A few weeks ago fellow Roanoke Times reporter Duncan Adams mentioned to me that he’d found a Craigslist ad from hunter Andrew Schenker seeking areas to pursue coyotes.
Duncan wanted to do a story on it, though it was more my beat than his. He wanted to make sure I was cool with his doing the story. I was.
It ran today. You can read it HERE.
Schenker didn’t get anything, so Duncan got a taste of my life, in other words doing a hunting story with no game to show for it or a fishing story with no fish.
As you’ll read in the piece, it included information from a DGIF biologist that says, essentially, that hunting coyotes really doesn’t have an impact on the population. Once they are established in an area they are there to stay.
I know that idea doesn’t sit well with plenty of folks. Many of us have seen how coyotes can impact game populations, and we’d sure like to think that our hunting and/or trapping them helps protect our quarry, be it turkeys or deer.
Has anyone here seen the deer or turkey populations increase on their hunting grounds after killing coyotes?