Excellent advice. I do hunt at night under a moon, usually with snow on the ground but if it is a full moon I will hunt even without snow. I use a scoped rifle though. I have not had any success with that this year, but I think it is just tough to see them at night even with a nice moon. Many years ago I shot one at night with a full moon and snow. Ever since I've been hooked.
I hunt in eastern Kansas where we have a lot of wide open fields with rolling hills and small ravines with rocks and trees spaced out. I've gone out the past 4 weekends and I've seen a coyote each time. I think I called them all in. I shot the first one, but I've missed or did not get shots at the other 3. Mostly my errors I think. I have read up on how the "professionals" call and everything I read says to call at a spot for 30-40 minutes and then move to a new spot. Each of the past 4 weekends, I sat in the same spot for about an hour and a half or more, calling about every 15-20 minutes before I saw my coyotes. Maybe it is because I'm hunting in more wide open spaces, I don't know. But if I had followed the advice of the pros I doubt I would have seen any of the 4 that I called in.
This morning I sat up in a tree overlooking about 900 yards of mostly open field with rolling hills and a few trees along the bank of a winding creek. I called for about an hour. Then I got out of my tree and started walking up over the hill behind me. In less than 5 minutes after leaving my tree I spotted a coyote standing in the tall prairie grass looking right at me about 100 yards in front of me. Before I could react he took off. I walked up to the top of the hill and spotted him running at about 500 yards up over the next hill. If I had waited just a few more minutes I think I would have had a really good shot at him.
This was the view from my tree:
Originally Posted by jj_nemo
I have 2 properties that I am about to give up on. Both are excellent looking and I know there are many coyotes there. No matter how good they look, I have terrible luck there. On the other hand I have a couple places that produce about every third time I call there. I limit all my places to 2-3 sets per year to keep the pressure down. You might try shotgunning on a full moon night over snow. My cousin in Nebraska has great luck with night calling. You might want to make sure it's okay with the land owners. I had a bad experience night hunting years ago. Had a farmer claim to be holding a pistol on me behind his truck door. I didn't really feel like arguing with him. I had permission to hunt on his neighbor, but he thought I was poaching or shooting at his cows or something like that. Even more impotant, keep expanding your hunting properties. You can't have too many.