Greenhorn coyote hunter

Discussion in 'Coyote Hunting - From 10 Yards to over 1,000 Yards' started by agecop, Feb 12, 2012.

  1. agecop

    agecop New Member

    Feb 12, 2012
    I 'm just starting on coyotes in Louisiana. I'm an avid deer hunter and hear coyotes all the time and this year decided to start eliminating them. I have a model 77 Ruger 22/250, distress rabbit, feild mouse, howler calls and a rabbit decoy. I'm hunting on 750 acres of standing woods, cutovers and cleared power lines. What else do I need and what suggestions does anyone have?
  2. Bowhunter57

    Bowhunter57 Well-Known Member

    Mar 27, 2010
    Welcome to LRH forums! :)

    I suggest a motion decoy, like a MOJO Critter, as it will take the coyote's focus off of you...long enough to get a shot.

    Also, read as much about other's experiences as possible. You're gonna make some mistakes anyway, but there's no reason to educate the coyotes more than necessary.
    There's some good guys on Predator Masters and plenty of good tips.

    A few basics:
    * Full and your weapons.
    * Watch the wind direction. Stay downwind, when ever possible.
    * Approach a calling position from downwind.
    * Don't be afraid to change call sounds. What works in one area may not work in another area.
    * Be quiet...from the time you leave the vehicle, till you get back to it. Metalic sounds will absolutely freak out a coyote.
    * High wind days aren't as good, due to poor sound. Calls can't be heard as easily and the coyotes can't hear as good, so they're very wary.

    Weapon choices vary, but I do NOT recommend anything other than centerfire.
    My front weapon is a Mossberg 500 Turkey Special 3" 12 gauge shotgun with Dead Coyote ammo and a .680" Carlsons extended choke tube. Sitting next to me is a Stevens 200 in .25-06 with a 3x9 case something thinks it's out of range.

    Depending on the terrain you're hunting, a weapon choice might be made for you. ARs are good choices too! However, your 22-250 will definately get the job done.

    I hope this helps!
    Good hunting, Bowhunter57

  3. roninflag

    roninflag Well-Known Member

    Feb 27, 2006
    COP- coyotes a fairly small target and the 22-250 i believe is a good caliber to learn on.
  4. okie98

    okie98 Member

    Feb 13, 2012
    Equipment choice is good. Now, just get out there and practice.
  5. tt35

    tt35 Well-Known Member

    Jun 10, 2010
    Len has a bunch of coyote hunting articles sorted out. Click on "Articles" at the top of this page then go to "Coyote Articles" in the left column. There are some helpful tips in there if you take time to read them. Good luck!
  6. HPW

    HPW Member

    Feb 19, 2012
    Paying attention to your set up is the biggest, playing the wind, field of view, shooting lanes. You are going to always have some that just won't come in, but if your wind is right and you can see them and get a good shot your success will go up.
  7. Driftin

    Driftin Member

    Nov 10, 2011
    Ask around for more land to hunt. Some areas just hold more coyotes that way you can hunt several stands in one morning.
  8. prkrgrp

    prkrgrp Well-Known Member

    Mar 7, 2010
    check the wind then check the wind again try to pull the dogs out of cover to the edge of timber, brush, and then shoot straight hahaha good luck