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December 22, 2013

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Whether reviled or revered, coyotes are very clever and adaptive animals. This is proven by their opportunistic and creative instincts to find food and habitat in a wide array of environments.

Learn more about coyotes in Ohio during a free public program on Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014 from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

The program will take place at the ODNR Division of Wildlife District Three Headquarters, 912 Portage Lakes Drive, Akron.

 Topics to be covered by Division of Wildlife officials include coyote biology, ecology, population trends and current status, dispelling myths about coyotes, and what to do if you encounter a coyote.

This program is best suited for ages 16 and up. The program is free but preregistration is required as seating is limited.

 Call Jamey Emmert, Division of Wildlife at (330) 245-3020 or email Jamey. Emmert@dnr.state.oh.us Learn more about coyotes in Ohio at www.wildohio.com.

Be unpredictable

As deer hunters, we spend so much time trying to pattern deer that we forget that we also can be “patterned.” After all, most of us hunt the same days and the same hours, so it isn’t difficult for deer to figure us out.

While I would never recommend giving up hunting the traditional moving times for deer, early morning and late evening, it’s important to keep in mind that deer will move at other times of the day.

Sometimes, hunting through lunch, I’ve got a picture on my trail cam of a nice 8-point eating lunch this year during gun season while my hunting comrades and I were doing the same way back at the truck.

 Talk about one disheartened hunter. Even getting in your stand earlier than usual for an evening hunt can do the trick.

In addition to staying on stand through the lunch hours another thing you can try is hunting through the week, work schedule permitting. Sometimes deer let their guards down when there are fewer hunters in the woods.

Whether it’s the slamming of the truck doors in the pre-dawn or some other “sixth sense,” whitetails tend to know when hunters are in the woods.

Give them a surprise and try to make it out there a few days that you normally wouldn’t hunt.

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