Dr. Grant Woods from Growing Deer TV is a frequent contributor to OutdoorHub, and he recently shared this amazing video on his Facebook page. The clip was filmed by Oklahoma turkey hunter David Harris.

Watch close and hit the play button a few times. The coyote runs between two standing hen decoys, then specifically targets the hen that has been placed in the breeding position below the tom decoy. After realizing that things aren’t what they seem, the coyote prances past another hen decoy, and it’s already glancing side-to-side looking for its next meal before disappearing into heavy cover. Very interesting!


In the Facebook post, Woods asked: “Have you ever seen anything like this happen while turkey hunting?”

Thinking back on my own turkey hunting career, I’ve certainly seen plenty of coyotes, and I’ve had a few respond to my turkey calls, but they usually stop well short of shotgun or bow range. Unlike turkeys, coyotes have a keen sense of smell, and most often I think they detect ground scent left by our boots, human odor on our turkey decoys, or simply get downwind of us. After all, we usually don’t think about controlling human odor while turkey hunting.

That said, I did shoot a coyote that was stalking my turkey decoys in Florida. I had yet to kill an Osceola turkey to complete my Grand Slam, and for a moment on my first morning in Florida, I had gobblers approaching in thick cover. But then they went silent. Moments later, I found out why. A mangy coyote suddenly appeared from the cover, and he slowly put the sneak on my dekes. When he finally stepped with 25 yards, I ended his day with a load of No. 5s.

Image is a screenshot from the Facebook video

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3 thoughts on “Video: Coyote Attacks Turkey Decoy at Full Speed

  1. This is a fantastic video and should scare the daylights out of any pet or child owner and gives a perfect picture about what happens to a pet. Sure, we want coyotes lurking in our yards!! Not.

    Urban coyotes are dangerous, bold predators and need to be removed from residential areas. This requires steady and persistent trapping and hunting, both by residents and professional federal trappers. At 4-6 animals per square mile, it may be necessary to remove 20-30 animals in order to significantly reduce the population. It is good if neighboring towns will collaborate in this. If residents or officials feel threatened by pro-coyote animal rights groups, the local FBI, which is very experienced in investigation of domestic eco and animal terrorism should be notified immediately.

  2. A perfect illustration of how the nature of these vermin is changing due to the fact that they are “socially protected”.
    Folks these things need to be reduced in population. Besides being way too many, these cowardly animals are losing their fear of people because nothing happens when they encounter people.
    The past 2 turkey hunts I’ve encountered them coming in on my set up from behind me to within 25 and 15 yards. They knew I was there, that’s why they came in from behind me. Both times were following a long calling sequence. I also walked up on one to within 25 yds, just a couple days ago, while calling and walking. If I had been ready for that I’d have killed it. Who knew you could stalk coyotes?
    I’ve also noticed how reluctant turkeys have been, in last couple years, to make noise at all (except on roost) especially as they get closer to nesting. The reason being they get found when they make noise. Thankfully they still show up to a good set up and calling, but, my guess is that will change too as they encounter coyotes as a result of coming to calls as well. They sure are “cute” though, eh?

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