Deer & Deer Hunting

COYOTE TRAPPING: DEER MANAGEMENT’S BEST DEFENSE

Hunters and land managers are always looking to improve and protect deer on their properties. They have buck-to-doe ratios down to a science, practice quality deer management, and provide sanctuaries and food plots.

That’s fine, but what about predation from coyotes? In many areas of the country, coyotes can play a huge role in the survival rate of fawns and even healthy, mature deer. Are landowners doing enough to control coyote populations? Probably not, and trapping can help.

THE TOLL OF COYOTES

Biologists have found that coyotes can be particularly hard on fawns in the Southeast. In South Carolina, for example, a three-year study at the U.S. Forest Service’s 300-square-mile Southern Research Station found that only 16 of 60 radio-collared fawns lived past

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