How to Hunt Coyotes at Night

How to Hunt Coyotes at Night

Before you can successfully hunt any animal, you must first learn about its habits, how it behaves, what it eats, and where it is most likely to be found. This is especially true of the coyote, which has spread throughout North America.

Coyote hunting requires a great deal of planning and preparation. This greatly increases the chances of your hunt going smoothly and without complications, landing you the perfect kills. Below are some of the steps we recommend you follow for the highest chance of success.


In the dark, you cannot expect to locate ideal hunting locations! Therefore, you should spend the day preparing stands for night-time hunting. We recommend that you make a list of sites that seem ideal for coyote-hunting in the night-time as you drive through the area. Driving around at night and spotlighting spots you wish to hunt is quite difficult. So, it is always a good idea to have the sites checked out in the daytime.

During the Hunt:

In order to view the predators better at night, you nearly have to stand up. Unless there’s moonlight shining on you, you will not be required to sit in front of a tree or a bush to hide your body’s form, as the darkness will act as your camouflage. You will be able to achieve an optimal position for shooting off of the terrain ground with the help of a lightweight carbon-fibre tripod. Moreover, an item such as a saddle for pigs or hogs will enable you to safely mount your firearm. This will make it possible to rotate in all directions quietly and seamlessly. You can scan with either lights, devices which utilize thermal vision, or night-vision assistance by leaving your rifle on a setup like this.

Calling Coyotes in the dark:

At night, sound can travel to further distances when compared to its daytime range. The wind normally settles down at night, allowing for maximum sound projection. As a result of these factors, it is recommended to reduce the volume of your appropriate distress noises. Coyotes can be highly noisy at night; you can howl to identify them, and then go closer to play distress noises. To receive responses and figure out where they are, sounds which are higher in pitch should be used at night and more frequent howls should be implemented compared to the howls during the day-time.

Vision assistance and extra tips:

  • In full darkness, thermal devices of great calibre can observe creatures about a few hundred yards away. You must keep a solid budget for an inspection device which you can use with your hand, and a weapon-mounted gadget, regardless of your budget or local rules. Using your weapon to carry out scans is not the most feasible, and you’ll be exhausted after your initial stand.
  • Night Vision can also be a terrific alternative, but you will also require a powerful infrared light-scanner to light up the subject in order to acquire a high-quality image. Thermal vision cannot help you look through any glass, but night vision can.
  • Once you have found a set of coyote eyes, implement the “halo” effect by using the edges of the light beam to track the animal. You should try to resist flickering the brightest section of your light-beam straight into the coyote eyes most of the time. Every single coyote is different from one another, and therefore react in differently to our stimulations. As you observe their changing body language, adapt the way you treat them.
  • While you are hunting with one of your companions, especially a videographer, wiggle the light from time to time to make them aware that you are trailing an animal. In addition, this also prevents any speaking between you two; it is the best idea to communicate through nonverbal means whenever possible.
  • It’s difficult to judge distances during the night. Hence it is important to create a few notes in your head about your perception of the range in the region you are calling, before you initiate the calling. Discuss range estimations with your companion and become comfortable with every aspect of the selected terrain. At night, it takes on a whole different appearance.
  • At night, it is recommended to not shoot beyond 114 meters. Going for long-distance shots in the night-time, in our opinion, is unethical. You can never be completely sure as it could very well be a baby deer, the neighbour’s canine pet or something else lurking right behind the creature which may be dangerous.
  • The majority of night hunting takes place around the new-moon. Canine creatures have excellent night vision, so a starry night is ideal for hunting and perusing for their food. Therefore, it is essential that you employ light as a form of camouflage. Their eyes must be adjusted to light causing the brightness. As your light can blind them against other things in the low-light environment, they cannot see as well, ensuring your safety.

Wrapping up:

If you prepare properly, hunting coyotes at night may be a lot of fun. To enhance your chances of bringing one of these intelligent, swift animals home, follow these tips. Make educated decisions and use the appropriate equipment.

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