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In the lull between the close of deer season and the opening of turkey season, the Lundy family shifts their focus on preparing the ground with frost seeding clover and protecting the deer and turkey by hunting coyotes. 

Coyote hunting is a great way to not only take out predators, but can also open doors to some great deer and turkey hunting. While many farmers may turn you away if you ask to deer hunt, most will give you the freedom to roam to practice predator control. 

“After talking to other predator hunters, we decided to change up our strategy and tactics” reported Sean Lundy. While most use distress calls to attract predators,the Lundy’s decided to howl and use communication calls. 

Sean and eleven-year-old son Cole set up for an evening set overlooking a corn field. Once in position, they made a few howls. Immediately hearing some response in the distance they patiently waited. Within a few minutes of the howl, a coyote came into the field looking for a mate. At about 150 yards, Cole took aim and squeezed the trigger. The coyote spun and ran about 40 yards and then fell.  

Sean immediately hit a pup distress call. Almost immediately, three coyotes ran into the field. When sean let out a loud bark, the second coyote stopped at 200 yards to look around. Cole quickly put the crosshairs on the coyote’s shoulder and dropped him in his tracks.  

Changing it up paid off for the Lundy’s. While many coyotes become wary of distress calls due to their frequent use, utilizing howls and barks can spark the interest of even the wiliest coyote.

During the cold of winter while the coyotes are mating, changing our calls to communication can pay big dividends. 

 Dr. Brooks Tiller