If you are hunting coyotes in an area with turkeys and the coyotes are not responding to the rabbit, mouse, or fawn in distress calls; try talking turkey. As a long time year-round turkey hunter it is most annoying at how often coyotes come in and come in close looking for a turkey dinner. Coyotes have investigated turkey calling during all seasons, spring, summer, fall and winter.
On December 31st the last day of Wisconsin turkey fall season the sub-zero temperatures were too cold for Vic, the turkey dog to hunt. Sadly, he had to stay home while I went hunting. Setting up for cold calling takes on a whole new dimension.
After setting up, I started making lost turkey sounds; these are a series of loud yelps trailing off as if the voice was breaking at the end. Picture yourself yelling until your vocal chords become strained causing the sound to fade and crackle. That’s what a lonesome, lost turkey sounds like as it tries in vain to find a companion. A young bird of the year will throw in some Kee-kees.
Within 20 minutes this coyote made the mistake of thinking I was going be the turkey dinner. A Federal premium 3 inch, #5 Third Degree turkey shell dropped her in her tracks.
Yes, coyotes prey on wild turkeys. Why would they not?
If you are a coyote hunter take a turkey call out with you and see what happens, you may just be pleasantly surprised. And we turkey hunters will be grateful one less coyote is looking for a turkey dinner. Good luck.