March 9, 2010 Hot Tip for This Week
Estrus Whine Predator and varmint season never ends, but the time for prime pelts is slipping away like an alarmed bobcat. This week is a good time to put away distress calls and rely more on coyote vocalizations. Two calls that are perfect for right now are the basic howl and the estrus whine, which is new on the scene.
Why will these calls work right now? It's breeding and denning time for coyotes, so nonaggressive coyote howls can lure in a willing mate. Plus, estrus whines and whimpers can entice an unattached male coyote and speed up response to a call.
After coyotes establish a den they become extremely territorial and consider any intrusion a threat. If you discover a den, sneak into the area and howl several times. There's a good chance a parental pair of coyotes will investigate the potential risk. Some coyotes charge to these calls, but wait at least 30 — 45 minutes to catch a slowpoke.