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#5371001 - 10/20/14 08:28 PM Coyote chasing a Buck
P99 Offline
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Registered: 11/03/11
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Loc: Fort Worth Texas
So I was at the lease on Sunday and came across the strangest thing that's happened to me at the deer lease. We were walking around camp deciding where to put our RV, talking in normal voices in the middle of the day (around noon). All of a sudden I heard hoof's pounding the ground and looked up to see a nice buck running right for us out of a wooded area. Funny thing is that he was being chased by two coyotes! When the coyotes saw us they froze (and probably said some choice words in their heads) and then ran back where they came from. The deer kept going the other direction.

Anyone ever seen this before - I was surprised that even two coyotes would attempt to kill a mature buck.

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#5371027 - 10/21/14 08:30 AM Re: Coyote chasing a Buck [Re: P99]
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#5371090 - 10/21/14 08:48 AM Re: Coyote chasing a Buck [Re: P99]
Taylor Everett Offline
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I have seen it, they will choose a mature buck a lot of times. I think its because a buck usually wont run very far and turn to fight the coyotes and they will eventually wear him down and exhaust him and he's easy to bring down.


Edited by Taylor Everett (10/21/14 08:48 AM)

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#5371092 - 10/21/14 08:49 AM Re: Coyote chasing a Buck [Re: Taylor Everett]
landsurveyor Offline
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Originally Posted By: Taylor Everett
I have seen it, they will choose a mature buck a lot of times. I think its because a buck will usually wont run very far and turn to fight the coyotes and they will eventually wear him down and exhaust him and he's easy to bring down.
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#5371108 - 10/21/14 08:53 AM Re: Coyote chasing a Buck [Re: P99]
Curly Offline
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Not really a chase but:

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#5371155 - 10/21/14 09:09 AM Re: Coyote chasing a Buck [Re: P99]
jmh004 Offline
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I've seen a coyote chase a Mule Deer down a mountain in West Texas before, but not a mature buck.

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#5371189 - 10/21/14 09:20 AM Re: Coyote chasing a Buck [Re: P99]
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I saw a large coyote chase a doe and fawn last year.
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#5371212 - 10/21/14 09:27 AM Re: Coyote chasing a Buck [Re: P99]
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I saw something similar once, but it was three mature does and a bobcat. Not sure what that cat would have done with them if he'd have caught them. He chased one, then another, then another, then back to the first. Went on for about 5 minutes before he gave up, or they just got tired of screwing with him and bolted for the hills. Not sure which was the case, but he walked off panting.
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#5371213 - 10/21/14 09:27 AM Re: Coyote chasing a Buck [Re: Taylor Everett]
Texas Dan Offline
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Originally Posted By: Taylor Everett
I have seen it, they will choose a mature buck a lot of times. I think its because a buck usually wont run very far and turn to fight the coyotes and they will eventually wear him down and exhaust him and he's easy to bring down.


Some believe that the reason why deer run with their tails up is to show predators they are healthy and not worth the effort to chase. Still, I have never read that predators are able to identify by appearance, deer or other prey that are sick or weak. Whatever the case, coyotes will chase deer to the point of total exhaustion.

Taking down a coyote that is chasing a deer gives me a feeling of accomplishment. Removing the competition is probably a basic instinct in most predators. As I have noted in other threads, wolves are very efficient coyote killers.
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#5371675 - 10/21/14 12:28 PM Re: Coyote chasing a Buck [Re: P99]
senderoman Offline
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Once near Hebronville.The buck ran through camp(I think they think the yotes wont follow) and the yotes stopped,but another picked up the chase on the other side of camp.It was like they were doing a relay race to run him down.

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#5371760 - 10/21/14 01:24 PM Re: Coyote chasing a Buck [Re: P99]
Texas Dan Offline
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Poor Yote.

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#5371783 - 10/21/14 01:37 PM Re: Coyote chasing a Buck [Re: P99]
stxranchman Offline
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I have watched a whitetail fawn chase a coyote in December in South Texas. I watched a herd of mule deer does chase a coyote in West Texas last year and then a herd of mule does and young bucks chase a coyote in western Kansas. The lead doe in each group was within inches of getting coyote each time. Coyote was doing is best to get away. I have also found fresh deer kills in La Salle county on 3 different bucks in June over a 2 yr period that coyotes had eaten. I know they killed 2 of the 3 deer. I would say that coyotes will kill more bucks during the post rut period in very dry or bad years than any other time of the year though.
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#5371803 - 10/21/14 01:48 PM Re: Coyote chasing a Buck [Re: P99]
swmays Offline
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Registered: 01/06/10
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Loc: Dallas / Hopkins Co.
I've seen it twice. Both times it was pretty quick and I didn't have a chance to get a shot off...

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#5371821 - 10/21/14 02:00 PM Re: Coyote chasing a Buck [Re: P99]
txshntr Offline
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Registered: 09/24/10
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Loc: Mansfield, Texas
We used to never see coyotes but they are starting to make a come back. County trapper keeps them down pretty good though.

Been a few years but I have seen the Bucks run off a coyote twice, but they did it as a group. They literally circled the coyote like they were stalking it as a pack and when they got about 40 yards, they all charged. Also saw a doe run one off by herself, she was more serious than the bucks were.

Couple weeks ago, had a group of coyotes run a doe and a yearling through my set while I was bowhunting. Part of the group of yotes smelled me and they peeled off the chase.

In Kansas, I have only ever seen the deer run from the yotes but I haven't seen a coyote up there that really looked serious about catching the deer. Seemed they were more just chasing to chase.

Pretty cool to see that though. Time to go calling rifle
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#5371823 - 10/21/14 02:00 PM Re: Coyote chasing a Buck [Re: stxranchman]
Texas Dan Offline
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Originally Posted By: stxranchman
I would say that coyotes will kill more bucks during the post rut period in very dry or bad years than any other time of the year though.


Chasing women and drinking without eating has been known to put a lot of stress on men too.


Edited by Texas Dan (10/21/14 02:11 PM)
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