My intro/intro to predator hunting...
First, HELLO to everyone! I am new here, but thought I could kill two birds with one stone and both introduce myself, AND jump right in on this thread! I live in Southern Indiana in Floyd County, near the Clark-Floyd line. I am a Hunter's Education Instructor, and hope to be a International Bowhunter's Education Program Instructor in the very near future. I have three boys ages 16, 14, and 11 all of whom love to shoot, and are slowly getting more & more into hunting. I am a 'casual' fisherman, and an AVID (my wife says RABID!) hunter! While I love to hunt anything & everything, time & energy is generally reserved for dove, deer, turkey and predator hunting…which brings me to the subject at hand!!!
I concur with MrBuckfly on the calls. If you are first getting started, I too would recommend the less expensive mouth calls. In my experience, the best ones are the variable type that with a little practice can imitate everything from a cottontail in distress, to a woodpecker, simply by changing the amount of force you use to bite down and how hard you blow. Another call I would HIGHLY recommend is a squeaker. These are great for close-in calling and calling in dense areas where you might BE close-in calling, but just not know it! Another thing that I learned by accident (and part of the reason I started coyote hunting in the first place, but a long story for another thread!), is yotes will also respond to turkey calls, especially the lone/lost hen variety! If you decide that you LIKE predator hunting, it is simple and inexpensive (not to mention satisfying!) to simply build your own electronic caller from components readily available at Radio Shack for about $30-$40!!! I built one a few years back, but could probably come up with a parts list and some basic instructions should anyone be interested!
As for the types of calls themselves, I have found a woodpecker in distress to be probably THE most effective call for coyote, AND red/grey fox! Grey fox pup in distress would probably be next in line as they are food for coyotes and red's, while other greys are looking to defend this wayward pup. Beyond these, would be the rabbit in distress and mouse squeaks which are probably the mainstay of a predators diet.
As far as firearms, anything in the 22 caliber centerfire family is a good choice! Have read quite a bit about the new .204 and it looks impressive (supposedly, actually outperforms the .220 Swift which is QUITE a feat!), but personally I like 'tried and true' simply because of the variety and/or availability of ammunition. You can't go wrong with a .223, and ammo is readily available and CHEAP! If you ask 10 die hard predator hunters however, I would be willing to wager that at least 8 (maybe 9!) would tell you a 22-250 which is basically a .223 on steroids!!! Personally, I have a Howa 1500 in 22-250 which is usually my choice, however depending upon the situation, I also have an old Savage .222REM/20gauge which works extremely well in it's own right. With the .222REM, I have acceptable long range accuracy and then I have the scattergun for close-up and personal shots should the need arise…which it often does!
Anyhoo, WOW…sorry to be SO long winded, but I LOVE predator hunting!!!:yikes: Not only is it GREAT fun and at a time when there isn't much else going on OR other hunters out in the woods, it ALSO is one of THE BEST things you can do for hunting as a whole! Coyote can decimate the small game population in short order, including: rabbit, quail, turkey, etc.! Hope this helps some, and if I can answer any other questions please don't hesitate to ask…and I promise not to make it so danged long!!!:bonk: