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Are Pennsylvania Coyotes a $4 Million Problem?

June 27, 2014

Lately the state of Pennsylvania has experienced a great deal of teeth gnashing (pun intended). The Board of Game Commissioners is all worked up about coyote predation -- and for good reason. Coyotes and other predators seem to impact deer numbers across the country, and are continuing to grow as a topic of concern within the whitetail community. Consequently the Commission has ordered staffers in the Keystone State to tackle the ‘yote problem anew. 

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  • July 25, 2013

    University of Georgia Launches New Study on How Coyotes Effect Deer Behavior-1


    In what many are calling the most unique coyote research of its kind, biologists at the University of Georgia have decided to take a fresh look at the effects of coyotes on whitetails. They will not necessarily be studying fawn predation or winterkill, but rather how coyote pressure impacts deer behavior. The results may just change the way we hunt. 

    Most deer watchers would agree, that high concentrations of coyotes have an effect on whitetail behavior. Deer living among high coyote concentrations act differently than deer living in relatively coyote-free environments. But precisely how? The researchers want to document these differences and find out the effects.

    They’ll be studying whitetails in two controlled environments, one with coyotes and one without and comparing the results.

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    QDMA: Coyotes and Hogs Hitting Deer Herds Hard-2


    The Quality Deer Management Association National Convention (QDMA) is in full swing in Athens GA and hogs and coyotes are getting plenty of attention. Hunter/landowners from across whitetail country are reporting devastating deer predation from coyotes and extensive habitat destruction from hogs.

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    Rage Outdoors Introduces The Rage Cage Quiver-2


    Rage broadheads have always been highly talked about in the archery community. However, there’s always been one problem that I think we all can agree on: It’s been hard to find a quiver that worked well with Rage’s mechanical broadheads.

    Rage Outdoors saw this problem and developed a patent-pending quiver designed specifically to hold five arrows with Rage or other mechanical broadheads. It’s aptly called the Rage Cage.

    Constructed from advanced polymers and extruded aluminum, the Rage Cage is a compact, low profile quiver that weighs in at a mere eight ounces. The ingenious SnapTrap tension-adjustable snap-on design allows the quiver to be securely mounted or removed from your bow with a simple twist. A pair of rubber vibration-dampening posts reduces shock by isolating the quiver from the bow.

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  • July 26, 2011

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    In recent years, there have been several studies conducted by wildlife biologists over fawn mortality rates caused by natural predation. Many experts believe that whitetail fawns account for nearly 80 percent of a coyote’s diet during the late spring and summer months in some areas. This video clearly shows just how aggressive these four-legged predators can be toward vulnerable fawns.

    Luckily, a curious bystander was able to spook the hungry predators and temporarily save the young deer from becoming a coyote sandwich. In most cases, a fawn facing this dark predicament would have never survived such an encounter. This is exactly why hardcore whitetail hunters should take an active role and save some fawns inside of their favorite hunting areas right now. The summer months can be the perfect time to declare an all out war on these canine predators (in states where it's legal to hunt coyotes year-round, of course).  Here’s how to do it:

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  • March 13, 2010

    Better Shed Than Dead-8


    The snow is melting in the North Country and except for the elk; most of the mature deer have dropped their antlers at my latitude. I've been scouring some of the land near my house and picking up a few sheds with several trips ahead of me to visit my fall haunts for a glimpse of what might be available in the future.

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    World's Coolest Buck Mount?-9


    Are you like me? I’m always on the lookout for something a bit different in the taxidermy arena. I’m actually pretty conservative in the number of mounts in my home, but every few years I’m lucky enough to land a buck I feel deserves a location on my wall. My current craving is for pedestal wall mounts and companies like McKenzie Taxidermy Supply are doing a great job of providing new angles, twists and character throughout the lineup of their forms. Looking through their catalog or website is like kid wandering around a Toys R Us store. Something exciting is around every corner.

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