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Steve Reinhold Hunts Predators

Day 3: To Take Coyotes You Have to Hunt Differently with Steve Reinhold

Editor’s Note: Steven Reinhold of Polk, Ohio, is an avid predator hunter. The good news about predator hunting is that in certain states, you can hunt them before deer season arrives, during deer season and after deer season. Even when predators are out of season, a farmer or a rancher often can get a crop-depredation permit for you to hunt predators on their lands. Many people believe predator hunting is easier in the West with its open terrain, but Reinhold has been extremely-successful taking predators in the East.

Click for Larger ViewClick for Larger ViewThe sport of predator hunting is really growing. Most people who buy predator calls will use either a cottontail or a jackrabbit-in-distress call. Rabbits are a main menu item for coyotes, but not the only menu item. Coyotes learn very quickly. If they’ve heard a rabbit-in-distress call enough, they won’t go to it anymore, so I change-up my calls. I also use a blackbird-in-distress call. Since predators like birds, when I use the sound of a prey species that other predator hunters aren’t using, I drastically increase my odds for taking predators. Coyotes like to eat puppies and other little dogs, so a puppy-in-distress call is another very-effective call to use in areas that have been hunted heavily. In the summer, the coyotes are having their pups. So, when a female coyote hears that pup-in-distress call, she’ll also come in to investigate.

I like to use electronic callers from FOXPRO ( These callers come with many pre-recorded sounds, can be operated remotely and have an attached decoy. The decoy I use the most at this time of the year is the Flambeau Masters Series Lone Howler Coyote Decoy ( I’ve also found that a dial rod with a piece of string tied onto it and the other end of the string tied to a turkey feather is effective. When the wind blows, the turkey feather moves. The main reason I like a decoy is that it gives the coyote something to look at instead of searching for me.

Click for Larger ViewClick for Larger ViewI’m often asked why and how I use a life-size coyote decoy. Coyotes are very territorial. When they see a coyote decoy, they’ll come to investigate. Most predator hunters don’t want to go to the trouble of carrying a life-size decoy with them, which is why I take one with me. I believe that in general, most coyotes never have seen life-sized decoys. March and February seem to be the best times to use decoys, because that’s the mating season, and when coyotes will be the most territorial. However, you can use decoys at any time of the year. I like to use Mossy Oak Infinity camouflage (, because it blends-in with the terrain I’m hunting.

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John Phillips, winner of the 2012 Homer Circle Fishing Award for outstanding fishing writer by the American Sportfishing Association (ASA) and the Professional Outdoor Media Association (POMA), the 2008 Crossbow Communicator of the year and the 2007 Legendary Communicator chosen for induction into the National Fresh Water Hall of Fame, is a freelance writer (over 6,000 magazine articles for about 100 magazines and several thousand newspaper columns published), magazine editor, photographer for print media as well as industry catalogues (over 25,000 photos published), lecturer, outdoor consultant, marketing consultant, book author and daily internet content provider with an overview of the outdoors. Click here for more information and a list of all the books available from John E. Phillips.

Tomorrow: Raccoons are a Bigger Problem in the East than Coyotes in the West

Check back each day this week for more about Steve Reinhold Hunts Predators

Day 1: Predators Provide Off-Season Hunting Opportunities with Steve Reinhold
Day 2: Access to Prime Deer and Turkey Lands by Hunting Predators with Steve Reinhold
Day 3: To Take Coyotes You Have to Hunt Differently with Steve Reinhold
Day 4: Raccoons are a Bigger Problem in the East than Coyotes in the West
Day 5: Steven Reinhold on Hunting Crows and Giving Up Too Quickly

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Entry 860, Day 3