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Author:  studnutts [ 31 Mar 2007, 22:47 ]
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well i have a few questions since nothing im doing seems to work ok
1.) how do u know when to light when hunting after dark?
2.) i have a digital prey master with a bunch of different calls when i set up should i only use one sound or a mix if a mix should i use howles and destressed animal or just one a set
3.) how much should i call and what sequence
4.)how far should i walk from my vechical before setting up
5) should i use a decoy after dark
6.) is a coy wolf howl the same as a cyotte howel and will it work in WV
7.) if sunday hunting is not leagl is it ilegal to hunt after 12 on sat night
8.) should i ware normal camo or black after dark

Author:  MEtrapper [ 01 Apr 2007, 20:38 ]
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In Maine there is no Sunday hunting, so all activities stop at 11:59 PM Saturday night and can start again 12:01 AM Monday morning. West Virginia might be different.

I wear camo still, day or night.

Never used a decoy.

I walk a ways away from my vehicle before setting up. I think coyotes can hear a truck along a quiet woods road in the middle of the night or early morning from a long ways off.

I am by now means an expert on calling. I picked up predator hunting as something to do in between hunting and trapping. I normally use rabbit distress and confidence (crow during the day) calls and not howls. In Maine, a lot of a coyote's spring diet is fresh fawn, so I bought a caller with a fawn in distress call too. Some folks I hunt with only use a howl when they hear another howl first.

Author:  studnutts [ 01 Apr 2007, 21:58 ]
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thanks that helps when u use ur rabit destress and ur fawn destress how long to you play it and how often and how long u wait on one set

Author:  MEtrapper [ 02 Apr 2007, 08:44 ]
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The digital recording in my caller lasts for five or ten seconds (it is a series of calls, then stops). I'll play it four or five times in the first two or three minutes once I'm all set. If I'm using the crow call I'll blow that once or twice and be silent for five minutes.

Then I'll distress call slightly less than before, like two or three times. The pauses between calls gets longer too. Towards the end I'm not calling very much at all. I think a rabbit or fawn's sense are much better than mine, so I act like they know a predator is near--fawns will not move and stop bleating if a coyote is near...

I sit at a stand for thirty or forty minutes, which is longer than I need too sit, but I can't see the coyotes through the woods until they are fairly close. There could be one 150 yards away through the trees and brush and I'd never see it.

Sometimes they come, mostly not. Like I said before, I'm no expert.

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