See What You Missed! Predator Hunting Clinic


PSA Predator Hunting Clinic

The Peachland Sportsmen’s Association held a predator hunting clinic for the local hunting community Wed Feb 20th at the Peachland community centre.  The event was attended by about 20 people who shared their experiences and strategies for successful predator hunting.  Discussions centered around the use of traditional and electronic game calls for Coyote and Wolf  hunting but also  touched on the use of game calls for hunting other predator species such as Bobcat, Lynx, Cougar and Bears.  In addition to the hunting side of the clinic, retired trapper Ken Deward provided advice on the skinning and preparation of furs for those interested in shipping pelts to the fur auction.
The discussion which included detailed “how to” information from a few of the more successful Coyote hunters laid out some good strategies for success when using an electronic call:

  1. Pre-scout a good location to set up your calling activities. During the winter season Coyotes are busy working the winter ranges used by Mule and Whitetail Deer so concentrate your efforts in these areas looking for Canyons, and large opens spaces with good shooting options.
  2. Try to find an area with lots of tracks and if you can find a kill site where predators have been feeding you will have a big advantage.
  3. Choose your shooting position so you have a good line of site down-wind.
  4. Have your electronic caller set out at least 100 yards from your location.
  5. Plan to be in position early in the morning. Start off with a “Locator” call to see if you can get a response from local Coyotes.
  6. As soon as you get a response switch to a “Challenge”, or ” Female Coyote” call.
  7. Use “fawn in distress” calls to bring them in for a shot.  (One hunter said that he has had success calling in both Coyotes and Wolves with a “Rabbit in distress” call)
  8. After shooting immediately switch to a “Coyote in distress”.
  9. If you have not had any responses to your calling in about a half hour, pack up and move to another location.

This information should be enough to get anyone started in the right direction.  As will all hunting, time and experience will do the rest.
Thank you to everyone who came out and supported the event!  Special thanks to Amber and the team at Grouse River Outfitters for their donation of three (3) PRIMOS games calls that were awarded as door prizes.  If you were not able to attend the event, Grouse River has a great selection of hand held and electronic calls to help get you equipped for your next hunting adventure!  I would also like to thank Ken Deward for his donation of a Coyote stretching frame that was also given as a prize and thanks to Randy Rhode who let us borrow his new Fox Pro electronic game call for the evening.
Be sure to come out the Peachland Community Centre at 6:00 PM March 20th for a 2 hour Bear hunting clinic.  We will have a great panel presentation, product demos and lots of discussion to help you be successful when you head for the bush looking for boo boo.
Brenton Froehlich
Peachland Sportsmen’s Association.

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