Are electronic call legal in California? Obviously they are under certain conditions, but I was tol a couple of years ago that I can not use them. I guess I could get off my lazy ass and check Fish and Game, just looking for some advice. I have a moving rabbit decoy, do you ever use them? P.s. I’m hunting around Mt. Hamilton in Santa Clara county and have killed a few but would like hunt more varmits after the fire and let the game birds recover.I don't use set sequences because I don't want the sound to change if I have a coyote heading my way. It is very easy to switch sounds with the remote when you want to change sounds so I don't use sequences.
I don't start out my calling stands with coyote vocals because quite a few coyotes do not want to confront other coyotes.
If I hear coyotes calling or challenge me I do challenge them back. Around here coyotes challenge me fairly often right after I start using rabbit, rodent or bird distress sounds. I have Male Coyote Challenge 4 sound as one of my pre-set sounds set on full volume so I can instantly challenge back to the coyote that just challenged me. Instantly challenging them back really ticks them off!
If you get challenged back and the the challenging coyote goes silent there is a good chance that coyote is heading your way. If he just keeps challenging you, switch to coyote growls or fight sounds and pup distress sounds to get the coyote or coyotes to come in. Just playing these sounds for 10 seconds or so and then switching to another sound for 10 seconds, I am trying to make it sound like the biggest coyote fight they have ever heard.
If a coyote is challenging you off in the distance but won't come in, get 1/4 mile to 1/2 mile closer without being seen or heard and challenge them again.
I do use more coyote vocal sounds in December, January and February. During these 3 months I use Pup Distress 3 and the Male Challenge 4 sound towards the end of my calling stands most of the time.
Thank you!! My coyote calling seems to be more of a warning call to coyote. I will buy an electronic call this wee. Thank you again.Nongame birds and nongame mammals may be taken in any manner except as follows:
I copied and pasted the above from the California Fish and Wildlife hunting regulations. Bobcats are not legal to hunt now in California as of Jan 1st, 2020.
- (a) Poison may not be used.
- (b) Recorded or electrically amplified bird or mammal calls or sounds or recorded or electrically amplified imitations of bird or mammal calls or sounds may not be used to take any nongame bird or nongame mammal except coyotes, bobcats, American crows and starlings.