Coyotes (canis latrans) or “song-dogs” in most states are an off- season or a tweener hunt, meaning between the major seasons of Deer and Duck hunting, or something to do in the winter or summer. Winter is of course, is the best time to hunt coyotes as they sport their winter cots which are far more luxurious. Summer hunting of coyotes necessitates risng much earlier since sunrise is much earlier, and the best time to catch coyotes like any other game animal is around dawn and dusk. Occasionally one will catch a coyote at other times as was the case in this writers 2011 hunt wit Arrow 5 Outfitters while stalking Black-tailed deer in Northern California, when a coyote was out and about at mid-afternoon.
Coyotes feed mostly on small animals, but also will take fawns, and when hunting in a pack will take on larger game, so if you are a deer hunter, you may consider helping the local deer herd out in the spring by taking a few coyotes out of the equation, as it will ensure a few more fawns survive, and thereby increase the deer herd size. Since California has seen decreasing deer herd sizes for some time, and since legislation has deemed that cougar cannot be hunted in California, the only predator that we can reduce and thereby reduce deer losses is to remove some of the coyote.
Some States like California do not allow the use of electronic calls or motor driven devices for the taking of game, so one of the most common devices used to attract song-dogs is the dying rabbit call. The only problem with this call is that one does not know what will come into the call, as this writer has had cougar, bear, bobcat and coyote all come into the call.