Coyotes are most active at night, as they head out to look for food. So coyote hunting at night is also the perfect time to make a success. Coyote hunting is not very easy for a new hunter. Keeping safe and round is the basic matter you need to know, but to take a successful coyote hunting, you need to follow these tips.
FOLLOW THE REGULATIONS
Many places are not allowed to take coyote hunting or have strict season regulations for night hunting. Make sure you understand and follow the regulations where you intend to hunt before taking coyote hunting after dark.
SCOUT THE SPOTS DURING THE DAYTIME
Coyotes are not everywhere, and you have to scout two or more spots where the coyotes hang out. In order to pursue successful and safe hunting, make sure the spots you choose are higher, close to watch with the artificial light, but also safe enough. Generally, judge whether coyotes hang out at the place or not is based on the footprints and feces. We’d better pray the footprints and feces are new, not flooded or ruined by the rain.
SCAN WITH YOUR RED LIGHT TO FIND COYOTES
Thank God the dark is coming and you have all prepared at the spots. To be successful with predator hunting in the dark, scan your hunting area with a high-performance hunting flashlight. Scan quickly, and then scan again. By scanning back and forth quickly with a powerful light where you expect to see coyotes coming to your call, you are more likely to see an oncoming coyote’s eyeshine. Don’t look for an entire coyote at first, but identify eyes reflecting from your hunting light.
CHOOSING A WEAPON MOUNTED HUNTING FLASHLIGHT
Professional hunters prefer to use a weapon-mounted light source. A weapon-mounted hunting flashlight is a must for coyote hunting because the light move simultaneously you’re your muzzle. However, opting for only a weapon-mounted flashlight will limit your ability to quickly scan with your light and may limit where you can point your light to view the coyote because it’s attached to your gun. Depending on your situation, one more portable handheld flashlight will help you easily search and find the coyotes.
COYOTE HUNTING WITH A PARTNER
A partner will help you with your safety as you can’t foresee what will happen during the hunting process. And the partner’s operation at your side will save your hunting time and achieve successful hunting. A hunter runs the light and takes care of the calling, the other partner aims at the coyote with a weapon-mounted light and pulls the trigger. When hunting with a partner, communicate a protocol before the hunt to keep talking to a minimum. Something as simple as shaking the light beam back and forth when it comes onto a target can help you stay on the same page.
LOOK FOR EYESHINE INSTEAD OF FULL BODY
Don’t try to look for the coyote’s full body, which wastes your time or you may miss it. Eyeshine, or the reflection of your light from an animal’s eye, can be seen at greater distances than you can effectively shoot at night. This advantage gives you time to identify your target and change up the calling strategy according to the coyote’s body language.
Once you identify a set of shining eyes in the dark, use the “edge” of your light, or the outer perimeter of your beam cast to follow the animal. Keep the light on the animal and positively identify it, other animals like deer, fox, and raccoons will produce eyeshine just like your targeted coyotes.
WHAT’S THE BEST COYOTE HUNTING LIGHT COLOR?
Ask different coyote hunters what color of light they prefer when taking the coyote hunting, and you may get three different answers. Each light has its pros and cons, ultimately it’s up to you to decide.
- White Light – Using white light for calling and hunting at night offers the greatest amount of help.White light helps hunters illuminate the road from home to the scouted spots, search and judge the range to the target, but it will cause the coyote to be nervous. So we don’t recommend the when during the aiming and shooting process.
- Red Light – Red light may provide a better eye shine than white light. Using red lights at night for coyote hunting is probably the most traditional way to go, and it’s less likely to affect your own eyes during the hunt, reducing eye fatigue.
- Green Light – The human eye can pick up the contrast created by a green light very well, this can help you to see dark objects better than red light can. Some people experience greater eye fatigue with a green light.
JUDGING DISTANCE AT NIGHT
Determining accurate distance to a target can be tricky in the dark. Pay special attention to ranges and likely shooting areas when you are scouting during the day. Things can look much different in the dark, and using landmarks to judge distance in the darkness can be deceptive.
Keeping shot distances to shorter ranges is the best practice for nighttime action. Positively identifying a coyote at longer ranges in the dark can be difficult, as well as knowing what is beyond the target.
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