Predator hunting Fox and coyote calling tactics

Fox and coyote calling tactics


Foxes and coyotes can be called with various tactics. Here are few basic tactis for riflemans and shotgun hunters alike. It is assumed that you are calling with mouth calls, but these tactics are as useful with electronic calls as they are with mouth calls. As long as you are calling predators, these tactics are viable.




Fox calling from a sidewind


With rifle when wind is blowing from back

One basic tactic is to hunt so that wind is blowing from hunter's back. Fox will approach hunter from wind direction and the idea is to shoot the fox before it detects hunters odor.

This tactic requires 150-300 yards shooting lane towards the wind direction. Any closer there is a significant risk that the predator will detect the hunter too soon. Because of the distances involved this tactic requires rifle to be used.


Withe rifle or shotgn when it is crosswind

When hunting from a crosswind, hunter positions itself so that he can shoot the predator when it is trying to circle to the downwind side of the hunter. Hunter must know or guess right where the fox or coyote is to make most of this tactic. This tactic can also be combined with hunting to downwind, but the downwind side requires the previously mentioned 150-300 yards clear shooting lane.

You can get away with less distance to downwind when you have a uniform shooting lane that forms a 90 degrees angle between crosswind and downwind. If the predator is already on your downwind side and is closing the gap between him and your scent trail, you still have a brief window to shoot the predator before it reaches your scent trail.

Foxes and coyotes use natural cover to conceale their approach as long as they can. If there is a peak or bulge of natural cover leading to a open country, the predators are very likely to enter to the open area through it.


With rifle or shotgun from a upwind

When hunting from a upwind hunter positions itself on a terrain towards forest edge that is also the assumed direction of the fox or coyote. Range to the forest edge is about 27-33 yards. The forest edge has to be wide enough so that the predator doesn't circle behind the hunter. Forest edge that pushes to open area is even better than straight forest edge.

The plan is to shoot the predator when it lurks at the forest edge or enters to the open area. This tactic is good for shotgunners because the shooting distances stay short.


When using this tactic it is beneficial to use predator decoys to draw the predators awareness to the decoy because of the close proximity of the hunter. Foxes and coyotes also expect to see something when they are this close to the sound source. You can use anything that can draw the predator's attention, if you don't have a decoy a simple large feather will do. Without decoy it is best to be prepared to shoot the predator to the forest edge, because it propably won't enter further.


Check the wind direction

These tactics obviously require you to know the wind direction. Read from Checking wind direction- article how to check the wind direction.


Remember to approach quietly

Remember to approach quietly when entering to calling position. Predators have a very keen senses. Don't slam car doors, etc. After calling leave the calling position as quietly as you got there, so that you don't educate the predators.