The dog days of summer can be some of the toughest days of the year to chase coyotes, but if you can stand the smokin’ temperatures, you can pretty much count on some of the hottest calling action of the year as well. Despite what you may have heard, calling summertime coyotes can be very productive. Here’s a look at the four factors to consider when hunting and calling summertime coyotes.
The Pressure Is Off
Chances are you won’t find too many other hunters in pursuit of coyotes when the summer temperatures arrive. While the sport of predator hunting is growing incredibly fast, most hunters still key in on the months following deer season as their “coyote season.”
Once turkey season arrives, most predator hunters hang it up. Few will start back up after turkey season. It leaves ample opportunity at low-pressured predators in the summer months.
Fresh Food Is On the Ground
The summer months bring new life to the landscape. Babies have been born, making the grocery supply quite plentiful for coyotes. Fawns, rabbits, rodents, as well as fruits and veggies – there’s not too many things I’ve found that a coyote won’t eat. While some question the impact coyotes have on the local fawns, you can bet they’ll jump at the chance to make a meal of any fawn they think might be a quick and easy opportunity.
A fawn call in combination with a fawn decoy can be a deadly combination for summertime coyotes.
The Young and Restless Come Quick
One of the greatest aspects of calling summertime coyotes is that their response is often fast and furious. The maternal instincts of the female cause her to quickly investigate any sounds of distress from her pups. And in late summer, when the pups begin to venture out and hunt for themselves, your calling sequences can be as productive as any other time of year. These young, inexperienced and naive pups of the year come quickly to the call. They’ve never been called to before, making them the perfect prospects for some exciting summertime coyote calling.
Young and inexperienced coyotes make for the ultimate calling experience in late summer.
Sounds for Calling Summertime Coyotes
As mentioned above, the key to hunting coyotes in the summertime is to focus in on the youthful sounds of both predator and prey. Fawn bleats, either by a mouth call or electronic call, are poison on coyotes in the summer months. Your fawn bleat call should come across as desperate and searching. Don’t simply wail on the call like a party horn. Make the call enticing by painting the picture of a lost and scared fawn in distress. If nothing shows in the first few minutes, switch to the desperate sounds and screams of a fawn being attacked. If a coyote hears it, there’s a good chance he’ll come quick.
Some of the deadliest sounds for calling summertime coyotes are the pup and canine distress sounds. Again, this is playing on the parental instincts of the coyotes in the area. When they hear the sound of pups in distress, they will come to investigate. These sounds are easily made on an open-reed mouth call as well as with the push of a button on an electronic caller. You’re simply mimicking the sound of a pup or young dog that has been hurt. It’s not unlike what you’d hear when you accidentally step on a dog’s tail or paw. It’s a fast and excited sound that conveys something is scared and in pain.
Want to experience some of the best predator calling action of the year?
Then don’t miss out on calling summertime coyotes. You’ll have to battle the heat, but the action is fast paced and lively. Give it a try. I think you’ll find that calling summertime coyotes is the best bet for curing the off-season blues.
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