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  • The past few deer seasons have sucked (archery and rifle), and I have long known why: coyotes. The coyotes have established popu

    The past few deer seasons have sucked (archery and rifle), and I have long known why: coyotes. The coyotes have established populations that now are beginning to get out of hand. The deer are unable to inhabit the area at all. The cover, water source, and food supply are all there for them: there is even a 180 acre corn lot (dairy farm) for them to chow at. It also seems the turkey populations are dwindling. My question is: would it be better (easier) to trap them or shoot them? I have tried calling them in on many occasions and have failed. (It seems like the only time I see them with a gun in hand is when I am turkey hunting.) These dogs are like ghosts and I only know they are there from the many tracks and \*\*\*\*s around on the dirt roads and stuff. Please help. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

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    Trapping is the most effective way to control animal populations particularly the elusive ones like coyotes. A couple of years ago I taught some young lads the fine art of snaring; now a days referred to as cable restraints. Those young men took to the task and now a coyote sighting or howling is a rare thing in the area.
    later,
    charlie

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    • #3
      Coyote and wolf populations are cyclic -- not much consolation when other species are low in numbers.In our area of the province of Ontario--our antlerless deer draw has been cut to 500 tags in our wildlife management unit.This is in part to a couple of winters with heavy snow and as our Ministry of Natural Resources admits;pressure on the population from predators.Hopefully we are on the inverse of the curve--more deer /less predators.With whitetail numbers- and hopefully other food sources for predators are showing population reductions as well;there will be a noticeable decrease in wolves and coyotes.It is frustrating -- lots of stories last year from deer camps of low numbers after years of great hunts and lots of steaks and roasts for everyone.Farmers are noticing the high numbers of predators-claims for livestock kill at our county level have gone through the roof;prompting farm meetings and task forces to deal with predation --venison to fresh lamb -- and even urban developments are seeing far to many coyotes in backyards--some pets have disappeared as well.In short everyone is noticing the high population and impact.So any way you can take one out -- natural correction can come fast enough for many here.

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      • #4
        Alright, thanks for the advice.

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        • #5
          Are there alot of bears in the area as well, alot of population decline for deer happens because the young fawns often don't make it due to yotes and hungry bears that stumble across them. I've also read that to put a significant dent in a coyote population you have to remove more than 50% of the local population.

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          • #6
            Coyotes are very wary and have senses almost beyond belief and hunt at night, trapping is the most effective control method. Some states offer training classes through the conservation department. If none are available try to find a trapper to mentor you, much quicker and more effecient than the trial and error method I used.

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            • #7
              Yoda: 0 bears. More than 50%!: I've got a lot of work to do. Ha, ha!
              clydejr: Okay, will do. Thanks for the advice.

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              • #8
                If you were in NW Arkansas, I can put a dent in that population!

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