Indiana Coyote Hunting
Growing up in north west Indiana, there weren't any coyotes in our
area of the state. Sure, there might have been a few, like with the
bobcat sightings of today, but none of the fursheds ever told of
having a coyote pelt brought in.
Right about the time I reached my teens, my dad started catching a
coyote here and there, mostly on the southern most reaches of his
trap line. They were much stronger than the fox we were used to
catching, so longer stakes were needed. We trimmed the trap
chain down to six lengths so the coyote would have less room to
operate. We also used rebar with a nut welding on the one end as
our stakes. We would also try to not set our traps in the sand.
There really wasn't enough coyotes in the area to get into hunting
Times have changed. Several people we know target coyotes.
Some farmers welcome people in that wish to coyote hunt. They
are afraid the coyotes will get into their livestock. There is no
doubt that the coyote has been hard on the local fox populations,
and the small game populations as well. A lot is due to the change
in farming techniques, but the coyote has done his share of the
Every spring we can listen to the coyote packs roving the fields and
calling out to each other in the night. It is a very pleasing sound.
Having a pack circle you and yelping as you try to drag your deer
from the darkened woods is enough to lift the hair on the back of
Most people coyote hunt by getting into a likely location, preferably
on a high spot, and calling the coyotes in with the use of an injured
animal call. Something like a rabbit distress call. Other calls include
various coyote calls and other small game distress calls.