Deer Survival in Michigan Broken Down

To better understand predator-prey relationships, SCI Foundation helped fund studies on  Whitetail deer in Michigan.   In Michigan, Deer survival is influenced by many factors including disease, predation, weather, and hunter harvest. In the Upper Peninsula (UP) of Michigan, deer survival is especially influenced by winter food supply and cover.  Predators also play a role in the survival of deer, particularly fawn survival during the spring and summer. Understanding deer survival and the factors that influence survival throughout the year is vitally important for proper management of the deer herd.

The Safari Club International Foundation has partnered with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, Mississippi State University, and the Michigan Involvement Committee of Safari Club International to better understand the impact of predation on deer, while also determining how predation is influenced by winter weather and deer habitat conditions. Learn more right here.

The Varmint X™ Factor: Winchester Gives Hunters New Ammunition for Coyotes and Varmints

EAST ALTON, Ill. (Nov. 27, 2012) – Coyote and varmint hunters all over North America are howling in approval of Varmint X™, the new line of predator and varmint ammunition from Winchester®. The super accurate Varmint X lineup will initially feature offerings in four of the most popular centerfire rifle calibers for predator hunting: .204 Ruger, .223 Rem, .22-250 Rem and .243 Win. The charcoal-colored, polymer-tipped bullets in each caliber are optimized for long-distance accuracy and explosive impact on coyotes, prairie dogs and other varmints. “Predator hunting is on the rise and

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A New Experience and Unique Combo

By Glen Wunderlich

The crisp, clear morning of opening day of firearms deer season in Shiawassee County was made to order.  It was somewhat noisy with the crunchy ground afoot but an early start would mean plenty of time to settle in, well before dawn.  The trick would be to remain comfortable amid temperatures in the mid-twenties – the coldest morning this fall.

At 7:45 as Ken Wallace was busy taking his 15-point buck across the road, movement caught my eye.  My Leupold binoculars helped to identify the bushy, horizontal tail of a coyote, as it vanished in the brush heading away.  But, moments later Read more

Making the Varmint Rifle Sing

By Glen Wunderlich

April 15th – that mournful day when we must reckon our financial gains in the form of “contributions” to the government so that it can” invest” in the future for us.  The date is also well known in Michigan predator hunting circles as the last day to save a turkey poult or new-born fawn from the mouths of coyotes.  After that, coyotes are free to raise another crop of killers for three months.  And, effective killing machines they are!

In the third year of an ongoing study in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula by folks at Mississippi State University, coyotes topped the charts above wolves and bobcats as the number one predator of fawns.  The study found that predators killed 73 percent of 80 radio-collared fawns that died of the total of 142 being tracked.  Rabbits and hares have vanished, as well.

So, when I spotted a coyote den in an area where I hunt deer, I knew it was time to get a varmint rifle dialed in.  This particular site was in a wide-open alfalfa field, with the best possible ambush site exactly 220 yards away.

I grabbed a true varmint rifle – a Remington 700 in .22-250 caliber – and headed to the sight-in bench.  Because of a concern for wind drift, I selected the heaviest bullet – a 55-grain missile traveling at 3610 feet-per-second.  The computer had me sighting in .22 inches high at 50 yards so that the tiny projectile would be perfectly elevated, zeroed if you will, at exactly 200 yards.  After that, the long-range proposition would be up to faith in a computer-generated ballistic report. Read more

Whackos Hate Coyote Bounty

“We think it’s ridiculous to send the public out there to [kill coyotes],” the whacko said. “For example, if someone is living in St. George and they go and they bring back a bunch of ears of coyotes, there might not even be a problem in that area.”  However, if there is a problem, I’m wondering why the activists don’t live trap the coyotes and move them to their neighborhood.

In any case, Utah has now imposed an additional fee of $5 on big-game licenses to pay for the higher bounty being offered.  More here…

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