5 Mistakes to Avoid When Predator Hunting

5 Mistakes to Avoid When Predator Hunting

27th Jan 2023

Overcalling or undercalling: Calling too much and too loudly can spook closeby coyotes, but not calling often or loudly enough won’t bring cautious dogs in from a distance either. Proper calling is about balance — something best learned through experience.

Ignoring scent control and the wind: Coyotes and other predators can pick up human scent and run the opposite direction before you even know they’re around. Consider wind direction when setting up and keep yourself and your gear as odor-free as possible.

Forgoing concealment: Most predators are hyper-aware of what’s going on around them. Carefully sneak into your spot and avoid moving around once you’re in place. Wear camo and keep your face, hands, and other skin covered. If you’re hunting during daylight hours, avoid sitting in direct sunlight and instead sit in the shadows.

Being impatient: Coyotes won’t always come running seconds after you call out. Sometimes far-away dogs will take some time getting to your location. Press on, be patient, and wait at least 30 minutes before moving on.

Failing to practice properly: Quick-moving predators can make for tough shots — especially if you’ve never practiced in the position you choose in the field. Before hunting, spend plenty of time at the range shooting from a variety of possible positions and taking quick follow-up shots.