Predator hunting 2016
This year has been one Ive had more time in the bush predator hunting. What Im sure I will get asked is , what is a post about predator hunting doing on a prepper site?
Fur is never worthless, and if you need it after whatever happens for clothing, skills like these will be very handy.
Not to mention practice shooting, camo and moving, setting up and getting out undetected. If a coyote doesn’t see you, people are no problem.
This is the first year I’ve been seriously hunting fur in a long time and I’ve been enjoying it.
A few of the things Ive been using this year as well as things I’ve used for years are going up today.
The most important thing about hunting fur, especially Coyote’s is you don’t need anything special. A mouth call and your deer rifle, you are hunting.
Saying that there are a bunch of things available to make life easier.
Starting from beginners level, which I carry in case of battery failure is a mouth call. These are available everywhere. Most gun shops, and all the big box stores have versions, and to be honest they really sound similar.
I have never noticed a difference in most of them as far as what sounds they are supposed to make i.e. a rabbit distress is basically the same noise.
I’ve called in MANY coyotes with these.
I recently gave both of mine to a young hunter who is starting out and he has been practicing with them.
Do not believe the low price means they are not effective. Do not store them with batteries installed.
As you go up in prices you get into the serious hunters investments.
These are normally a bit more of an investment than most are willing to pay at first.
This is not the only possible call but it is the one I know for sure works as intended. All of the FoxPro calls I’ve been privy to see used are great, not just for predators but for Elk and Deer as well.
The Fawn in distress brings curious deer running, as well the Elk calf in distress brings in Elk. I didn’t believe it until I tried it, but its a great option if nothing else seems to work.
The battery door on the FoxPro has small screws which are easily lost , a dozen bought as spares is not a bad idea, trust me.
The most important thing to remember is make sure, whatever call you buy is supported with software and call sound upgrades without sending the rig to the factory.
The Shockwave comes pre loaded with 100 sounds, and can hold up to 1000.
FoxPro has a large library of free animal sounds, as well as including a programming cable with the call so you can do it yourself.
A good factory warranty is also a nice addition.
I am just going to post what I’ve used and I know what works. In this list I have and use a few notable versions of decoy’s for predators.
The FoxJack decoy attaches to the rear of the ShockWave and runs off the same battery pack. Its a motion decoy, and draws the animals eye to the call instead of you. If you carry just the call in the field, you need to pull the bird off the end of the wire or you will loose it.
They are cheap, but if you loose it, you are done as far as your decoy goes until the UPS man brings a new one.
Coyote’s and cats go absolutely nuts when they see this fawn decoy. It looks like a real fawn laying in my truck to people walking by , so it will decoy anti hunters as well.
Handy to know if there is a season for those where you live.
Its inflatable, has a vibrating ball inside for motion which is cool but I haven’t seen a difference in behavior with coyotes when they see it. They lock on and come running.
It has a heavy wire, 2 piece stand. It goes in the ground easily with the foot stirrup. I needed to sharpen mine with a grinder due to the rocky dry soil here, you probably will not.
Presentation is everything in predator hunting.
The Quiver Critter
This poor thing looks like its been road killed, however its another one the animals go crazy after.
I’ve had to wire the decoy to its base, and then drill a hole in the stake for more wire because Hawks will swoop in and fly off with it. A piece of rope or heavy string to tie it to a tree or bush is also in the works for mine for exactly this reason.
Mine has been tackled by coyotes, a dog, and hawks and owls of all sizes. Its very effective at drawing the attention away from the hunter. Which is what they are for.
If a hawk grabs it your options are limited, you can stand up and yell or watch it leave with the bird. I’m not sure who that joke is on, because the bird isn’t going to be able to eat it either. You both loose in that deal.
It has a spinning counterweight which gives it a quivering motion, Quiver Critter.
Downsides to this one? The stake is taking a beating in the rocky ground of Arizona. Most places with soft topsoil this would not be an issue, but here I dig out a hole with a small shovel or set up in a wash with the Critter. It does fine in the soft sand in dry river beds, and gives me a clear field of fire.
Predator hunting is not about spending money and buying the latest gadget. A rifle or shotgun with the proper sized shot, a mouth call and a set of surplus store camo, you are hunting. I purposely avoided firearms discussion because you shouldn’t buy a golf bag full of rifles when you just want some extended season hunting. You can use a dark hand kerchief and some string hanging from a bush for a decoy.
Predator hunting is also a great way to introduce a new hunter to the sport, and 2 hunters on a stand is awesome. 1 hunter can use a shotgun with BB shot for the in close shots, and 1 can have the rifle for the longer shots. Always a way to work as a team hunting like this. And good for bonding with your children.
There is plenty of time if you enjoy hunting the hunters, to get a specialized rig with all the trimmings.
Take some time away from home and have some fun.
Predator hunting 2016