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Coyote Calling In The Wind --- Bring It On!

Coyote Calling In The Wind --- Bring It On!

By Justin Shireman

Out here in western Oklahoma, the wind can sometimes be downright treacherous and this affects coyote calling tremendously. What more proof do you need other than the newly constructed wind farm consisting of about 45 power producing windmills along interstate 40 in the western half of the state. We all know wind is a killer for a planned day of coyote calling. All excitement for your coyote hunt can be washed away 30 minutes after sunup if that wind gets to howling ...louder than a coyote. You always try to tough it out until frustration takes over and you give up coyote calling for the day.

Most all of my first hand experience in coyote calling has come from the western half of Oklahoma. Now there have been some other coyote calling tips, techniques, and lessons learned from other geographic areas, but most of my coyote calling has been in the wind-blown, wide open pastures with a few scattered creeks and canyons. The majority of the time, we set up on little knolls or hills offsetting some good cover where we can see the coyotes coming. Throw some 15 mph wind into this equation, and the coyote calling results will change dramatically.

I have been taught and taught to never call coyotes with the wind at your back. “Their noses are too good”, “The coyotes will be long gone before you ever see them”. Well folks, sometimes this can be true about coyote calling, but I have to admit that sometimes it is not the case whatsoever. Picture a dreary coyote hunting day with temperatures in the 30’s and some off and on mist floating through the air but the wind is blowing about 17-20 mph. Don’t even go out and try calling; the coyote will never even hear you blowing that call; the wind will take the sound and distort your calling so bad that the coyote won’t even hear you.

Yeah right! That’s what I thought, too. Until after about 10-12 minutes I see a lone coyote bouncing over the hill. He eventually stopped about 75 yards out to analyze the situation (maybe a hint of a foreign smell?). The coyote never got to take another step. We had set up about 200 yards out of a wooded area where we knew coyotes lived. The wind was way too stiff to go to the other side and try to call against it, so we set up this way and it changed my thinking on coyote calling forever.

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