Re: Calling sequence question from new hunter
Congrats on getting some high quality stuff first off. I hunt in ky and I'm positive there's not one in the state that's never heard a rabbit call so i seldom used those sounds. The locator sound whether siren or just howls i always use the night before i hunt to find out where they're at at any given time. I mostly use bird sounds and switch between them, i vary my stands sometimes using the electric and some i use mouth calls. I have a foxpro spitfire and feel my mouth calls are louder. I start off calling softly or with my volume low, i feel if there's one close I won't shock him quite as bad this way and increase the volume and "craziness" of my calling.
Most areas i hunt are moderate to heavily wooded, i try to stay on the edges of fields just inside the tree line. Once i've done that i'll move to the top of draws, next stand will be roughly 1/2 way down the draw and then at the bottom of it. I also like river or creek bottoms i feel the sound carries better, and i can usually see a good distance. I always carry a shotgun as well, i shoot a rem 870 with 3-1/2" dead coyote heavy shot loads in T-size, my rifle choice varies depending on the area I'm hunting usually it's my ar in .223 with 55gr ballistic tips but, if the terrain in mostly open or i expect long shots 350+yd I carry my 243 with 75gr hp. It can be a lil awkward carrying two long guns and it's quite the spectacle when checked by a game warden the time will come when the shotgun is much needed. After calling in several and not being able to shoot because of brush I carry my 870 every time... I may not need it at all that day but, if you need to make a close up shot nothing and i mean nothing replaces the smack down which a 3-1/2" load of t-shot will place on a dog inside 50yd, rest assured they'll go down with authority when hit!!! Looks like they've been struck by lightening or God himself has smited them.
Best advice I can give you is not to get discouraged you're chasing the best predator in the area when you match whits with them. He lives there spends his entire life learning the area and you are on his turf, you'll have dry stands many more than productive. My buddy and i hunted them hard for almost 3yrs before we called one together, I know of others that've hunted for yrs and yrs and still never killed one. But calling in just one with a good friend is worth all the time and money spent to do it. For me there's no better feeling than knowing for that day at least I'm the baddest mother in the woods, I've out foxed the best pound for pound predator around.
Keep your chin up keep after them you'll eventually be rewarded with yotes. It's a lot like fishing you'll make cast after cast and be doing everything right you'll have days you don't catch a thing...