Gain the advantage with these great deer hunting tips.
This is really a matter of personal choice and availability. Your weapon depends upon the type of terrain you are hunting and the distances you "plan" on shooting. Pelt damage is another factor to consider when choosing a caliber.
Many hunters will use center fire rifles while others utilize shotguns. I personally use a variety of center fire rifles, ranging from a Rem 700 in .222 to a Winchester 22-250.
A wide variety of calls are available to today's predator hunter. Mouth blown rabbit distress calls have probably accounted for more dead coyotes and fox than all other calls. Hunters in cold climates must take extra precaution when slecting and using mouth calls. Closed reed calls tend to "freeze up" in sub freezing temperatures. After a few minutes of use, they lose their sound and are aggrevating to use. One way to prevent this is to store your call inside of your clothing. It is probably a better choice to purchase and get familiar with an open reed style call. These calls will not "freeze up" as readily as the cloed reed models. No matter which type of call you use, it is always a good idea to secure them on a lanyard. Lanyards will keep your calls secure and organized. The last thing you want to do is fumble around searching for your call when a critter is near.
Many excellent electronic calls are on the market as well. These are nice in that they produce a true and accurate sound which may assist beginning hunters. Which brand and model you choose is a matter of personal choice. Let me say that I prefer a digital call with no moving parts that are going to cause problems. I strongly recommend the Foxpro Digital call.
With the fox and coyote keen senses, it is important to conceal your self with your hunting environment. You must attempt to blend in with your surroundings, so be sure to pay attention to this detail. Be sure to cover face and hands (especially if you tend to move these often while hunting)
Fox and coyote will tend to feed under the cover of low light. In fact, studies show that predators move most between the hours of 6:00 AM and 6:00 PM. When possible, they will feed at night as this is when their prey species are often mobile. Hunters will see these canines during early morning and pre-dawn hours, hence it is these times that will generate success while calling. In winter months, or during times after a storm, the fox and coyote will be more willing to move about during the day. If your state allows, night time hunting can offer tremendous action.
Red fox tend to be found around wooded farm lots. The gray fox prefers actual woods. Coyotes are everywhere and can be hunted on farms, gravel pits, and woods alike. I like to set up so that I have a great field of vision so that I can see the quarry from a distance.