Coyote hunting in the summertime can be a very different experience than the wintertime. It’s important to always follow the basic rules when coyote hunting: play the wind, use scent control and gain good vantage before taking the shot.

  • Clothing – Wearing camo is very important, as summertime foliage is brighter and has more vibrant shades of green than wintertime browns. Select a pattern that best blends with your surroundings. Most deer camo will be too warm for summertime, as it is designed for the late fall and winter. Dress lightly to avoid sweating because unwanted odor will detour coyotes. Use a scent elimination spray for extra precaution.
  • Hunt Near the Den – Most dens have young coyote pups, which means that mature coyotes are almost always nearby. Use a coyote attractant to help attract additional coyotes in the same area. Consider using a pup distress call, as this is one of the best ways to attract mature female coyotes. Consider going out in the early morning before it’s too hot, as coyotes will bed down.
  • Fawn Decoys – New fawns are born around mid-May to late June. Coyotes love this time of year because fawns are easy prey. Consider using a fawn decoy and a distress call. By using a fawn decoy and eliminating coyotes in your area, you are helping save the deer population.
  • Vantage Point – Select a higher vantage point because the foliage is thicker during the summertime. By using a predator distress call, a curious coyote will emerge from the underbrush to check things out. Opt for elevated sites, such as steep creek banks, old barns, treestands or even the top of your truck.

Out of necessity, coyotes will be moving more at night than during the day due to the summertime heat. Coyotes will sometimes bed along creeks, under low brush or on north-facing slopes. Coyotes are usually near sources of water.

Before going out and hunting, it is always important to be familiar with your gun. You should practice shooting targets, such as high-quality steel targets, so you know your gun’s sights and recoil. Even though coyotes are predators, you should always go for the responsible kill shot, not to wound the animal.