The whitetail has walked away; leaping back into the forest to wait for the hunter to come again. A majority of hunters make sure to focus on everything from waterfowl to woodchuck, finding a way to hunt all year long in order to make sure that their skills remain top-notch for when their favorite season comes around again.
The predator of the whitetail is definitely a focal point when it comes to the late spring and summer months in most areas. Hunting this particular predator basically kills two birds with one stone, so to speak. Not only does the hunter get to consistently make sure his/her aim remains perfect, but they also get to save the whitetail at the same time.
Over the past decade, research has been done by wildlife managers, as well as biologists and landowners regarding the fact that fawn mortality rates are not good. When it comes to dealing with their natural predator, the numbers are quite frightening: Whitetail fawns account for approximately 80 percent of one coyote’s diet during the summer season in some areas.
The all-out aggressive behavior has been shown in videos across the internet, of the coyote basically trapping and destroying vulnerable fawns that hunters want to save.
Many areas have relied on people – hikers, campers, etc. – to actually spook the coyote away from the young deer. It is an absolute fact that a fawn will not be able to survive a coyote attack, not to mention have the speed to get away. If ‘Dad’ happens to be there perhaps there’s a chance, but if the fawn is only being protected by the doe, or lost and on its own – the coyote will definitely win the war.
The hardcore whitetail hunter is taking a very active role, jumping to the forefront of this issue in order to save fawns residing in their favorite hunting areas. After all, without the fawns survival, any chance at a buck grows smaller and smaller which is exactly what the hunter and the environment does not want to have happen.
The summer months are truly the perfect time to go to battle with canine predators in the states where it‘s legal to hunt them all-year round. And there are a few tips that could help the hunter make sure they have the upper-hand when it comes to the cunning predator.
To begin, the hunter must target the summer hotspots where the whitetail will congregate in order to receive the protein they need to get through the winter. On the edges of summer food crops, watering holes, not to mention fruit orchards – all of these places will be where the does and fawns roam. And most definitely where the coyote will be, just biding its time.
In order to get the coyote into view, fawn distress calls are often used by the hunter. Sounds of the fawn in distress will always sound like a quick meal to the coyote and it will show itself. From pain to fear, lost fawn bleats that sound as if the fawn is calling out to the doe will also being the sneaky coyote out into the open.
When it comes to setting up your own position, remember that the instinct of the coyote is strong. They are literally having their own summer vacation knowing that they are far less likely to be killed now that the majority of hunter’s have turned to other prey.
The whitetail is what that coyote is after, so using some type of doe spray/scent around your location will peak the coyote’s interest. Not to mention, the use of a fawn decoy that the coyote will most definitely see. Again, the coyote is a smart, sneaky fellow and has lived this long simply because they’ve learned to stay just out of range. But with the veil of safety they feel during the warm months, the hunter can most definitely take advantage.
June, July and August are sometimes, depending on location, extremely difficult to hunt in because of the extraordinary heat; however, this is the challenge that the coyote hopes you don’t take. This predator wants nothing more than for the hunter to sit home with iced tea instead of ruining his chances of taking as many fawns as possible before the snow falls. Coyotes are lazy in the summer, as well. They lie in the shade simple waiting for their prey. But when the hunter calls, whether at night or during the day, the coyote will most definitely respond.
Accept the challenge. The more coyote taken down, the more deer remain in your favorite habitat!