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    I was recently granted permission to hunt a property in Minden (WMU56). Over the past couple of weekends I've done some scouting while rabbit hunting on the prop and it seems the most abundant critter roaming these parts is coyote. Rabbit and deer signs are scarce but Coyote tracks everywhere. I checked the regs for Coyote season in the area and it states: No Season for Minden (along with a pile of other towns). That helps to explain the limited signs for rabbit/deer. Checking previous reg. publications it seems this has been the case since at least 2017. I assume the MNRF makes the call on when a season might be opened up again in an area. How does this work? I'd really like to give an advantage to the deer and rabbit in the area by knocking a few yotes down.

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    So they shut it down in a bunch of areas because of a controversial report. Basically saying the wolf’s and coyotes interbreed and created a new species.

    If you can get it opened back up again lots of trappers and hunters would buy all the beer you can drink.


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    Nothing wrong with wanting to hunt coyotes, however, it won't really benefit deer numbers. Not sure about rabbits.

    https://www.themeateater.com/conserv...oyote-invasion

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris915 View Post
    Nothing wrong with wanting to hunt coyotes, however, it won't really benefit deer numbers. Not sure about rabbits.

    https://www.themeateater.com/conserv...oyote-invasion
    Anyone who has hunted area 73 or 74A for the past 25 years or so would beg to differ with that article. Used to be lots of deer and no coyotes, now lots of coyotes and almost no deer.

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    Deer in that area most likely yard up for the winter so that is why you are not seeing much deer tracks unless the property you are scouting is a deer yard. As for the Snowshoe hares, they usually go up and down based on their 10 year cycle so we may be in a low year of the cycle. Did you run in to any bunnies?

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    Saskfly, Chris915 thanks for the additional reading. I hadn't looking that far into the regs yet. Just makes me wonder if they'll ever get around to re-visiting the matter. I'll reach out to the local MNRF office.
    GW11, the group I hunt with has witnessed exactly what you've described in 77B & 76C. Abundance of coyotes and limited deer/rabbit. We've hunted those areas for 20+ years and it used to be the other way around.
    I did scare up 1 showshoe over 2 outings and I covered a lot of area (with a buddy). I hoping that the rabbits may just be in a low cycle as you mentioned.

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