Ken and Steve in Rawlins WY

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Predator Calling Sequences
A typical calling sequence using a howler. 
Less is More Start off with a Yip Yip Hooowl followed by another Yip Yip Hooowl.  Wait three to five minutes and repeat the previous sequence one time.  At about 10 minutes into the stand, give a few rabbit squalls and see what happens.  This is a style we use based on Bill Austin's instructional tapes.  It follows the "Less is More" philosophy.
A more vocal calling sequence using a howler. 
More is Better Start off with a Yip Yip Hooowl followed by another Yip Yip Hooowl.  We wait two to three minutes and give a flurry of yips and howls mixed together for 15 to 30 seconds.   Really whoop it up, like you're a young pup all excited.  Wait about thirty seconds and repeat.  Do this three of four times.  At about 10 to 14 minutes into the stand, we usually give a few rabbit squalls and see what happens.  This is a style we use based on hearing coyotes out in the field.  It's also a good change after using the "Less is More" philosophy and not getting anything to come in.  I guess you could say this follows the "More is Better" philosophy.
Double howling.
Two Callers are Better than One Start off with a Yip Yip Hooowl followed by another Yip Yip Hooowl using a male or deeper sounding howler.  You can get this sound using a Silver Dog Howler by moving farther up toward the rubber bands or removing one of the bands.  Wait three minutes and repeat.  During the second Yip Yip Hooowl, have the second caller come in with a Yip Yip Hooowl followed by another Yip Yip Hooowl using a female or younger pup sound.  If there are coyotes around, they will usually talk back at this point, but not sooner.  At about 10 to 14 minutes into the stand, give a few rabbit squalls and see what happens.
A more vocal calling sequence using double howling.
Lots More is Even Better Start off with a Yip Yip Hooowl followed by another Yip Yip Hooowl.  We wait two to three minutes and give a flurry of yips and howls mixed together for 15 to 30 seconds.   Both callers are calling at the same time.  Really whoop it up, like there is a whole family of coyotes singing out.  Wait about thirty seconds and repeat.   Do this three of four times.  At about 10 to 14 minutes into the stand, we usually give a few rabbit squalls and see what happens.  This follows the "Lots More is Even Better" philosophy.
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Mike Armstrong with a howled in Wyoming coyote.

 

Learn to blow your Silver Dog Howler

Call Placement With the reed toward the roof of your mouth, slide the mouth piece in until your upper lip touches the green band. Then rest your 2 top teeth on the reed, but don’t bite it. I usually tip the horn slightly up from the horizontal position. You are now ready to start making some sound.
Making sound with a Silver Dog Howler
Howl With the call in the correct "call placement", give a gentle, steady blow. It should sound like owwww. Give another blow, only longer this time like owwwwwwww. Now try to blow a bit stronger in the middle like owwWWWWWwww. This is a basic siren howl that can be used to locate coyotes.
Yip Let’s try to yip. Give a quick burst of air (not too hard) and then shut off the air flow by moving your tongue to the roof of your mouth. This will make the yips sound crisp and sharp. If you try this without the call in your mouth, it sounds like wwwwt. Move the mouth piece a very little bit out of your mouth as you yip. These are short, excited, young sounding yips with the Silver Dog Howler.
Yips and Howl Let’s put it all together. It sounds like yip yip owwWWWWWwww. You can vary the tone during the howl by tipping the call left or right. This will put a little more pressure on one side of the reed. My brother ends the howl the same way you yip, pressing your tongue to the roof of your mouth. I’ve started to do this myself and like it quite well. You get a yip yip owwWWWWwwwip. It ends the howl more abruptly. Another option is to simply stop blowing to end the howl. It’s up to you.
Coyote Distress You will blow quick bursts of air, trying to sound like a hurt coyote. Sounding like eeEEE eeEE eeEEE. You raise your tongue toward the roof of your mouth to get the higher sound at the end, but don’t shut the air all the way off by pressing your tongue to the roof.
Challenge Howl I just use my mouth for this. Give a bark, bark, oWWW. I typically challenge howl after I’ve been challenged by another coyote. Your best bet is to do exactly what they do. It’s not that hard. Early on we would use a howler, but didn’t have very good luck getting coyotes to come in. I believe challenging with the howler sounded to tough and intimidated the coyote. Why come in only to get beat up by a bigger coyote? If the other coyote sounds wimpy, he’ll come over with lots of confidence, ready to fight.


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