Predator Hunting Tactics

February 13, 2009 by  

By the Nodak Outdoors Community

Recently, I asked the Predator Hunting forum here at Nodak Outdoors to pass on some of the most common and overlooked predator hunting tactics. There was a wide variety of responses, so much so that this is the 2nd article in the series. Check out last month’s article on Predator Hunting Tips. Here are some predator hunting tactics that will hopefully bag more predators!

Predator Calling Tactics

Share your predator hunting tactics with others at Nodak Outdoors

Share your predator hunting tactics with others at Nodak Outdoors

“Don’t forget to put as much emotion into your predator calling as you possilbly can. Imagine a jack rabbit being caught by a fox and fighting for it’s life. The more emotion you put in your calling, the more confidence you will have that something is going to come and investigate the sound. The more confidence you have, the more patience you will have. The more patience you have, the more dogs you will kill.” – TheDogSlayer

“My advice is if you hear coyotes, don’t think that they will be there when you call at them every time. Coyotes cover alot of area. Many think that when they hear coyotes that there are alot of them like deer. They are not there all the time and they do not always have a pattern.” – Haakon Johnson

Predator Hunting Setups

“If your looking specifically for one predator hunting tactic you should look into this, I call it the “hook shot”. This is where you take a route around the backside of where they normally hang out around the den. The wind is a concern but not necessary if you’re above them. The key is to approach them straight into their territory minding the wind at this point where they seldom, if ever, heard a predator call before. They’re so busy guarding the front yard they forget about the backyard. A wide, low hook if you don’t mind hiking. I hunt foot hill canyons and it’s alot of work for one stand but worth it for those big smart adults.” – RedRabbit

Predator hunting is challenging but very rewarding

Predator hunting is challenging but very rewarding

“Look for tracks and make SURE coyotes and/or foxes are in that area before you hunt them. That is the number one mistake I’ve been making. I spend a lot of time calling behind my house but there’s been no tracks at all and I’ve had zero sucess.” – John M

“…Remember, that animal is coming to an injured animal. It is not always going to charge in. Be patient and be willing to wait it out up to 45 minutes or even an hour, especially during the late season. You may get tired of watching and calling but they have their own time schedule, we watch a clock. I have waited an hour before, then still looked back on the way out and FINALLY saw something coming in. Coyotes don’t punch a time clock, and certainly don’t wear a watch.” – cya_coyote

Predator Shooting Tactics

“It’s important to practice uphill and downhill shots as a lot of coyotes are missed in those situations.” – jerry hunsley

“Wait for the coyote to get close enough. If you can see him at 400 yards, but think you can call him to 200 or even 100…go for it. I’ve had partners get too excited and blow shots at animals that are still running in towards the call. That means an educated coyote and one less fur on the stretcher…” – price403

A unique-colored fox

A unique-colored fox

Practice shooting!!! Know what yardage your gun is zeroed in at. That means, know what two distances your bullet crosses your line of sight. Also know what yardage your bullet is at when it’s at the top of its arch. Always consider wind drift, these light bullets don’t need much cross wind to move them around. Practice shooting at different yardages with a 10 mile/hour cross wind. When a fox or coyote is coming into a call, alot of times you will be looking at a front-on shoot and they aren’t very wide after you take the fur off.” – TheDogSlayer

“I would say that when your calling predators and more then one coyote comes in, people have a tendency to get greedy. I will now always take the first one that presents a shot. If you have one guy with a shotgun and one with a rifle, your chances are a little better if they boil in on you . Then when you got one down with the shotgun, get on the hurt pup and THEN get the other one for a rifle shot. That doesn’t work in tournaments because you can’t use shotguns however. I used to get caught up in numbers. As I am older now that doesn’t mean as much and If I get a double that’s just bread and butter. So take my advice, shoot the first one you can.” – jerry hunsley

Predator Hunting Concealment Tips

“There are many rules to hunting coyotes. You should have all your bases covered: rifle sited in, predator calling down, best area all picked out, etc. They are all important pieces of the puzzle. But one thing that stands out for me more than anything is if you blow your concealment ( you or your truck ). That animal will go into “Sranger Danger” mode and all will be for nothing, especially educated ones. I’ve known people’s dogs that know the sound of their owner’s truck amongst the sound of other traffic several blocks away. You might get away with a sloppy entrance a few times on green yotes, but not for long if your hunting the same ones. All the time they just seem to disappear except for the sign ( They will pattern you ). I belive that they have dreams of chasing rabbits and near death experiences just like your pet dog does, its a survival thing, certain animals have it including us, a sixth sense if you will. I do all of my coyote hunting hiking in at least 1/4 to 1 mile sometimes more. I try to go in calm and indifferent more like impassive and phlegmatic. Yes they sence your emotion just like your pet dog. There is alot of lore about “mans best friend” and the “coyote” has his, its is more truth than poetry. If you can get smart coyotes on a consitant basis with one method let me know I’ll be your loyal servant. Watch the wind, stay low on entry to the stand, then move up to a position with enough background for your camo to be effective and match your camo to your stand location. Take your time, you don’t want to be a big sweat ball as you approach your stand.” – RedRabittGeneral Predator Hunting Tactics

“Probably tougher to find and just as important to put fur in the truck is to find a good hunting partner. One that has good ethics, ambition, loves the sport at least as much as you do. It’s much more effective working the wind with a partner and being able to cover more area. It’s also more enjoyable to not hunt alone all the time along with scouting and gathering permission. If he can shoot well and pitch in for gas/driving /food etc., you’re well on the way to a more successful and enjoyable season.” – FurGittr 


Comments

6 Comments on "Predator Hunting Tactics"

  1. Daniel Disselkamp on Fri, 13th Aug 2010 12:07 pm 

    i am just wondering when is the best time to hunt coyotes in the summer i live in kentucky and coyotes are open game all year round it is mid august now any tips you can give me will be appreciated
    thanks

    Daniel

  2. Bill on Mon, 25th Oct 2010 11:12 pm 

    there is a piece of land behind my house that is about 25 acres in size that is frequented by many coyotes at night. i know this because i hear howl coming from different locations at the same time. they only come onto this hill at night. iwas hoping somebody could give me advice on how to lure them in during daylight hours? we have neighbors so shooting at night isn’t an option. i’ve tried calls, would some kind of bait work better? thanks.

  3. ben rinehart on Fri, 18th Feb 2011 11:19 pm 

    i here so much about the direction of the wind. what do you all think is best or works at times. wind at yuor face or sitting with the wind coming from the left or right of the direction of the wind. where i hunt sometimes there is no open ground, so your sitting in the woods at all sides.

  4. Rick Weber on Tue, 1st Nov 2011 3:26 pm 

    Here it is early november and I have had a pair of coyotes that seem not to be afraid of my truck when I drive through a field. But when I go hunting early morning or evening can’t call them in close enough to take a shoot. Puzzled to say the least. Of coarse I use all the latest cover sent, como, an gear! so is it me? I stay low never take the same route twice. Anybody got any tips???

  5. Cole on Mon, 16th Jan 2012 9:49 am 

    Hey I’m a hunter but I never really hunted coyote befor and I waned to try it so I got a electronic call and started calling them in but they never come in we always hear them though

  6. jeremy baker on Sun, 12th Feb 2012 6:18 pm 

    looking at tips on how to call coyotes… we can get them to answer but never see eyes… we use the foxpro spitfire caller is there any particular call or pattern that we should use to bring the dogs into shooting range????

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