Would Proposed Coyote Control Impact SD Pheasants?

by
posted on March 8, 2013
dogs_ah2015_fs-1.jpg

South Dakota wildlife managers say the state's coyote population has continued to increase, despite attempts to control it. Therefore a proposal is on the table to add $1 to hunting license sales, thereby generating more money for coyote control. Thus far it's proven popular with biologists, hunters, landowners and politicians alike.

"[The deer] are living in fear of these coyotes," Jene Jansen, an archery hunter from Ashton, S.D., said in testimony to the state's Senate Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee.

State Wildlife Division Director Tony Leif said the $1 surcharge would provide an extra $320,000 to his "Animal Damage Control" budget. This would afford more coyote control on the ground and, presumably, from the air.

"This is a viable solution," he said.

The committee voted 7-1 to send the bill to the full Senate for a vote. The lone person who testified against the bill did not dispute the need to control coyotes, but argued hunters already pay their fair share.

The bill now moves to the full Senate for a vote and to a House appropriations committee for consideration.

The reason the proposal caught my eye is because it would affect hunters and potentially the quality of hunting in South Dakota. And when I think South Dakota, I think pheasants. So, question is, do coyotes and therefore coyote control have much effect on ringneck populations?

According to a report by Pheasants Forever, probably not.

"No single [pheasant] predator gets more blame than coyotes," the report says, "But research over several decades has proven that coyotes focus their foraging on rodents and rabbits and do not take adult pheasants or nests as frequently as the other mammalian predators (red fox, striped skunk and raccoon). In addition, the larger home range and territorial nature of coyotes can actually result in lower populations of these other, more destructive predators."

So, controlling coyotes may benefit farmers and certain wildlife populations. But perhaps not pheasants.

Latest

MAIN Premier Divide
MAIN Premier Divide

First Look: Bergara Premier Divide Rifle

Representing a lighter, backcountry-minded version of the Bergara HMR, the Premier Divide bridges the gap between a tactical and hunting rifle, pairing the company's proprietary Cure Carbon Barrel with a custom AG Composites Chalk Branch carbon stock. 

Mojo Outdoors Releases Scoot-N-Shoot Gunner

With turkey season around the corner, Mojo has added the Scoot-N-Shoot Gunner to their turkey lineup.

Browning Ammunition Introduces Pro22 Rimfire

Browning's new Pro22 is the company's latest addition to its ammo lineup, providing target shooters and plinkers with a new high-accuracy option for shooting their favorite rimfire rifle.

New for 2022: Nosler Suppressors

The all-new Nosler Suppressors are designed specifically for hunters to strike an ideal balance between size, light weight, exceptional durability and sound mitigation. 

First Look: Leupold RX-1500i TBR/W Laser Rangefinder

With ½-yard accuracy, 6X magnification and Leupold’s True Ballistic Range/Wind technology, the RX-1500i TBR/W is as versatile as it is compact.

First Look: Howa Superlite Rifle Series

Legacy Sports International has announced the launch of the Howa Superlite Series of rifles, each tipping the scales at a mere 4 pounds 7 ounces.

Interests



Get the best of American Hunter delivered to your inbox.