Shooting coyotes with a bow

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  • November 30, 2012 at 10:57 pm #497044 Back to Top REPORT

    AbnormalArcher

    Joined: 11/1/2012
    This is probably stupid but has anyone tried to hunt coyotes with a bow? I was trying to think of ways to better prepare for bowhunting and coyote hunting came to mind because in Wisconsin we can hunt coyotes all year round (except in northern counties where the coyote season is closed for 19 days due to the gun deer and muzzleloader seasons) and I thought it would be a good way to practice bowhunting because practice, even good practice methods such as using 3D foam targets and stump shooting, is still not the same in my opinion. I guess its like how it was for me in high school wrestling; practicing the techniques helps and conditioning is essential but live wrestling matches in the practice room are what make you a better wrestler, I think hunting goes along this same train of thought and I think that’s why I’ve been having so much trouble with it, because I’m not doing the real thing enough. The stupid part is probably getting within bow distance of a coyote but that’s why I am asking, otherwise I’ll have to hold off till spring turkey, which will be a first experience as well, I heard arrowing a gobbler is rather difficult but I’m going turkey hunting to practice hunting so I can be a better hunter, hopefully. Any suggestions, feedback, etc is greatly appreciated.
    November 30, 2012 at 11:16 pm #542441 Back to Top REPORT
    indychris
    Indychris

    Joined: 6/22/2004
    Many of us have killed yotes with bow. I’ve only shot them from a treestand during archery season, but it could be done as a stand-alone hunt, too. If you’re specifically going for coyotes, I’d recommend some sort of distress call to get them closer. A blind positioned in a spot where the coyotes get used to seeing it can be another option.
    December 1, 2012 at 4:21 pm #542442 Back to Top REPORT
    thehunter
    TheHunter

    Joined: 3/2/2011
    I shot 1 yote with a bow last year and one this year, both of those were while deer hunting, but as far as going out and calling um with a bow I haven’t tried that but it sounds fun!!!
    December 1, 2012 at 7:24 pm #542443 Back to Top REPORT

    yotebuster1200

    Joined: 9/23/2009
    I have gone out and called coyotes with my bow a few times. I have had them close enough to take a shot at a couple times but never been able to make a unnoticed draw on them. Coyotes have excellent eyes and under 50 yards it is pretty hard to move much without getting noticed. Another thing that makes calling them in is their sense of location. I used to coyote hunt with an old timer who used to say “a coyote can pin your location down to a 20 foot circle from 2 miles away” He was probably exaggerating a little but i do know that when they come in they know exactly where the sound came from and are looking for any movement.

    I have decided there are a couple things you can do to increase your odds.

    1 – Look at getting a mojo critter. It will distract them when they get in close enough to draw on. (“Check bucking the odds” on youtube they have some fun footage with the critter in action.)

    2 – An electronic call on low volume next to the mojo. I use mouth calls to bring them in but once I see them I let the e called on low volume bring them the rest of the way in.

    3 – Cover. You need to be behind something that will help you draw your bow unnoticed. I am planning on getting a “ghost blind” so no matter where I set up I am behind a perfect camo cover.

    Good luck. It is a lot of fun to call those things in close enough to shoot with the bow.

    December 1, 2012 at 9:00 pm #542444 Back to Top REPORT

    AbnormalArcher

    Joined: 11/1/2012
    Thanks for the replies, I’m not sure if I can afford one of those calls, I did a little searching and they’re expensive but I guess its my only chance because its illegal to bait any small game in Wisconsin and coyotes are considered small game here, I’d imagine that with the intellect and cunning that predators such as a coyote are required to have to feed on animals with superior senses such as rabbits, birds and such, that your chances of stalking one or still-hunting one are slim to none and I have yet to see a coyote will sitting in my treestand. Oh well, that’s part of hunting is to outsmart your quarry.
    December 1, 2012 at 9:53 pm #542445 Back to Top REPORT

    yotebuster1200

    Joined: 9/23/2009
    Thanks for the replies, I’m not sure if I can afford one of those calls, I did a little searching and they’re expensive but I guess its my only chance because its illegal to bait any small game in Wisconsin and coyotes are considered small game here, I’d imagine that with the intellect and cunning that predators such as a coyote are required to have to feed on animals with superior senses such as rabbits, birds and such, that your chances of stalking one or still-hunting one are slim to none and I have yet to see a coyote will sitting in my treestand. Oh well, that’s part of hunting is to outsmart your quarry.

    I think you should still be able to use the mojo critter. It would not be considered baiting. With the mojo and mouth calls you should still be able to accomplish your goals. Just call as little as possible or none at all as soon as you see the coyote. Hopefully he will see the critter and come in to it.

    December 1, 2012 at 10:03 pm #542446 Back to Top REPORT
    indychris
    Indychris

    Joined: 6/22/2004
    Thanks for the replies, I’m not sure if I can afford one of those calls, I did a little searching and they’re expensive but I guess its my only chance because its illegal to bait any small game in Wisconsin and coyotes are considered small game here, I’d imagine that with the intellect and cunning that predators such as a coyote are required to have to feed on animals with superior senses such as rabbits, birds and such, that your chances of stalking one or still-hunting one are slim to none and I have yet to see a coyote will sitting in my treestand. Oh well, that’s part of hunting is to outsmart your quarry.

    Honestly, it doesn’t have to be all that difficult. You can find downloadable distress calls as MP3’s. Download one. Burn it to a CD. Get a cheap battery operated stereo/cd player. Find a cheap stuffed animal of something furry. Put it on a stick in the ground and tie a piece of fishing line to it and take it up to your stand/blind. play the distress CD and slightly move the animal with the fishing line. We used to do that all the time when hunting with our AR’s. Sure, a mojo is easier and remote control calls are nice, but people were hunting ‘yotes for years b4 those things were ever available. :thumbup

    December 3, 2012 at 6:49 pm #542447 Back to Top REPORT
    l-o-s-t-arrow
    L.O.S.T.Arrow

    Joined: 5/16/2006
    Location: Alberta

    I have gone out and called coyotes with my bow a few times. I have had them close enough to take a shot at a couple times but never been able to make a unnoticed draw on them. Coyotes have excellent eyes and under 50 yards it is pretty hard to move much without getting noticed. Another thing that makes calling them in is their sense of location. I used to coyote hunt with an old timer who used to say “a coyote can pin your location down to a 20 foot circle from 2 miles away” He was probably exaggerating a little but i do know that when they come in they know exactly where the sound came from and are looking for any movement.

    I have decided there are a couple things you can do to increase your odds.

    1 – Look at getting a mojo critter. It will distract them when they get in close enough to draw on. (“Check bucking the odds” on youtube they have some fun footage with the critter in action.)

    2 – An electronic call on low volume next to the mojo. I use mouth calls to bring them in but once I see them I let the e called on low volume bring them the rest of the way in.

    3 – Cover. You need to be behind something that will help you draw your bow unnoticed. I am planning on getting a “ghost blind” so no matter where I set up I am behind a perfect camo cover.

    Good luck. It is a lot of fun to call those things in close enough to shoot with the bow.[/quote:3mdbtdzh]

    :D Good stuff there :thumbup

    I have taken dozens with the bow..usually with a mouth call screaming the Bunny Blues [rabbit in distress]…now with the FOXPRO electronic calls its almost cheating :^O

    I use stands and hand built debries blinds

    as mention Decoys are huge to kept their sharp eyes off you…I use a Quiver Critter..a moving rabbit decoy…it gets literally eaten…

    you have to be fast and shoot straight :p

    but wholly action and fun :thumbup

    Neil

    December 3, 2012 at 8:39 pm #542448 Back to Top REPORT
    plinker22
    Plinker22

    Age: 51
    Joined: 2/24/2006
    Wanting to hone your hunting skills is great. As Indychris says, many of us have killed coyotes while bow hunting for deer. For me it has always been a kill when the opportunity presented itself.

    I have got caught moving one time (yote saw me first). I have been busted 2 times while drawing on ‘yotes. 7 times I have killed ‘yotes with the bow (boy is that fun).

    Two times I have been busted while gun hunting and a coyote happen thru. They sure have sharp eyesight. Once I have killed a ‘yote with the gun.

    You have got some great advice on calls and blinds. The only thing I would add is you need to move your set-ups regularly. A few 100 yds between set-ups should suffice.

    Good luck and be sure to post pictures. :)

    This is my first double with a bow. They came in 45 minutes apart and I shot them within 2 ft of each other.

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    December 3, 2012 at 9:42 pm #542449 Back to Top REPORT

    Jay Miller

    Joined: 2/6/2010
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    December 4, 2012 at 2:06 am #542450 Back to Top REPORT

    yotebuster1200

    Joined: 9/23/2009

    I have gone out and called coyotes with my bow a few times. I have had them close enough to take a shot at a couple times but never been able to make a unnoticed draw on them. Coyotes have excellent eyes and under 50 yards it is pretty hard to move much without getting noticed. Another thing that makes calling them in is their sense of location. I used to coyote hunt with an old timer who used to say “a coyote can pin your location down to a 20 foot circle from 2 miles away” He was probably exaggerating a little but i do know that when they come in they know exactly where the sound came from and are looking for any movement.

    I have decided there are a couple things you can do to increase your odds.

    1 – Look at getting a mojo critter. It will distract them when they get in close enough to draw on. (“Check bucking the odds” on youtube they have some fun footage with the critter in action.)

    2 – An electronic call on low volume next to the mojo. I use mouth calls to bring them in but once I see them I let the e called on low volume bring them the rest of the way in.

    3 – Cover. You need to be behind something that will help you draw your bow unnoticed. I am planning on getting a “ghost blind” so no matter where I set up I am behind a perfect camo cover.

    Good luck. It is a lot of fun to call those things in close enough to shoot with the bow.[/quote:22vj6t3l]

    :D Good stuff there :thumbup

    I have taken dozens with the bow..usually with a mouth call screaming the Bunny Blues [rabbit in distress]…now with the FOXPRO electronic calls its almost cheating :^O

    I use stands and hand built debries blinds

    as mention Decoys are huge to kept their sharp eyes off you…I use a Quiver Critter..a moving rabbit decoy…it gets literally eaten…[/color:22vj6t3l]

    you have to be fast and shoot straight :p

    but wholly action and fun :thumbup

    Neil[/quote:22vj6t3l]

    The first time I used the mojo critter I let the coyotes keep coming just to see how close they would come. The mojo was all but in the coyotes mouth before he realized something was terribly wrong but by then it was to late :) Neil isn’t joking when he says eaten.

    It brings a whole new level of fun. :)

    December 5, 2012 at 12:42 am #542451 Back to Top REPORT
    buckeyebowman
    buckeyebowman

    Age: 62
    Joined: 9/9/2004

    Thanks for the replies, I’m not sure if I can afford one of those calls, I did a little searching and they’re expensive but I guess its my only chance because its illegal to bait any small game in Wisconsin and coyotes are considered small game here, I’d imagine that with the intellect and cunning that predators such as a coyote are required to have to feed on animals with superior senses such as rabbits, birds and such, that your chances of stalking one or still-hunting one are slim to none and I have yet to see a coyote will sitting in my treestand. Oh well, that’s part of hunting is to outsmart your quarry.

    Honestly, it doesn’t have to be all that difficult. You can find downloadable distress calls as MP3’s. Download one. Burn it to a CD. Get a cheap battery operated stereo/cd player. Find a cheap stuffed animal of something furry. Put it on a stick in the ground and tie a piece of fishing line to it and take it up to your stand/blind. play the distress CD and slightly move the animal with the fishing line. We used to do that all the time when hunting with our AR’s. Sure, a mojo is easier and remote control calls are nice, but people were hunting ‘yotes for years b4 those things were ever available. :thumbup[/quote:3d2xw44g]

    One thing we used to do, and still do come to think of it, is use a turkey feather decoy. Get a tail or wing feather from a turkey, an old arrow, and a short length of monofilament. Tie the turkey feather to the arrow so that it does not touch the ground. The slightest breeze will lift that feather and set it to “rocking”. A stiffer wind will get it to spin. Easy to do and costs you absolutely nothing!

    It's not how far you shoot, but how close you get.
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