Some people think that camouflage is a fashion statement. This couldn’t be farther from the truth. If you are sitting on a hillside of yellow prairie grass or snow while wearing dark green camouflage you will stick out like a sore thumb. If you are sitting in the dark timber and wearing dessert camouflage you will be the center of attention to any coyote. Coyotes make a living using their superb senses. A coyote’s sense of site isn’t lacking in any way.
It is very important to where camouflage that blend into your surroundings. It is also important to cover your hands and face with camouflage as well.
One of our secret weapons is the Quikcamo hat that has a drop down face mask. It is important to cover your face, hands, and any exposed skin. If you are light complected your skin is a big contrast from your camouflage clothing and makes it much easier for a coyote to detect your movement.
Another thing that can cause a coyote to spot you is shine. If you face your binoculars or scope towards the sun, you could cause a reflection that will usually result in the coyote exiting your stand location. Make sure you do not have anything reflective like jewelry or shiny metal on your weapon or hunting gear. Most serious coyote hunters will even paint their guns with some type of camouflage pattern. If this is something you are not willing to do then you might consider camouflage tape to cover anything shiny.
Your biggest friend while looking for a place to blend in is shade. Even a sub par camouflage will blend in better when you are sitting in the shade. We are always looking for overhanging trees, brush or a hillside that has a shadow cast from the sun.
The next best thing to a shadow is a busy terrain. Sitting in a collage of shrubs, brush, or rocks will help you disappear into the landscape. Using a busy terrain and shadows is the best of both worlds. Even rocks and shrubs will cast a nice shadow.
Movement is the number one thing that coyote pickup on. It is very important to be very still while sitting at your stand location. The movement made while using hand calls and binoculars should be made with slow subtle movements.
Lance Benson, Pro Staff
Bucking The Odds