Now if you decide to make your coyote stand calling with the wind, you must be much more careful. This means parking further from the calling stand, being extra quiet, and probably not taking along more than one other person. Most coyotes are a touch more nervous in a stiff wind, it limits their abilities, and therefore they are a touch more suspicious. Coyotes can be fooled easier and this is what we need to use to our advantage. The theory is this: the coyote already knows that his smelling may be at a disadvantage, so he may not feel that urge to come out of his bed to expose himself in order to work around downwind to make sure that is a healthy meal.
By calling a coyote with the wind directly to him, you are reassuring him that everything is alright. Even though the coyote senses may be skewed, he still trusts that nose to bail him out. The coyote knows that if he comes out directly against the wind that he should be able to bail himself out of a jam. But with winds that are gusting, we have somewhat of an advantage over the coyote, our scent is scattered out and not as easy for the coyote to pick out and peg your whereabouts. Now you will probably notice that the coyotes coming in will not commit as easy, they will act somewhat nervous, because we are fooling them! Patience is a virtue when calling any coyote, but especially now. Donít call too much, the coyotes know where you are, they are just making sure it is OK.
Of course close and far depends on the cover and what part of the country you are in, but if I have a coyote coming in against the wind, and he acts skittish out there at 150 yards, the 22-250 is sending him to the promise land. There is no cross wind to deal with as with other calling situations. Now back to the patience statement. Use this at your own discretion. If the coyote hangs up at 200 out and turns trotting back to the exact location he came from, I would consider this a suitable time to start blasting!
Consider the other scenario. The weather has been cold all week; no wind, a little snow and youíve been at work just praying for the weekend to get here so you can go coyote hunting. Friday afternoon comes and the weather starts to break. By Saturday at lunch, the temps are in the 50-60 range and the wind is blowing 20 mph. Your hopes of calling a coyote in are shot, all you have to look forward to is the list of honey-doís back at the house. Not so fast. Donít go out and make 3 sets in the normal top of the hill, against the wind strategy, then get frustrated and go in. Ever think about taking the fight to the enemy? Maybe getting right in the spare bedroom of the coyote and disrupting his nap? Getting down in the creeks or canyons right along with him? By doing this, we are not allowing the wind to hurt us. Sure, it may shorten your effective range that you can reach, but by adjusting our routines slightly, it can pay off.
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