A few weeks ago myself and Chad Clark from Coyote Hunting 101 decided to try a new area for coyote hunting. The day before we were to leave I decided to invite two huntresses out of California to come hunting with us. Lisa Cate, and Savannah Gibb both who are avid predator hunters! Lisa recently competed in the World Coyote Calling Championship this last December, and was teaching Savannah to hunt coyotes. This adventure started in the Nevada desert ( exact location withheld ) and became a fun filled, exciting adventure as we called in quite a few coyotes.
Chad and I normally call a specific way that includes finding Juniper tree's and sagebrush because coyotes love cover to give them confidence in coming to a strange sound. This method provided some success, but on day two of our hunt we figured a few things out, which had amazing results. Although we only killed a total of 4 coyotes in 2 days, we seen over 18 total coyotes.
Calling in the desert is different then the traditional coyote hunting Chad and I normally do. We found it different to call in open desert terrain with minimal cover for both us and the coyotes. We would find the biggest bush we could locate and sit really tight with the bush and do our normal calling sequence. With Lisa and Savannah in tow with us finding cover for four of us proved difficult, so we tried laying prone which worked like a charm. We called in a double with each coyote coming from different directions. One coyote basically ran within ten feet of Lisa and Savannah making it hard for them to adjust and get a shot. I was running the video camera, and when all hell broke loose I didn't get what unfolded on camera as seeing coyotes so close will always remain a huge rush for me.
Chad was able to drop one of the two coyotes with his shotgun, and the second coyote took off and provided a tough shot for even pro's like Lisa, Savannah, and Chad. I cannot wait to hunt with these two ladies again. Both Lisa and Savannah surely showed me that I was wrong about ladies shooting as they were both professional shots with their long guns. Savannah and Lisa that you for coming up that weekend and enjoying some great Coyote hunting with Chad, and I.
This shows me that calling in coyotes even when your normal method is working means that adjusting your plans and staying at it proves well. Chad and I have since started using this method and it has proven very good to us as this past weekend we called in 18 coyotes in 2.5 days, and seen an additional 6 road dogs in that same time frame.
I will be writing another blog in the near future about night hunting using Thermal vision.
Well it has been a long while since I have did a blog for everyone. Busy times this fall for High Altitude Hunters. With Big Game hunts coming to an end shortly for our team. I have turned my focus on to Coyote hunting. I thought long and hard today about so many different things. I wish I had answer's to everything, but unfortunately I do not. But what I do know is Coyote hunting has caught my attention beyond any measure that I have ever thought.
Watching a predator who is one of the smartest predators out there come into a distress call that I am producing through a hand call is a sight to see. I cannot determine however if it is a passion, or a strong addiction to the adrenaline that I get when seeing one of these beautiful creatures coming on a dead run to where I am sitting.
I am going to attach a very short video to this blog for you all to see if what I see all the time would be an addiction or just a great desire and passion to hunt coyotes. I would like to invite you all to comment below after viewing this video we shot while hunting with Castle Valley Outdoors for pheasant and chukar.
Now that you have had a sneak peek to some of our footage for future episodes. Lets hold a debate. Is coyote hunting a passion or addiction? I would say for myself I put passion into anything I do in the outdoors. But feeling the adrenaline rush when you see three to four coyotes coming into one call, it is simply amazing!
I typically go coyote hunting 2-5 times a week depending on my schedule. I hunt coyotes because I make money doing so!! Utah pays out $50 for each coyote killed within Utah's state lines. So far in the past year we almost have turned in 32 coyotes. This equates to about $1,600.00 dollars for that amount of coyotes. But the out of state ones we get, we sell to a fur buyer that is local as we cannot turn out of state dogs in for the bounty.
The passion I have for coyote hunting has helped me make some pretty steep goals. I am going to practice hand calls, and hunting coyotes for the next 12 months. December of 2017 my goal is to win the World Coyote Calling Championship in Arizona. This can be done with a huge amount of patience, practice, and persistence.
Two weekends ago, Chad and I found ourselves entered into our first Coyote Calling Championship. The West Desert Coyote Calling Championship. Our goal was to place in the top 5.... This was successfully done having tied for 3rd place, but with us hunting further away then others we checked in 3rd out of 4 teams that killed 6 coyotes. So with that being said we took 5th place. Which met our goal.
Chad and I are going to continue to participate in Coyote Contests in the surrounding states this winter so we can practice at contests to prep us for the World's next year. I hope you enjoyed the little teaser video with the coyotes coming in!
Please comment if you have any questions, or if you need advice on coyote hunting.
This past weekend, myself and Kelby was able to head up into Central Utah to Castle Valley Outdoors, which is an Orvis Endorsed Wingshooting Lodge located just north of Emery, Utah. We took off from Saint George, Utah at 3:30 pm, and arrived at 7 pm this past Friday. We met up with Rusty Gamble who is one of the best coyote callers in the Nation in my opinion. We went out just after dark, and called for coyotes, and heard them howl around us, but in 4 stands we had zero luck.
The next morning we went back out and called again for coyotes, After meeting up with Jim Fauver the ranch foreman, and manager. Jim welcomed us the night before and explained that the predators were costing him thousands of dollars in lost game. He had lost 21 exotic sheep, and lots of chukar and pheasant because of Fox, and Coyote.
About 10 am that morning, Rusty was calling, and spotted 3 coyotes coming into the call at over 600 yards away. Rusty shot a large adult female at 430 yards on a trot. We ran out of time as we were on a tight schedule for hunting. That afternoon Kelby, and Rusty hunted Pheasant, Chukar, and Quail. After just two hours of hunting, they had 26 birds down. We then went back to the ranch for some gourmet dinner. Dinner was amazing and I am looking forward to eating there the next time we visit. Rusty and Kelby went out that night and called again, while I fished on their pond located not even 100 yards from the Lodge.
The next morning (our last day) on the ranch, we headed back out to call for coyotes, and on the very first stand we called in not one or two coyotes, but FOUR. We were able to put down one of the four dogs, but mishaps happen and between me and Rusty both our rifles malfunctioned. After my first shot, I had a double feed in my chamber on my 22-250, and Rusty breathed on his scope and fogged it up.
We then went wing shooting around 11 am, and ended up with 33 birds. In Total on the bird count we ended up with 59 birds in total.
This was a great experience for Rusty, as he has not hunted birds in over 10 years. I look forward to making this a yearly hunt for High Altitude Hunters.
So yesterday 09/11/2016 I decided I wanted to clear my head of ongoing battles from my PTSD and other issues I am currently facing. Remembering 9/11/2001 and what I was doing that day. I was actually sleeping because I worked a graveyard shift the night before this attack. I was awoken by my ex, who stated you have got to come see this. It too me was a surreal feeling as I was half asleep. Within the next few months things started to drastically change for me as I was a member of the Utah National Guard.
Anyway Long story short I deployed 3 times in total after 9/11, with only one deployment out of the three being in a combat zone where I served in Ar Ramadi, Iraq for 12 months. The other two deployments were security at the 2002 winter olympics, and in 2003 initially to go to Iraq for the invasion, but was ordered to train ROTC Cadets in Ft. Lewis, Washington for 6 months.
So I headed out with Kelby meeting me to Dove hunt. My mind immediately went into hunting mode or so I thought. Kelby ran the camera while I shot all of my shells and his shells (30 shots) and only killing 3 Doves in total. Wing shooting is new to me for the most part other than Quail hunting. So trying to hit an extra small target at a high rate of speed was literally new to me. :)
Check out the video and feel free to comment below.
So this is one of my goals this coming winter. To call in a Mountain Lion, and kill it all on film. Fast forward to 10:42 on this video, and you will see my dream come true for someone else. The blood just pumps for me to do something similar to this. Check it out for yourself and let me know what you think.
So this past labor day weekend myself, and Chace went to look for elk, and deer. We met up Friday night, and waited for early morning Saturday before we went hunting for elk. My goal was to find elk, and within the first hour we had two bulls at 90 yards. I will keep you in suspense about what happened that morning. It was beyond exciting to have two bull elk feeding near us, and having no real idea that we were there. Over the course of the weekend, we both seen some serious amounts of deer.
I found a 6x4 buck, and a whacky 3x2. I was not able to get photo's of either as they always seemed to be one step ahead of me. But what a great way to spend Labor day weekend.
The REAL DeCOY swimmer and flutter decoys for waterfowl hunting. This specific YouTube Video you need to read the description below the video to understand how well these hunters did. The REAL DeCOY BOYZ is a great company we work with for our waterfowl hunting. Not only do they provide superb decoys, but they also guide for waterfowl hunts. Click here for their website.
Custom guns are starting to become a normal thing in today's hunting world. I have seen tons of people pick up reloading their own rounds for better long range accuracy. Hunters are starting to reach out past 1,000 yards for shots at big game. But one thing that people haven't started to see become popular is having your gun cerakoted with a special color that means something to you. Last year I had my 22-250 cerakoted in a custom Outlaw Custom Guns and Coating camouflage, to better conceal my rifle while hunting predators. Cerakote lasts longer then custom dipping and is tougher as well. Here is an example of the camo Outlaw Custom Guns and Coatings.
Hecs Camouflage system has started to become the trend for hunters who take hunting absolutely serious. I recently purchased a set from a local archery shot TNT Archery here in Saint George, Utah. This video shows a bobcat just standing there trying to figure out who these two hunters are, and the bobcat seems to not be alarmed. Steven my Cameraman wears Hecs religiously on all of my hunts, and I am also becoming a believer in this stuff. The Video Speaks for itself! You can click on the Hecs photo for the cheapest place to purchase it, or click here.
The Last Trapper Documentary is a lengthy, but well worth the time to watch. This story aches in my heart for me to become a modern day trapper again. Trapping is a lifestyle that differs from that of hunters. But has one of the same goals! To put food on the table for the family. Although most predators you should not eat, the fur provides a living for the family of the trapper. Fur prices vary from area to area, but normally if you are a good trapper you make out alright.