How to Call Coyotes – Coyote Hunting Basics by Clay Owens
In the video Clay discusses why he thinks you should learn how to call coyotes, the equipment that you should use for coyote hunting, stand strategies, and seasonal hunting strategies. Clay will teach you what drives coyotes during different times of they year.
Coyote Hunting Basics by Clay Owens
- This how to call coyotes video by Clay Owens will give you the basics and have you well on your way to successfully hunting coyotes. Clay Owens is coyote calling Champion and FoxPro field staffer.
- Learn how you can go on a predator hunt with Clay for some one-on-one hunting experience. (coming soon)
- See exactly what gear Clay uses for coyote hunting.
Why do we hunt predators?
- To control their numbers to protect livestock and game.
- For their fur.
- Because it is fun.
- Hunt where the coyotes are. Scout just as you would for deer hunting. Landowners are usually willing to help. Your success will decrease drastically if you are just doing cold sets.
- It is very important to have a good vantage point where you can see 360 degrees if possible.
- Set up with the wind in your face, or at the very least a crosswind. Make sure you can see downwind however. Coyotes have exceptional senses. They have great eyesight and hearing, but their nose is something you’re never going to beat. 90% of coyotes will try to work the wind and get in behind you.
- In some cases, calling with a buddy is critical.
Coyote Hunting Gear:
- A good call
- A good rifle (and/or shotgun). It’s a good idea to take a long range shooting course.
- Shooting Sticks
- A seat
- See exactly what Clay uses here.
Three things drive coyotes to come in to a call:
- Food: Rabbit distress, fawn distress and mouse squeaks are the go-to calls you need in your arsenal. Hear Clay demonstrate in the video.
- Fighting: Howling is more difficult. If you’re a rookie, Clay suggests you get yourself an electronic call. Listen to Clay do a location howl on the video. Clay also demonstrates the Female Challenge Howl and a pup distress call with a diaphragm call. Clay also shows us how to use the CS24 FoxPro Electronic call.
How to call coyotes depending on the season:
- Fall: In the fall, pups are receptive to distress calls. The pups are still young, undispersed and hungry.
- Winter: In the winter, Clay still starts with distress sounds.
- Spring: Spring is when coyotes start to pair up for breeding season. This is when howling becomes more critical. You are appealing to a single male looking for some love, or trying to pick a fight. Sometimes Clay also uses a Pair Howl. Distress calls still work well in the Spring as well.
- Clay leaves the coyotes alone in the summer to raise their pups.
Other coyote hunting tips:
- Start your calling sequence softly, stepping up the volume gradually.
- If you call a coyote to within 100 yards, SHOOT!
- Often, they come as a pair or even a pack. After the shot, be quick to get on the pup in distress call to get them to stop.