Since you asked, here’s some tips to help you learn how to hunt raccoons.
Whether you want to get some sweet, sweet revenge on that raccoon that trashed your garage last month, or are just trying to keep your hunting skills sharp during the winter months, raccoon hunting can be a great facet of the sport for you to involve yourself in.
Believe it or not, you don’t need to become a dusk or nighttime hunter in order to find some raccoon action. On the contrary, while the small and elusive animals are technically nocturnal, you can search them out surprisingly easily in the middle of the day, simply by using the right strategies.
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When it comes to finding a raccoon or two during a lunch break turned hunting session, it’s all about calling. Raccoons, true to their bandit-like nature, spend most of their time trying to avoid detection by people or by pretty much any type of animal that is bigger than they are.
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So while it might seem like they are out to infuriate us when they come ripping through our garbage in the middle of the night, they really don’t want to have any trouble with you: they are just hungry and are willing to look for food anywhere. Therefore, if you are hoping to see raccoons during daylight hours, you are going to have to check the human sounds at the door and start making all manner of animal sounds that might pique a raccoon’s interest.
Different hunters have differing viewpoints on which calling strategies are the most effective for bringing raccoons out into the woodwork. That’s because, just like with whitetails, raccoons will respond to calls differently depending on what time of the season it is. A male raccoon in rut will be more likely to react to an aggressive or challenging call than to anything else. Coons out of rut, on the other hand, may be more drawn to distress sounds.
As a general rule, you can actually bait and call raccoons in much the same way as you would coyotes, which is extremely helpful since the seasons for hunting both game species overlap for the most part. Get yourself a license for coyotes and another one for coons, then sit and trade off on calling with distressed squeals or aggressive challenges.
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Sooner or later, you’ll sight a raccoon or a coyote, and you’ll be in good shape if you have clearance to kill either.
If you are hunting in February, you could be in the thick of the raccoon rut, meaning that you will be dealing with a lot of aggressive and territorial males. For situations like these, try to mimic the sound of a raccoon fight. Male raccoons in February are, quite literally, looking for a fight, so if you simulate one, your targets will almost certainly come looking for you.
Also important when you are hunting raccoons is where you are laying your hunt. For most types of game animals, we either hit the woods or head to the field. However, those spots aren’t always the best for tracking down garbage-obsessed raccoons. Try hunting near landfills or as close to suburban areas as you can.