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COMMON SENSE WITH SCENT
By Danny Batastini
As most everyone who hunts already knows, predators use their ears, eyes
and nose to survive in the wild. This is especially true with Mr. Coyote.
From my own personal experience, I would say the coyote is probably one of
the smartest of all predators in North America.
Of the coyotes three senses, his sense of smell is probably the hardest to
fool. He makes his living with it so I'm sure that it's highly developed.
If he hears what is suppose to be a rabbit in distress from your varmint
call, the coyote will usually go towards the source of the sound by heading
towards it in the downwind direction. When hunting the coyote, if you haven't
taken him by the time he gets downwind, he'll probably be heading for the
next county as soon as he scents you. That is often the case with many
inexperienced varmint callers. If you would like to change those circumstances
and improve your odds, then listen up carefully.
#1. Put yourself in the coyotes position. If you sound like a rabbit you
should smell like a rabbit. If you smell like a rabbit then you probably
are a rabbit - correct? If so, you have just fooled two out of the coyotes
three senses. His other two senses are easier to deal with and having said
that will leave this subject to another article.
#2. Get yourself some rabbit urine and put it into a spray bottle. Make sure
the spray bottle has a fine spray setting. Mix it 50/50 with water to make
it easier to spray. Pure urine is a little thicker than water and will eventually
clog the sprayer. Although hard to find, with a little effort , rabbit urine
can be found.
#3. The next time you are making a stand and you see a coyote heading downwind,
lets say 40 or 50 Yds before getting downwind of you, start spraying the
scent. Temper your judgment here by spraying sooner or later based on the
wind speed. You may want to think about spraying a little at the start of
#4. Once Mr. Coyote gets a whiff of the rabbit, he'll come knocking at your
front door. You may also want to add one quarter coyote urine to the rabbit
scent mixture. This seems to work a little better than just rabbit scent
#5. Try to think as the coyote thinks. If you heard a rabbit and got downwind
of the sound and you smelled a skunk or fox or anything other than a rabbit,
what would you do if you were a coyote? Remember, they are one of the smartest
of the predators and as such they deserve our respect.
Good hunting pilgrims!
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