Tuck your calls into your jacket separating them into different clothing layers if necessary. Oil your sling swivels. Use rubber armored binoculars or put them in a fleece case. Put your cell phone on vibrate unless you have Jackrabbit Distress as your ring tone!
Casting your scent cone into the area you’re calling can also be a deal breaker. Keep the sun at your back whenever possible and keep your hand movements to a minimum. A coyote’s distance vision is not acute but they have an excellent ability to pick up quick movements. Swinging your shooting sticks around or gesturing with your arms can attract a coyote’s attention. And, by all means, if you need to talk to your partners, do so at a whisper. The human voice can carry an amazing distance on a calm morning.
For stealth, lift the door hatch, push the door closed then release.
Another advantage of a stealthy approach is that it saves time. I hear of many hunters reaching their stand then sitting for a while “to let the area settle down” before they begin calling. I rarely wait to begin calling. If my approach was bad, my calling is likely to be unsuccessful regardless of how long I sit. Less time before beginning calling means more stands made in a day. More stands equals more coyotes.
If your calling success has been limited, don’t necessarily assume your calling is to blame. Look more closely at your Approach. The more pressure an area receives and the more sophisticated the coyote, the more stealth is required to arrive at your stand with a reasonable chance to call those coyotes that are within ear shot. If you’re already calling coyotes, a stealthy Approach will still put more fur in the truck. I guarantee it.
Tim Titus has been calling coyotes for 35 years. He lives in the coyote rich country of Southeast Oregon where he and his son spend their winters calling predators and their springs and early summers shooting varmints. Tim owns and operates No Off Season, an on-line predator and varmint hunting store and guiding business. You can check it out at No-Off-Season.com.
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