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Best Time for Coyote Hunting

best time for coyote hunting
Written by Erik Himmel

Time of Year

  • Fall

The weather during fall is the right time for coyote hunting. Because the young pups then roam around without their parents. So, you will get more success with these young dumb pups. Generally, use prey distress calls during this time.

  • Winter

Mostly, predator hunters hunt coyotes during winter. The pups are then grown up and spend more time during the day hunting for food. They become more active during the daytime because of the weather and so, they face food scarcity.

Change your methods based on the predators’ curiosity, hunger, paternal, and territorial instincts. As they hear more calls, they become wiser. Try different calls, switch calls, and methods and get success.

The 15th of February is the breeding season’s peak.

  • Spring

The coyotes become more territorial by the spring and work on dens. Use coyote vocals to call during this time. They will approach your prey distress call. But it is not so effective to combine with the coyote vocals.

Make your hunting more rewarding by using the howling call that means a challenge among coyotes. Practice a lot to do that right.

Keep your patience during this time. Sit longer on a stand but not more than 30 mins if you know coyotes can be in that area. Stay longer if you hear a coyote.

  • Summer

Generally, predator hunters take an off during summer. Still, many hunters enjoy any type of hunting whether bowhunting or hunting with firearms in the summer. They mostly use decoy dogs to allure coyotes.

The best thing is to leave these predators alone for the summer to restore the population.

Time of Day

  • Early Morning

Hunt in the early morning for being successful because animals remain most active then. A coyote will respond to a howl or siren. Start pre-sunrise calls with a group howl, interrogation howl, and locator. Wait and sit for three to four minutes, and begin any distress or howls based on the season.

  • Late Morning

Hunt from dawn to 11 am. The coyotes will respond better then. Take your spotters and hunt as many as possible during the late morning.

  • During Noon

Some people will suggest not to call coyotes during the midday i.e. when you are having lunch. Again, keep in mind that coyotes are opportunists. If they can get a chance of free meals, they can often approach there out of curiosity.

You will observe more coyotes at that time compared to other times while driving. Often take the chance of spotting and stalking them during noon.

  • Late Afternoon

Late afternoon is challenging. But good locations, good scouting, and your good setup, as well as approach, can bring you success. During this part of the day, you mostly become lazy. You won’t check anything like the wind, the sun, or won’t climb a hill to get a suitable spot. You will find yourself off-guard when finally, you see a coyote near your decoy because of these things.

Call cayotes any time but with good techniques. Some hunters in Arizona do their calling during the midday in the mid-summer by following excellent techniques.

  • Evening

All animal activities pick up again in the evening. The same thing applies to the coyotes. Your evening stand can the most successful one. Have patience, take a suitable stand or sit on when the sun sets.

  • Phase of the Moon

Some hunters will suggest you not to call cayotes during the daytime when the moon is full. But cayotes can approach during a full moon, a waning, or a waxing crescent, or even in no moon. Full moons will make things difficult for you because coyotes see well enough at night, and they can effectively hunt then.

All cayotes are not the same. Some can be different. They burn many calories during winter hunts. They require eating whenever they have a chance.

So, don’t stop hunting based on the phase of the moon.

About the author

Erik Himmel

A Part-Time Firearm Instructor

Hi, this is Erik. We all know firearms are dangerous, but only when one doesn’t know how to use and care for them. I have 15+ years of experience with different types of guns and for the last 10 years, I have taught numerous people how to hold and shoot a gun while staying safe and keeping the surroundings unharmed. My neighbors are some of my biggest admirers who enjoy talking to me about their guns, firearms safety and maintenance.

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