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Old 02-28-2007, 09:31 AM
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Had my first coyote hunting experience this weekend...I'm wondering if the weather messed them up or something else was goin on.

Here's what happened. After spending a few months watching the Randy Anderson videos and practicing calling enough to get banished from the house by the wifey, I went out this weekend. Family's hunting farm--lots of yotes around, so I know they're there.

Friday evening: fairly warm, but cold front getting ready to move through, and 30 mph winds. Called in several setups, careful about scent issues. Mix of howls, pup, distress calls. No response.

Saturday morning: First part of front moved through, torrential rains, didn't go out.

Saturday night: Weather looked like it was going to break. Colder (mid-30s), but the wind had died down and the sky had cleared. I was outside and happened to hear one bark a couple of times off in the distance. I run in, get my call and give one good locator howl. 4-5 yotes instantly go crazy in response off in the distance, howling, yipping. Noise dies down, I give another locator howl, same thing. So I know (I hope!) that I'm at least on the right track with my calling.

Sunday morning: Second front moves through, now it's snowing and winds 20-30 mph. I try calling again, multiple setups, conscious of scent, no response.

Someone please tell me that the weather will fowl them up! I would like to think that I'm on the right track and just had bad luck with the weather this weekend. However, if weather shouldn't have any effect on them, then I'll need to reevaluate the things I was doing.

Thanks y'all!
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Old 02-28-2007, 10:29 AM
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Rain and High winds might hold them up. But last weekend I called 3 in with high winds. You just need to try your best to get the sound out as best you can, but it's hard.
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Old 02-28-2007, 10:40 AM
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I have not called them in with high winds, but I have found that just as it startes to snow orwhen it is snowing is when I got the most responses.
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Old 02-28-2007, 12:59 PM
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When you heard them that night.. (if you can hunt nights) you probably should have gone out and made a setup somewhere close to where u heard them howling..
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Old 02-28-2007, 07:45 PM
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If they've never been called before, simple distress should call them in, even better than a howler. After ya kill a few with the distress and miss a few, then break out the howler as your ace in the hole sound. Each time you call and miss, they will get harder to call next time, so don't show them all your tricks to quickly!
Sometimes they won't come. Some blame the moon, some blame the barometric pressure, some blame everything except thier calling. Sometimes, it's all of the above, plus some. If they came every time we blew on a call, what fun would that be!
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Old 02-28-2007, 11:43 PM
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Coyotes are hard to hunt sucesfully. It takes some people longer than others to come to terms with that- but a few dry runs will bring them all around. Ain't no excuse for it sometimes.
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Old 03-01-2007, 03:49 PM
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Howler covered it pretty good like he usually does!!
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