My g/f's parents' farm and property is extremely overrun with coyotes, and we'll be heading there on Monday to hunt. I've never been, and I've done some reading online about how to properly hunt coyotes. So far I've gathered the following:
1. Coyotes circle downwind from their prey, so if you use a decoy (such as a stuffed rabbit), place it far enough upwind that you'll be able to take a clear shot at a coyote circling.
2. Coyotes have extremely keen eyesight, so full camouflage is recommended.
3. If using scent lures, mark trees and bushes in a circle about 20 yards from where you will be sitting as well as the tree or brush you'll be using as cover.
From what she's told me, the coyotes around her area typically hunt in packs of least 10, and have been killing their livestock for years. In KY, only rimfire rifles/handguns are permitted, and I don't have either, so I'll be using a 12-gauge with 1 oz. Super-X rifled slugs through an IC choke. Full power slugs don't phase my shoulder so I got the ones rated at 1600fps. They have a target set up on their property, so I'll be able to zero my scope at 35-40 yards. I will not be taking any shots over 50 yards.
I'm wondering about hunting times and areas. They have both deep woods and fields, and she indicated they normally hunt at night. She said you can see packs of them moving in the woods next to the fields around sunset. Currently, my plan is to head out around 7pm, which will give me enough time to plant some kind of decoy (which I haven't gotten yet) and some half-spoiled chicken and beef, as well as set up a good shooting position downwind from the meat and decoy. There are no tree stands so I'm planning on taking a black camping chair, jamming it down in some cover, and sitting fairly comfortably until I'm able to take a shot or have to relocate. I'll be dressed in full camo so being spotted won't be an issue. A serious problem with hunting at night is darkness. I have a tac light on my shotgun but I don't have a red filter for it, so I'm afraid of scaring any coyotes away with the beam. In deep woods, the light it provides would allow a clear 40-50 yard shot with a red dot scope.
Any advice would be greatly appreciated. With as many coyotes as there are in western KY, finding some shouldn't be too difficult. We'll be getting there in late morning/early afternoon, and be leaving in the evening the next day. So I have approximately a 32-hour window for hunting. Let's hope it doesn't rain!