Dec 02

Why trapping and catching coyotes is so important to Quality Deer Management Programs

Why trapping and catching coyotes is so important to Quality Deer Management Programs

by Clint Locklear, Predator Control Group

If you getting into predator control trapping, this is some info that you need to know. If you don’t know how to explain to a client why trapping is important to his Quality Deer management, he or she might not know the facts.

Stress from predators is a major factor to deer hunters and land owners a like.

Friends and family

The more pressure wildlife gets from predators, the more nervous he is. So he will be on high alert at all times. He has to be if he is to stay alive. The effect is obvious from cost to cost. Wildlife will stay more to the cover and will not venture into the open. So the land owner does not see as many deer or other forms of wildlife that are on the property. This affects census counts and the information that is needed for real world management practices. Plus during the off-season, the land owner, his family and friends can’t observe the wildlife on the property. Besides the fact that the animals are hiding in cover, they spook at any noise. So the sound of trucks, ATV’s and footsteps will send the wildlife into hiding.


The hunting of a stressed deer herd can prove to be a struggle. If wildlife takes off at every snapped twig or smell, just how enjoyable will the hunt be? I have talked to biologists that grow very big deer for their clients. Unfortunately, the land owner only gets to harvest one of these big deer every 3-5 years. They don’t just have one big buck on their property, they have several. The reason is simple, the deer are there, but they are on high alert. The landowner now has to have a perfect hunt under perfect conditions with zero mistakes, noise or human odor. This perfect hunting sounds good in a hunting magazine article, but it is not realistic. In other words, these land owners have trophy deer, but seldom get to harvest them and enjoy them.

Commercial guiding and hunting

As frustrating as stressed wildlife is to the landowner, how is it effecting the commercial hunting operation? Guides, ranches and hunting clubs make their money as much from the experience of the hunt as they do from the end result. Let’s face it; most paying hunters only get to hunt occasionally. So usually they are not the most skilled hunter. They are out of their environment in the brush. They make mistakes. They move around and make noise. This takes place when getting to and in the stand or blind. Stressed deer that are on high alert take off not to be seen by the hunter. His deer of a lifetime is sneaking off – not building the memory that turns him into a lifetime customer. Plus the more wildlife he sees, the better impression your property has on the client when is thinking of booking his next trip. 

Sale of hunting property

Beside the pleasure of seeing wildlife, this could greatly affect the price or the speed in which a managed property should sale. If you decide to sale a hunting property, the buyer needs to see wildlife to seal the deal. You can have the lodge, endless food plots, good roads, statically place stands and nice cover, but if you have no or little visible wildlife, no sale. The buyer is dreaming of hunting and spending time with family and friends. He wants to be proud of his new property. He wants to impress his friends with his new wildlife oasis. The wildlife may be on the property, but if they are hiding, it does the seller no good. Just think of how you would react if you were looking at new hunting property with no visible wildlife = no sale.

Deer breeding pens

Most breeding pens are well-built and have measures to keep out coyotes and bobcats. This is good and needed, because if a predator gets into the pen, then it’s game over. What is not usually taken into account is the stress that predators have from outside of the pen. You will notice that during coyote dispersal, your pens are a focal point for the traveling coyotes. The pens are a concentration of food odors. Plus when your deer are breeding and birthing, the pen again is a high concentration of odors and sight appeal. So the coyotes will circle and raise Cain on the outside of the pen. This is clear by the high amount of tracks, scat and kick backs that are present on the perimeter of the fence. This harassment can shake up the penned deer. It can affect the nutrition intake, resistance to disease and cause the deer to hurt themselves. If the coyotes get the deer running, well you know what happens when they come to the fence in fright. Plus if you need to dart the deer after they have been harassed, your job is harder and again the deer could hurt themselves. Stressed deer are harder to work with if they are on high alert.

High fences

Coyotes have learned that if they can get the deer on the run and head them toward the high fence, then the deer is trapped. When the deer is on the run and in a panic, they have a high chance of breaking their neck while jumping into the high fence.

1 comment

  1. k . a.

    That Buck HAS MORE than Coyote problems!! LOL

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