predators

Best Deer Management Strategies Includes Controlling Feral Hog Populations

Wild hog populations are threatening native wildlife habitats, timber, agriculture, water quality, roads, and levees not only in Mississippi, but all across the United States. Wild hogs are not native to North America and are classified as a “nuisance animal” in Mississippi by state law. Hog populations are rapidly expanding because of their prolific...

Party Crashers! Non-Native Coyotes Impacting Whitetail Deer in Southeast

White-tailed deer are still overabundant in many sections of the nation, especially where hunter harvest is the only important source of deer mortality. Meanwhile, some areas are experiencing a disturbing decline in deer abundance, primarily because of poorly understood natural mortality factors. By John Ozoga As I discussed in the December 2010 Deer &...

Hunting, Predation Biggest Impacts on Deer

Hunting continues to account for the largest number of adult white-tailed deer mortalities in Wisconsin, while predation accounts for the highest death of fawns, according to recent results from an ongoing deer mortality study. “Hunter harvest continues to be the greatest cause of death of both adult and yearling bucks,” said Jared Duquette, research...

Coyote Catalog Connects Hunters, Trappers

The state Agriculture and Game and Fish departments have launched a cooperative project to connect coyote hunters and trappers with landowners who would like to reduce coyote populations in their area. Called the “Coyote Catalog,” the project creates an online database similar to what the North Dakota Game and Fish Department has used for...

Get Set Now For Predator Hunting!

Deer hunters throughout the country probably have stumbled upon a coyote-ravaged carcass or heard stories from friends about song dogs chasing whitetails or fawns. By Alan Clemons, Southern Managing Editor We’ve seen report after report, too, of studies about fawn predation, primarily by coyotes but also by bobcats. Coyotes are the prime culprit, however,...

Court of Appeals Rules that Wolf Season Can Continue

The Minnesota Court of Appeals today rejected a request for a preliminary injunction that would have stopped the state’s inaugural wolf hunting and trapping season. That means the planned wolf hunting and trapping seasons will go as planned this fall and winter. Consistent with state law, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will...

Canadians Air-Dropping Rabies Vaccine

Approximately 280,000 wildlife baits containing a rabies vaccine will be distributed in southwestern Ontario next week, according to the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources. The MNR reports the bait drop program is one of the most successful wildlife rabies eradication programs in North America, and the vaccine will control the spread of rabies in...

Another State Planning On Opening Wolf Hunts

With wolf hunts slated to launch in Wisconsin and Minnesota this fall, a third Great Lakes state could soon open a season on wolves as well. Michigan House Bill 5834, introduced last week by Rep. Matt Huuki, proposes Michigan’s first modern-day hunting season for gray wolves. The proposed hunt would occur in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, which...