Choosing the right equipment for hunting predators is pretty critical to your success. I’ve tried to take out some of the thinking for you by my experiences through trial and error. I still recommend that you test out different accessories and products so you create your own comfortable way of hunting. I have used or currently use all of the products on this list of varmint hunting supplies.
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9. Camouflage: I prefer to use a lightweight, breathable mesh style ghillie suit, or 3D leafy suit. I prefer to use one without pants and in a poncho style. They don’t pick up sticks and twigs, making upkeep easy. The traditional ghillie suits can be heavy, warm, and they pick up debris easily. The picture is linked to a suit I’ve used and seen from other hunters. There are many styles in woodland, desert, and snow.
10. Shooting Sticks: I won’t go out without shooting sticks anymore. One trip without sticks leaves you regretting it and usually no coyotes in the back of the truck. Sticks are more important than anything you can bring on a predator hunt. I Like sticks more than a mounted bipod for versatility reasons. I like the taller sticks for night hunting situations. They break down for smaller day applications which is nice. I like the Bog-Pod a lot, and Vanguard makes some nice sticks too. Click the picture for updated pricing.
11. Electronic Caller: At my past job I had the luxury of field testing a ton of products. Every call on the market was tested out in the field. I prefer to hunt with a mix of mouth calls and electronic calls. Ecalls take the source of the sound away from you, making it easier to make minor movements in preparing to take a shot. The predator will focus their efforts based on the sound source. We’ll cover more information on how to use electronic calls in part 4 of this series.
For a beginner, I like the FOXPRO Deadbone Game Call (see the full review of the Deadbone) or the ICOtec GC300 Electronic Call. I like the FOXPRO Sounds a lot, that’s why I highly recommend their callers. If you want a better remote and more sound choices, get the FOXPRO Inferno with 75 sounds.
Stepping up to a more serious call is my personal favorite, the FOXPRO Banshee Electronic Game Call. If you want to see my detailed reviews on every e-call on the market, make sure you subscribe to the email list, and be the first to know!
12. Mouth Calls: There are a ton of different mouth blown calls available. I primarily use two brands at the moment: Carver Calls and Dan Thompson Game Calls. I also have this fawn distress, and this crow call on my lanyard. If you want to get serious you’ll want to learn how to use a diaphragm call like this, I am having good success by using these as a distress, howl, or kiyi. You might not believe me, but I use mouth calls all the time now, almost more than electronic calls. Can’t decide? Read the article below:
13. Decoy: Coyotes are cautious when they are coming in to a call. They want to see something associated with the sounds they are hearing. If they can’t see anything they will generally work their way down wind of the sound source. If they see something moving, and don’t see another predator or threat to their survival they will charge the decoy. Get ready for fast action! My favorites include the Mojo Critter, MOJO Super Critter (I use this almost exclusively now), and any of the FoxJack Decoys. The Primos Sit N Spin Crazy Critter is a bargain if you’re on a budget.
Side Note: For the first few times I might recommend not using a decoy so that you can watch them come in a little slower. They might hang up a bit, so maybe a decoy on a remote might be beneficial. Decoys make for fast action sometimes, and that might not be best at the beginning.
14. Weapon: There will be endless debates on what to use for Coyotes. Here’s what I prefer to do. I use an AR-15’s for almost every stand. The AR setup in a .223 caliber allows for quick follow up shots increasing your odds for double’s and even triple’s. Most competition callers use a shotgun and an AR15. I am presently working on either building a bolt gun in a 22-250 platform or testing something that will be a shooter right out of the box. I get all of my custom gun work done at Dixie Gunworx, I highly recommend them, call and talk to Chris and tell him you saw this article!
- ARTICLE: The Fine Art of Shotgunning Coyotes.
- ARTICLE: Double Trouble: Shotgun and Rifle.
- ARTICLE: Predator Hunting with a Shotgun.
- ARTICLE: Patterning Your Predator Shotgun in 10 Steps.
15. Ammo: The biggest decision I believe is determining if you want knock down power or saving some fur. With my 22-250 I’vs found a good 40 grain Nosler load that I really like. It seems to have good knock down power and saves the pelts somewhat. With a shotgun most guys are using a number 4 buckshot, but there are so many opinions on this, I’ll leave it alone until later for a larger article. I’ve linked to a good article below that discusses the two most common calibers and ammo.
16. Butt Pad or Shooting Chair: Sit in the snow and get a wet backside just once, and you’ll never go without it again. They might seem like a gimmick, but they will make you more comfortable on stand. After 20 minutes of holding still you will realize your leg is dead, and if you’d had a nice seat, you’d be walking back to the truck, instead you are limping around like a girl. I always have a Twin Cheeks Cushion or a Tripod Stool. Al Morris likes the Deluxe Strut Seat. (Video of Al using the seat)
17. Gloves: You move your hands more than anything else on stand, make sure you cover them. A light skin tone will stand out to an approaching predator, and if you have the sun on you at all, it can be a dead giveaway. I prefer a lightweight glove, usually with a dot grip. These are great for where we hunt because they are thin and cool. You may need a couple of pairs depending upon temperature and time of year. I keep a cold weather glove in my bag, I’ve used both of these, and would recommend either of them.
18. Face Mask: There’s nothing more obvious than a large human face staring out at a predator. If you aren’t tucked into the shade they will know something is up. I like a good flex form mask that you can easily pull on and off. If you wear a hat, get the three quarter mask. No hat, get a full face mask.
- See Also: ARTICLE: Organizing Your Predator Gear.