Whitetails are designed to serve as prey. That’s their purpose. But they were never designed to feed coyotes east of the Mississippi River. Coyotes aren’t native to the eastern half of the United States. But here they are. And they’re having an incredibly large effect on whitetails.
Coyotes kill a lot of fawns every spring and summer. This video—by Shannon Haptonstall—is a prime example of that. Luckily, the doe spotted the coyote lying in the grass and was able to flush it out before the fawns reached it. If it hadn’t, one of those fawns would have likely become dinner. That’s just the truth of the matter.
I hate to say it, but sights such as this one aren't all that uncommon anymore. The coyote has spread throughout the country and now takes up residence in the same areas whitetails do. This occurrence is actually quite common.
It won’t be long before fawns start hitting the ground. It’s important as deer hunters that we kill and manage coyotes, especially while these young fawns are at their most vulnerable period in life. Hunting coyotes in winter isn’t enough anymore. Hunt them in the spring and summer. Kill a coyote. Save a fawn.
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Whitetails make the hunting world go round. Josh Honeycutt, deer hunting editor and "Brow Tines and Backstrap" blogger, knows a fair bit about killing mature deer. He was raised up hunting the river bottoms of Kentucky. And he still hunts there—among other places—to this day.
Follow along as he shares his adventures, experiences and knowledge of the white-tailed deer.