Geoff says that right now prey distress sounds are a staple, they are generally really effective. The population of coyotes’ this time of year is largely comprised of pups, up to 60-70% of the total population. These pups are fairly uneducated and haven’t been overly hunted or pressured yet. They are also going out on their own to hunt more frequently so the prey distress sounds can be compelling to opportunistic youngsters. In addition to prey distress sounds, Geoff says that hunters should try some pup distress sounds. These sounds play on the family dynamic that these pups have been immersed in for the last several months. Geoff notes that a pup distress call can often prompt a different response from both pups and adults alike where a prey distress call couldn’t.
Because the bulk of the coyote population is young right now you have to be mindful when it comes to using more aggressive coyote vocalizations. Using fighting sounds, multiple adult male howls and other dominant and aggressive sounds does come with the possibility of scaring off the younger population. While you may have piqued the interest of a younger coyote with a prey distress call, switching to an aggressive vocalization later may very well spook that incoming young coyote.
Finally, Geoff will talk about the basics of a solid setup, why you should always keep the wind in your favor and how an e-caller is a valuable tool not just for the vocalizations but also for its ability to work remotely and draw attention to the sound and away from your location.
Be sure to tune in as Geoff Nemnich lays down some foundational elements you’ll need in order to bag more coyotes this season. Plus, if you are wanting to really hone your coyote hunting skills, Geoff has a lot of resources to help you do that. Find Coyote Craze online and see a list of Coyote Craze College class dates and tons of information to help you up your fur game!