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Want to Hunt Big Bucks? Hunt Predators First

When you consider wildlife management, the first things that come to mind may be how many food plots you’ll plant for the next season to entice and feed big bucks near your deer stand. But keeping fawns alive and healthy long enough to grow into bucks worth hunting should be any hunter’s true top priority, says Outdoor News’ Keri Butt.

“Healthy fawns and high survival rates are where it all begins. The two major contributing factors that have the greatest impact on the number of fawn survival are predation and overall health. Coyotes are a detriment to the fawn population. In some areas, coyotes are responsible for up to 90 percent of all fawn deaths… We should be diligently hunting predators!”

Photo by: Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife

Shannon Rikard is a freelance writer and photographer with a passion for conservation and wedding and portrait photography. The Archery Trade Association and National Wild Turkey Federation have published her work. A self-professed word geek, she enjoys Wheel of Fortune, crossword puzzles, and finding a dynamite synonym to illustrate any point. After starting her career in public relations with a national conservation organization, she ventured out on her own with Copper Door Studios.