As I rested my head against the trunk of a large oak this evening, I closed my eyes and tried to let all thoughts and stress just disappear. The breeze brushed my cheek and the corn stalks in front of me swayed back and forth. Everything was right in the world, until I heard a crunch, crunch, crunch.

To the left of me, I saw a large brown shape materialize in my peripheral vision and I knew a deer must be approaching. But to my surprise and dismay, it was a large coyote cruising the soy bean field behind me. I turned in awe and watched a second coyote lazily step into the field behind the first. Now why, you ask, was I so upset about seeing these coyotes? Well I’ve been trying to shoot a coyote all winter, but today I decided I would just sit in the woods with my camera and watch for some deer. Of course it ends up that the one day I don’t have a gun, ends up also being the one day I see coyotes! Figures. Given my bad luck tonight, I figure it’s a good enough time to take a look at a few late winter tips for those of us who want to knock out a few more yotes before the fawns start dropping this spring! My one piece of advice for you tonight, is to always be prepared. Coyotes can show up at the most unlikely moments and you won’t get many second chances if you’re not ready. Tonight, I learned this the hard way.

Here a few more helpful tips.

Excerpt fromThree Predator Hunting Tips from Pro Tim Wells

Call Quietly, Kill Quietly
Start your predator calling sequences quietly. There are several reasons for this. First, you have no idea how close you already are to a coyote. If your first note is at volume level 11, all you’ll see is a coyote turning inside out and shooting across the valley like a bullet. Second, quiet calling can be more effective that loud-mouthing the predators. Your predator calls go farther than you think, and predators hear better than you may imagine. If you’re coyote hunting in big, wide-open country, get loud only after you’ve called quietly for a while.

Start with a small caliber rifle or your bow on your first trips out to a certain calling location. A small caliber rifle or bow makes less noise than bigger-bores and you won’t be educating other coyotes or bobcats in the area when you make that first kill. Also, when you make a kill – especially with a quiet rifle or bow – stay still and quiet. No high-fives, loud shouts of exaltation or quick runs to grab the critter. In many cases there’s another predator or two out there, and as soon as you jump up to run claim your coyote another will be educated.

For the next two tips, read the full article on the Knight & Hale website

Excerpt from Tips for Better Coyote Hunting by Kevin Wilson

Time Your Hunt
To maximize your time in the field consider hunting prime times and ideal conditions. In some jurisdictions coyote hunting is allowed year round but in most situations the months of December, January and February are the best months to pursue these wild dogs. Pelts are in prime condition and the often snow-covered landscape can greatly improve visibility for the hunter while making scavenging for food more difficult for the coyotes. Extreme cold temperatures with a slight breeze carry sound greater distances, increasing the effectiveness of calling. Mild and windy conditions can literally shut things down. Savvy coyote hunters recognize and capitalize on the best conditions. Remember, breeding season is prime time. Females go into heat beginning in January and peak by mid-to-late February. During this timeframe, there is the added bonus of increased visibility. Just as ungulates drop their guard somewhat during the rut, so do coyotes during their breeding season. They can frequently be seen frolicking in open fields or along tree lines, creating great spot-and-stalk shooting opportunities. Males are on the prowl looking for females in heat and groups of multiple dogs are often spotted together.

For 9 more coyote hunting tips from Kevin, check out the full article here.