Baiting Coyotes by Grant Woods

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A great technique to know coyotes are close by for calling sessions is to stake a road-killed deer in an area that’s in the hunter’s favor. This is especially true during late winter as there’s less food available for coyotes.

In Missouri permission is required from the appropriate authorities before taking possession of a road-killed deer. I work with the local game wardens and the transportation department to get permission and have them inform me when a road-killed deer is reported. This saves the state from having to dispose of the deer and provides me with some great coyote hunting opportunities!

It’s important to place the deer in an area that coyotes won’t see or smell you approaching or detect you while you are calling. I often stake the bait in areas where the topography and / or cover conceals my approach and calling location. Be sure and stake the deer down or coyotes will often drag off the carcass the first night.

My best success at calling coyotes has been in areas where they find easy meals. It’s easy to create such areas by placing a road-killed deer where you have permission to call.

Growing and Hunting Deer together,


About Grant Woods

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Dr. Grant Woods was raised and began his love of white-tailed deer as a bow hunter in the Ozark Mountains of Missouri.