I don’t recall the exact number last year, but I hunt and a group runs dogs I go with sometimes and in a 10x10ish mile area we killed a combined 170 or so.I think focusing on an area hard has effect but you need to do it every year. 1sr year I trapped a spot I caught 20 coyotes after that it’s pretty much 10-12 a year at that spot now
Thanks, yeah I wasn’t questioning you, I was honestly wondering. I guess it’s probably more of the predator/prey boom bust cycle.
You’re right on I don’t know what the exact balance is. When I was a child the coyotes had mange, it was extremely rare to see a coyote. In the flip side there was ~100 deer or more in the 2 mile section behind my house. Coyotes started coming back in about 05-07. It wasn’t a big deal until 2012 when EHD hammered our deer population. That same area that had over 100 deer has maybe 10-20 now.
It seems to me that things are on ~30 year cycles, not that I’ve lived long enough, but just going off the stories I e heard and evidence I can find. So the pendulum is probably about to swing the other way.
So you’re saying everything that I think I know I don’t. You related to my wife?There are awesomely cool things like cycles. The study of cycles in wild populations is what first made ecology interesting to me. But most things go up and down fairly erratically. True cycles are tough to identify objectively and require a ton of longterm data that we generally don't have.
Humans, however, seem to be predisposed to seeing cycles where there is really just a lot of ups and downs with a degree of autocorrelation. But intrinsic cycles are pretty rare, generally further north (where food chains are much simpler) and even then, they can break down irratic ups and downs.
As for the latest on coyotes specifically, I would defer to @Hunting Wife or someone else currently "in the business". I'm not a game management guy. Just a basic evolutionary ecologist who likes to hunt... There is a difference.
Meanwhile, let's get that buck!
Mule deer and a white tail. I’m dragging out the 2 I thought would be slam dunks. I should add both will be archery. I have until December 31st to get it done. The only other option is muzzleloader in December………… I’d hate to guess how much I’d have to drink to talk myself into carrying one of those things around again this year.
We can only have 2 tags to kill a buck in Nebraska. I use them both for archery and let my wife do the rifle hunting.Do you need to borrow a rifle lol?