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Just recently found an interest in coyote hunting. I could use advice on what rifle, scope and calls you all have had sucess with or recommend. thanks

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Books and videos galore on this subject so....

I don't know where you live, but take a look at this website:

He has a lot of references to what you are asking, including calling, calling sounds, rifles (of which about anything in a centerfire will get you started) and even shooting sticks you can make yourself. That should be information overload for starters.

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on this board...LOL. These guys will have your pocketbook empty in no time. not listen to any advice you see on this board. It will cost you money.
Let me be the first. I would recommend a good 223 bolt action rifle (for starters).....I prefer Remington 700's as a starter kit. A good Leupold 4.5-14 scope (basic dual x crosshair) and a FX3 FoxPro caller. There...that's about $1600 gone. Then as you proceed, there's the reloading supplies (and a room to put it in). Then the dedicated hunting wagon, then...oh well, you get the picture.

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How much do you want to spend. I just spent $ 575 getting a gun rebarreled into a long range wildcat round and re stocked then put a 6 x 20 Leupold on it for a snipeing rifle for coyotes. Then I spent another $1400 on an AR match rifle with a 6 x 18 Leupold on it for a driveing - walk around gun. I got afew several $ 100`s invested in calls and a caller and decoy.
Now if you want to get started cheaper you can get a good NEF handy Rifle in .223 or .243 and a mouth call and have at it. Get the best scope you can afford, Leupold is what I use and recomand. You may have more in the scope than the gun but you can keep the scope when you trade in your gun. A gun is only as good as the sights that are on it.

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The first 50 or so that I killed was with a panasonic table top electronic player....

we had very good success with this old style tape player, the main thing is to just get out and hunt.

There is so much good information out there on calling, now compated to 25 years ago.

There are some very bare bone basics that will be covered in Johnny Stewart's instructional tape about how the wind affects your calling, sets, weather, is the cheapest money that you could spend.

You can have great success in using an electronic caller and I do use a variety of hand calls including howlers. I probably have 75+ hand calls...I love them because it gives me a feeling of accomplishment when I call in one by hand.

There are some bare bone basics that you need to consider "carved in stone":

**never hunt in the middle of a high pressure front-you educate yotes
*always hunt the leading edges of a low pressure front & low pressure
*learn everything you can about human scent control-coyotes circle and
come in down wind-if they catch your scent or your track's scent-they are
gone in a hurry, back the way they came
*never slam your car door when exiting the vehicle when you are going to
walk out and make a stand
*handle equipment, load guns, talk very quietly when exiting the vehicle
when you are going to the stand
*have a plan with your hunting partner, talk about what you are going to do
in as far as exiting the vehicle, loading guns, etc before you get to your
hunting location
*when you are picking a stand location, try to be aware of the wind direction
because often they will come in from down wind or circle down wind. It
helps if you pick a location where you can see down wind. I try not to
pick a stand where I can not see down wind
*late July, August is the best time to hunt due to the fact that the pups
are uneducated...hit them hard at that time
*on a full moon, the yotes will travel more from 10:00 am to 2;00 pm, of
weather conditions will contribute also.
*try locating yotes by tracks and/or howling prior to hunting. In areas where
it is illegal for me to hunt at night, I howl prior to daylight and locate the
yotes, then go and hunt them...success is much greater using this
*A coyote can smell a human 172-200 yards down wind, they can smell an
attractant or Bait for 300+ yards. Get them excited with a bait smell and
it gives you an advantage, I use two cans of sardines in a dark sock- with
two socks in use. I transport the socks in a 1 lb coffee can and put the
can inside a zip lock freezer bag in my truck. The Sardines really does a
good job on the older wiser coyotes that will almost always circle down
*If you are calling within sight of a ranch, don't shoot the rancher's dogs!
*I carry out a little folding stool to sit on vs. sitting on the ground, it gives
me a little more visibility and if I have to turn and shoot behind me, I can
acquire target very quickly.
*I carry a set of pruning snippers in a holster on my belt. I like to carve
myself into a bush and back into the bush, sitting on my seat. I think that
the fresh cut branches adds a cover scent that helps out because I have
called in a lot of coyotes right up to me.
*When you set up the caller, always have it in sight, never put the caller
where you can not see it. Often the yotes will slip right in and almost touch'
the caller with their nose, then they are running 40 mph trying to get out of
*when you have walked out to the place where you intend to make a stand,
be sure that you and your partner wave at each other letting each other
know where the other is...Safety First!
*When you kill one animal, start the stand all over again. Shooting may
mean very little in an area that has a high density population, keep calling
expecing multiple animals to come in.
*Whether you use an electronic call or a mouth call, you should be prepared
to shoot withing 30 seconds of the start of the call. Many times, I have
had the call go Waa, Waa, Waa, Waa........BOOM! Dead critter!
*When you end your stand, stand up and take a good look around, yotes
may be coming in. As you are walking to your next stand, you should be
looking for yotes. Often guys are having such a good time they will not see
yote running in like a their mind, the hunt was over when
they walked off the stand.
*Don't use a rabbit tape all the time, try the various bird tapes, mix things up.
*You do not have to have it, but it sure helps to wear a face mask and
camo gloves. Coyotes are color blind for sure, like all animals that have
great night vision. They will pick up the white on a man's face very quickly.
I have shot many standing looking at me at 25-35 yards trying to figure out
what I was because I had on a face mask and camo gloves. In more open
areas of the dessert, you can see the coyotes before they get close to
you, so the face cover is not quite as important as when hunting in thick
cover where your visibility is 50-75 yards.
*when hunting thick cover where your shots will be 50 yards or so, use
less volume on an electronic call or hand call. A coyote knows how loud
an animal is when it is dying, they have very sensitive ears...too much sound equals never seen coyotes.
*If you are in an area where the cover is thick, try using a shotgun with a full
choke with #4 Buck shot. If you hit a coyote with #4 and he is still
flopp'en, keep shooting till he stops moving.
*remember that coyotes are usually part of a larger family unit, expect more
of them, hunt for more of them, and you will get more of them on the same'

Probably the biggest mistake that people make in Varmiint hunting is not planning their hunts by watching the weather. If there is a high pressure front approaching or a high pressure system over the top of you, you will not have very good success. People naturally will want to go hunting on nice pretty days where there is not a cloud in the sky, bright sunshine. On days like this, the last thing that you want to go call (educate) coyotes. If my hunting partner and I have planned a hunt with a high pressure front over us, we scout new areas, shoot crows, etc. The problem of hunting in the middle of a high pressure front is especially important if you have a very limited area to hunt...DON'T DO IT!

The other largest mistake is making a lot of noise going out to the stand, talking, loading guns, slamming car doors, car alarm beeping,......just do not allow these types of things to happen on your hunting trip!

Try not and get discouraged if you do not see yotes when you go out and hunt. A coyote is one smart animal, he has to hunt and outsmart his prey to eat and stay alive. They do not get old by being stupid. When you outsmart a coyote and call him in to within shooting range, you have outsmarted one of the smartest animals on the planet. Once in a while, you will call one in real close, and you can see the "killer" look in his eyes that you will never forget.

Good luck!

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Keith: Hope you didn't copyright that post...

I was close to posting a query on just what a proper set would be. I hope you don't mind me printing your above post. I need to do just what you say, get out and hunt. Thanks for the extensive list.
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