Re: Best way to hunt over dead cows
The best advice I can give to shooting over bait is the EXACT same as it is to call in coyotes.
DO NOT EDUCATE THEM.
If you have 4 coyotes on bait and you only have one shooter...wait until 2 leave on their own accord. If you have two shooters, plan your shots so that you can drop them before they run. Wait for a pair to line up and try to take two at once.
Do your very best to kill everything and if you have to, let a couple walk.
It's hard to do, but it's easier in the long run.
If you let any of them get away after hearing gun fire, they will be educated and hesitate before returning.
If you have one or two, take them both out and return the next day or two, to see if their are any others that weren't there before.
Plan your spot/stalk accordingly. Move in before first light and get to a spot where you can take your shot, without being winded. This is the perfect opportunity to think like a sniper, not just a predator hunter.
It won't take long for new coyotes to move into a new area after they realize the previous occupants are gone.
We have a spot 200 yards from the house that we move dead cows to, always the same spot, always out in the open...and we usually take 5-10 calf killers off of it throughout the year. Often times, we shoot them right out the 2nd story bedroom window. It never fails. Kill 2 today, and a week later, two more show up.
If you let one get away, chances are, it won't be back for a while...if ever.
"We do not rise to the occasion...we fall to the level of our training."