Discussion in 'Hunting' started by Kyle S., Oct 26, 2017.
but deer while bow hunting deer. Pheasant, grouse, squirrel, rabbit. Pelt damage might cost you a little $, but the joy is in ridding the world of one more 'yote....
I've had traplines within a hundred yards of my deer stands for decades. The only real downside is NOT the coyote scent, but rather the HUMAN foot traffic you're required to put into your area for the traps. If you're setting 6 traps, don't bother, you're not going to catch much anyway, but if you're actively trapping, you're making a lot of contact on that area which can be detrimental to deer hunting. If you're walking your lines daily (as required in most states), then you're laying human scent all along your trapline, where you might be deer hunting, every day. I plan my trap lines so I can access them without blowing up the travel lanes my deer use, and then when I'm near or in rifle season, I might not set some of my traps (or pull the sets entirely) so I don't blow up my area. Another good option, in your case, is to use deer-safe snares, so you don't have quite as much ruckus from the live coyote in the trap. I have placed game cameras over some of my trap lines, and have had deer walk right past within a handful of yards a dead coyote in a snare or conibear.
Not sure how many of the guys above have ever trapped coyotes in deer woods, but I'll say from experience, it's not rocket science, and it's not nearly as much of a "deer deterrent" as many guys might think.
When hit with an arrow, they usually run off and die away from the stand. Shooting them close with a gun might leave more scent to bother the deer. I shoot them every chance I get. Down here their fur is thin so I toss them.
However, the place where I shot most of the yotes was a real good deer lease. I hunt public land now and usually only see squirrels and birds.
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