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    How to Bag a Predator: 5 Things You Need to Be a Complete Predator Hunting

    No, we're not talking about ridding the world of one of those pervs that you see being set up on TV. We're talking about bagging a predator of a different type; you know, the Wile E. Coyote type. With predator hunting kicking into high gear these next few months we talked to some of the predator hunters we have around the office here at Sportsman's and compiled a list of a few things you'll want to bring with you. No matter how long you've been hunting predators you'll want to have everything listed, and if you're new to the sport, consider this your new shopping list. Read More ...

    1. A Good Hand Call and a Reliable Electronic Call

    If you are brand new to predator hunting, this is where to start. Calls are vital to bringing that predator in close enough for a shot. There are advantages and disadvantages to both types of calls, so it's important to have and know how to use both. A hand call is great at fooling a predator since no two people are going to use the call exactly the same way. These predators aren't like that dumb cartoon coyote that is constantly making mistakes; they're sharp and if you're in a well hunted area they'll already recognize the sounds coming from your electronic call. Hand calls do require a lot of practice, so be sure to pick up some ear plugs for your family, or risk being put in the dog house.

    Electronic calls help you jump right into predator hunting, but as I said earlier, you could run the risk of your call being recognized. Many electronic calls, however, come with a variety of sounds to help give you the right illusion. You're going to have a lot more volume on tap as well. This is important if you're out in windy conditions, if your call is being muffled by the wind then you're in for a long day. More advanced electronic calls also come with a remote control, which allows you to put some distance between you and where you're drawing your predator in to. You'll want to place the electronic call about 25 to 50 yards away from where you'll be shooting. Use your calls wisely and make sure you know how and when to use them.

    2. Camo

    Let's be honest with ourselves for a second. In most forms of hunting, having the right style of camo probably isn't going to make too much of a difference. It's more about comfort and style than how well it hides you. Predator hunting is the exception. If there is snow on the ground, then you better make sure you've got some snow colored camo. Are you going to be ducking down in the high desert sage? Then get yourself some good desert camo. You'll want to scout out the area you'll be hunting so be sure you know what forms of vegetation and conditions you'll be hiding in. These predators nab their prey because they are smart and have good eyes; unless you plan on sitting in the snow all day using your calls until you're hoarse, get some good camo that matches your surroundings. It is winter so be sure you have some good base layers and boots that will keep you warm while you're out in the bitter cold. Predator hunting often involves a lot of sitting, so be sure you have the right type of clothes to keep you warm while you wait.

    3. An Effective Decoy

    Predator decoys are great at helping you create the perfect illusion to bag whatever you're after. The extra motion can create the curiosity your predator needs to come out into the open. Some predators are smart enough to look for movement associated with a distressed animal before making an approach --these are some very smart animals. A predator decoy can also keep the predator's attention away from any small movements that you make while grabbing your gun or lining up your shot. Decoys work best in hilly terrain or where a predator might use a vantage point to spot their prey. Be sure to keep extra batteries for your decoy on hand in case the old ones stop working.

    4. A Day Pack

    Don't forget that you'll need something to carry all your gear in. As stated before, predators have sharp eyes so be sure your gear can easily blend into your surroundings, otherwise it'll stick out like a sore thumb and keep you from making the kill. Having a comfortable backpack is often understated, but can really help make the journey to your spot a little easier. If you are well equipped then you'll have a lot of things to carry and having a comfortable day pack can really help ease the load. Think of it as investing in not having a sore back the day after the hunt; you'll thank me later.

    5. Having the Right Spot

    Location, location, location. Any hunter knows that being in the right place can make all the difference. Scout out the area you plan on hunting in advance, the days are long gone where you could just set up shop and call one in. Plan out when and where you're going to be. You could even try setting up some trail cameras to be sure you're in the right area. Look for fresh droppings and tracks. Do your homework.

    On your way in, be sure to walk into the wind so your scent doesn't run off any potential predators. When setting up a stand, you should take into consideration the following things: First, you'll need to be hidden, so find an area that can hide you and your gear. Next, be in an area that gives you visibility in all directions; you'll never know which way your predator might come. Try to make yourself comfortable; you could be in your stand for a while, so it's worth investing in a good stadium chair to keep something between you and the ground. Keep at it and don't get discouraged too easily; these are some very smart and crafty animals. While the cartoon character doesn't live up to his name, these predators are sure to have wiles to keep you guessing.