Coyote Bait Station Basics

Baiting is a tactic that should be considered if dense cover defines your hunting environment. Luring coyotes from heavy cover with some tasty treats placed upwind of your hiding place makes sense, particularly when coyotes might have been exposed to excessive hunting pressure. Adding scents, such as coyote urine, to the bait area completes the hoax.

Coyote Bait Station Basics

Baiting can be an effective strategy when coyotes are ignoring your best calls.

Scout woodland openings, field corners, clear-cuts and out-of-sight locations away from roads. Your ideal bait station should be positioned at a locale coyotes feel comfortable visiting day or night. Also study prevailing winds to set your ambush site downwind of the bait area. You might even want to locate a good tree for a treestand perch or a brushy nook to hide a ground blind. Pack along your rangefinder to establish the distance from the bait to your shooting position. 

Formulate a plan to acquire food scraps, preferably meat, and continue to replenish the bait pile once you start the hunt. Restaurants, meat processors and even grocery stores might have scraps available. You can even hoard your own table scraps and venison carcasses after butchering to add to your bait setup.

  Finally, use quality coyote urine to add a dose of territorial proclamation to your site. Spray or splash it along any trails or stumps in the same fashion a coyote would while lifting its leg. Author’s Note: Be sure to check state regulations to confirm that baiting coyotes is legal.

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