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post #1 of 24 (permalink) Old 09-30-2012, 07:01 PM Thread Starter
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Coyotes and next-morning deer

I was lucky enough to take a nice eight point buck Yesterday. I arrowed it a little after 6 p.m. and gave it a little time to die. II knew it was hot hard and would bot be far -- but I had to give up until this morning because it started getting dark in the woods - and the foliage is dense with the early season.

I went in this morning and found it quickly -- actually I was within 10 feet of it last evening, but couldn't see it.
And AGAIN this year, the coyotes found it first. Last year;s buck was eaten by the coyotes pretty bad, but this time it was even worse. They ate the back legs to the bone, and even chewed up the back straps. I'm sure it was more than one coyote but I couldn't tell how many were there rating the deer. What a waste of good venison. I'm glad I have five 'doe tags' so I'll have some meat to put in the freezer!


And yes! I'm really ticked=off at the coyotes eating the deer before I did!
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post #2 of 24 (permalink) Old 09-30-2012, 07:45 PM
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Re: Coyotes and next-morning deer

I guess you should have learned from last year. Especially if its warm out and you knew it was not far.
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Re: Coyotes and next-morning deer

should prob get yourself a good light so that dosn't happen a third time
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post #4 of 24 (permalink) Old 09-30-2012, 08:28 PM
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Re: Coyotes and next-morning deer

That's why I carry 2 flashlights in my pack and a set of extra batteries. I very rarely leave them go overnight. If the yotes and foxes don't get them bloating and spoilage will. I think I track better in the dark anyway. You slow down.
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Re: Coyotes and next-morning deer

When in doubt back out. Never a bad idea to let a deer go over night.
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Re: Coyotes and next-morning deer

if it's a good shot, go get him. get a good light or lantern and night trailing isn't too hard. take tp & mark your trail, helps alot with direction or if you have to backtrack.

bad hit, never go till next morning. a deer will not spoil if left overnite, iv'e eaten lots of them that were left out overnite. and if the yotes get some of it before you do, no big deal. if you jump him by trailing to soon, they'll get all of him anyways.

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Re: Coyotes and next-morning deer

Unfortunately I've eaten lots that were left out overnight also and the quality of the meat suffers tremendously - especially early archery season. Unless I'm sure it was gut shot. I track them that night. To each his own.
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Re: Coyotes and next-morning deer

A fresh killed deer left overnight is fair game to a host of scavengers, coyote, bobcat, bear, oppossum, raccoon, both foxes, fisher, and skunk. If you run out of blood then start a grid pattern search using a flashlight, wet blood sheens in the light, I hang surveryors tape to mark spots as it is not affected by rain. The combined noise and wide spread human scent of a grid pattern search late into the night will geatly reduce the chance of a predator coming in to claim the animal in the remaining hours till daylight. A coyote or fox is not going to rush into an area that is saturated with human scent.

I've never had a problem with taste of deer gone overnight, even gut shot with a bow.

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Re: Coyotes and next-morning deer

Trust me - I know all about tracking deer -- and what to do and what not to do. I've taken a lot of deer - at least 50 bucks and hundreds of does. I shoot six deer each year - one buck and five does.

What happened last night - after what I knew was a good and fatal shot - was the deer went down in an eroded gully that is the overflow from out pond in the woods. I was a mere eight feet from the deer, but all of the brush and undergrowth made it somewhat invisible after dark even with the large spotlight I was using. It was just one of those things; and since it was going down into the 40s last night, I figured the deer meat would be alright - which it was (other than the coyote damage) because it was also laying in a stream of cold spring water.

The annoying thing is the total waste of venison. Yes, I have the rack, and I did tag the deer, but it still seems like a true waste...and that makes me sick.
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Five does a year, boy you wouldn't last long at our camp. Get a flashlight if you know the Yotes are around
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