Multiple Coyote Calling
Multiple Coyote CallingBy Albert Pilling
There was about 45 minutes of daylight left when my partner and I settled in to try and call in a coyote or two. We were situated halfway up the west bank of a small creek with the sun behind us. The area in front of us was the frozen creek about 20 yards wide and a large empty flat gently tapering up to the surrounding plains, giving 600 yards of visibility.
I started off with a couple of lone howls. After a short period of time the sound of Johnny Stewart’s super jack filled the air. Thirty seconds later a coyote comes boiling over the creek bank behind his, passing within 20 yards of my partner and me. As soon as the coyote hits the frozen ice boom my partner’s rifle goes off – boom! - again, I fire a round at the fleeing coyote. My partner Floyd takes another before the coyote disappears around the bend in the creek.
What to do now? We have fired 4 rounds from our 22-250’s and have no coyote to show for it. The truck is too far away to get to to find another stand and make another attempt to kill Wiley before it gets dark. It’s quickly decided we might as well stay where we are. There was no way to make another stand.
I gave another lone howl and waited. To our surprise a group of coyotes answered to the north. After a brief wait the sound of super jack again fills the air. After 3 or 4 minutes I whisper to Floyd, "There’s one." Up there on the opposite band 6-700 yards away, but coming hard. The coyote disappears behind a low spot; I stare intently in the distance hoping to see the charging coyote.
Boom! Floyd's rifle goes off. Startled, I quickly turn my head and see a coyote flopping 80 yards away on the frozen ice. I also see another coyote turn and disappear over the river bank to the north of us. I immediately start doing my best imitation of a wounded coyote. I then briefly turned up the volume on our tape machine and continued to let the sound of super jack fill the air. After 15 seconds or so I returned the machine to its normal volume.
After a few minutes wait Floyd whispers, "There’s another one." We let it approach. Boom! Floyd drops it at 70 yards. We’re happy and amazed. Two coyotes down after missing one four times at the very start of the stand.
We decide just to enjoy the moment, it’s a beautiful day. I give out another lone howl and sit back to enjoy our success. Floyd and I discuss the day’s events; we still have 20 minutes until it gets dark. The sound of super jack provides an appropriate background. "There’s another one," says Floyd. I look over and see a coyote coming around a bend in the river. 10 seconds later, boom! The third coyote is lying on the ice. What a way to end the day!
Wow!!! This was the first time we had ever killed more than two coyotes on a stand, and the way it happened made a big impression on me and is one of my favorite memories. This happened over ten years ago and I have since learned to kill multiple coyotes on a relatively frequent basis.
It just kills me when I watch a video or TV show where the participant starts whooping and hollering after they have killed a coyote. They are really missing out on an opportunity to harvest some more animals. I personally believe that you have a better chance of killing another coyote on that stand than you would if you move to another location. Only a few coyotes are loners.
I prefer to hunt with a partner. It adds a lot of enjoyment, plus I feel that if one does the calling and the other concentrates on shooting, you will kill significantly more coyotes. Alternate assignments on stands if you want. Experience tells me that focusing on one task at a time will pay dividends. When hunting with a partner I prefer to be within earshot. Communication is a big help and it’s surprising how much you can talk if you keep your voice down.
I use both mouth and electronic calls. I lean heavily on the electronics with remote controls. I feel that the advantage of having the sound away from your position will allow you to kill more coyotes. I will also admit that some of the sounds available on e-callers are hard to duplicate with mouth calls.
I feel a good place to start is with two coyotes. How do you kill two coyotes? I handle a pair of coyotes different than you would two singles. There are several ways to handle a pair of coyotes but what I prefer to do is wait until they are about a hundred yards away and then try and shoot the least aggressive one first. Usually that’s the one that is the furthest away. I will then howl as soon as possible in an attempt to get the other on to stop.
I feel that the sooner you make a sound after a shot the better your chances of stopping the coyote. Don’t be scared to howl a half dozen times if necessary. I am very reluctant to take a running shot at a coyote and feel that I have a better chance of killing a standing coyote at three hundred yards than a running coyote at 100. Get ready if the coyote is approaching the bush; lots of times they will pause for a last look before darting in.
If hunting with a partner, the best way to kill a pair of coyotes is for both hunters to shoot at the same time. In order to do this, you must be able to communicate with your buddy. One counts to three and both shoot on three. The person doing the counting must be aware of what both coyotes are doing. With practice it is possible to shoot when both coyotes are standing still. My good friend Rob and I have done this for several years. I would estimate that our success rate is over 80% using this method.
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