gtk wrote:Very interesting read. Makes me rethink those mornings that I let coyotes walk because I didn't want to mess up my mornign deer hunt..
I am thinking that we may be messing up a lot of future hunts with that mentality that we all fall into.
There are very few does on the property I own, but I always have a ton of young bucks. I am thinking the yote population may play a role in this. I think maybe I have the best food source and cover, but that the yotes harass the does with little ones so much that they stay away. The young bucks seem to be aggressive towards the dang things as I have seen them chasing the coyotes. I watched a piar of coyotes circling a doe with two fawns one day on my rifle range......well watched until I could get a get a gun loaded. I wounded both coyotes, I think both fatally.
I am going to get serious about handling these dogs. I am in a great hunting camp right now, but I miss hunting my home place. It just is not a lot of fun to hunt at home knowing that there are only about two deer around that I should shoot. I quit shooting does about 7 years ago on my property and the situation has not improved.