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For those of you that don't think coyotes eat deer

This took place today 02/07/11
 
IN FARGO

in the daylight

I hope this puts to rest the misconception that coyotes do not kill deer!

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Wow. Good pics. I've seen yotes kill deer once. I've seen them packing around deer legs etc several times.

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A couple years ago I drew an antelope buck tag and I shot a nice buck... after I made the shot I watched the herd walk over a hill and by the time we got to the buck a pack of yotes had found my buck and we had to shoot one of them to run them off... when I reached my buck there was nothing left of the hind quarters and all in about 20 min... craziest thing I have ever seen... nature can be very cruel, but now i have a story every time i look at the horn mount.

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i expect this in rural areas but not in town. i have seen fox and mink but those are the biggest predators i have seen along the river.

the fact that they are along the river does not surprise me but to be so bold to kill a deer in the middle of the day is a new concept to me

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Good photos Tyler, I would be hard pressed not  to take a crack at that yote.

I brought home a fresh yote awhile back and my wife said  "How cute", till I pulled it's jowls back and showed her they are a killin machine. How close did you get?

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moms neighbor took the pics. she apparently did not have the presence of mind to call her local "predator manegment personell" aka me. lol  i woulda left work in a heartbeat.

the yote is like 30 yards from her rear porch window.

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I would have shot that freaking coyote.  And if I would not have had a gun, I would have ran out there and scared him off.  I'd rather have the deer around than the coyote.  I understand it's "natural" and everything, but still. 

Amazing pictures though.  My brother has shot 20 of them this winter... and ALL of them in the same place (near Crosby).  It's insane.  I hope he shoots a pile more.

-Justin 

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dakota1977 Said:
.  I hope he shoots a pile more.

-Justin 

+1

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Its Fargo - arm pit captial of the world --- I im the deer - i would be eaten too -- who TF wants to be outside tonight.  Full stomach or not.  Barrow is about 10 degrees warmer right now. 

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moosehunter09 Said:
i expect this in rural areas but not in town. i have seen fox and mink but those are the biggest predators i have seen along the river.

the fact that they are along the river does not surprise me but to be so bold to kill a deer in the middle of the day is a new concept to me

why didn't someone kill it someone must have a 22 and a snow blower that happened to backfire. the carb on the blower flooded. dump some gas on the floor.
 most of the snowblowers would flood trying to start them at 0 or lower and backfire
or find an oldJ8 champion and increase the gap to about .060 then it will backfire.

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Haha, there are people who dont think coyotes kill deer? You're kidding, right? I mean, nobody can be that stupid.

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I have no doubts that coyotes kill deer.  I live just outside the FM area and have only seen a couple coyotes so far this year that i never had a shot at, the feral or free ranging dogs have been hell on the deer but I plan on supplementing their diet with a bit of lead as soon as possible.

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Haha, there are people who dont think coyotes kill deer? You're kidding, right? I mean, nobody can be that stupid.

is that sarcasm?

if you look on other threads it is a common conclusion many have made that coyotes are
A incapable of taking down a deer
B more interested in meals that are less work
C "studies" show that deer are not a part of the coyotes diet 

the proof is in the pudding, or in this case the photos

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moose, that by fargo country club? kind of what the background looks like. just across the river from me( well about 1/2 mile south) been seeing 8-10deer down by interstate 94 bridge.

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moosehunter09 Said:

BringingThePAIN Said:
Haha, there are people who dont think coyotes kill deer? You're kidding, right? I mean, nobody can be that stupid.

is that sarcasm?

if you look on other threads it is a common conclusion many have made that coyotes are
A incapable of taking down a deer
B more interested in meals that are less work
C "studies" show that deer are not a part of the coyotes diet 

the proof is in the pudding, or in this case the photos

No, it wasn't. I don't remember reading any of those threads, where people didnt think coyotes ate deer. I thought that was common sense. Wow.

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http://www.fishingbuddy.com/attention_all_hunters

this is one of the threads i an talking about. take note of multis first post. he will get a kick out of this thread

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Now, why go and  post something like that to put egg on the face of the G&F in regards to predator impact upon deer. First off, in Fargo there is enough feral cats to keep most coyotes fed. This simply has to be a photo shop and you simply took pictures of a deer deer being fed upon by the coyote whom are simply scavengers not predators!!!!!!!

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The most coyotes Ive seen running around together was 5. I saw pack of 4 during muzzle loader season. A group like that would make short work of a deer in deep snow. They dont have a chance if they get off trail

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I am all about shooting every coyote I see, but I don't think they are as detrimental to the deer population as one may think.  coyotes are opportunistic feeders (just like most animals)  and I think it's alot safer and easier for a yote to stay in a 200 square foot area and pick off mice for a meal vs. trying to overpower a 200lb deer or even risk picking off a fawn.

Yes I know coyotes eat deer, but just one lone dog isn't dining on big game all by himself, and in the central part of the state I have never seen more than 2 together at a time.  although I am sure they can and do pack up here and go after deer, but I don't think its enough to really worry about.  In fact, I'd guess poaching and motor vehicle collisions do more damage than the coyotes do.

I looked at stomach contents research results for various studies in different states with different institutions (one study was on over 8,000 individuals) and found that only between 1 and 3% (depending on the season and location) of the coyotes diet was deer.  The rest was mice and other similar small mammals, carion (road kill) fruits, (wild plums crab apples etc.) bugs, snakes etc etc.  basically anything edible, other than deer.

I guess all I'm trying to say is, don't be so hard on yourself next time you forget the rifle.  You'll do more good and make more money turning in a poacher...way more money!

What part of my post in that thread says coyotes don't eat deer?

these photos will change deer management in North Dakota forever.  I don't think the game and fish had a clue.

I think the harsh winter with deep snow and extended periods of sub zero temps are more to blame than the dog.

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Coyotes kill deer. It's called the food chain. It's happened for years. This year is no different. Doesn't mean they kill all the deer. The weak don't make it. We kill pheasants, fish, DEER. It's the food chain!

Game and Fish also know it's been going on. It's natural game management.

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G/F  don't even come close to taking  coyotes killing fawns into consideration,  Coyotes have been wiping out the fawn crop up here in  the NW  hard for last 10 years........What did they do?  Give out MORE doe tags for a new  "managment goal".       We live here so we see all the does running around without fawns every fall.    They take nothing into consideration but depredation complaints and thier checkbook.    Professional.

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Just thought everyone should know that the only way i kill coyotes is road hunting or if one gets up while walking for deer.    

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They may acknoweldge it goes on, but do not factor in predator impact upon recruitment. I like these guys but I was in Whapeton last spring listening to Randy speak on this issue. He was giddy with the fact we had a much shorter and milder winter and recruitment for the 09 year class was to be good.  Thus peope like myself and others who wanted steeper cuts in doe tags where pooh hooed as being alarmists. That the big jump in predators in the areas where not of any concern. Have heard this from the G&F for a number of years as many hunters and landowners from various units kept reporting fawn births, but the disappearance of the faws during the months of June,July,August.

Fast forward to the meeting in VC and we got the song and dance that the long winter caused the does to have weak fawns that died after birth. They dismissed the fact that in my case hunting 3 days the first weekend I saw a total of 22 deer (some likely more than once) and 32 coyotes. Dismiss the fact that farmers where reporting seeing no deer in the corn while harvesting. Our renter harvested 1000 acres of corn and saw 2 deer. Just 3 years ago they where seeing hundreds of deer on this same ground in the corn.

I am not blaming the drop in deer solely on coyotes, I understand the impact of the last few winters, but predator impact when you have a high level of predators and low deer numbers is a factor that needs to be included in the recruitment numbers. The old song and dance that we have always had coyotes is simply a response that shows they have no clue in this regard.

SNOW,COLD, are the main factors that influence deer numbers, but they are not the only factors. People including myself have been monitoring the deer yards in our home area. The fact that you see one to two young deer per 100 animals tells the real story. No recruitment from a host of factors including predators and loss due to climate conditions have deer populations in portions of almost every unit at levels equivalent to the mid 1970's.

In my lifetime I have seen fence row to fence row farming and the return of CRP and game to the landscape.Now we face again the prosepect of fence row to fence row again! Sportsman are our own worst enemy in that we fail to look forward and focus to much on the now!

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I've been talking to some friends that have been watching coyotes take deer out of thier local herd at a rate of almost a deer a day.  That really was shocking to me, but we went out driving around and in a few hours seen nearly 20 dogs.  (killed 4)  Its pretty amazing the imbalance we have at the moment. 

At the same time I am in agreeance that I believe the winter takes more deer than predators, but I think everybody is fairly aware of that.  What I don't understand is why a department that works for the people will not listen to what the people have to say and take it to heart.?.  My personal feeling is maybe we should be electing our directors instead of appointing them.  I'm not sure if that is the answer or not... 

Nice pictures moosehunter!  Very impressive!

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Saw two fox the other day IN Minot city limits. They were camped out a couple hundred yards from a group of deer. I suppose, just waiting for a tired/sick deer to tip over.

 


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Hardwater,

My feelings on coyotes are similar in that they are obviously not the sole contributor to issues not only in deer but other wildlife populations but they will be a culprit and to me, a big culprit for a couple years AFTER major winters.

Yotes are survivors.  Most of the mange yotes have already died.  We now have a good population of coyotes who are seasoned survivors.  Yes, mange will be a player because of large populations but right now, the coyotes are in strong numbers.

With the loss of upland, big game and other prey the coyotes survive off of the coyotes will ultimately start to decline naturally.  But that doesn't happen over night because coyotes are natural born survivors.

So what happens (and this is my opinion) is we have a strong population of coyotes putting a pretty good smack down on surviving upland, big game and other prey.  Their smack down is similar to how we as Lake Sakakawea anglers have been putting a nasty smack down on the 2004 and 2005 ish year class of walleyes.  We've been beating up on that population and will continue to for at least a couple more years.  When you do that, you have to wait for the next year class to take its place because you beat up on the "surviving" one so much it almost seemingly disappears.

Coyotes are going to do the same to our surviving populations.  And the result will be a slower recovery in numbers.  In time, that slow recovery will take a hit on the coyote population and as nature goes, the cycle of recovery will start to speed up for other game populations.  However, will it with how much the NDGF talks about loss of CRP?  Good question I think.

I guess this is why I was so adamant about a bounty on coyotes but I QUICKLY bowed out of that discussion when it was evident the ND sportsmen kill around 40,000 yotes a year and fur buyers buy roughly 7,000 to 10,000 furs.  A 2,000 bounty would do nothing.

Regardless, we have a coyote issue from what I seen in the field last year.  More than I can remember in recent years.  I guess I will have to stop not killing them while deer hunting and try to help take some of them down.

But yup, yotes do take down deer. I personally have not seen a coyote take down a healthy deer.  Well, I shouldn't say that.  I watched a mule deer buck get taken down by a pack but assumed it was shot in the rear-end.  Maybe the pack simply got him on their own??  He was bellowing and I hope I never hear that again.  I felt helpless because it was across a big bay on Sakakawea and by the time I could get to rifle range it wouldn't have mattered.  And I wouldn't have shot the coyotes.  I would have shot the deer first to end it for him.

That's the only time I seen something ate alive but I did watch two or three times this year where coyotes were chasing whitetails.  Each incident was lone coyotes and they didn't stand a chance but that told me something.  They were hungry enough to waste energy chasing deer through 12 inches of snow.  Then later that hunting trip I watched two different packs playing.  One was 9 yotes deep.  The other I think was around 5.  Now I have to assume they amassed to accomplish on thing.  And perhaps were playing on full bellies.


 

 

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Coyotes take big game.  During the winter of 96-97, my dad was feeding cows and witnessed 5 coyotes chasing six deer down a hill about 600 yards from him.  When the deer got down the hill they had to cross a creek bottom, where there was lots of snow.  The coyotes took down the last deer, she turned out to be a yearling.  He snuck up on them later when he got done feeding and took out one yote.  Last winter we had 26 antelope wintering right next to where we were wintering cows.  They would stay on the hilltops and eat sagebrush and some grasses, we also suspect they were eating some of the hay after dark.  The antelope herd started dwindling in January and we started to spot carcasses.   I witnessed three coyotes chase the herd off the hilltops and once they hit the deep, drifted snow they took one speed goat out.   Those antelope are not equipped for snow in any way.  We were able to take a few coyotes out ourselves.  In the middle of march, a federal wildlife specialist/hunter came with a plane and in the matter of a half hour took out 22 coyotes.  (We have a neighbor with a small herd of sheep, and apparently the feds set some money a side for predator control for sheep, I believe this money was cut this year).  The plane flies low and flushes the coyotes and he shoots them with buck shot.  (Looks like a lot of fun!)

Don't get my wrong, I believe the tough winters with deep snow kill more deer and antelope than the coyotes, but the coyotes definately are a factor in those years.  They are survivors and will pack up and use the elements to their advantage.

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Yup, several stories back home when we use to have antelope.  The winter killed the antelope but the coyotes took advantage of the winter.  We've had three antelope since 1997.  I'm sure they'll never return.

Then again, they shouldn't have been there in the first place really!  Too many good winters in the late 80's and early 90's.


 

 

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The only thing coyotes eat is copper....

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Great pictures. its great to a hunter harvest a deer without even bothering to set out a trail cam, guess its score, or give it a cheesy nickname.

I say to hell with that pot o' gold.

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