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    This is my second year coyote/predator hunting in PA with no luck so far. I have a few days left and was just curious what you guys used for locating? I've heard howling right after dark? after 10pm? 4am? then setting up first thing in the morning and calling. Saw somewhere that you should not howl because you could educate the dogs or if you howl too early the yokes could be in the next County by dawn. I'm just trying to stack the deck in my favor and wanted to get some input on how you seasoned veterans do things?

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    I use no locator calls at all. I hunt areas I see scat. Play the wind and keep your movement down and eyes peeled. You will sit many stands before you get one.
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    Anyone interested in letting me go out with them to observe?

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    Hunt where they are...
    Adults have a 25-30 mile range
    Pups 10 miles...
    So even if youre where they should be they aren't always home...

    I've had the best reactions to howls between 8-10pm in pa...
    In jersey it's been later.
    Right now, distress calls, in a couple weeks whimpers, barks and challenge howls.
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    Quote Originally Posted by palawman30 View Post
    Hunt where they are...
    Adults have a 25-30 mile range
    Pups 10 miles...
    So even if youre where they should be they aren't always home...

    I've had the best reactions to howls between 8-10pm in pa...
    In jersey it's been later.
    Right now, distress calls, in a couple weeks whimpers, barks and challenge howls.
    Wow. I didn't know that they had a range like that. Is this the same in winter conditions. I to have hunted them at my ADK camp in the winter. Usually tons of snow on the ground. Have never called anything in. I just assumed it was me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikejd View Post
    Wow. I didn't know that they had a range like that. Is this the same in winter conditions. I to have hunted them at my ADK camp in the winter. Usually tons of snow on the ground. Have never called anything in. I just assumed it was me.
    Yes they will make big loops in search of food. Usually pups are gone by winter so its just mom and pop. The yearlings can feed for themselves very easily and they are establishing there home ranges and finding mates. So you have loose packs of extended families in the same general area.
    Now that doesn't mean there wont be any coyotes around it just means they have a lot of overlapping home ranges.
    This is why Male and female challenge calls, Barks and female whimpers will work end of January into beginning of march. They will be breeding and they try to protect their home range as well as their mate.

    When you hunt up there in the big woods and you have that much snow, Look right on the hammered down deer trails or even on old tramcar or logging roads. The easiest path of travel is where you will find sign. If your not seeing sign (scat and tracks) then keep moving. A quicker way to hunt big woods like that is to blind call every 1/2-1 mile of road.

    most mistakes by predator hunters is in their setup. Even the approach with your vehicle is important depending on where your hunting.

    For every coyote that you hear responding there is another that is probably closer and not making a single sound. Most hunters spend to much time watching their e caller instead of watching their downwind. If you got coyotes in an open field and they disappear into the woods I can almost gaurentee they are circling to get downwind of the sounds they are hearing. So most guys think the coyote has left the area. They haven't they are approaching with the wind in their nose....
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    Are you mostly hunting at night?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ntmimms6306 View Post
    Are you mostly hunting at night?
    Yes
    save for an occasional hr before dark sit... and that's rare for me
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