In early September, we placed a Plot Watcher Pro time lapse trail camera out to document early season patterns. What we discovered was good and troublesome all at the same time.
|Doe from Trail Cam|
Two adult does were regular entertainment on the camera however, neither of them had fawns and the reality is they should have. The other species captured on camera was a large adult coyote along with a couple of smaller ones.
At first I wasn't too alarmed. After-all, coyotes have been in this area for a while and I wasn't too sure the impact they might have on our herd. This past Sunday evening, my thoughts and suspicions transformed into reality.
|Coyote from same Trial Cam|
First of all they were closer than imagined, less than 400-500 yards away from my hunting area. Secondly, there were many more of them than I had thought also. Needless to say, I began making plans to have my hand gun with me the next time I go hunting in that spot.
Once I got back home, I began feverishly researching the effects of coyotes on deer population and wow is there plenty of stuff out there from very reputable sources. In one study, they collared 60 fawns right after they were birthed. Within months, 43 of those fawns were taken by coyotes. This equates to 80% of the kills being attributed to them which is a phenomenal success rate. (For the complete article on The Studies)
One of the guys in that article is one of my favorites in wildlife biology, Dr. Grant Woods from Bass Pro Shops 1 Source. Check him out in the video below discussing the effects of predators on your whitetail deer population:
We are putting together an eradication game plan now and I will keep you posted in the future!