Best Coyote Calling Sequence

What is the Best Coyote Calling Sequence?

What is the Best Coyote Calling Sequence?

Recently, I had a friend of mine ask me for advice about coyote hunting. Namely, he was on a dry streak, and he couldn’t figure out why. He knows that there are a lot of coyotes near his land – he finds fresh droppings, and there is even a body of water nearby. All in all, it definitely sounds like he should be able to find the coyotes when he goes hunting.

 

However, it just doesn’t seem to be working out for him. And he has the gear he needs. Namely, he uses an electronic game call that can play two calls at the same time (ICOtec GC300), masking scents, camo clothing, and, of course, an excellent rifle. So, what went wrong?

 

Of course, that question is not an easy one to answer. After all, there are many things that can negatively affect a hunt. So, I just decided to focus on the easy-to-identify issues and asked him about the coyote calling sequence he was using. It turns out that he was just using the same call everybody else said was great – the Jackrabbit distress.

 

Don’t get me wrong; it is an excellent choice for hunters in general. After all, coyotes love an easy hunt. But, coyotes are also very smart and can educate themselves quickly. So, if you are using the same call everyone else is, the coyotes will be more probable to try and run away from you than to try to come and investigate.

 

So, I told him to try and switch it up with the calls, and he came back with very good news. But, the entire event got me thinking about all of the hunters that don’t realize how important it is to choose the correct coyote calling sequence. So, I decided to give out some recommendations you can try out and see if they work.

Best Coyote Calling Sequence for Callers with Dual Call Capabilities

If you have an electric caller that is capable of playing two calls at once, you already have an advantage over the other hunters. Namely, you get to make your calls sound a lot more believable to the dogs.

 

Playing a single call will work for a while, but it doesn’t simulate the reality of the environment. Of course, if you are the only hunter in the area that is using game calls (which is rather improbable) you can just use the reliable calls of jackrabbits in distress. But, if you want to get the attention of coyotes that know about hunting, you will do well to mix it up a bit. For example, I really like combining the sound of prey in distress with sounds of crows or magpies.

 

So far, that combination has been very helpful to me, and I have had multiple successful hunts with it. The reason it works so well is that coyotes use various sounds to identify good hunting opportunities. So, if they can hear that there are crows already gathering around the injured rabbit, the coyotes will rush over.

 

Most of the time, it’s details like that one that can make or break the hunting trip. You really want to think about the effect your calls are having on the animals. The idea is to try and paint a realistic picture of the nature around you.

 

The next combination I like to use is the combination of short female howls and pup distress calls. This coyote calling sequence demands a hands-on approach as you should carefully control the duration of the calls. I would even recommend starting out with a solo sound of a male howl and then making a break. From there, play a female coyote howl for a couple of seconds, then, you can activate the pup distress call.

 

You should also be mindful of the area you are in. For wide areas, I usually just blast the speakers at a high volume. But, if there is a lot of cover around me, I lower the volume significantly. The reason for that is that the coyotes might realize the sound is too loud once they come near you.

The Best Dual-Call Sequence

In my humble opinion, the best combination you can use is prey in distress coupled with various environmental sounds. I would recommend using magpies, as coyotes commonly follow them when they go out hunting. In fact, if you spend some time near hunters, you’ll undoubtedly hear the saying “every coyote has a crow/magpie.”

Best Coyote Calling Sequence for Callers with Single Call Capabilities

Ok, I know I said that the dual call is definitely an advantage. But, that doesn’t mean that you can’t get the same effect with a caller that can only play one sound at a time. Let me preface this part by saying that pretty much any call you choose can work. After all, experts chose all of those calls because they are effective. But, it might take a bit more skill to use a single call properly.

 

For example, if you want to use a challenging howl, you will have to do it tactically. Sure, the call will grab the attention of the coyotes near you, but the effect might not be the one you desire. Unlike wolves and some other predators, coyotes don’t like confrontation. In fact, they are very likely to avoid it if they can.

 

But, before they leave, they will usually respond with a call of their own. What you should focus on is keeping your call quieter than the challenging call of the coyotes around you. That way, the coyotes will have the confidence to actually come near you. Don’t let your howls go on for too long and tune them down as you go. And, after half an hour, if you didn’t get a good result, you can start using whimpers and whines. That way, the coyotes will assume it is the same challenger, but it is now in distress.

 

Alternatively, you can also use nonaggressive vocalizations. And, honestly, those are the ones I like using the most. Using pup yelps can get the coyotes to come over for a myriad of reasons. Those reasons include parental instincts, territorial behavior, and socialization. Furthermore, you might even appeal to the hunger of a coyote if they didn’t have anything to eat for a while. If you are going hunting during springtime, nothing can really beat the effect of a pup distress call.

 

Avoid allowing the e-caller to loop the sound too much. Remember, coyotes are smart, and they will recognize the loop after a while.

The Best Single-Call Sequence

When I am using a single call e-caller, I usually focus on non-threatening sounds. I either go with prey distress calls or with pup distress calls. So, that is what I would recommend to you as well. My tips for those situations are not to let the calls run for too long. Let the call loop once and then turn it off for a couple of minutes before letting it loop again.

Bonus – Pro Sequences

Some high-level electronic callers come with sequences of calls in them. And, more often than not, those sequences are incredibly effective. Of course, if you have a lot of experience, you will probably be able to outperform them. But then again, if you have experience, you don’t need someone like me telling you which sequences to use.

 

So, if your caller has an option of using expert hunts, make sure to take advantage of it. After all, someone with a lot of knowledge put a lot of effort into creating those.

The Bottom Line

One thing you should remember is that coyotes are a lot smarter than many believe. No matter how good your coyote calling sequence is, if you use it too many times, the dogs will stop coming. So, try to combine and rearrange your sequences every couple of hunts you go on.

 

That is the reason I didn’t really focus on telling you which exact sounds from your library to use. Instead of trying to find that one “golden” combination, you should figure out the way coyotes think. Once you figure that out, you can freely change your sequences and be confident that they will have the desired result. I would also not recommend sharing your current sequences with other hunters. You don’t want the coyotes to learn about your tricks before you get to use them.

Hunting Coyotes With Greyhounds

Hunting Coyotes With Greyhounds

Hunting Coyotes With Greyhounds – What You Need to Know

From the time of the Celts, and possibly as far back as Ancient Egypt, greyhounds have hunted alongside us. Nowadays, while people mainly keep greyhounds as family pets (and they do make for great pets!), many of us still like to hunt with them.

 

However, not everyone agrees that coursing, whether with greyhounds or with other sighthounds, is fair. Naturally, the laws of the land will reflect that difference in opinion. Even in the United States, the laws on hunting coyotes with greyhounds (or other dogs) vary widely.

 

I won’t try to convince you either way. All I want to do in this article is to tell you what you need to know about hunting coyotes with greyhounds. That includes where it’s allowed and where it isn’t, why greyhounds are good at it and tips on how you can train a greyhound to hunt.

Why are Greyhounds Good at Hunting Coyotes?

Simply put, greyhounds were historically bred to hunt. However, greyhounds aren’t scent hounds or bloodhounds. Instead, greyhounds are part of a category of dogs called sighthounds.

 

As the name implies, sighthounds hunt by sight, rather than by scent. Sighthounds are normally very fast, which allows them to outrun their prey. That’s one of the main differences between sighthounds and scent hounds: scent hounds track their prey and have great endurance, whereas sighthounds chase their prey and are much faster.

 

Greyhounds are built for running, with powerful, lanky legs, a deep chest and a slim body. As we all probably already know, cheetahs are the fastest land animals. However, greyhounds aren’t far behind, and what’s more, they can run for longer than cheetahs can. In other words, a cheetah will beat a greyhound in a 100 meter dash, but in a longer race, the greyhound will easily overtake the cheetah.

 

It should be no surprise then that greyhound racing exists and is a genuine sport, not unlike horse racing.

 

Aside from their physique, greyhounds make amazing companions, to hunters and non-hunters alike. Despite being very fast animals, greyhounds aren’t very energetic. After all, greyhounds aren’t endurance animals, but sprinters instead. Thus, a greyhound won’t be a handful for the owner, as it can live comfortably without a lot of daily exercise. Since we don’t all live where coyotes can be hunted year-round, that’s good news for you in the off-season.

Is Hunting Coyotes With Greyhounds Fair?

That’s up to every hunter to decide for themselves. After all, it isn’t only non-hunters who feel that hunting coyotes and other game with dogs is cruel.

 

At the end of the day, your opinion will probably vary widely based on where you live. Coyotes are a big problem in places like Utah, Arkansas and Oklahoma to name a few, where they always pose a threat to ranch livestock. In fact, even President Theodore Roosevelt used Greyhounds to hunt coyotes in Oklahoma City. Elsewhere, hunting coyotes is more of a pastime hobby and less of a necessity.

What The Law Has to Say

What the law has to say on hunting coyotes with greyhounds varies quite a lot from place to place. Even in the United States, it’s a world of difference the farther west or east you go.

 

In Arkansas, for example, hunters have been able to hunt with dogs since 1999. That year, a law that prohibited dogs from “running at large” was repealed. If you follow all of the other hunting laws in Arkansas, then you can hunt coyotes with greyhounds (or any other dogs of your choice). The only place and time you can’t use dogs is in deer zones, during deer season.

 

In Colorado, however, the law allows dogs only to pursue, bring to bay, retrieve, flush out or point, but not chase game down themselves. What’s more, hunting big game with dogs isn’t allowed, but hunting small game, waterfowl and furbearers is. Since Colorado law considers coyotes to be furbearers, that rule applies to coyotes as well.

 

A few states, such as Utah, even offer bounties for hunting coyotes, with or without dogs.

 

On the flip side, in Idaho, the law explicitly states you can’t hunt any kind of game with dogs, except for mountain lions and black bears.

 

Lastly, in California, it’s as confusing as it gets. For example, you can’t hunt with dogs when it’s archery season. Bears, bobcats, elk and other big game aren’t on the table either. Coyotes are non-game animals in California. However, you can hunt them, provided you follow a whole host of rules on the methods you use.

 

All that said, the best way to inform yourself on the laws where you live is to call your state’s fish and game department and ask. It’s what I recommend, since it’s the safest and most hassle-free route as well.

How Should I Train a Greyhound to Hunt?

As with any serious undertaking, the basics come first. A dog that isn’t obedient won’t make for a very good hunting partner. That’s why the first and most important step is to train your dog properly. Not only is this part crucial to your success out on the field, but it’s also important for your dog’s safety and well-being.

 

If you’ve never trained a dog before, it may be worth your time and money to take a course on how to properly train a dog or even to hire a professional. Remember, the bond between a dog and its owner is a very special one. It’s an even closer one, in my opinion, when your dog is also your hunting partner. You should train your dogs mainly through positive reinforcement and never through cruelty.

 

Hunting coyotes with greyhounds is often done with packs of them, but it can also be done with only one, depending on what you’re looking to use your greyhound for. By this point, you will have likely introduced your greyhound to the rest of the pack, if you have others. By socializing with them, your new greyhound will gradually learn how to behave right, since it’s a natural instinct of every dog to behave according to the pack.

 

If you know somebody, a friend of yours perhaps, with a few trained greyhounds, having yours socialize with them can be a good way of teaching it proper behavior on the field.

 

After you’ve laid the foundation by teaching your greyhound basic obedience, you want to expose him to the world as much as possible. I did that by taking my dog out on a fairly long leash. It’s important to let it see other animals, even ones it shouldn’t chase. I made it a habit to correct mine when he gave chase to porcupines, skunks and other critters.

 

This phase will probably take the longest, but for a greyhound to be a good hunting partner, it has to learn not to chase unless you command it to. And even then, it should only chase the animals you want it to. Greyhounds have a very high prey drive, so it’s quite an undertaking, but an absolutely essential part of the process.

 

Once you’re confident your greyhound will listen to you at all times, as well as only chase what you want it to, it’s time to teach it to chase coyotes. I started off by keeping mine on a leash, somewhere in sight of a coyote I was hunting. Of course, I kept him far enough away, so that I wouldn’t hurt his ears.

 

After I took the coyote down, I’d let my dog go and ask him to find the coyote. It’s important to praise your greyhound when it finds the coyote. That will tell your greyhound, subconsciously, that finding the coyote is its task.

 

Of course, since greyhounds don’t hunt through scent, the goal here isn’t for your greyhound to be able to track down wounded coyotes.

 

What you do from here depends mainly on whether your dog will hunt in a pack or just with you. Dogs tend to adapt quicker in packs. However, with enough time and patience, you can teach your greyhound how it needs to behave by yourself.

Final Thoughts

Greyhounds make wonderful companions, pets, as well as effective hunting partners. If you’re a hunter and you live somewhere where the laws of the land allow you to do so, hunting coyotes with a greyhound (or a pack of greyhounds!) is an amazing experience and one I recommend.

How to Hunt Coyotes at Night

How to Hunt Coyotes at Night

How to Hunt Coyotes at Night – Your All Inclusive Guide

 

Hunting coyotes is a great pastime both for me and many others in the USA. However, sometimes it’s just not possible for us to hunt during the daytime. Life can seriously get in the way of this fun and interesting activity. Because of that, we often find ourselves having to hunt at night.

 

Now, I know that some of you will not want to hunt at night. After all, we are at a natural disadvantage in comparison to a coyote. However, I am here to tell you that you can quickly learn how to hunt coyotes at night with this simple guide. I’ll explain when you should start hunting, what you’ll have to wear and how you will have to behave at nighttime.

 

So, without further ado, let’s jump right in and see how to call coyotes at night.

 

How to call coyotes at night

 

The most common way of calling coyotes at night is by using an electronic call. Sure, some hunters prefer to imitate sounds of distressed animals by themselves. However, that’s not the case with me. Imitating sounds can sometimes make me change my stance and become less aware of what’s going on around me. And, as you might presume, that’s never good if you’re hunting coyotes at night.

 

So, if you want to call coyotes without revealing yourself to the animal, bring a high-quality call with you. These electronic game calls come in all shapes and sizes, and they usually have a variety of fantastic sounds. I suggest that you start with a distress call because that will make the coyote think another animal is in trouble. Therefore, it’s more likely that they will run towards it to eat it.

 

Practice patience

 

Still, when hunting at nighttime, you will have to be a bit more patient. As you probably already know, coyotes prefer to do their own hunting and general living at night. Therefore, the dark is when they are the happiest and the most productive.

 

So, sometimes, it’s really difficult to learn how to call coyotes at night. It’s not just about making the call. You also have to find a good place from which to call the animal. Furthermore, you have to stay still and be really patient. Some coyotes will run towards the area from where the call came as soon as they hear it. Meanwhile, others will casually stroll in after a half an hour.

 

Now, I know what you’re thinking. Who has half an hour to spare on one coyote? But, trust me, most of the time, it is well worth it. Electric game calls are quite efficient both at nighttime and daytime. Still, at night, you are up against an animal that has a better sight and hearing than you. So, they cannot be tricked that easily at night, which is why you ought to wait for them.

 

Some hunters believe that they should change the spot if the call doesn’t produce any results. But, if you talk to any other experienced hunter, they will probably tell you that you should wait every single time. Coyotes don’t really ignore the distress or the baby sounds. They just sometimes have to finish their other “errands” before they grace us with their presence.

 

How Loud Should The Call Be?

 

Now, there is one thing you need to be aware of. At night, the wind is a lot calmer than during the day. Nevertheless, make sure that the volume is high enough to be heard, yet not too loud to disturb other animals and reveal your hiding spot. Furthermore, take into account that when the wind is calm, sounds transfers a lot faster than usual. Thus, high volume is not necessary.

 

What’s also important when learning how to call coyotes at night is to know which sounds to use. You could start with a few howls and then move on to the distress sounds when you get a more accurate location of the coyotes.

 

Another good idea is to use sounds that imitate their young ones in distress. Coyotes are very protective of their pups. So, there’s a high chance they will rush over as soon as they hear the call.

 

Lastly, make sure you’re not just making a call after a call. That might scare the coyotes and make then not even want to come near you. Make one call and then wait. If it doesn’t work, try another one. Also, make sure that the calls are not too long.

 

How to Hunt Coyotes at Night

 

Now, before I tell you some of the best techniques that will help you learn how to hunt coyotes at night, we need to talk about the gear.

 

The gear itself, in terms of the rifle and other equipment, is almost the same, whether you’re hunting at night or day. However, people with pale skin tones have to think about their camouflage suits. Most predators, including coyotes, see a lot better during the night. Thus, your skin will be a bright beam of light for them.

 

That’s one of the mistakes you can make when learning how to hunt coyotes at night. Some hunters believe that they don’t have to wear a suit because it’s not that cold, and they don’t want to start sweating. However, that is an issue because they are then easier to spot, which is why they often find themselves looking for a bush to hide in.

 

So, be prepared to invest in a good camouflage suit and hunting light for nighttime hunting. Furthermore, try to get gloves too, as you will need to protect your hands. Also, high-quality, lightweight, and most importantly, quiet shoes are a must-have when hunting at night. You don’t want coyotes to hear you. The suit should also be lightweight, and it shouldn’t be made of a material that will easily pick up dirt, twigs and other things that might cause a racket or any other sound.

 

Scouting for a location

 

Everything I’m saying about how to hunt coyotes at night won’t help you if you don’t scout for a location beforehand. Hence, it’s vital to go out to the area where you want to hunt and try to find the perfect spot.

 

Coyotes are abundant in some areas, so it’s usually better to hunt there, as you won’t have to go through too much trouble of catching one. However, don’t be afraid to visit areas that have fewer coyotes, as those coyotes might be more gullible and inclined to follow your distress calls.

 

The best way to scout for a location is to give yourself time to get to know the area. So, bring your gear when there’s light outside and carefully observe the area. Find where you could set up your equipment and maybe even mark it or take a photo of the area to know where you should come back.

 

Coyote hunting regulations

 

Before you decide to hunt at nighttime, make sure you are aware of the regulations in your state. Some states forbid you from hunting coyotes at night, and you should respect that.

 

Sitting vs. standing up

 

One technique I figured out along the way is to stand while hunting at night. Not only does this give me a better view of the coyote, but it also helps me see what’s going on around me. Sitting down might be more comfortable, but the results are evident once you stand up and actually make an effort to stay conscious of the surroundings.

 

It all comes down to the perspective. Sometimes you want to see your prey from above, just like a coyote does. So, by standing up, you will get a chance to predict the coyote’s move, not to mention that you’ll see the animal when it starts approaching.

 

Another thing I would like to propose is to try putting your electric call below the area from which you’re going to fire the shot. That will allow you to, again, get a better view of the animal. Furthermore, since the animal’s head is much lower to the ground than ours, they won’t see you once they rush to the call. So, you can have a clear shot.

 

How to Hunt Coyotes at Night Without a Light

 

Now, I know what you might be thinking. Learning how to hunt coyotes at night without a light sounds like a ridiculous idea. Yet, many of us hunters sometimes even prefer it, as it means that we don’t have to use artificial lights and risk getting exposed.

 

Still, it is hard to hunt coyotes at night when you cannot see anything. Thus, it’s vital to follow the moon phases and figure out when the full moon is.

 

Most people cannot sleep when the full moon is up due to the illumination it gives. But, that’s exactly the light you will need if you want to catch a nocturnal coyote. The moonlight will allow you to see the animal from a great distance, and if you lure it to an open area, you can easily shoot it down.

 

Still, hunting when it’s the full moon also calls for some preparation. You will, of course, scout for the location in advance and make sure you know where the coyotes gather during the night. The closer you are to that setting, the better. But, don’t get too close! Any sound you make will alert them, and since the night is a lot more peaceful than the day, those sounds don’t even have to be too loud.

 

After you set up and the moon is giving you enough light to spot the coyote, play the predator call and wait.

 

The Best Season to Hunt Coyotes at Night

 

Finally, I would like to mention the best season for nighttime hunting.

 

Usually, coyotes are active no matter the season. You can pretty much hunt them whenever you want, especially in summer when there’s not too much competition. However, late fall and the whole winter are the best seasons for hunting. Those are the fur-bearing seasons, so if you’re after fur, make sure you have learned how to hunt coyotes at night by then.

 

Still, bear in mind that others will have that same idea and go out at nighttime. Therefore, aim to find other areas where there are plenty of coyotes, yet not that many people.

 

Also, consider hunting in snow. Since snow is stark white, you will have an easier time to shoot coyotes, as you basically can’t miss them when they walk by. Furthermore, you can see their paw prints in the snow, which will help you locate them without too much hassle. So, combine snow with a full moon, and you have the perfect night for hunting predators!

 

In Conclusion

 

Understanding how to hunt and call coyotes at night is something that takes practice. You will probably spend more than a few nights out there, trying to catch one, until you get some results. Your patience will be tested, and you will sometimes want to give up.

 

However, don’t do it. Trust me – hunting coyotes at night is one of the best things you will do. Not only will you have a chance to take your pick from a variety of coyotes, but you will also not have to wait for hours for a coyote to show up. After all, they are nocturnal animals, and it’s safe to say that they will probably respond to any distress call you make. They believe that since it’s nighttime, the whole area is theirs. Nevertheless, you are there to prove them wrong!

 

I hope that this guide has helped you learn more about coyotes and the way you can use the dark to catch a predator. Some of these techniques might sound like common knowledge, but for night hunting, you will have to carefully consider them and implement them. Otherwise, you will just waste your time. It’s all trial and error, though, so you might even discover a few other techniques along the way! Drop me a comment if there is anything else you would like to know about how to hunt coyotes at night!

 

 

 

Best Light for Coyote Hunting at Night

Best Light for Coyote Hunting at Night

Any coyote hunter can confirm just how important it is to own the best light for coyote hunting at night. Like most predators, coyotes are nocturnal, and in the bush, miles away from any light pollution, the nights are pitch-black. Without the use of proper equipment, a hunter doesn’t stand a chance of catching a coyote without an incredible amount of luck. The most important thing to consider when getting a hunting light is the way it works – how strong the light is, how far it can reach, and what color it is. However, that’s not the only thing that matters – it’s also important to consider the size, durability, quality, weight, etc. To save you from the hassle of browsing through dozens of hunting lights, I wrote a review of Orion M30C, my favorite model. Remember, with the best light to use, night coyote hunting is no hassle. Additionally, here are some great tips for hunting coyotes at night to help you on your adventure.

Orion M30C – The Best Light for Coyote Hunting at Night


So far, I’ve had many good experiences with hunting gear from the Orion hunting product family. When I got their new hunting light, the Orion M30C, I did that out of trust for the level of quality they maintained. I soon found out that I was completely right to trust them. These hunting lights are better and brighter than any lights I’ve had the chance to try out so far (and I’ve had some experience with quite a few models). The light reaches very far and makes it very easy for me to see. At the same time, the coyotes are completely unaware of it.

 

I honestly couldn’t think of any way to make this product better because, for me, it has become an indispensable part of any hunting trip. If you have the best light to use, night coyote hunting is a walk in the park. Still, I will try to stay objective and realistically present to you the pros and cons of this product. Eventually, you’ll understand why this is the best light for coyote hunting at night.

If you have the best light to use, night coyote hunting can be the time of your life

 

The Orion M30C comes with three Cree XP-E2 LED lights. Now, there are two things that are great about those. First of all, the maximum brightness of each light is 700 lumens, which the manufacturer claims to be able to reach 377 yards. Now, while I haven’t exactly measured the distance myself, I can confirm that the light reaches incredibly far. In any case, it goes far enough for just about any hunter’s needs. It is very bright and allows you to see perfectly clear in just about any environment. Ever since I decided this was the best light to use, night coyote hunting has been effortless for me.

 

The second great thing about these lights is that they have three different brightness settings. These are incredibly easy to use, as you just have to twist the light head to change between them. On top of that, when you turn the light off and on again, it will remember the brightness setting you used last, which I find very practical. The brightness setting you use determines how long the battery will last.

 

In my experience, the battery lasts a decent amount of time, especially if you carry a spare one with you. You get to choose one of the following settings: 75 lumens last you 22 hours, 400 lumens last you 4.5 hours, and the strongest setting, 700 lumens, lasts for 1.8 hours.

Features

 

As I’ve just explained, the batteries are not a problem with this product. With these lights, you get a smart charger and two very high-quality batteries. Those are rechargeable up to 500 times. I normally use just one of them and keep the other one as a spare. What I especially like is the charger, which comes with an AC and a car power adapter. That way, you can charge the batteries virtually anywhere, and your trip won’t be ruined just because you didn’t think of the batteries hours in advance. You won’t even have to worry about overcharging your batteries (which can be a problem with some hunting gear). The smart charger can detect the status of the battery and will simply stop charging as soon as it is full.

 

As far as size is concerned, the Orion M30C is relatively small, compact and very portable. The dimensions are the following: the head diameter is 2.5 inches, the tail is 1 inch in diameter, and the whole thing is 6 inches long. Most importantly, the light doesn’t add a lot of weight to the rifle since it weighs only 7.6 oz. Besides that, it is very sturdy and durable, so you won’t have to worry about it getting damaged. On top of that, it is also waterproof.

 

Something I found a bit of a downside at first (although I got used to it in no time) was the fact that the angle of the beam is not adjustable. Also, depending on the gun you’re using, the head can turn out to be too large for the barrel connection piece. As a result, it may rub against the barrel. However, I was not bothered by that at all, especially considering how well the light does its job.

Additional gear

 

One great aspect of the Orion M30C is that it comes with all the attachments and parts needed to mount any kind of gun depending on what you need. You can mount the light on the scope, rail, or barrel, and the numerous mounting kits allow you to control the light with precision. On top of that, you get a dual control pressure switch, which has a remote pressure pad and a push button. The switch allows you to turn the light on at the precise second you need it, which works great in my experience.

 

As far as features go, I’d say this light has every coyote hunter’s needs completely covered. The rifle mounting kit you get with it is truly incredible. In fact, I never even had to use most of the additional equipment I got with the light. The parts that I did use all worked flawlessly, which is why I feel that this is the best light for coyote hunting at night.

 

Most importantly, the light itself helps me see clearly at incredible distances. I never even used it for distances greater than 300 yards, and I don’t know why anyone would need to see that far. The coyotes never noticed it, and I felt like a complete winner after each one of my coyote hunting trips. That is how I came to the conclusion that this light really is a total package, and possibly the best light for coyote hunting at night you can find on the market. In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if you came across my review by simply searching the Internet for something along the lines of best light to use night coyote hunting – because that string of words would fit this product perfectly.

Pros and Cons List

 

Now, those were my general impressions on how the Orion M30C light works. As I’ve already mentioned, I personally find it incredibly useful, durable, and generally practical. It really makes an incredible difference for me every time I’m out hunting for coyotes. All in all, I personally consider this product the best light for coyote hunting at night. Knowing I have the best light to use, night coyote hunting always amounts to a lot of excitement for me.

 

However, before you decide on a purchase, my rule of thumb when it comes to buying hunting gear is to always look at a clear list of pros and cons. Only then can I rest easy knowing I’m not throwing my money away. After all, without the best light to use, night coyote hunting can be a real hassle instead of fun.

Pros

 

  • The Orion M30C is a sturdy and durable, high-quality light
  • It’s extremely bright, and the beam can reach a great distance (up to 377 yards!)
  • You can see easily under the light, which makes night hunting a lot less frustrating
  • Predators never notice it (in my experience)
  • The only animals that do notice it are rabbits and deer (which you won’t be spotting with lights anyway)
  • It doesn’t add a lot of weight to the rifle
  • Both the red and the green light work great, so it depends on your personal preference
  • Three different brightness settings are available, which can also help you conserve battery hours
  • Two good rechargeable batteries are included in the package, which will last you a long time
  • A practical smart charger is included, which comes with an AC and car adapter
  • You get a great scope, rail, and barrel mounting kit
  • A great ratio of quality and price
  • Overall, this light is an indispensable tool and possibly the best light for hunting coyotes at night

Cons

 

  • The head of the light is a bit too big for the barrel connecting piece, which may cause it to rub against it
  • The angle of the beam is not adjustable
  • You cannot change colors (one light provides you with one color)

Final Thoughts

 

I think the final verdict is pretty clear here. Frankly, I cannot help but be subjective when it comes to this light because it’s been so useful to me. I have always found hunting at night extremely enjoyable, and coyotes are my favorite game. With this light, I don’t get frustrated anymore when hunting coyotes. I can see everything clearly even in pitch darkness. Besides, I don’t need to camouflage myself or put in any extra effort. In fact, I mostly wear ordinary camo clothes, and sometimes I even stand in the open. The coyotes never seem to notice I am there unless they catch my scent.

 

If you have the best light to use, night coyote hunting can be the time of your life. All things considered, if you’re on the verge of buying a predator hunting light, I strongly recommend this one. In my experience, this is the best light for coyote hunting at night you can find on today’s market.

Hunting Coyotes at Night Tips

Hunting Coyotes at Night Tips – Top 10

Hunting Coyotes at Night Tips – Here are my Top 10

If an adventurous heart is beating in your chest, then you must be yearning for a thrilling expedition in the great outdoors. Your inner huntsman just cannot ignore the need to feel the thrill of the chase. And why should he?

One of the most rewarding ways to reconnect with our hunting ancestors is to chase and hunt down coyotes. As they are nocturnal creatures, it will make no sense to go looking for them in broad daylight. You will have to read up on coyote behavior and migration patterns in order to track them successfully.

Going on a coyote hunting expedition at night will require that you pay attention to a number of details. In this article, we offer ten tips to make the whole trip worth your while.

1.  Do your research

As we already said, coyotes are nocturnal canines. That means you will have to get to know the hunting terrain well before setting out on an expedition. Regardless of your previous experience, it would be illusory to expect that you find a perfect location in pitch dark.

So, you need to explore the terrain before you actually go looking for coyotes. We suggest hunting during the daytime, or just driving around the area in order to get to know it. In both cases, we strongly recommend taking notes about the weather patterns, temperatures, terrain features, etc.

Keep in mind that coyotes tend to choose swampy terrains, river-bottoms or creeks as their habitat. So, scouting out the area beforehand will be of great help for when you cannot rely on your eyes. Furthermore, keep in mind the coyotes’ keen sense of smell. Hunting on windy nights is not a good idea.

2.  Use a Predator call

Attracting coyotes’ attention is not an easy task, and they will surely not follow you around closely. You will most likely have to wait for them to go on a search for food.

Most coyotes keep at a safe distance more often than randomly charging in when they approach a call. Therefore, we suggest that you try to place your electronic caller within 30 to 50 yards behind your hunting position. That way, you will ensure that you see the coyotes before they figure out it is a false alarm.

Additionally, some hunters will recommend using a combination of an electric caller and hand calls. It is said that this strategy confuses the coyotes to such an extent that they become much less cautious.

3.  Make it look easy

Generally speaking, coyotes prefer hunting on easy prey. That is precisely why they sometimes choose to live near sheep farms, or in areas full of small rodents. If you position your caller near a game trail, you will surely attract them faster.

4. Consider using an elevated hunting stand

One great thing about hunting at night is that you do not have to crouch and hide in bushes and trees. The darkness is the best camouflage there is, so you can allow yourself to hunt standing up. What’s more, the higher you stand, the easier it will be for you to spot your predator.

Therefore, we suggest that you consider lifting your shooting post off the ground. You can achieve that by doing one of the following:

  • Use a tripod. By mounting your weapon on it, you gain the ability to quietly rotate left-to-right. Furthermore, if you add a P.I.G. saddle to it, your hands are free for occasional scanning of the surroundings.
  • Make a predator ladder. This portable hunting platform can particularly come in handy if you are hunting in the early season when the grass is tall. You can either buy it or construct one yourself.
  • Climb on top of your vehicle. Doing so would give you an elevated hunting post without the trouble of carrying additional gear around. However, bear in mind that hunting from atop a vehicle is illegal in most states. Make sure you check the local hunting laws before doing it.

5.  Mind the moon phase

Like most canines, coyotes have exceptionally sharp night vision. Most coyote hunting happens just when the new moon appears because that is when you are most likely to catch them out in the open. Just like you, they will use a dimly-lit night to hunt. Your hunting light will play a key role as your camouflage. It will blind the coyotes for a while, forcing their eyes to adjust.

6.  Choose your hunting light wisely

The biggest question when choosing a predator hunting light is which color to go for – red, green or white. The trick is to choose the one that is least likely to scare off coyotes.

Red hunting light is the traditional preferred choice, as it will reflect off coyotes’ eyes. They will remain confused long enough for you to take a shot.

Green light, on the other hand, is becoming more popular nowadays as it allows hunters to see in the dark. Therefore, if you are hunting on unfamiliar ground, consider using it.

In case you want to record your hunting trip and review it later, think about using white light. However, keep in mind that there are conflicting opinions regarding its usage. Some hunters claim white light is the best, while others insist on the fact that it scares the animals away.

7.  Avoid setting up in the field

Coyotes will almost never completely leave the safety of the woods to go into the open field. So, do not set up your post out in the open either. Instead, try setting up just within the wood line.

8.  Prepare for a long wait

Depending on the hunting area, you might have to sit and wait for longer than 15 minutes for the coyote to appear. Especially in thick cover, coyotes rely heavily on their hearing and their sense of smell. They tend to be overly cautious, and thus move around much slower.

9. Bring a hunting partner

There are a few reasons to consider bringing a partner along on a coyote hunt. However, the most important reason to do so is that a partner can help you cover the so-called “back door”. Namely, coyotes tend to circle around, and they always have at least two ways of getting out of the shooting range.

In situations like this one, it is of great help if your partner is located somewhere behind you. Depending on the direction of the wind, they might need to move a bit to the left or right.

10. Determine the shooting range beforehand

It is of utmost importance that you put safety first when hunting at night. When pre-scouting the area, make sure to make some notes regarding the best shooting distance for your expedition. Defining it is of utmost importance if you are hunting with a partner. Knowing each other’s exact location and determining the shooting range will not only guarantee a successful hunt but also protect all (human) parties involved.

Electronic Coyote Calling Tips

Electronic Coyote Calling Tips

Here are My Electronic Coyote Calling Tips

 

If you ask me, there is nothing as exhilarating as the battle between man and coyote. Our forefathers would spend days tracking these beasts, finding footprints, droppings, carcasses with telltale signs of coyote attack. They had to rely on their wits, and on knowledge passed down to them by their fathers.

 

Nowadays, we don’t have to track or chase coyotes. They come to us. Some say that using coyote calls is cheating, that it cheapens the sport. On the other hand, I think that it takes a great amount of skill to use a coyote call properly. Even with the modern electronic calls, you can still get it wrong, and leave empty-handed.

Coyote Hunting Tips

Picture of the edge of my property

That’s why I thought a detailed guide to coyote hunting, with an emphasis on coyote calls would be useful for beginners and pros alike. Now I don’t claim that I can help you catch your coyote every time. When dealing with an animal such as a coyote, nothing is ever certain. The best I can offer is some tried and tested tips and tricks that I’ve used on my property.

 

Having said that, let me tell you what we’re going to go over. First, we’ll discuss using electronic or regular coyote calls. Then we’ll see what the best sounds for coyote calling are. We’ll also talk about safety, as well as some practical hunting tips. By the time we’re done, you’ll feel like a pro even if you’ve never held a gun in your life. Let’s get started.

Coyote Calls: Electronic vs Traditional

 

There are traditionalists in the coyote hunting community who swear by using old-school coyote calls. Apparently, they can control the sound it makes more easily. They can use their own skills and experience to modulate the sound in a way that will attract their prey.

 

While there are some benefits to using traditional coyote calls, I think electronic calls are still superior. Don’t take my word for it though, let’s see some evidence! If we want to compare the two, the best way to do it is to look at the pros and cons for both. That way, you can make the decision yourself, since every hunter has a unique personality and style.

Traditional Calls

 

What I call traditional calls are more commonly referred to as mouth or manual calls. As the name implies, these calls have you use your mouth to make the sounds you want. There are special reeds and chambers inside the call which vibrate. These vibrations make different noises, depending on what you want to do.

 

There are a lot of different calls available. Their names can get pretty specific too. When you go to a Dick’s store or look online, you can see how many of these there are. That’s kind of the key issue here as well. How do you choose which call to use?

 

Coyotes like going after easy prey. We use that fact against them, to draw them in. That’s why there are coyote calls that approximate the sound of hurt rabbits, mice, birds, and other small animals. Coyotes have heard these noises before. They are drawn to them because they know the difference between a normal animal sound and the sound a distressed animal makes. Rabbits, for example, very rarely make any noise at all when they are not hurt.

 

The Pros

 

The main reason why you would want to use a manual call is control. As I’ve already said, with manual calls, you are playing the role of the prey animal. You can make as many or as few noises as you think is best. Also, you can stop or start up again in the blink of an eye.  Lastly, you can even change the sound slightly by blowing into the call in a different way.

 

These methods have proven effective when hunting for coyotes. I used these manual calls for years, and they got the job done pretty well. It takes time and practice to learn how to make exactly the sounds the coyote wants to hear. Once you’ve mastered it, you almost feel like a snake charmer. You can get the coyote to go where you want him to go and do what you want him to do.

 

The other great feature of manual calls is the volume. Whenever I take someone hunting, people are always surprised at how damn loud these calls can be. And that feeds into the previous point about control as well. By blowing harder, you can make the noise louder, and vice versa. Ultimately, it depends on your skill (and your lung capacity) how far the coyotes will hear the call.

 

The Cons

 

But as you may have guessed, I am a convert to electronic calls, even after years of using the traditional, manual variety. That’s because there are some fundamental flaws with these calls. Firstly, there’s the issue of safety, and secondly, the issue of variety.

 

In terms of safety, things are very simple. When you blow into a coyote call, you are calling the coyote to you. Yes, you have a gun, and yes, you have the element of surprise, but that’s not always enough. The stakes for coyotes and humans are not the same. If you shoot a coyote, and it escapes and lives, he’d call that a win. If a coyote mauls you and you live, that’s a disaster. We are used to being untouchable.

 

That’s why we take every precaution when going out there. For me, hunting is not about the danger, it’s about being smart. How can I hunt this wild animal in a way that is perfectly safe for me, but deadly for him? Isn’t that what being human is all about, outsmarting our competitors?

 

Sorry if I got a bit too philosophical there, but I have a point to make. You can set up electronic calls wherever you think is best, and set yourself up far away from there. That way, you can monitor the situation from a safe distance, and react in a split-second.

 

The second issue with manual calls is the variety issue. If you want to make various different calls, you will have to take a whole bunch of calls with you. These days, they make calls that can make two different sounds, but that doesn’t solve the problem.

 

Fumbling around for the right call can make you miss an opportunity, or even chase the coyote away. On top of that, different calls require different technique. You have to get used to each particular call, which can be a nightmare.

 

Now that we’ve discussed traditional calls, let’s take a look at the electronic ones in more detail.

 

Electronic calls

 

Like I said before, I am a recent convert to electronic calls. I was reluctant at first, but I soon saw the benefits, and I started to enjoy it. Having said that, there are lots of models on the market, and finding the best one to fit your preferences can be a minefield. I can’t really do much to help you there, but I can tell you some of my own experiences with various calls.

 

First of all, let’s see what these actually are. Electronic calls are basically glorified speakers. The manufacturer attaches the speaker to some electronics loaded with all the sounds the device can make. Manufacturers usually don’t like you tampering with their product, so very few calls actually let you put in your own sounds. Believe me, I’ve tried. Nevertheless, the calls these devices come with are varied and lifelike (for the most part).

 

The Pros

 

Most calls have at least 10 different sounds. These can vary widely, and they aren’t just tailored to coyotes either. As with any product, you really get what you pay for. Some calls I’ve tested had horrible sounds that sounded nothing like their natural counterparts. While they sample most of the sounds from nature, there are also calls that produce the sounds themselves. My advice is to avoid these, since these never really sound like the real thing.

 

The second most important thing about coyote calls, in my opinion, is the remote control. This allows you to set your call up anywhere you like, and retreat to a safe distance. It also lets you control the device on the go. You can react to situations, and get the coyote to do what you want him to do.

 

You can change the sounds, increase or decrease the volume, stop and start, and so on. Some devices even have an automatic intermittent mode, where the device makes sounds almost at random. That makes it more lifelike for the coyote.

 

Many devices also come with an automatic decoy. It flaps around to simulate any small animal you choose. You can also control this feature by remote, which really draws the animals in.

 

Depending on the price range, these calls come in a more or less robust casing. The more expensive ones practically look like mini tanks, and they behave similarly as well. That’s a key feature since coyotes will often attack the calls. On top of that, I couldn’t count the number of times I’ve dropped or hit my electronic calls while out on the prowl.

 

 

As I’ve already said, the main benefit of these calls is the safety. The best distance from which to strike a coyote is from about 100 yards away. Make sure you are downwind from the coyote, since they can and will smell you from a mile away. You can use the remote to select the sounds your coyote wants to hear, so you can get him where you want him.

 

Naturally, there is no one strategy that will work for every coyote. That requires a lot of experience in the field. You also have to tailor your strategy to that particular coyote you’re hunting. Experiment a bit, see what works best for your area and the coyotes that live in it.

 

The Cons

 

Though I am quite impressed with electronic calls, I still think there are a few problems with them. These fall into two categories, tactical and quality-related.

 

When I say ‘tactical’ problems, I simply mean that sometimes you can’t make the shot. Since you’re far away, there are inherently some problems you have to grapple with. Firstly, you might miss and scare the coyote away. That happens to everyone, regardless of method, but it’s slightly more common with electronic calls.

 

Secondly, your line of sight may get obscured, which makes you miss an opportunity to strike. It can also happen that you attract an unwanted animal as well. It happens to me all the time, and my policy is not to shoot unless it’s a coyote. I usually just switch to a really loud and scary sound over the remote, and that scares the animal away.

 

If these cons seem a bit weak to you, it’s because they are. I think an electronic call is your best bet if you want to hunt coyotes. All of the cons I’ve laid out are minor compared to the benefits these calls offer.

 

 

Electronic Coyote Calling Tips

 

As I said in the intro, we’ll also take a look at some practical tips and tricks about how to hunt using coyote calls. We’ve already covered some of the points in this section previously, but here I’ll expand on them. In any case, many of those points bear repeating, especially the ones about safety.

 

Using Calls to Your Advantage

 

If I have convinced you to go out and get yourself an electronic call, you may be wondering which sounds to use. That’s a difficult and fascinating question, so we’ll cover that one first. I’ve already told you that distressed calls work best for coyotes, but I didn’t tell you the whole story. There are actually two types of distressed calls: prey calls and coyote calls.

 

Coyotes are always looking for a quick and easy meal. That’s why they will jump at the opportunity to finish off a wounded small animal. When we’re hunting with coyote calls, we take advantage of this behavior. If you want to add a whiff of realism to your call, you may consider supplying an actual carcass of the animal you are using to draw the coyote in. That way, the sound aspect is reinforced with smell, which is very important for a coyote.

 

However, it’s not just prey that will get a coyote’s attention. Distressed coyote calls will also draw in a coyote. That’s especially true if the sound you’re using is of a young coyote. Naturally, this is more likely to attract a female coyote.

 

I’m not telling you this because we care about the animal’s sex when we shoot it. There is a useful point to note here. If you see that a distressed prey call is not working, you should consider switching to a distressed coyote call. Maybe your coyote is a female who just ate, so a distress call from a coyote cub is a better choice to get her attention.

 

There is another way to use coyote sounds to attract coyotes. Namely, if you know the area where you are hunting really well, you should take stock of the territories of certain packs. You need to play a coyote call at just the right location. That will draw in some coyotes who want to get rid of the intruder, giving you a chance to strike.

 

Alternatively, if you play some coyote howls, you can also attract a coyote. That’s because coyotes are pack animals, and they will naturally come over to see what their pack-mate is howling about. Either way, electronic calls are the perfect way to employ these tactics.

 

Safety

 

Safety is the number 1 priority when hunting. There are some important safety tips I have to leave you with, if I want to have a clear conscience.

 

Firstly, never go alone. Always have a hunting partner or a hunting party. If you get hurt, your partner is there to help you, and potentially save your life. If you are both hurt, the chances that you’ll make it out are much better as well.

 

There are two reasons for concern when going out hunting: guns and wild animals. Don’t even think of going hunting if you haven’t passed a gun safety class. Make sure your entire party has done so too. Otherwise, you may have a Dick Cheney situation on your hands!

 

As for wild animals, if you’re using remote-controlled calls, you are much safer. That being said, one should always be aware of their surroundings. Be on the lookout for any suspicious activity, and always watch your back.

 

In Conclusion…

 

Coyote calls are a great way to up your hunting game. Whether you’re using traditional or electronic calls, the fight against a wild animal is always thrilling. If the main takeaway from this piece is how to use calls to your advantage, I will be pleased. But even more importantly, remember the safety tips, and don’t do anything stupid.

 

I hope I’ve helped you become a better hunter with this guide!