Hunting is the only means of controlling coyote population

Young hunter Collin Brunstein poses with dad Kevin’s coyote.

Recently my good friend and hunting buddy Kevin Brunstein, from Jacksonville, decided since the archery deer season had ended that perhaps taking his son, Collin, on a coyote hunt would be fun.  

I fully concur that winter coyote hunting is great fun and helps preserve both deer and small game from these very effective predators.

This wild canine has seen huge increases in both its range and population since the decline in fur prices and the elimination of the bounty system over the past decade.  

The number of coyotes dwindled in the 1920s when bounties and fur prices flourished. But today they are flourishing and often causing problems for farmers and ranchers.  

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