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Old 02-21-2006, 11:11 AM
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I'm new to coyote hunting, and have a question about calling. I'm going to be hunting this Fri morning and was wondering if I should use either howls or distress calls. The coyotes where I will be aren't pressured that much. Any advise would be good. Oh, and if howls, what kind challenge, interigation, serenade. By the way im in NY if that helps w/ the answering.
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Old 02-21-2006, 12:06 PM
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I would mix it up with a little of everything. Howls will work better now than at other times of the year since it's about time for mating season.

You using electronic call or mouth calls?
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Old 02-21-2006, 12:41 PM
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I'm using mouth calls. Is it smart to howl and use a distress right after that?
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Old 02-21-2006, 10:10 PM
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I don't usually use both a distress and a howler at the same set. I usually do something with the howler just to see if I can provoke a response, or just use the siren on the pickup. If something answers, I'll move not right to where I heard the sound, but in the general vicinity, set up, wait a minute or two, then begin calling. A challenge or a female invitation, even an interogation, would probably be what I start with this time of year. IF that doesn't work, then I'd switch to the distress at the next set. If you can't find a coyote looking for love, maybe you can find one that's hungry.
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Old 02-22-2006, 06:36 AM
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The problem with using only one or the other is, they often don't vocally respond to a howler but yet they will come to it silently, just like a distress, only usually slower! SO if you do some howls and don't here anything and move on, you're probably driving/walking away from incoming coyotes and don't even know it!

Lots of guys, including myself, use both a howler and distress on sets, especially this time of year. It works! If you do some howls to start a set, wait several minutes before going to distress. I usually plan on staying longer on a set if I used any howls. Female invitation or interrogation both seem to work well this time of year!
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Old 02-22-2006, 08:58 AM
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thx for the info guys, I'll let you all know how I do this weekend.
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good luck
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Old 02-22-2006, 08:47 PM
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If you can go rabbit hunting and get one, use the rabbit hide and guts to add a little scent along with the call. I have never tried it, but the theory makes sense.
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