Originally Posted by OKhunter
Just found this site and have really enjoyed it. I have a couple questions for you "professional" coyote hunters.
1. I'm in farm country with cropland bordered with trees, pastures and creeks. How close to the "cover" do you get when you set up to call or do you enter the cover and try to set up with a shorter field of view?
2. I've read here where you all talk about the volume of electronic calls. How loud do you call and for how long?
3. The foxpro I have, has several rabbits, distressed birds and pups with many other sounds. What seems to work best to start with?
Thanks, really enjoy the pictures,
1. Depends on the terrain and conditions. If travelling is easy, and I know sound is gonna carry well, maybe up to a mile. If travelling is tough (deep powdery snow), or im close to a road, or its windy, I get closer. Sometimes only a couple hundred yards if I know I can sneak in undetected that close.
2. Start low. You can always turn it up later in the set. To many guys with electronics are starting WAY to loud. Imagine this. If your sleeping in your bed, and someone comes in banging on a pot and yelling at the top of your lungs, youll likely come absolutely unglued. But if they were to just come in and talk quiet, youd probably just wake up. Coyotes are no different. Loud noises real close is likely to send them AWAY from you. Coyote hear VERY well, and are amazing at pinpointing exactly where a sound is coming from. I tell guys to set the volume where they THINK it should be, than reduce it 1/4th to start a set.
I usually sit around 20 minutes. But each set is different, and conditions vary.
3. I always recommend beginners stay away from coyote sounds until they get some experience. You can just as easily bust a coyote out making the wrong coyote vocalization to them as bring them in. Make an aggressive sound to a young coyote still trying to "find his/her way", and youll likely send em into the next township, likewise, make that same sound to an alpha dog deep in his own territory, and he'll likely be in your lap in no time. Time of year also plays a big role in how effective coyote vocalizations work, but prey sounds work year round.