The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio


January 21, 2013

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


Their answer

There is one more sound that is very useful in understanding what the coyote is telling you. The “I’m-a-comin’ call.” You’ll usually hear it within a minute or two after your first sequence of vocalization or distress sounds. It’s simply three to five quick semi-aggressive barks. When you hear this sound either by itself or from a coyote that is paired up, get your gun ready because he’s coming your way. Don’t make another sound — just get ready to take your prize.

Putting all these sounds together takes some time to learn and understand when, where and how to use them. I must admit I’m a novice at this myself and I still to this day learn something every season. Using the right sequence at the right time of year can make or break a whole month of coyote calling for you.

After reading and studying this article, make some notes and practice your coyote calls. Then, when you feel comfortable go to the field and see if you can get a coyote to respond to your sounds, listen to what the coyote is telling you. You’ll be surprised when you hear an answer and what you’ll learn.

Remember, pass it on or it will surely pass on.

Hot tips

Ryan DiGiacomo, a young friend of mine and an avid coyote hunter, sent me a few hot tips you may be able to use in your pursuit of the infamous song dogs. Take them for what they’re worth and use them if you can:

n The most essential aspect of any critters survival is their nose. We all know this and coyotes are no different than deer. Normally when you do a deer drive they are going to come in on the down wind side of you. With that in mind put out a decoy such as a rabbit or coyote, set up roughly around 50 yards from the decoy, play the wind and ultimately this will give the animal plenty of space to try and get its wind while you positions yourself for the shot.

The sun is an important issue. A lot of hunters think having the sun to your back is a good thing. For deer, elk, and turkeys it is a fantastic thing but for yotes you won’t the sun facing you. The reason for this is because mature coyotes hate the sun in their face. They will peak out long enough to see what’s making the noise and if its really worth his energy to dispatch it! When it comes to calling in coyotes you want a foggy or hazy day with some overcast and snow always helps.

Set up is important. I had said to make sure the sun is not at your back and to set your decoy out 50-60 yards away. After that you need to break up your outline, that is an absolute must just as well as it is for any kind of hunting.

Hunt times are debatable. Early mornings and late evenings seem to be when the dogs move the best. From sun up until about 10am after that you might as well go grab a late breakfast or an early lunch. Most yote hunters do they’re evening coyote hunting around 3pm until dusk. You might catch a straggler coming through late morning or early afternoon but this is not the norm so stick to the early am late pm schedule and you’ll have better luck.  

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