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Coyotes and Turkey Decoys

March 7, 2014
By Curt Grimm - The Marathon Hunter , Ohio Valley Outdoors

One of the most productive ways to hunt coyotes is with turkey decoys. I use them all year round and they provide a great opportunity to see a variety of animals and seem to attract coyotes. I wear camouflage to match the season and use Kirschner's Curiosity deer lure as cover scent. When laws permit I tie a fishing string to the turkey decoy to provide a little movement. A Quaker Boy Easy Yelper call is attached to my gun to play down my movement.

One of the most exciting hunts I ever had was when a coyote moved towards my decoys and came straight at me as I called. It was a head on collision with the Hevi-Shot, loaded in my Mossberg 835 12-gauge. The wild turkeys were flying, my decoys were to my left, and the biggest coyote I had ever seen had his mind on my last turkey call. I felt like a lion was making a charge at me. The hunter became the hunted. My heart was pounding! The shot was well placed at a short distance. Now it was picture time on an outlook (eastern Ohio) where I love to scout and hunt.

During the winter months I like to set up on the edge of a corn or bean field where there are turkey scratchings. The coyotes are on the move and hungry. The treestands I use in archery season are also great places to hunt because the coyote will leave the thicker cover on the deer trails. In the deeper woods I place my decoys on old logging roads. I take the high ground because it provides a better vantage point. The coyotes move between the road and the top of the hill.

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The author with a large male coyote he harvested recently. “One of the most exciting hunts I ever had.”

To be productive at harvesting a coyote I believe you must hunt like a coyote. Your position is the greatest attribute. Seeing the game before it sees you and making a quick and safe shot.

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One of the most exciting hunts I ever had was when a coyote moved towards my decoys and came straight at me as I called.

 
 

 

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