Coyote Hunting Tactics
Coyotes are skilled predators whose primary food source are rabbits and mice, but they will target bigger game like deer or household pets if they’ve become accustomed to an urban setting. To help control the danger, it is legal to hunt coyotes at any time in Minnesota, there is no specific hunting season for them. Hunting coyotes will help control over-hunting of the deer population and will help protect your livestock and farm animals.
Coyotes become accustomed to people and are emboldened to approach more humans if they are consistently fed. Keep an eye on your trail cameras and make sure that coyotes aren’t visiting your Feedbank Gravity Feeders. If you see that you have these visitors, make sure you’re hunting for them nearby. If you’ve seen deer eating at the same feeder, it’s possible the coyotes are hunting the same deer nearby.
What Time to Hunt
Coyotes are nocturnal, so the best time to hunt them is before sunrise or after sundown. The “Phantom” windows on the Stump blind adjust to different levels of light, so you’ll stay concealed as the sun comes up and as the sun sets. Whatever time of day you hunt, the windows will adjust to the glare. Check your state’s regulations for legal hunting hours.
Like deer, coyotes will respond to calls. They are usually receptive to calls pretty quickly, so don’t be surprised if the coyote comes by your blind in the first few minutes after calling. Use rabbit sounds, bird sounds or coyote sounds to draw them in. Make sure you are ready and in position after you call. Because the Stump blinds have multiple windows, you’ll be able to set up at one window and easily switch to another if the coyote doesn’t appear where you expected. The windows open silently, so you can keep them closed until the last second before you call.
A coyote’s vital area will be smaller than a deer’s so make sure you’re confident in your aim before you take your shot. Aim in the middle of the chest if they’re facing you and above their shoulder if they’re facing broadside. These areas should result in an ethical harvest. Thanks to the multiple windows in a Stump blind, you’ll be able to track the coyote as it moves around.
Elevate Your Blind
Take advantage of being able to elevate your Stump blind. Elevating your blind with our Steel Tower System will give you a better vantage point to track the coyotes. You’ll have a wider field of vision so you could possibly see the coyote before it reaches your blind. If you haven’t hunted from an elevated position before, invest in some practice time with a 3D target before you hunt. You’ll need to account for the angle of the elevation when you take your shot.
If you choose to hunt coyotes during the off season to keep wild game on your table or to help control overpopulation, you can do so with your Stump blind. You can hunt them elevated or on the ground and in any kind of light. When you’re ready to get back out there, your Stump blind will be waiting for you.
What tactics do you use when you hunt coyotes? Let us know in the comments below!
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