Benefits of Coyote Hunting for Bowhunters

Benefits of Coyote Hunting

Found in all 50 states, coyotes are ready to wreak havoc on your deer herd. And, it’s not just on rut-weary bucks. It’s also on less-than-healthy does and spring fawns. Here are a few benefits of coyote hunting for bowhunters.

Benefits of Coyote Hunting

Coyotes are Moving into Big-Buck Areas

According to numerous studies by the U.S. Forest Service as well as other privately funded study groups, coyotes are pressing into suburban areas. This is the same suburban areas where many bowhunters chase big bucks on small tracts. In addition, some studies indicate coyotes are becoming increasingly dangerous.

Fatal attacks are extremely rare. However, increasing numbers of coyotes moving into suburban areas can be disastrous not only for deer, but also for people. A number of attacks on children and adults alike show that coyotes are aggressive predators.

Rut Weakened Bucks are Easy Prey

According to Dan Brauch, a biologist for the Colorado Division of Wildlife, coyotes are more prone to prey on young fawns and smaller-sized does.

However, he noted that bucks—particularly those bucks running on weakened fat supply and exhausting from a hard rut—are common targets for hungry song dogs.

Coyotes Kill Half of All Fawns

Coyotes are proving to be more threatening to deer populations that many of us ever imagined, according to a study by U.S. Forest Service research biologist John Kilgo in South Carolina.

Kilgo and his crew collared and tracked 216 fawns over a seven-year period. He noted that the number of coyote-killed fawns was higher than expected. It was enough affect deer populations. In some scenarios, three out of every four fawns were killed by coyotes during their first week of life, according to Kilgo’s studies.

 

These are just a few of the many benefits of coyote hunting for bowhunters. For more information on our customized bow hunting blind options or to order your customized bow hunting blinds, don’t hesitate to contact us with the link below!

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