Coyotes Affect Deer During Fawning Season: Study

Coyotes Affect Deer During Fawning Season: Study

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Do coyotes affect deer populations? That’s about as obvious as asking “do coyotes eat fawns?” Dumb questions, right? Not really, because it’s a topic that all deer hunters should know inside out. Coyotes affect deer hunting, and this year’s fawning season is almost upon us. After all, when coyotes attack deer, they invariably affect everything we do to improve our hunting properties for this year … and the years to come.

Coyotes affect deer especially during the critical first weeks of the fawning season. (photo by Dan Schmidt)

In his doctoral dissertation, “Predator –avoidance behaviors of white-tailed deer that favor fawn survival” for Iowa State…



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