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The 4 Coyote Howls You Need to Know (Coyote Calling Tips )

What do coyotes sound like and how to recognize them?

Coyote is a furious animal. There are many types of coyotes available in the world. Each of the coyote’s sound different from one to another. So, it is important to know what coyotes sound like for setting up your game.

You will need to know how they sound like. With the advancement of technology, you can easily make the sound like coyotes do. You need to press a few buttons to create the sound. The electronic devices will make the sound for you.

Top 4 Coyotes & Tips for Coyotes Calling

  1. Prey Distress

Coyotes are great omnivores of nature. Many studies occur to find what a coyote used to eat. However, the studies come to a conclusion that it can eat including packaging, plastic, rocks and rabbit. So, it doesn’t indicate which call you should use for calling pre-distress. You can use the electronic callers for creating a sound of cat, rabbit or anything. It will send an interesting attraction to the coyote’s ear.


Depending on the past experience, the coyote will approach. If the pass experience is good for coyote, it will approach quickly. Otherwise, it will take a time to approach and slowly slinking in. it will also use to wary nose to the air. In short, the past sound will have a good impact on the coyote approaching behavior. Normally, a coyote is bold and response quickly to a sound.


In 2005, there was a predator-research occurred at the Idaho National Laboratory research center. In the area, prey distress call was used to call the coyote. The researched center managed to set a GPS tracker on the collar of the coyotes. It helped to track the behavior of the coyotes. It also recognized the movement and show on a computer animation mode.


The laboratory keeps the coyotes under extreme pressure. It uses to call prey distress cries. The test occurs in the different time period in a day. The coyote does not expose them in the place. It remains downwind position for a long time. It appears to the place when the people left the area. Depending on the time, it took 17 hours to approach to the place.

The coyotes do not stand much time on the stress call location. It may spend only 30 to 45 mutes on the stand. Most of the coyotes do not response at day time. Hunters choose 8 am to 10 am for making the call. The response rate was only 10% for per 1000 coyotes. The rate increases with the passing time.

Expert Opinion:

Les Johnson is one of the best coyote callers. He used to follow prey distress calls to call the coyotes. Most of the times, he prefers to use the call half hour before dark.


His concept is clear to the point of coyotes. It may lay all the day and do not feel secure. As a result, dark is the right time to feel the belly. In addition, it feels secure to hunt at night. So, it becomes active at dark to investigate any sound. Among all another distress call, he uses the jackrabbit distress call.

  1. Whines and Yelpswhat-do-coyotes-sound-like -

The coyote call is effective for the pups. It is a perfect sound for a nonaggressive group of coyotes. As the coyotes travel in different areas, the sound makes them something to investigate. The type of sound is appealing to the hunger of the pups. So, you can easily attract the coyote’s pups with the whines and yelps sound.

The best time of using the call is March through May. It is the time when the family bond of coyotes become the strongest. As a result, you will get a reliable time period to use the sound. It can become more effective from September to January.

It is the time when the coyote’s group become less cohesive. The family bond becomes relax and easy to attract with the call. Many hunters use the whines and yelps sound on the season.

It gives the best result at any time of a day. The coyotes become aggressive when it hears the sound. It is quick to investigate the place and begin to bark loudly. It also helps to reach the distant coyotes very easily. You can increase the volume of whines and yelps to get more response.

Expert Opinion:

Gerald Stewart is regarded as the Coyote call guru in the country. He suggests using more elements when using the whines and yelp calling. However, don’t use too much element making the coyote’s in. in fact, it will make the coyotes aware of your tactics. But, adding a bit scent to make them distracted.

  1. Challenge Howl


A type of sound can invite the coyotes to fight. However, coyotes are different from wolves. It doesn’t like to fight, in fact, it avoids to fight whenever possible.

A wolf pack will find the intruder and kill it. However, the coyotes will get to the intruder and let him leave the territory. It is a basic difference between a coyote and wolves.

So, it can be an effective method to make the sound to a nearby coyote pack. It will help to call them into the location quickly. If you make the call in the denning or whelping season, you will get the best result.

It is important to identify the pack’s core area to apply the sound. You need to attentive at pack’s group howl night. Then you can keep track the area and mark it on a map or GPS. You need to understand the pattern of howling too. You can easily find the place of hiding because it uses the thickest and secluded cover area.

Many coyotes may not approach to the position because they think the distress calls is because of being busted. As a result, the pack will not approach in the approach. However, it may not always happen.

Sometimes, the coyote can come to protest. You will get a barking from the pack too. You can weaken return howls to make them less aggressive. You should also change your setup if it smells your scent. You can change the setup and call to a new place using whines and whimpers.


  1. Group and Solo Howls

Calling the coyote is an interesting and challenging task to do. Everyone wants to call the coyote without alarming them. What’s the best way to do so? Low frequency and long calls work well for calling the coyotes. The coyote call experts share the experience with the hunters. This type of calling style invites the nonaggressive coyote to investigate the sound.

You can get return howls for long range calling. However, it may not attract the coyote to investigate the sound and come to your stand.

So, what can you do? You can choose a suitable place for calling the coyote in your shooting range. You can use collective yowling sound for calling it. A calm evening can become a good time to call the coyote with a lone howl sound.

Utah State University completed a study on this situation. The main researcher Dr. Philip Lehner discussed the howl and barks of a coyote. According to him, it includes high specific information. It can be about sex, emotional state or age.

High range howls involve in contact engagement, yelps work as greeting and warning and alarm represents through agonistic.

The vocalizations can be aggressive than you think. You need to remain to prepare to tackle any adverse situation. It will create an alarm among the coyotes. It will investigate the location and wait until another group of coyotes joins them. Or, it can also leave the place when it has passed enough time on the location.

Depending on the situation, it can also smell your scent and find you. So, you need to remain to prepare against the situation. Or, it can create adverse problems for you!

Expert Opinion:

Al Morris and Garvin Young becomes the winners of World Coyote Calling Championship. Combining the yelps, distress call and howling, Morris become the best to call the coyotes. The techniques bring three-year success to both of the winners.


Now you know what do coyotes sound like and how to call them. You can use any of the sound types for calling the coyotes. However, you need to become prepare to shoot at it.

Depending on the situation, it may or may not response. Therefore, you need to choose the right time to call the coyotes. Moreover, the sound should not be aggressive towards the coyotes. Otherwise, it may not come to protest against the sound you make.

It is a good idea to shift your location if you are not prepared. Some coyotes are clever enough to smell and find you. So, it will good to change the place and prepare for a shoot. You should always make a good combination of sound calls. It will help to call and attract the coyotes quickly. Dark time is the best to call the coyotes because they become active.

Leo J. Gebhard

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