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  • Coyote's decimating South Carolina Deer Population

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    My brother and sister's of the great outdoors.

    I would like to start serious conversation on the topic of coyotes in South Carolina. I know many of you and your hunt clubs are very good at planting all the perfict foods and supplying the needed minerals. I know many of you spend countless hours researching your deer herd and doing what you can to nurture and protect it. All of these things are great ideas, but if you and your club does not have an agressive plan to knock down the coyote population in your area it's all in vain.South Carolina Biologist claim 50% of all fawns born are killed by coyotes. Latest stats show are state deer herd has dropped 30% since 2002. The coyote population is expanding fast. If we don' do something we will watch the deer herd dwindle to nothing. Trapping is the best known tool for this job. It's also fun and challenging! Dad teach your kids and you will have another reason to be in the woods. I will be posting articles in the trapping forum showing my son's and my adventures. Good Luck!
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    I attended a seminar where Charles Ruth, a SCDNR biologist, said that in a study done last November reveled , 'that 70% of all fawns were lost annually due to mortality, and that coyotes were responsible for 80% of that mortality.' Obviously, we have a problem! We have a standard policy at my hunt club, Kill ALL coyotes on site!
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    Good policy
    Shooting them onsight is great, but for each one you see there are so many more never seen. I suggest an agressive trapping program for your club. And it is so much fun!
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    We had a trapper come in on the farm we hunt at the end of this past season. He ended up getting 23 I believe. Knew we had a problem, but had no idea there were that many.
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