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Most coyote hunters utilize the
Energizer Bunny to call in coyotes.
Electronic callers provide many advantages, but on clear mornings coyotes
may be able to hear the tinny-ness in
speakers depending on models and
quality. To bring back nirvana, consider
a hand call. Utilizing a hand call that
is powered with your lungs sends a
realistic sound of a wild animal without
using electronic volume control.
Hand calls can also be incorporated with electronic callers to mix and
match messages, plus to keep it real.
Oftentimes I'll combine lung power
with digital sounds. The advantage
of being able to control sounds with
a coyote in view is another real-time
advantage that doesn't require pushing multiple buttons while looking
down at a screen. Check out Rocky
Mountain Hunting Calls' Atomic Predator Calls series and Stealth Yipper
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and we started discussing big-game population densities in the area. He explained
deer numbers were down due to a variety
of reasons including climatic conditions
and habitat changes, but he also pointed
a finger at the expansion of coyotes in the
area. I returned in the winter and confirmed his coyote hypothesis.
Sorting through the armchair experts
and weekend assessors may require
additional outreach if you don't stumble
across a biologist in the field. Or you may
get lucky and talk to a landowner with
intimate knowledge of wildlife trends.
If you can't put boots on the ground,
you may want to reach out to a regional
conservation officer or biologist for
coyote insight. Another vetted resource
may be an animal damage-control official in the targeted hunting area. Most
state wildlife agencies have divisions for
nuisance animals or even specific predator control. Some counties even employ
predator control agents to manage coyotes and other predators that may have
an effect on livestock, crops or other
agricultural exports.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture
and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service also
employ personnel to survey and oversee
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the management of nuisance predators.
You might not get invited along on an
aerial hunt, but their field experience and
willingness to share observations could
go a long way in confirming coyote chitchat from unsubstantiated sources. You
don't want to drive all night only to discover the hunting in a Texas location is
no hotter than what you left in Arkansas.

Forewarnings for Worry

Even if you don't do a deep-dive thesis
on the contemporary state of coyotes at
a waypoint, you can come to some conclusions with simple observations. Coyote
nirvana should have lots of coyotes.
Despite having ample targets, it could also
host a glut of hunters. Even with a steady
population of coyotes, excess hunting
pressure can educate local coyotes faster
than an online enrichment course.
While testing the waters on new public
land last winter, I was impressed with the
coyote tracks coursing up every drainage.
That enthusiasm waned quickly. The few
coyotes I called in held up beyond 600
yards as they stared toward my sounds in
the open country. All turned and walked
away after their sagebrush peeping.
While checking gates along the parcel's

Photos: Author

Such a firsthand experience may be
preceded by hearsay, bragging from
hunters, complaints by landowners or
convenience-store chatter. My informative buddy was right. Your informant
may have a hot lead too. It's up to you
to determine if the information is sound
or loaded with more hot air than a brick
pizza oven. On a handful of occasions,
I've run into landowners complaining
about coyotes only to test the waters
and discover they likely saw or heard one
coyote, not a plethora of predators hiding
in the wings. On the other hand, one
landowner and I were talking hunting
one morning and his blue heeler limped
up with an obvious head wound oozing
goop. I inquired about the "Rocky" look
of his dog and he explained how coyotes had ganged up on the dog right in
the ranch yard under cover of darkness.
The landowner heard the ruckus and was
able to break up the fight before the dog's
demise. It wasn't the first time coyotes
had ventured close to his outbuildings,
he said. His daily coyote count had him
concerned about the upcoming calving
season. I asked for permission to hunt
and was greeted with several great weekends of calling.
While scouting another time, I ran into
a biologist wrapping up some field-work

There's nothing more exciting than landing in a
region rich with coyotes that want to run to your
calls. A landowner may alert you to the presence
of coyotes, but confirm the information to make
sure he's seen more than one coyote.

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