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Calling Times

What's the Best Time to Call Coyotes?
By Todd Sullivan

Calling coyotes is always a challenge whether early morning, late evening or in the middle of the night. Because of their highly acute senses of sight, hearing and especially smell there is really no easy time to call coyotes. Hunting this highly skilled predator is rarely easy and can be either extremely exciting or extremely frustrating.

Because coyotes are nocturnal hunters many coyote hunters prefer to call and hunt at night if hunting laws allow night hunting.Although coyotes are more active during the night, night hunting offers its own unique challenges.

There are some advantages to hunting at night:

o Coyotes are on the move in search of prey for their next meal. Because they are hungry and searching for food distress calls can be very effective.

o Coyotes feel more secure at night and may respond to your distress calling with less apprehension in a rush for an easy meal.

o Because coyotes naturally move and hunt at night you aren't trying to get a coyote to do something that is not natural for them.

o Although scent control is always a concern the wind can be less at night which will help you deal with a coyote's sense of smell.

Now the disadvantages:

o There is always a safety issue at night if you're hunting near houses or buildings and is especially a concern if you're hunting with partners.

o You can't see as far at night and identifying your target as a coyote can be difficult.

o Because you will probably be carrying extra gear like batteries along with some type of lighting making your movement a little more difficult.

o If your light goes out or your batteries go dead your hunt is over.

o Because of your limited field of view you will need to call the coyotes in much closer because safe shot distances are much less compared to daytime hunting.

Even though coyotes are night time predators they are like many other predators in that they are also active in the early morning and late evening. More often, coyote movement and activity is controlled by hunger and security and not by the time of day or darkness. If a coyote is hungry or feels the need to protect its hunting territory it will respond to either distress calling or coyote vocals at anytime of the day or night.

I believe most coyote hunters prefer hunting either in the early morning hours or at dusk. The coyotes will still respond if they are hungry or to protect their hunting territories without the cover of darkness. I believe the ability to see and shoot farther along with the safety factor make early morning or late evening the best time to call and hunt coyotes.

Todd Sullivan (dogbreath) is a diehard coyote hunter and author with over 15 years of coyote hunting experience. He is also the author of a free beginner's guide to coyote hunting. If you would like to learn more about coyote hunting please visit and claim you free coyote hunting guide.

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