New To Yote Hunting- Headed Out This Weekend
Posted 13 June 2012 - 02:45 PM
I live in Orange County, CA and i'm headed out somewhere this weekend to try my luck.
I know better than ask for any areas
If anyone is interested in going shoot me a PM
I drive n buy lunch
Posted 13 June 2012 - 03:08 PM
Oh, and report back, whether you slay one or not. Pls include pics should you slay one... or more! Cell phone pics will work too.
Posted 13 June 2012 - 05:25 PM
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Posted 14 June 2012 - 06:50 AM
Posted 14 June 2012 - 11:05 AM
Find an area with sign, hole up and start calling?
Posted 14 June 2012 - 11:55 AM
Fresh, wet, dark scat can be good. Whenever seeing that, I usually call right there. I killed my biggest coyote doing that. Tracks are good of course, but seeing the whole coyote even better. lol Same as with the scat, if I see a coyote, I will act like I didn't (see him), & either pull over right there, or more often, drive a short ways past, pull over & quietly walk back towards his direction, find a nice spot & call. We have actually called in packs of coyotes doing that, after seeing only one run accross the road in front of us.
Now with that said, some areas (Salton Sea) may look like a moon landscape, with little to no vegetation, and not find any coyote sign... BUT can contain LOTS of coyotes...
There could be a LOT of answers to your question. For the most part, it's normally just gonna take a lot of time, $$ & energy to find good areas. Normally! Lots of driving, scouting and boot leather etc.
Maps, especially BLM & Forestry may be at least one of your best friends when it comes to public lands. Of course obtaining permission to hunt private would be ideal. What about that ranch you plan on deer hunting on? Could that be a possibility?
Public lands near or next to agriculture areas can be good. Same with public or private lands near roadless or no public access areas. Places where coyotes can live basically undisturbed and thrive in other words.
Don't get overwhelmed when seeing vast areas of flat desert with lots of sage. Especially if hills are semi close by; and especially if no public &/or vehicle access is allowed in those hills. Just find a bit of an opening in that flat land brush, sit down and call. A shotgun may help here. Maybe!
Posted 15 June 2012 - 07:39 AM
Posted 15 June 2012 - 08:37 AM
the ranch we'll be hunting deer on has a huge predator problem- it's a dairy ranch- unfortunately it's also 400 miles away
Posted 15 June 2012 - 10:26 AM
Well, ok, slight exageration. LOL However, I do drive approx that distance once or twice a year to one of my favorite (or new) predator hunting location. So 400 miles to hunt a private place with a predator problem would be... well, no problem (for me). But, I am a sick individual!
Let us know how you do, and good luck
Posted 16 June 2012 - 03:18 PM
No luck although there was plenty of fresh sign and tons of rabbitts.
I think I may need to practice with the caller.....
On the bright side I did bag a few huge jackrabbitts
Posted 16 June 2012 - 05:35 PM
Anyway, hang in there... It will happen!
Posted 16 June 2012 - 07:48 PM
Posted 17 June 2012 - 06:52 AM
Theres plenty of coyotes here in So Cal and I know eventually i'll get this down.
Posted 22 June 2012 - 01:24 PM
Headed out Sunday with my son to try my luck again or at the very least enjoy a nice relaxing morning.
Everyone have a good weekend yourself!
Posted 22 June 2012 - 09:24 PM
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Posted 23 June 2012 - 01:13 PM
Or maybe you've stumbled upon a field of 4' tall jacks somewhere?
Posted 23 June 2012 - 03:46 PM
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Posted 23 June 2012 - 08:07 PM
Besides... everyone knows fishing is always better on the "other side" of the lake
Bisley does not like bunnies with LA zip code, he likes the "wilder" ones.
You guys crack me up. Yeah, when I go out there, it's like going back "home". Well worth the drive (ugh!). I just cringe at the thought of there not being many rabbits there , that would mean that next weekend would be a 600 mile one day round trip for some really wild Inyo county bunnies . Gotta go to bed, 3:30 comes early on my one day off .
Posted 24 June 2012 - 06:22 PM
We spent the morning at two spots then set up targets and practiced some shooting. Good times
Posted 24 June 2012 - 08:36 PM
Finally around 6 am, found a nice draw about a mile from a spring, parked the truck a Long ways off upwind and headed for the shade. Sat in front of a bush for a few minutes, let things calm down and settle, and started ripping on my open red long valley call.
After about 5 seconds I just barely see the back of a coyote appear on a ridge 1000 yards out. I keep ripping on the call after a short pause. I wait and maybe 5 minutes later he appears 100 yards to my left and downwind walking real slow and cautious. At this point of course i'm not calling and he is coming in slow but steady looking right at me but not sure what I am. I really want my buddy to shot this one since he never got one and the fun for me is calling them. Since he's walking like he's fairly committed I want him to get closer and in front of us. Then something about his walk changes and I get the feeling he might bust us soon.I whisper to my buddy to take him when he has him good.
Well, he was a mangy sucker so I just kept the tail. Made another stand but got really hot and headed home. Now my son REALLY wants to get his license!
All I can say is when its hot and not much water is its really tough but we made the best of it by starting very early.
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