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Determining just how much competition you face in your so-called sweet spot may
key certain strategies. Coyote derbies, and government agents and private contractors engaged in predator-control could be putting a dent in your success rate.

the definition of animal damage control
defined previously. From the USDA to
the USFWS and state wildlife agencies to
county predator control boards, there's
a small war being waged on predators
that could transform nirvana to below
par. Reports from the USDA Animal and
Plant Health Inspection Service show
they killed nearly 70,000 coyotes in 2018.
That doesn't include problem coyotes
killed by state personnel and hired guns
many livestock-rich counties employ.
These services come in handy for a
cattle or sheep producer experiencing a
killing spree on his future income, but
they can quickly reduce coyote numbers
and educate survivors. To put a quick
dent in populations, these professionals
often employ aerial hunting that can be
unbelievably efficient after a fresh snow
with a trained shooter. Nirvana takes a
back seat until the following year.
A final nirvana spoiler comes from the
very architect of the realm itself: Mother
Nature. The natural world dictates many
factors of wildlife population dynamics.
For example, climate and weather could
alter habitat to the point it simply can't
support the prey base predators require
for survival. Extreme floods, droughts,
hurricanes, hail, temperature variances
and other Weather Channel newsmakers
wreak havoc on environments. Animals feel these changes, and research
concludes that coyotes even decrease
litter size to allow a higher survival rate
for remaining pups. They also increase
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Sometimes the fastest route to a nirvana morning is to simply shut up.
Utilize your coyote scouting and
experiences from the past deer season to set an ambush. Recall where
you've seen coyotes in the past
along trails, field edges and in funnels
of timber. Treestands, ground blinds
and old barn lofts can serve as your
vantage for a shooting opportunity.
Keep your trail cameras from deer
season in play, with a slightly lower
aiming angle, to confirm coyote corridors and to survey densities. You
can use coyote urine in front of the
camera to make passing canines
pose for the image. For trail-camera
help 365 days per year, consider
using a curiosity product like Wildlife
Research Center's Active-Cam. It
makes nearly every animal with olfactory senses pause at the scent for the
picture-perfect moment. wildlife.com
litters in good times or when recruitment
is demanded.
If dry or drought conditions persist,
it can lead to wildfire, another instantaneous game changer.
In 2019, the nation experienced only
50,477 wildfires compared to more than
58,000 in 2018. The 2018 season was also

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perimeter, I discovered boot and truck
tracks at nearly every corner of the property. The coyotes had been badgered
previously by weekend-warriors like me.
Seeing hunters and experiencing minimal success in calling obviously don't
define nirvana. Nevertheless, pay attention to all coyote clues. While you're
purchasing another box of ammunition at
your local sporting goods store, scan the
posters pinned near the front door advertising coyote-calling contests. I have no
disdain for these contests since they add
excitement to possibly spur new hunters,
plus they help manage coyotes. Nevertheless, the very nature of shooting as many
coyotes as possible within an abbreviated window can be a training course for
coyote evasiveness.
Hunters typically shorten sets in an
attempt to call in easy coyotes then move
on to the next window of opportunity
swiftly. Wise coyotes may hold up and
take their time evaluating the situation.
Whether they see, smell, hear or sense
hunters, any or all events add to their
survival, evasion, resistance and escape
training. When I'm hunting in regions
where I know there's previous contest
pressure, I increase sets from 30 minutes
to nearly an hour. Shooting coyotes at 30
minutes and beyond is routine. Few are
hard-chargers; most plod in warily.
There's another group of competitors
out there who may be the reason for a nirvana letdown. Government and private
enterprises operate varied duties under

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