From The Readers: Using Summer Coyote Vocalization

Coyote vocalizations proved to be the ticket for luring this old dog into shotgun range.
From The Readers: Using Summer Coyote Vocalization

FTR-Small-LogoBy Mark Sessions | Tennessee

It was an early, warm August morning. I hadn't hunted this property since the middle of deer season last year. My expectations soared when I saw the field had been bush hogged recently, too.

I started out with the DSG Rabbit call then switching back to Eastern cottontail…no luck. After 20 minutes I switched to pup distress, then muted the call for a couple minutes.

That’s when I heard a howl, but it sounded vocally challenged. I changed my sound to a female interrogation howl and, in less than a minute, a coyote came bouncing up from the bottom really alert, looking for the source of the sound. She came around a small wooded island and locked onto my Mojo Critter decoy.

It obviously wasn't what she was anticipating. She was about 50 yards away and came straight toward the decoy, but lost interest, turned 90 degrees and walked away. I quickly barked at her. She stopped and looked right at me. I had my Benelli Super Black Eagle sights on her before she stopped when I fired a round of HEVI-Shot 3½-inch T shot.

I believe this might be my oldest coyote I’ve shot, based on her worn down teeth, multiple rips and tears in her ears and the scratches on the face. She weighed 30 pounds, 11 ounces.

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