How to Skin a Coyote?
Coyotes are smaller than wolves, with slender bodies and bushy tails. They have a pointed muzzle and large ears. Coyotes thrive in deserts, woodlands, tundra, and other environments except for most tropical rainforests. They tend to stay away from humans; however, their diets primarily consist of small rodents such as mice, voles, rabbits, and hares.

Coyotes are opportunistic eaters meaning they will eat anything if they can get it: plants (fruit), animals (rodents), birds (songbirds), reptiles (snakes), and amphibians (frogs).

In America, coyote hunting is seen as a sport. The International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) classifies coyote hunting using hunting knives as sustainable and ethical because coyotes are abundant and many wild animals feed on their dens. Additionally, coyotes in North America are not endangered or threatened, so the IUCN believes there is no reason to ban this activity.

It's true that some hunters may not be fair with practices - for example, shooting an animal through a fence, or using live bait - but these are bad habits, not necessarily aspects of hunting. The point of hunting is to kill animals in order to protect resources from overpopulation.

How to Hunt a Coyote?

The coyote is an opportunistic carnivore who will take whatever it can get its paws on. They are often the culprits behind livestock and chicken deaths, as well as incidents like roadkill and those fresh animals in your trashcan. Here's how to hunt a coyote!


  • Night Hunt 

Coyotes are nocturnal predators, which means you'll need to find them at night. Bring a flashlight and wear clothing with a lot of reflective properties, so they're easier to spot.

  • Set out Traps 

Use snares or wire cages with bait inside to catch them alive for hunting purposes or euthanasia if needed.

  • Set out Bait 

If live traps aren't available, or if you want immediate results, set out bait for the coyote to eat. This will lead them to a certain area where you can either shoot them or trap them. If a farmer is seeing his livestock as food for coyotes, don't be afraid to shoot them on sight.

  • Shoot at Night 

While it's safe to hunt during the day, there are more chances of injuring yourself in a nighttime hunt than one in daylight. Wear dark clothing and use a high-powered rifle with heavy ammo and scope for accuracy. If you're not comfortable with that idea, find a spot to stand for an ambush.

  • Keep an Eye on the Animal 

Don't be afraid to get up and look away from the target once in a while! Coyotes will expect this, as well as any human who is stalking them. For hunters, this means basic safety rules, like not wearing boots or leaving your gear behind. Be aware of your surroundings and have good situational awareness when hunting coyotes!

  • Never be Afraid to Shoot 

If you're too scared to shoot at an animal even when it's threatening someone else or the livestock, don't hunt! Being a hunter is all about putting yourself in dangerous situations and overcoming those fears through experience and knowledge.

Coyote Hunting

  • Never Give up 

This is the most important rule of all. If you're scared of an animal, or any animal for that matter, just remember that it's afraid of you too. It will retreat if you can make yourself seem like a threat.

  • Be Aware of Your Surroundings 

Coyotes are often scavengers who wait for the perfect opportunity before making a move or taking the easy route to food. Be aware of your surroundings when hiking and know that coyotes can be very sneaky and deceiving! 

  • Learn about Animal Behavior 

By learning about coyote behavior and how they act around humans, you'll know what to expect from them during a hunt.

Skinning a Coyote Accurately

Since coyotes are now the top predator in North America, it's a good idea to know how to skin them. There are many different ways to skin a coyote, but I'll show you the right way. 

First, cut off their head and tail with a sharp object. Then you want to use your animal hiding knife and slice an incision at the abdomen area where it's easiest to peel back the fur. After that, you can separate the fur from the inner meat of the body by bending down on both sides of your incision and pulling away at each side with your hands (being cautious not to rip any pieces).

It's important not to make the incision too big, or else the meat will fall out as well. Cut away any excess fat that is covering any of the meat and then you're finished with your coyote. The coyote skin can be used for many different things, such as moccasins, jackets, and many other cool things I bet you can think of…

Tools Required for Coyote Skinning

Coyote skinning is the process of skinning a coyote without cutting them. The tool used for coyote skinning is a pair of pliers and an awl. One step in coyote skinning includes obtaining the tail, which is done by splitting open the ass crack and rolling it up to the back of the neck with your hand.  Then, you need to make a slit parallel to the desired length with either an awl or a knife. You then roll down from this slit until you hit your free hand. 

Skinning knife

After this, you take the skinning knife and fold it under your arm. Take the skin on either side of the knife and pull down it to cut the tail off. You then need to remove any extra skin from the carcass, so you can dress it. Coyote skinning is not the easiest thing in the world to do, but if done correctly and carefully, you will have a coyote carcass in no time at all. 

Most coyote carcasses that people remove from their home ranges are not as large or as fat as these really should be according to how large they really are on average.  Bigger coyotes tend to be found in areas with a greater density of them, so it is important that you know how big the coyote really is. To find out the size of your coyote carcass, roll up its skin and count how many paws are on both sides.  

Then count the head, body, and tail. Once you have done this, multiply the number of paws by four and add one to it (ex: 8 paws x 4 = 32). Now divide all these numbers by 4, which will result in a number between 0 and 3. For example, a coyote has skinned with 45 pounds of meat on it when weighed; therefore its weight is about 178 pounds. 

Next, cut off all the meat you can. This will make it easier to dress and clean up, so you don't have to cut out large pieces all at once. To clean the coyote carcass, you can take the deadliest knife and start by cutting through all the grease from the carcass (the giblets and other innards). Once this is done, you need to put it in salt water for about two minutes. After this is done, remove it from the brine and allow it to rest for about 15 minutes before skinning.

Best Places for Coyote Hunting

Coyote hunting is the act of pursuing any coyotes. With the help of bait and a rifle, you can track these elusive animals in a variety of different terrains. The best places for coyote hunting are largely dependent on what species you are seeking and what method you prefer to hunt with. However, some places will be better than others for all types of coyote hunters. 

A good place to find coyotes is near water sources such as rivers, streams, or lakes where they may congregate looking for food or drink late at night or early in the morning. Also, a good place to find coyotes is in the open fields or woodlands. It is common for these animals to be traveling in large groups or will be feeding on a bountiful supply of food. 

In order to effectively hunt coyotes with a rifle, you should plan for stalking through the woods and keeping low. Unlike most other kinds of hunting, you will not want to be directly in front of them so as to avoid giving away your position before trying to take the shot.