I was born in 1967 and grew up on a beef cattle farm in north Florida. I grew up hunting, fishing and trapping. I got into coyote hunting around 1982. Up until then we didn’t have any coyotes that we knew of. Once I started coyote hunting everything else started going on the back burner. Coyote hunting just seemed to always be on my mind. I learned what I know of eastern coyotes by trial and error; there were not any other coyote hunters around that I knew of. Not having any coyote hunters in my area made it much easier for me to get access to land to hunt. The problem was there was no one to learn from. There was an explosion in the coyote population around 1990 and I was able to call and kill a lot of coyotes during that time.
I moved to Nashville TN in 2001 and got on line for the first time. Up until then I didn’t know there were any other coyote hunters in the east. I soon realized there were a few of us around and was able to meet a few in person. After living in Nashville for 3 years I ended up moving to my present home in north Alabama. It took me a few years to establish decent hunting grounds here. I now have several places to hunt.
My son came to visit and we got to talking about coyote hunting and he still had lots of questions for me. I had a small video camera and decided to start filming my hunts for him to learn from. I started sending him articles and film clips and in the process realized there was not a lot of info for the eastern coyote hunter. My filming continued to grow and decided to put together a video for the public. I created a production company called Crow Creek Productions, hence the title CCP. It has been a little over a year and a half and I should be done by the fall of 08’. The name of the video will be “Eastern Coyotes.Com Vol 1”.
Since starting the video I also felt there needed to be more info on the net specifically for the eastern coyote hunter. This is how this site came to be; hopefully with the help of fellow eastern coyote hunters we will be able to help the new guys needing eastern coyote hunting information.
I will also add there are many great eastern coyote callers out there. Most of the greatest coyote callers I have meet are not on the internet. Keep Calling
My name is Ed Lay, aka; weedwalker. I'm from London,Ky in the southeast part of the state. I've lived in London for 20 years and grew up mostly in northern Kentucky and also lived in central Indiana for a few years.
I got my first gun, a 20 gauge single shot shotgun when I was 10 years old. My Dad then began taking me out squirrel hunting mostly and teaching me the way of the woods. It wasn't long before I was creeping around the woods on my own and getting my limit of squirrels on a regular basis. As I got older, I began hunting quail, grouse, deer and turkey.
My first experiences with any kind of predator hunting were in the early 90's. I had bought a Haydels rabbit distress hand call and took off to the woods. I didn't have any idea what I was doing, but I eventualy started getting fox to come in for a shot.There was nobody to learn from except for the western style of predator hunting. After a while I figured out that style of hunting didn't work well in my area.
Then I finally discovered the internet. I met some good coyote hunters on there and a few that lived in my area and began to learn from them. Learning about set-ups, the wind, sounds and calls to use, and scouting specificly for coyotes. I've picked up a lot of tips along the way, then tailored them to fit the type of terrain I hunt. And it has helped me to harvest several coyotes. I hunt 95% of the time on public property where the coyotes are subject to drive by shooting and people doing all sorts of outdoor activities. They are very shy and tough to hunt, but can be called if you're persistant enough.
I hunt with a shotgun inside the woods a lot. And I also rifle hunt the reclaimed strip mines in my area. But the thrill of a coyote charging in full bore on me inside the woods while using my shotgun is a thrill that surpasses anything else I've ever hunted. The coyote is a greater adversary than any other game I've gone after. Their keen sense of smell, sight, and hearing will challenge even the best of hunters. If you have called and taken an eastern coyote, you have taken a trophy.
Good luck to you all on your outdoor adventures.