The Best Coyote Hunting Light: 5 Features You Must Have
The best coyote light is going to play to the few disadvantages nature's premier predator has. Coyotes have great eye sight, hearing, smell, and agility which makes it very difficult for predator hunters to see them long enough to get a shot off. Many times coyotes will come and go while a night hunter never even knew they were there.
Before we ask ourselves what the 5 must have features are, lets dive into a coyotes weak points.
While it is true that coyotes have good vision, they have a hard time seeing higher wavelength colors. The approximate high end of the wavelength spectrum they can see is near 540 nm, which is very close to green in color. Red is near 660 nm wavelength, which is why coyotes have a very hard time seeing it.
Separate from colorations, coyotes do have better night vision and sensitivity to movement compared to humans. We humans are able to level the playing field by utilizing our gadgets and accessories.
THEY LET EVERYONE KNOW WHERE THEY ARE
If you've ever been in coyote territory at night, you've most likely heard their high pitched yipping and howling they make prior to going on their nightly hunt. If you're calling in a dominant male coyote's territory - you may hear the dominant male howling or even barking at you from a distance.
These can both make your skin crawl if it's the first time you've been exposed to it, but the best coyote hunters are able to use this to their advantage. The coyotes are telling you exactly where they are, leaving it up to you to move in close and find them.
THEY LOOK BACK WHEN THEY RETREAT
If you're a quick, sharp shooter - this can play to your advantage. They have a habit of always looking back when they retreat, which gives a coyote hunter eye shine to go off of in attempting to take a shot.
Coyotes are very heavy sleepers, which is why it's not always a complete shock for someone to stumble upon a sleeping coyote in a field or pasture. The flip side is that they typically sleep during the day as they are more active at night.
5 Features Your Coyote Light Must Have
We've managed to compile some of the coyote's weak points, now how can we take advantage of these weak points when looking for a quality coyote hunting light?
As discussed above, coyotes are color blind by nature and have a hard time seeing red. They have a hard time seeing green as well, but red is a better color because it is a higher wavelength and gives you some "buffer" from the cut off of what wavelength light their eyes are able to see. Put this to your advantage by utilizing red coyote hunting lights in your arsenal.
Take advantage of coyotes telling us where they are. Come in to their territory with your light dimmed down until you locate them, then turn up the heat!
Coyotes have great vision and they are able to pick up on the smallest movements and even shadows coming from light beams. The best way to locate and keep tabs on a shy coyote is to be capable of adjusting the intensity of the coyote light prior to illuminate the coyote without spooking them. It's always good practice to increase intensity to full intensity right before you take the shot.
FLOOD AND LONG RANGE COMBINATION
Next time the coyote looks back after a missed shot, get redemption with a coyote hunting light that is still lighting them up while you're reloading!
A study once found that coyotes will circle their prey within a large area, in attempt to validate what is going on with all of their senses prior to committing to the prey. Predator hunters lure them in with calls, pretending to be the coyote's prey. Thus, coyotes will do the same to predator hunters. It is important to have a wide flood light to be capable of picking up coyote eyes across a large area, but it is equally important to have the ability to reach out long range to spot coyotes before they commit. There are very few lights capable of doing both of these features, with the Predator Cannon Hunting Light as one of the best there is at lighting up an entire field.
You may be tracking through fields on foot, riding your side by side through the woods, or hunting from the high rack on back of your truck. Regardless of where you are chasing coyotes, your light needs to be versatile for all of these scenarios. A quality light capable of lighting up large areas, reaching out long range, and being versatile is hard to find but essential. The Predator Cannon Hunting Light comes with a variety of mounting choices. The standard option is the side-mounted brackets which are great for mounting the light to your side by side, high rack, car or truck. An added option is the bottom-mounted brackets which give you more flexibility to get creative with the light and even mount it to your own tripod or hand grip. 200 watts of red coyote light illuminating an entire field in the grips of your hands is second to none.
STRONG & NON-REFLECTIVE HOUSING
You've found a piece of land to hunt, located the coyote, made it to the right spot, set up your hunting rig, and the last thing you need to ruin your night of calling is moonlight reflecting off the housing of your scan light while hunting those pesky animals. Another common one I've heard of is dropped the light from a high rack which ends up breaking. Now you've got a gun that works but no way to see the coyotes. The flat black, strong aluminum housing of the Predator Cannon Hunting Light was designed for these instances, leaving you with the confidence that your coyote hunting light will always be there to shine.