Q: What caliber do you prefer for hunting coyotes?
A: We primarily hunt with 22-250’s which are fast, flat shooting and leave minimal pelt damage on impact. When a setup or the shot will likely occur in close range or in cover we will bring a shotgun. We also like using .223 Remington and the .220 Swift.
Q: What type of optics do you use on your guns?
A: A good optic is very important for a successful hunt. We use a wide range of optics on our hunting rifles. A mix of Nikon, Leupold, and NightForce brands are used. Most of the optics we use have a large range of magnification and larger objectives. The range of magnification allows for close proximity shots as well as long distance shots. The larger objective gives us the advantage by allowing more light to enter the optic during low light situations.
Q: What type of bipods do you use?
A: Mainly we use one brand which is Harris. Harris manufactures many different types of bipods, but we specifically use Ultralight model with 13.5 to 27 inch pivoting head. We have found this range of height is perfect when in the seated position. The pivoting action is crucial to a level sight plane and minor adjustments to make the perfect shot.
Q: What type of ammunition do you use?
A: We hand load for every rifle we own and the bullets we load are all highly frangible to limit pelt damage. For example we love the performance of Nosler’s Varmageddon round.
Q: What do you wear on a typical hunt?
A: What you wear always depends on the weather. As a principal, more of less predator hunting is a fairly â€œmobileâ€ sport, so we tend to dress differently than if we were hunting in a stationary position for extended periods of time. The typical gear includes the following:
- Base Layer(s)
- Usually Un-insulated Camo Bibs or pants (Snow/Reg. Camo)
- Un-Insulated Parka
- Rubber Insulated Boots
- Fingerless Gloves
- Facemask/Hat Combo
Please note extreme winter/cold conditions may warrant the use of insulated parkas/bibs or even one piece hunting suits.
Q: What type of calls do you use?
A: We like to gear our calls around native prey. Similar to most areas the rabbit or cottontail is a popular call. Our sponsors do a great job of mimicking these prey sounds and using varying tones and pitches we are able to diversify the call on the fly. When it warrants we use predator vocalizations to coax them in. Here are some of our favorite calls:
- Crack DWO Signature Series
- Crazed Crack Acrylic
- Crack Howler (CH)
- Reese Rod_HD
- Reese RO-AK1-HD
Q: What are the best times to hunt coyotes?
A: We hunt the first and last light of the day which to us are referred to as “primetime”. In the morning we will do 2 to 3 sets. Mid morning to midday predators tend to wind down bed or den up till the evening. The evening set we will get to the location early and give time for the area to “cool down”. We normally start calling in the afternoon anywhere from 20-40 minutes before dark for preferred video quality. On occasion we do night sets which have a high rate of success because that’s normally when predators are on the prowl. Please observe your local/state/federal hunting regulations because they vary and some may not allow night hunting.
Q: How early do you go out in the morning?
A: We like to get out to the spot in the dark of the morning giving us time to pick a spot and set up. We have to leave time for decoy and camera setup as well as additional time to let the area “cool off” before we start calling. When we have a camera on set we wait till there is barely enough light to run the cameras before calling, however with no camera, you can start calling as soon as you can see through your sights/scope. Please observe your local/state/federal hunting regulations because they vary.
Q: Where are the best locations to hunt predators?
A: We have found that you can hunt predators just about anywhere. Access is important when you are hunting predators. Farms are normally great spots to get predator action. Farms are rich in wildlife, vegetation, cropland and normally easy to gain access to. They give you a variety of cover types and almost always contain open areas good for setups. Here in the east, during low light situations predators are more liable to present a shot in open areas but as daylight becomes more prevalent they tend to hunt in thicker brush lots or woods.
Q: What is the most important thing about coyote hunting?
A: Playing the Wind.
Q: What are effective ways to use the wind to your advantage?
A: We usually prefer a wind direction that is either in your face or crosswind. When possible we prefer calling the crosswind. We feel like it makes an incoming dog a little more comfortable coming to a call rather than a wind straight at it’s back. A crosswind will give the hunter a better opportunity to get a coyote close and present a shot out front or circling the downwind side.
Q: What are important things to remember when you are playing the wind?
A: Be cognizant of the downwind direction and anticipate an approaching coyote wanting to circle downwind of your call. Also make note, when calling a crosswind, try not to have a thick, wooded or brushy area to the downwind side or any area where a coyote could end up catching your scent without you ever seeing him.
Q: What is the best way to get access to land for hunting?
A: There are many ways to gain access to land for predator hunting. Start by asking permission from family, friends, or neighbors. This can be done by simply knocking on the door and politely asking for permission to hunt. If these options are limited, you may want to try going to farmers and other local landowners. Most of the time farmers are very easy going and willing to allow predator hunters. Asking around or stopping into your local hunting store can be good ways to get your foot in the door for access. If all of these options fail, normally states have land that is open to the public and allow access for hunting. Use any internet tools to find these locations.
Q: Do you use decoys when you hunt?
A: We use decoys by MOJO Outdoors on hunts when we want to draw the attention away from the setup and further coax a coyote in close range.
Q: What kind of video cameras do you use?
A: We have a combination of cameras, including Sony HDR-AX200 and the Sony HDR-FX1000 as our main cameras, Canon HF G20, Sony HDR-CX500V, Sony HDR-CX580 as live second angle cameras, and various other GoPro cameras. We also use Canon DSLR with a multitude of different lenses for post hunt interviews and stills.
Q: What do you do with the pelts?
A: A great way to remember a hunt is having a beautiful tanned fur to show off to friends and family. For the most part we clean and ship our furs to be tanned, keeping them as trophies or giving them as gifts in various forms (slippers, hats, etc).
Q: Where do you send your furs to be tanned?
A: If we want to save ourselves the effort and send out a non-fleshed skin, we will use USA Foxx. If we take the time to flesh them ourselves, we sometimes may use Moyle and Mink Tannery.