HUNTING

Predator Hunting Tips: A Guide To Protection and Success

Predator hunting guide
Shawn Harrison
Written by Shawn Harrison

Hunting is a great way to get out into the wonderful landscape of our world. It can be done in the backwoods, forests, marshes, and out in the desert to name a few places.

For some hunters, the mere and simple getaway into the wild is a great joy. For others, the excitement of taking down their hunt after a long time of tracking is the big prize. Still, there are those who do not hunt only as a sport but also to feed on their hunt.The predator hunting tips that will be tackled below will help make these things possible for every hunter.

However, no matter how rewarding, shooting an animal can sometimes yield to a high risk. To become an expert predator hunter, you will have to be prepared for anything that might come your way.

No matter if you prefer using a bow, rifle, or shotgun, preparing yourself for a predator can be very challenging. In this tutorial, we will discuss hunting tips that could make the difference between success and failure of hunting. By using these methods, you will be well-versed and well-prepared for the great outdoors. This will help you enjoy the many reasons as to why you love to hunt!

How Well Do You Know The Predator?

First things first: Know the predator you are hunting. Using the Scouts’ Motto, ‘Be prepared’, is a good start. Do you have the right call for the right animal? Do you have the correct camouflage for your environment? Do you have shelter in case of inclement weather?

How Well Do You Know The Predator?

Do you have a Plan B, if your original plan fails? Just a few questions to ask yourself as you are planning your predatory hunt. Some predatory animals include, but are not excluded to, bears, moose, jackrabbit, wolves, coyote, red fox, and cougars. Check our article on the best coyote call for your reference.

What are you required to know? The laws in your state regarding predator hunting. Some animals might be under the protection of the law as endangered species or other cases, thus you are not allowed to hunt them.

For example, in the state of Wyoming, it is permitted to hunt gray wolves, except in the northwest section of the state. Knowing the laws will save you from fines or worse if you kill an endangered or protected animal. This way, you won’t end up being that American who killed the beloved Cecil the Lion, out of South Africa.

See also: Best Predator Hunting Gear: The Best One That You Need

If you know the area in which you are hunting and feel safe leaving your equipment out in the wilderness, using cameras might be an option. Many cameras have inferred triggers that take a picture an animal that has passed by. If you leave the cameras out a month before your hunt, then you can look at the footage and see what kind of predators might be lurking in your area.

Hunting for predators

Lastly, in some places, a farmer or landowner might want you to get rid of a predator. In this case, the predator now becomes a threat to a way of life. Sometimes a predator might start to overrun an area, invading space. This would be a time the landowner gladly allows you onto their property to help with the problem. This will give you the opportunity to be the solution.

Do You Have A Partner?

Hunting with someone might end up being one of your best decisions. If you have someone else hunting alongside you, Your chances of finding a predator increase greatly. The old adage, ‘two is better than one’, applies here. For the best canine hunting partner, see our article for the list of these dog breeds.

Having another pair of eyes could help you cover more area if you choose to go back-to-back. This would allow for less movement and more stealth to capture your predator. Even being fifteen to twenty yards from one another could be the difference in seeing a predator or not.

Also, if a call is being made by one partner, the predator will be focused on the caller, while the other hunter can focus on getting a clean shot that can finish the job.

Predators hunting basics

Another benefit of having a partner could be in the case of an emergency. If something went a-rye while hunting, having another person present could help for protection or even a call for help. Predators are not dangerous for no reason. They have defensive and offensive tactics that help keep them alive. If a predator feels threatened, they will do anything in their power to protect themselves and their kin.

If you have no alternative, go up by yourself and enjoy the reasons why you hunt alone. However, make sure you are prepared for anything. If an emergency arises, will you be prepared in the time of need?

Dialing Out The Right Calls

So often, a call can be the difference between luring in a predator, and keeping them completely away. A type of call that would be most effective for a predator to respond to is the squeal. This call will make the predator believe that their prey is nearby. A squeal is usually heard when a predator is killing its prey.

Often times, another predator will come by seeing if they can clean up what is left of the animal. Think of it like bait on a fishing wire; without the appropriate bait, you might not snag a fish at all. The same is true with hunting. Not all calls will work all the time.

Carrying another call, even from a manufacturer that differences from the other, could be the difference to grabbing your prize or letting it allude you. You might even be talented enough to mimic the sounds yourself. If you are able to create your own sounds, try to have multiple to broaden your repertoire.

Dialing Out The Right Calls

One tip that will be helpful when enticing a beast would be to start with a call that is the loudest. This call will reach the farthest for a predator to hear. However, as the predator gets closer, move to a call that is softer, as the predator arrives closer to your area. Even though you might prefer one call over another, you may just have to move on to a different call, if you have nothing in play.

How about another scenario? Let us say, you have taken a shot. No matter if it is a direct hit or not, continue calling the predator. Who knows? You might have another predator trailing close by. The great thing about dense elements while hunting is the fact that the shot will be a deadened.

A predator may not hear the shot, and be lured right into you! So, make sure your call goes for at least five minutes after a shot to give yourself the opportunity to bring in another animal. Overall, be patient; your shot will come, for sure.

Check for Valuable Signs

Signs of presence might be all around you as you hunt for a predator. Remember, predators have prey that they track for their own survival. If you can find the predators’ prey, then you might be in luck for finding the predator. Be sure to observe any signs along rivers, streams, or even dried-out ditches. Look to hunt by these areas because these bodies of water are like highways for predators and their prey.

Some prey animals could include jackrabbits, squirrels, mice, rats, and deer. Notice any fresh markings such as tracks, carcasses, or scat which might be a sign that a predator and/or prey are nearby. The more markings you find, the better trail you have found, so follow it with fervor. Also, notice the size of the markings. The bigger the size, the better chance you have of finding the biggest predator.

Don’t Stand Out, Stay Under Cover

Along with using the signs around you to discover predators and its prey, set your stands near the same bodies of water. Your luck may go up early or late in the day waiting and watching for the predator to arrive. These are the times of day that predators do the most traveling.

Stay Under Cover

Also, while you are preparing your stand, make sure it matches the environment. For example, in hilly areas with covering that is thick, think of using at least two stands. These stands could be of good use because of the dense forest quieting most of the sounds.

However, in open and flat areas, your stands might need to be more apart because your calls will cover longer distances, and you won’t have many areas to hide. Other weather elements can also be of help you when using your stands. Elements such as snow or the wind can help muffle sounds as well. If you are not using a stand, your best option might be to hide in your environment and wait for the perfect time.

Elevate Your Thinking

When looking for a spot to settle in while hunting, use elevation to your advantage. In movies, we often see a war being won by the group that has the elevation advantage. Same is true with hunting.

Use any kind of elevation possible, whether it is a pile of rocks, trees, a rise that sits above other areas, etc. On a higher ground, a call will sail farther than one closer to the ground, adding great distance to the predators you might get a hold of.

Also, with elevation, you will be able to see what is coming your way. You will have time to prepare for the predator to come within range. While elevated, make sure you are appropriately dressed to your environment. Predators are smart and have dealt with their own predators for generations, so make sure you cover all your bases. Only move when taking a shot. Make sure that you see the predator before you are seen. With this tactic, you will be in control of your hunting situation.

Wind Needs to Be Watched

The wind can be your greatest ally or your worst enemy. It can help muffle the sounds around you, but it can also be a hunters’ demise. Animals such as coyotes and foxes pay close attention to the wind. So many predators know the smell of a human. If a predator is down wind from you, they will know that you are around, and will have no interest in venturing up your way, due to their own safety.

Wind needs to be watched

However, this is where stands can be of service. A stand could keep your smell higher up, allowing the wind to carry it into the hemisphere. As you are setting up your stand, make sure you are not standing in one area the entire time. If a predator even arrives in your area at all, they will quickly realize that the current spot is not safe, and will retreat immediately, not allowing you the time to get a shot.

If, for whatever reason, you decide that a canyon is your best option, go upwind from your predator, try to move to one side of the canyon to null out the smell. One tip to remember with the wind: Th air currents rise early in the morning, and fall in the dusk of evening, due to barometric pressures.

I Know You Like Your Truck, But Leave It Behind!

We all love our vehicles and the safety and comforts they bring. But, leave your vehicle behind when hunting. Taking a hike a short distance away from your vehicle will be beneficial. Predators are very cautious when it comes to the brightness of car lights or the mammoth size of the machine. Any kind of excess noise, smells from machinery, and sounds from driving will hinder your hunt.

Remember, some predators can hear the snap of a twig under your boot. Predators can notice that a tree has fallen over or something is not the same in their environment as it once was. Many would think that this would not be an issue, but many hunting areas are now nestled up against commercialized areas. So, try your very best to scout out the best quiet hunting area and be sure to stay quiet.

If the Weather Changes, You are in Luck!

A change in weather patterns could be of great benefit to you. Imagine what happens when the weather turns. Predators look for shelter just like humans. This means predators will stay covered and not spend time traveling until the storm has passed. To know the best times to hunt certain games, check out our article on this important topic.

The life of a predator completely revolves its day around weather. And, when the weather turns back to sunny or clear, it is time for the predator to hunt and eat. This is the perfect time for you to be present. Be aware of the weather, and be prepared to get your stands out during the tail of inclement weather.

Hunting for predator tips

Then, you can be ready for when a predator comes out to hunt. Lastly, changes in extreme heat can be a tell-tale sign of predators coming out to feed as well. Being observant of temperature drops could signify an amount of predator increase around your hunting grounds.

Ending The Hunt Strong

Getting out into the great outdoors can be one of the most freeing places away from the daily grind of work. Be at peace, hunt for fun, or hunt for game. Ultimately, your hunting senses will be of great value to you on your hunting adventure. Along with your senses, make sure you know these things:

  • What a predator is looking to obtain? Understand its tendencies and routines.
  • Decide if you value having a partner on the hunt or not. Be prepared in both scenarios.
  • Have a variety of calls that lure in the predator. Do not bank on one call thinking that it worked last time, so it should work this time. Animals are always adapting, so should you.
  • Be aware of signs. Look for tracks, scat, or animal remains when looking for the predator. The predator might be close by.
  • Make sure you have appropriate stands set-up when hunting. Do not allow your stands to stick out, making the animals aware of your presence.
  • Use elevation to your advantage. Get up high above your hunting ground to have a better outlook on a predator. You will be safer up in a stand than right up-close with a dangerous predator.
  • Check the wind. Is it giving away your scent?
  • Leave your car behind, as to not give away your existence to a predator.
  • Notice the weather. Animals come out of hiding after big storms or extreme heat.

Using these tips will strengthen you in your endeavor to capturing the predator of your dreams. Now, go out there and work to become a skilled hunter who can even hunt predators. Good luck, and be safe out in the great outdoors.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Shawn Harrison
Shawn Harrison

Shawn Harrison is our expert in hunting. He was born in Alaska, so hunting was his hobby since high school. Later, Shawn took a Hunter Training at Alaska Department of Fish and Game to structure his knowledge and now he is open to share his knowledge with our readers. Shawn is taking ‘Safety First’ approach on all of his trips, especially is some people are going hunting for the first time.

  • Harry Wyatt

    I’ve been hunting coyote, on and off for about 15 years now and although it’s challenging, it’s great fun. I thought I would throw in a few things I’ve learned over the years…

    Coyote (like many predatory animals) have a crazy sense of smell, so where possible, use cover scents/scent killers, otherwise they’ll sniff you out before you’re anywhere near.

    Their eyesight is especially good too and I’ve found that when responding to calls, they’ll circle around the source trying to catch a scent. In this instance, try to distance yourself from the sound of the call as much as possible. This can be achieved with a remote call box, also, when hunting alone, use a decoy, as it takes the focus away from you.

    Ensure you’re well camouflaged and undercover to break up your silhouette as much as possible.

    • Shawn Harrison

      Good point on the scent cover/scent killer especially when hunting coyotes because of their extremely sensitive sense of smell and hearing as well. This is why it is very important to be very strategic and discreet about your movements before the coyote notices you. Aside from this, your safety should be a priority as well because if you don’t pay enough attention, the hunter can become the hunted.

  • Alex Smallwood

    A quality pair of binoculars, an effective call, and incredible patience, three absolute musts for anyone who plans to hunt dogs, the latter being the most important. Personally, I hunt yotes and the very first time I tried a call, I had one within 200 yards, unfortunately, however, that must have been beginners luck. You need to be incredibly patient when hunting predators as they are cautious by nature and unlike many other animals, are unlikely to come running on the first attempt.

    Also make sure you’re aware of your surroundings, those guys can be pretty sneaky, as another commented pointed out, they tend to circle in on their target (i.e. you), and before you know it they can be right on top of you. Though most are aware of how dangerous humans can be, if they sense that you’re vulnerable (when approaching you from behind for example), they might just take advantage of the situation.

    • Shawn Harrison

      Those three musts that you’ve mentioned are very important to make the most out of your predator hunting experience. Having binoculars definitely extends your visual advantage by a lot. The effective call is essential to bring the dogs close, and patience is quite self-explanatory. Overall, utilizing a call and having a considerable amount of patience takes practice, but once mastered, you are in for a great hunting experience each and every single time.

  • James McDonald

    Red foxes are a real menace in the last 3 years around my town. I usually use hand and lip squeeks and after that some close range calls. The volume should be lower, otherwise they run away. I always try to find an elevated position that gives me a better view. The foxes I shot were very close to the town, mostly in thicker covers.

    • Shawn Harrison

      Good point on the volume control because using a call too low will be ineffective, while using it too loud will release an unnatural call and it will just drive them away. Red foxes is middling when it comes to predator hunting challenge. It is not the easiest, but it is a good step up from conventional vermin hunting and you want to focus on predators.

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