I leave you with a description of a real stand and what I did to kill four coyotes.
I start by walking out into a pasture I had called at this location before. The ground is littered with coyote tracks. I'm fairly confident that I will get more than one. It is December 20th. I place my e-caller on a fence post in the open but close to the edge of a slough.
I then place myself 70 yards crosswind of the caller, preventing my scent from going directly into some cover which was directly downwind of the caller. I'm thinking that the coyotes will come from out of a large patch of brush directly upwind from the caller. Am I wrong!
I start off with my old standby rabbit distress. One minute into the stand a coyote comes out of the cover downwind of the caller. I carefully shift my position so I can get the coyote in my sights. I mute the caller and wait for the coyote to stop. As soon as the coyote stops I fire my rifle. Down it goes. As quickly as I can, I turn the caller back on and scream rabbit at full volume. After about ten seconds I turn the caller back down to a moderate level and wait for more coyotes to show. Two minutes later a second coyote appears in practically the same place as the first one. This one is a little more cautious than the first. I donít have to do anything to get it to stop. I am ready, and down goes the second coyote.
I turn off the rabbit and give three lone howls. After a thirty second wait, I resume with rabbit sound. Five minutes later I see a coyote approaching from out of the large bush upwind of the call. It is about 400 yards away. As I'm trying to figure out what to do, another coyote approaches from directly out in front of me. I shut off the call and wait to see what happens. The upwind coyote stops in some tall grass about 250 yards out. The coyote directly across from me stops and sits on its rump. I am able to range it at 375 yards. I take a quick look at the closer coyote and see that it is partially obscured by cover. I decide to try for the coyote in the open and bear down on the coyote directly across from me. At the report of the rifle the coyote falls to the ground. I no longer can see the coyote that was upwind. I start kiyiing hoping the remaining coyote will come back for a look.
I wait briefly; I have been on the stand for a little less than ten minutes and have three coyotes down. Right on!! I decide it is time to play the fox in distress. After seven minutes of fox I shut the call off and give a couple lone howls. Nothing. I go back to my fox distress. Eighteen minutes into my stand I decide to pack up.
I go and get my call and start collecting the coyotes. As I approach the second coyote I hear a group yip howl from the south, which was the direction from which the last coyote came. I quickly decide to resume my calling and place the e-call about fifty yards away from me in the direction that I heard the howls. I have moved the call approximately 200 yards closer to where I think these coyote are.
I feel that it is a good time to get a little aggressive and give a series of challenge howls. The coyotes that are yip howling go quiet. I wait about a minute and start playing a woodpecker distress. About three minutes later I spy the fifth coyote of the stand coming in. A short time later I shoot and kill my 4th coyote. I give a few coyote distress cries and continue on with the woodpecker. Thirty minutes from when I started, I finally shut it down and call it a stand. Besides it's almost dark.
What a great afternoon. I made three stands, called in eight coyotes, and killed seven. Some days it's just magic.
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