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When NOT to hunt coyotes?

 
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Old 02-02-2013, 01:34 PM
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When NOT to hunt coyotes?

I was recently told that during the period from December-February, coyotes were not particularly interested in responding to hunters' calls because they were too busy trying to mate; therefore, it was best to wait until either before or after the mating season.

I have scoured the articles on HOW to hunt coyotes, but have found nothing about WHEN or WHEN NOT to hunt these animals.

I plan a coyote hunt later this month (February), but don't want to waste my time if these animals have little or no interest in my mouth or electronic callers because they are too busy with their mating duties.

I have always hunted during the summer and fall with no problems, but I now want to go after these animals in cold weather due to the reported lower availability of coyote prey that points to coyotes' being hungrier than during warmer months when their prey is more apt to be above ground and more active.

Is it true that hunting coyotes during their mating season is a waste of time, and if so, just WHEN is that mating season...at least in the western U.S.? I hunt in western Nevada or the extreme northeast corner of California.

Thanks,....

Barry
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Old 02-02-2013, 02:01 PM
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Re: When NOT to hunt coyotes?

Thats what the female invitation and the estrus whimper is for.
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Old 02-02-2013, 02:19 PM
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Re: When NOT to hunt coyotes?

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Thats what the female invitation and the estrus whimper is for.
+1 I have my quickest response to calls in Feb. using female invitation calls. Normally within first 5-10 mins. Just don't over do it I normally call twice then wait 15 min. if no response will make one more set of calls if nothing after another 10 I move to new location can't call em if there not there.
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Old 02-02-2013, 06:12 PM
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Re: When NOT to hunt coyotes?

Maybe the author of the article needed to clarify; they aren't very quick to respond to distressed prey sounds. If they're in the area and you use challenge howls, female invitations, estress whimpers and fighting typed sounds they should respond. They still have to eat, and they're more apt to fight for their territory during breeding season which is the time you are discussing, jan-march where I grew up hunting. To me it's similar to chasing the rut deer hunting not all of them come into rut at the same time. Hope it helps good luck and happy hunting.
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Old 02-04-2013, 07:21 PM
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Re: When NOT to hunt coyotes?

Thanks, Dogbuster. I have those calls and will definitely try them. Thanks again for the good advice.
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Old 02-06-2013, 12:29 PM
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Re: When NOT to hunt coyotes?

Calling dogs in the winter is tough for a couple of reasons. They are paired up for breeding and they have most likely been called in and shot at. Coyotes wise up to the call quickly. You can overcome this by changing up your calling routine. A female howl works great in the winter as do challenge howls. You may have to stretch out your set times as well. A pup in distress call works well too. IMHO once it hits march I stop hunting coyotes all together until mid September. I like to give the dogs that did make it through the winter a chance to raise their pups. That makes for great early season calling the next year.
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Old 02-18-2013, 10:04 PM
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Re: When NOT to hunt coyotes?

About the only time "Not to Hunt Coyotes" would be on windy days and when its raining!


As several stated....using Female Invitations Howls/Barks and so on will work this time of year and the Pup in Distress sounds too,I'm in the Heartland/Midwest Missouri and we had had good luck with those sounds also...our Season stops at the end of March and we can't hunt them in April and a week or so into May while the Spring Turkey Season is on and the Coyotes are raising their Pups!Then its back on again...and I do very well in Hay Fields and Pastures when the Farmers are cutting and bailing Hay!
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