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#3321695 - 04/28/23 10:26 PM Three Strikes and They're Out
SnowmanMo Offline
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Registered: 09/23/08
Posts: 4381
Loc: Phoenix, Az
Let me introduce you to a new Predator Masters member, Rigo. I first got to talk to Rigo when he pmíd me about finding some more resources so that he could learn more about predator hunting. He said that he had been reading on Predator Hunting 101 and just wanted some more information.

Well, I canít think of a better way for someone to learn coyote hunting than to go out with someone who does it. So being that he and I live not far apart, I volunteered to take him out. We corresponded back and forth a few times to make sure that he had what he needed. Then we scheduled our hunt.

Our schedules worked out such that we were able to hunt on a weekday morning which was good, since the area that I proposed to hunt in tends to be overrun with people on the weekends. From recreational shooters to folks racing around tearing up the desert in side by sides and on dirt bikes, itís no place for a predator hunter on the weekends.

As youíll see in the video our first stand was early in the morning just as the sun came up. The wind was right and we slunk in and got set up quietly. Now, I warned Rigo that late March and early April are a bit hard to call successfully. The coyotes have paired up and mated and the females have already either dug dens or at least have staked out their territories. But one thing I know is that you canít win if you donít play. Itís a 100% guaranty that you arenít going to call in a coyote from the couch.

On our first stand, we got a coyote to howl. I did this by throwing in a howl that I donít normally use. One from the guys at MFK. But we didnít get the coyote to come in. This was a lot of fun for Rigo since this was his first stand and he got to hear one howl.
We broke down our stand and moved on. On the next couple of stands, the same thing happened. They would howl back with that howl, but they wouldnít come in. So, I told Rigo about my three strikes rule. Call a stand the same way three times. If nothing shows up, change something. So on our next stand I changed up my call sequence. I traded out my normal howl for the MFK howl, and since I couldnít get them to commit using my usual prey distress calls, I swapped in prairie dog distress. Sure enough, on the next stand, we had one come in. But something spooked it off and it took off before we were able to get a shot downrange. But now we knew we had a successful recipe.

So on the next stand we moved into an area that I felt could have good denning locations, right on the edge of a big wash with high, soft banks. The wind had reversed itself by this time and we were able to keep the truck out of the wind. We slid in, and got set up, along the edge of a fence line. The wind was blowing towards a very thick brushline and my hope was that the brushline and the fence would funnel coyotes to us.




Hope you enjoy the video...

Mo
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#3321702 - 04/29/23 05:44 AM Re: Three Strikes and They're Out [Re: SnowmanMo]
redhaze Offline
Seasoned Member

Registered: 10/03/18
Posts: 459
Loc: Texas
Once again, good video, thanks for sharing.

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#3321704 - 04/29/23 07:28 AM Re: Three Strikes and They're Out [Re: SnowmanMo]
SnowmanMo Offline
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Registered: 09/23/08
Posts: 4381
Loc: Phoenix, Az
My pleasure. Thanks for watching.
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#3321796 - 05/01/23 07:50 AM Re: Three Strikes and They're Out [Re: SnowmanMo]
jwebster34 Offline
Predator Master

Registered: 03/16/23
Posts: 53
Loc: Pennsylvania, USA
This is really awesome. Good info. That was a nice thing you did. People can ask a million questions and get answers, but for a novice to get to go with someone experienced is truly the best way. I can't name anything that I do in the outdoors where my Dad didn't show me the ropes first and I developed further from there. He unfortunately never hunted coyotes, so I am trying to become the one to teach him. I unfortunately haven't been able to connect with anyone near me to tag along with, so it's been a lot of trial and error for sure.

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#3321830 - 05/01/23 07:40 PM Re: Three Strikes and They're Out [Re: SnowmanMo]
jmeddy Offline
Die Hard Member

Registered: 02/02/13
Posts: 895
Loc: SW PA
Great post. Rigo got a "Cliff notes" on coyote hunting.

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#3321853 - 05/01/23 11:26 PM Re: Three Strikes and They're Out [Re: SnowmanMo]
DesertRam Offline
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Registered: 04/26/01
Posts: 9508
Loc: Las Cruces, NM USA
Cool way to bring in a new guy!
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#3321916 - 05/02/23 04:22 PM Re: Three Strikes and They're Out [Re: jwebster34]
SnowmanMo Offline
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Registered: 09/23/08
Posts: 4381
Loc: Phoenix, Az
Originally Posted By: jwebster34
This is really awesome. Good info. That was a nice thing you did. People can ask a million questions and get answers, but for a novice to get to go with someone experienced is truly the best way. I can't name anything that I do in the outdoors where my Dad didn't show me the ropes first and I developed further from there. He unfortunately never hunted coyotes, so I am trying to become the one to teach him. I unfortunately haven't been able to connect with anyone near me to tag along with, so it's been a lot of trial and error for sure.


Thank you sir. Just trying to give back to a great sport and even greater community.

Mo
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#3321955 - 05/03/23 07:40 AM Re: Three Strikes and They're Out [Re: SnowmanMo]
jwebster34 Offline
Predator Master

Registered: 03/16/23
Posts: 53
Loc: Pennsylvania, USA
Originally Posted By: SnowmanMo
Originally Posted By: jwebster34
This is really awesome. Good info. That was a nice thing you did. People can ask a million questions and get answers, but for a novice to get to go with someone experienced is truly the best way. I can't name anything that I do in the outdoors where my Dad didn't show me the ropes first and I developed further from there. He unfortunately never hunted coyotes, so I am trying to become the one to teach him. I unfortunately haven't been able to connect with anyone near me to tag along with, so it's been a lot of trial and error for sure.


Thank you sir. Just trying to give back to a great sport and even greater community.

Mo


I commend that sir. You are a stand up guy. I try to do the same thing when people ask me about waterfowl hunting. I enjoy taking new people out to help them and to get some new people in the sport. Seems to give me more satisfaction than doing any of the shooting myself.

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#3321988 - 05/03/23 05:22 PM Re: Three Strikes and They're Out [Re: SnowmanMo]
JTPinTX Offline
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Registered: 11/04/05
Posts: 1452
Loc: Wellington, TX
Good video Mo and great job on taking a new guy out and helping him get started. Lots of times someone just needs a little hand, a place to start out to get them going.
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#3322069 - 05/05/23 02:38 PM Re: Three Strikes and They're Out [Re: SnowmanMo]
SnowmanMo Offline
Director/Moderator

Registered: 09/23/08
Posts: 4381
Loc: Phoenix, Az
That is very true
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