 coyotes with the rabbit distress and hanging feather trick….Make sure the wind and the feather are in right spot so you can shoot without the dog winding you!!!
          Try the rabbit feather thing and after 10 mins switch to a fox or coyote pup distress on the same set. I call for 1-2 mins then wait and watch, then fire up the call for 1-2 mins…Good luck you’ll get one soon!!

      • chuck says:

        i hunt PA and OHIO

        • Jason Butler says:

          Are you having any luck with the feather, rabbit distress set up? I have been having a lot of luck lately. The coyote here are pairing up for breeding so I have switched to howl calls and been doing really well. I called in 3 coyotes in one set last weekend…Shot 2 and 1 fox…I shot a coyote this evening with a coyote howl call. When I do sound those calls I am getting a lot of responses from surrounding dogs. Hope you are having some luck.

  47. Jason Butler says:

    I am also new to coyote hunting and hunt southern Idaho….What a blast!!! I can go for days without seeing a single dog. I have stuck with it and killed two and missed one clean at 65 yards with my 22-250. Got a little excited on that one and rushed my shot. All I can say is I try to learn something from every “set” I make. I have also called in a few that I never got a shot at. I try to setup and call with critters that are realistic to the area I’m working. If there are few rabbits in the area I stay away from rabbit distress calls and have had luck with juvenile red fox distress. If I’m hunting a logging unit I use rodent type calls because of the brush piles and log decks they frequent.
    Keep your eye out while calling. I called in a huge Northern Goshawk last week that landed right behind my head and sat there for 10 mins. If I’m calling in predatory birds and Ravens I’m doing something right.
    Let me know some new tricks or things that work for you guys, and I will keep throwing out ideas when I have success.

  48. Nathan Dueck says:

    I live in Manitoba rite up along the edge of the canadian shield . My brothers and i are just gettin into yote huntin and dont have a e-caller yet so i was wonderin how i should run a mouth call like how do i know if i’m sounding like a true critter in distress . We know there are yotes around cause weve seen them often at our dead cow pile probably 3-400 yards from our house . also what kind of gun should i think of getting? So far we’ve been using a weatherby vangaurd 270 but havn’t had any luck this year yet . I know nothing really about coyote hunting so i’de like some tips . thanks!!!!!

    • Jason Butler says:

      I live and hunt in Southern Idaho. If you are looking for a good gun, I would suggest the Rem Model 700 VTR in the 22-250 caliber. Mine shoots lights out and is versatile enough for things other than coyotes. We have lions, and wolves here also and I have a tag for both. If I am chasing wolves I carry a different bullet than the ones I use for coyotes.
      Last Saturday I was out and had an unbelievable “set”. I shot one fox at 200 yards, and two coyotes at 150 yards, all three head shots. I’m so confident with that rifle it is crazy. I suggest Hornady Superformance Varmint 50 grain V-MAX bullets for coyotes. Good luck with those Canadian dogs!!

  49. Nathan Dueck says:

    This afternoon i went out and saw two yotes out at about 5-600 yards but only had the 22 with me and when i started squeking on my johnny stewart critter distress they hiked out of there so i know i called wrong but i dont know how to run a mouth call and i dont have ane-caller. i would like toknow how some of you guys set up and call with a mouth call.

  50. Jason Butler says:

    I’m headed out this afternoon to try again. I had a neat experience last time on the elk and deer winter range. I was using the fawn distress and I didn’t see any coyotes but had herds of mule deer coming to the rescue of the distress fawn. Any one else had that experience? I had to switch calls because the deer kept angling around a trying to stomp my coyote decoy!!! Had to throw rocks at the deer to keep them away…Going to give it a try again, maybe with some luck I can call in a wolf, but I will settle for a coyote…Good luck guys

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