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Using Online Maps to Find Coyote Hunting Spots

Almost everyone uses the Internet for email, browsing the Web, finding a restaurant, or shopping online. Technology makes our life simpler. Why should hunting be any different?

By using a program like Google Maps, you can know the following before you ever leave your house. Best access trail to use to our setup

Position of the sunrise in reference to our setup locations (shadows)

Wind direction relative to calling/entry position

Cover positions

No-Shoot directions (Homes, barns, roads, etc.)

Location of all creeks on the property

Possible coyote travel lanes

Distance of most likely shooting opportunity

Stand elevation relative to possible target position

Best positions for second, third, etc.. calling spots

Call range estimate for progressive stand calling

Check out these two possible stand sites and look at what we know from the pictures.

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Yellow Star:

This site has cover as is evident by the tree line.

This stand should be hunted with a west/northwest wind and never with wind from the east or south.

From the terrain information it is lower in elevation than the blue stand

A dirt road runs from the yellow to blue stand

This should be a morning stand since the sun will be at our back

A no shoot safety zone exists to the northeast

Likely target approach from the northwest tree line

Blue Star:

This site also has cover.

This stand should be hunted with a west/northwest wind and never with wind from the east or south.

From the terrain information, it is higher in elevation than the yellow stand

This can be a morning or evening stand depending upon position.

A no shoot safety zone exists to the east

Likely target approach from the northwest tree line

A travel lane exists running northeast (gas line)

And when we look at both of them together we know:

When planning to hunt this site in the morning, the calling stand sequence should be from the yellow site to the blue site. Progressing toward the wood line.

The dirt road access will provide quiet entry into each stand.

Distance between stands is approximately 1,000 feet.

Considering we have not yet set foot on these sites, I would say that we have gotten some significant help for a first-time setup at these locations. All this requires is a few mouse clicks and a bit of thought.

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