The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio


January 21, 2013

Outdoors Insider, with Dale Sunderlin: Yo yo yo, calling all yotes


I-dare-ya call

The next sequence we need to look at is the challenge call. It’s the sound we hope to hear after our integration call. It’s usually the dominate dawg of the area telling you that you had better get out of her territory or she is coming over to make you leave. No one invited you and you’re not welcome. How long it takes for her to show up depends on how upset she is and just how far away you are. It’s not uncommon for it to take up to a half hour for her to show herself.

The challenge call starts out with two short semi-aggressive barks, a short aggressive howl, pause a second, then repeat two more times. This is a challenge sequence. If the coyotes seem to be in a talkative mood when you’re coyote calling, you can throw out two sequences and see just how fast something shows up.

Don’t get discouraged if the dawg comes in and sits out there 200 or 300 yards away trying to draw you out first. If you don’t have a weapon capable of that distance or can’t see your prey, come back in a week or two and set up within weapon range of where you last heard the dawg, make some soft prey-in-distress sounds or throw out a Integration call and you’ll usually come out the winner.

Hey, sweetheart call

One of the most important sounds you’ll need to learn is the female invitational call. It’s used primarily in the months of January and February, during breeding season. It’s a sound that says “I’m a lonely little female coyote and I want to party.”

It starts out with a regular friendly howl, two friendly barks, a space of a second or two then a friendly bark and a short howl. This coyote call also can be a very useful sound at the end of August and the month of September as the new adults come to this sound just because it’s a female non-threatening sound and she might have a free meal to share.

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