Todd "Dogbreath" Sullivan
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Michigan Coyote Hunting
Coyotes are found throughout the state of Michigan from big woods and cedar swamps of the Upper Peninsula to the suburban neighborhoods and farmlands of southern Michigan. They are most abundant in the Upper and northern Lower Peninsulas. Every area of the Michigan is experiencing a growing coyote population along with a growing population of coyote hunters.
Coyotes are extremely adaptable and survive in virtually all habitat types common in Michigan. They thrive in areas where adequate food, cover, water and safety are available. Urban areas can also support coyotes that are happy to obtain their food supply from domestic dogs and cats.
The size of a coyote's home range depends on the food and cover resources available and on the number of other coyotes in an area, but it generally averages between 8 and 12 square miles. Coyote mating season in Michigan takes place from mid-January through February into early March. Mated pairs and 4-7 recently born pups occupy the home range during the spring and summer seasons in Michigan.
Mating season is prime time to call and hunt coyotes in Michigan. Like whitetail deer, coyotes become more active and territorial during this time. Younger coyotes are often forced out of areas as mated pairs establish breeding territories. With snow on the ground, this can be also be a difficult time for coyotes to find food and are required to increase movement and hunting activity.
Michigan coyote season runs from July 15th through April 15th. Some areas of Michigan have hunting restrictions during deer season and it is best to check the state hunting laws each season. You can also hunt at night in Michigan from October 15th through March 31st.
Calling coyotes with hand held calls or using an electronic game call is the fastest growing hunting sport in Michigan. Coyotes respond to your call out of hunger, territorial issues, social issues or curiosity. Most of your responses will be from hunger and territorial issues.
The majority of all coyotes are called in using prey distress sounds. The good old fashioned rabbit-in-distress sound has probably been used to call in more Michigan coyotes than all the others combined. This proven calling technique will be replaced any time soon.
Using coyote sounds like howling have become more popular for Michigan coyote hunters.
Using coyote sounds for calling can be very effective. Beginners may want to start out with some simple distress calling and learn the basics. It can get a little tricky when you're trying to talk to the coyote in its own language.
Although you can call in coyotes at any time, the best time to hunt is usually early morning and late evening. Night hunting offers its own set of challenges.
Hunting coyotes in Michigan can be very exciting and challenging. As the population increases so does the opportunity for you to add coyote hunting to your list of hunting activities.
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