Re: How Bout Some Tips on Yote Calling.
Man, I am getting my butt kicked at this. But I will stay with till I figure out what I am doing wrong.
Yesterday morning I woke at 5am to 6" of fresh snow and it has been cold all week. I headed out to where I know there are yotes. 2 miles from where I was going to make the first stand,, big ozark hill, non graded country road and this area got 1/4" of ice under the snow. My 3/4 ton 4x4 spun out 1/2 way up the hill then promptly slid backward off the shoulder of a steep bank.
I walked to the nearest farm house at first light. While I was talking with the farmer at the back door I spotted 3 yotes playing grab azz (breading season) about 700 yards behind his house. I was invited in for coffee and we contacted the county to see when they would plow the road so I could get my truck out. They said afternoon.
It was now 9:00 and the yotes had been gone for 2 hours. The farmer told me to get my stuff and go get em. I walked back to the truck, got my rifle and caller ( FP Fury) and headed in. I was very cautious. Stayed in the trees next to a creek and the wind in my face. About 500 yards past where we last seen the yotes. I set up. Caller 100 yards in an open field, me in a brush push pile, called for 15 or 20 mintues using rabbit distress calls. Nothing.. from any direction. I waited another 10 min. packed up and headed in further.
I found where the 3 yoted had come back this way and hunted a large strip of brush in an open valley. I put the caller in the edge of the brush and stood in the edge of the timber between some trees. I was well hidden. This time I used rabbit distress, then woodpecker and then waited for 15 minutes and tried some Fem yote howels and whimpers. Nothing.
I packed back to the truck, it was now noon. The county showed up at 2:00 and plowed the road then gave me a pull with the road grader. I headed to the spot I was origionally going for an evening hunt. Sitting at the gate at 3:30 I spotted two yotes go over a hill about 1/4 mile in. I packed up and went in. There were 3 big hills between me and the yotes with wooded brushy draws coming up to a point near the top of each hill. I moved slowly. Set up at the point of each draw and tried to call the yotes using the same sounds. Nothing.... I sat where I had spotted them till sunset just looking and tried some fem yote howels and whimpers at last light. Then even tried the locator...... no answer.
Sorry for the long post, and thanks to anyone that reads it and can lend some advice. I have been out several times on many stands and I know yotes are in the area. I must be doing something wrong..... wrong sounds? to Loud ? (I start low and work up then back down to finish) Day calling tough??
My legs are sore today from several miles of snow and ice walking. But I will not give up. I am heading up to Iowa this weekend to my old stomping grounds where I took many many yotes with hounds.
If you are a successful caller please lend your thoughts or advice!!