By the Nodak Outdoors Community

Recently, I asked the Predator Hunting forum here at Nodak Outdoors to pass on some of the most overlooked predator hunting tips. Within the day, there was a wide variety of responses. Here are some predator hunting tips that will hopefully bag more fur!

(There has been a second article in the series, check out more at Predator Hunting Tactics.)

Predator Calling Tips

Never under-estimate the hearing, vision, or scent of a coyote


"The use of e-callers can really hurt your success when played too long. Should keep the calling brief, and the waiting and watching more played out. I like to say about 8-15 seconds calling, 2 minutes watching and waiting." - wigglesworth

"When using an e-caller don't blow them out with too much volume.Very little volume the first 5 mins." - 1lessdog

"I am a firm believer in starting out with a hurt pup or hurt coyote especially after all the young ones have been shot or when their numbers have been reduced. I can't tell why it works as good as it does. It might be that when they hear that sound it gets those adults aroused enough to come and investigate. I don't think a lot of the callers are taking advantage of that call. As the season goes on the predators have heard all kinds of distress sounds and are pretty well wised up especially the one that have been called and shot at. Of course I am Partial to the howling aspect all year round. Next time out give it a try. You might be surprised." - jerry hunsley

"This is a trick I learned here in West Virginia. Try using a crow call every 15 minutes or so for about 30 seconds. It is normal for crows to follow coyotes and will put them at ease. There are other birds that do the same in other parts of the country. I think they're magpies... Anyway it will help to coax the call shy dogs in to you. If you call in a hawk try mimicking a crow fighting with the hawk. I probably call in about 25-30% more coyotes now that I added the crow call to my arsenal. Also if you see crows coming your way, get ready. They're usually following or leading a crow. Just make sure you don't spook the crows. They're like extra eyes for the coyotes..." - price403

"Howling has become very importats in my hunting strategies. During early and late fall it seems to work quite well. There are still alot of young of the year dogs around looking for company. Dec and Jan I primarily stick with distress calls. In late Feb and March breeding pairs are establishing territories and challenging can bring some explosive results. If you want to be sucessful howling use a good howler stay away from electronics. They just don't have the emotion!" - yooperyotebuster

"It has been my experience if a coyote howls quite some distance away, he will not come. Two reasons: You may be in another coyotes territory and there is a territorial line, or it simply to far to come. In those cases I try to move closer by quite a bit and give him the hurt pup or hurt coyote sound. That will work a lot of the times. Don't be too quick to leave. Give him another howl and glass the area. There may be other coyotes that didn't howl coming. Once in awhile when you howl and another one answers you start a chain reaction and all hell breaks loose." - jerry hunsley

"What you should always do is call into the wind.The cover scent doesnt work.If they smell that they are going to smell you. When you get to a spot to call.Take your sqeeker out and use that for a min. or so.Alot of times when you blow a hard call if a Fox or Coyote is close you will spook them .If after a couple of mins nothing comes in go to a hard call.And blow it like I said.I like to call from the top of hills or fence lines,drainage ditchs.creeks. If you see tracks theres anaimals around.And just find a good spot to call and go at it." - 1lessdog

"My advice would be to sound different. Now days with electronic callers, a lot of different callers are sounding the same. Even the same guy sounds the same the next time he returns to the same spot. You should sound unique and different every time you call the same spot twice. Especially the later in the year when they have heard most calling scenarios." - papapete



Jamie Olson taking fur in Arizona - theres always more predator hunting tips to learn



Predator Hunting Setups



"The use of cover scents. I am convinced that they increase my success." - coyote204

"Set up so downwind doesn't have heavy cover. If the yote wants to get downwind this will force him into the open. They don't like that and many times will quarter with the wind to you, or they present a wide open shot." - Plainsman

Predator Hunting Shooting Tips

"Don't miss, they get educated real fast." - north14

"Don't get hung up with rifles and calibers. For 99% of your predator hunting(unless you shoot pararie dogs) a standard sporter weight rifle in .223 or .22-250 is plenty." - Remington 7400

"Shoot a rifle designed to kill Coyotes.Dont shot a little pop gun at them.They deserve more." - 1lessdog

Predator Hunting Concealment Tips

"Be careful when crossing fences. Remember the tin can and wire you used as a telephone when you were a kid. Wire will carry the noise much further than you think, when it squeaks, while you shove it half way to the ground to get over." - Plainsman"When getting into a high spot to increase your vantage point, do not skyline yourself." - Fallguy

"A coyote's instinct is to go to the highest point in the area it is hunting to look around, watch the hilltops and stay off them." - buckseye

"Make sure your coyote hunting vehicle is quiet(good muffler, dont rattle doors that need to be slammed to shut...ect), well hidden and walk a long way from it before starting to call." - Jaybic

"If you have a hunting buddy play drop and roll. Slow down enough to let him out, and then keep on going. Stop a mile away so he can signal you to return. Using this method 300 yards off the road will get you coyotes in some areas. I guess it goes without saying take turns." - Plainsman

"Stay high so you can see them coming in.Lay down on the top of the hill with a matching camo." - 1lessdog

"Make Your Own Gillie Suit
- I used an old pair of camo pants and jacket (BDU's from an army surplus store).

- Then I used an old volleyball net or badmition net.

- I just the net into squares that I sewed onto the pants (a section of squares on the quad, hamstring, shin and calf area.) The on the jacket (bicep, tricep, front and back of jacket, and thent he for arms). You section it out for better movement.

- Sew it on with waxed dental floss (non-scented).

- Then you just use some shoe goo or other adhesive on the knots.

- Then all you do is cut some jute twine into desired lengths and dye them to the color of your area....I used dark green, black, brown, and then the twine color.

-Then start to tie on the twine to the sqaures until you get the desired pattern/coverage.

The one good thing is that if you get alot of burrdocks or stickys you can just cut them out and add more twine." - Chuck Smith