I’m sorry for the tardy reply but we have been out and about filming some awesome hunts for next year’s season! First of all I want to congratulate you on getting started hunting! We wish you the best of luck this season and in the many, many hunting seasons ahead of you. Please e-mail us some pictures throughout the season.
Your questions and comments regarding predator hunting are thoughtful. We actually prefer to call it “predator conservation” because when you hunt predators you are practicing true hands-on conservation. I’m sure you understand the “habitat” and “carrying capacity” principals. What it means is that only a given number of species can live in a healthy state in a given piece of property, or habitat. In the wild, all of the animals in a specific piece of habitat need to be considered. Some of the animals are predators, like bears, wolfs, mountain lions, and coyotes, and others are considered prey, like deer, elk, moose, rabbits and squirrels to name a few. If there are too many of any of these animals there is an unhealthy balance. Too many deer leads to too few food and they die of starvation. Too many predators, who eat the prey in their habitat, then there are too few deer and elk. Ultimately, it leads to too little food for the predators. Showing once again how wonderful and brilliant God’s plans are animals are the greatest renewable resources on the planet. Every year deer and elk reproduce, man harvests a certain number of the surplus animals for food, and through the conservation of hunting, the prey population maintains a healthy balance. Also, God put man on top of the food chain with his commandment for us to “Take dominion over the animals.” That could be translated to: “Use their flesh for food but be wise in the conservation of each of my animals.” Therefore, being at the top of the food chain, we have to be wise in conservation of predators, like coyotes, or we will have failed him in the overall “dominion” directive. No other animal in the wild hunts coyotes, mountain lions, wolves and bears. It’s up to man to kill the surplus predators, remember they reproduce like all other species, to maintain not only a healthy population of predators but to ensure a healthy population of the animals we all hunt and fill our freezers with.
We always follow the appropriate game laws and one of the big ones is that we should never waste the meat of a big game animal that we harvest. Big game animals do not include the predators like bear, wolf, mountain lion or coyotes. So, the game laws do not require you to remove the meat from the predators that we kill. Therefore, if we kill a predator, we skin the carcass and tan the hide to either use or display. However, the law does not even require you to do that. So, when you shoot a predator, I suggest that you leave it in the woods where you shot it after you skin it if you want to do that. What will happen then is the flesh from that predator will be eaten by other predators, birds and insects, which all need to eat in this big circle of life that man gets to play a part in.
In short, predator hunting is as big a part of conservation as is deer, elk or moose hunting. Plus, it is yet another way to spend time in the field with your family and friends’ enjoying all that is perfect in God’s wild places!
So, I hope that you take up your Poppa Glenn on his offer to practice hands on conservation on his land by hunting coyotes. You will not only be creating long lasting memories with Poppa Glenn but you will be doing your part as a true hunter to ensure a healthy population of all animals for years to come.
Shawn and Keith
This is my first year being involved in hunting, hopefully will get a deer. I watched the last episode about preditor hunting and am kinda confused. I was young but remember my Grandpa saying only shoot what you would eat although the points ya’ll brought up about balancing things out make a lot of sense. Guess my question would basically be if you don’t eat the meat, what do you do with the animal afterwards? Papa Glenn offered to let me shoot coytoes on his land, but I would like to know what to do if I get one. Sorry probably a dumb question but like I said this is my first year and I am trying to learn everything I can. Thanks for taking the time to read this and hopefully I will hear back from you. Take care and God bless.
Ann “MAVERICK” Little