Maine Puts Bounty on Coyotes

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Maine's whitetail herds have been under pressure for some time. To address the falling herd counts, the state released a new management plan late last week. Among the highlights are an increased focus on deer wintering areas and deer feeding programs as well as paying hunters to take out coyotes in remote areas. Reuters has a detailed write up on the new state plans.

Hunters will be sent into areas with a known problem and paid a per-diem rate as well as some mileage costs, Chandler Woodcock, commissioner of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. "With fuel costs what they are, we can't expect people to spend their own time and money driving long distances into remote areas and not get compensated," he said.


GooseHunter Jr's picture

That is co...wish Colorado

That is co...wish Colorado would do something like that...I could supplement my income wth a few song dog!

arrowflipper's picture


What does "per-diem" mean?  Does this mean that hunters are sent into the area and paid whether they kill coyotes or not?  If so, I don't know that I agree with that.  I like the idea of paying for what is done.  So much per animal or so much for a number of animals.  A bounty for anyone who brings a tail or whatever in would take out a lot of animals.  During hunting season, there are a lot of guys out there with rifles and lots of coyotes would be eliminated.

The coyote is a problem over most of the US.  I have several opportunities each fall while deer hunting to take one out.  I seldom shoot as I don't want to affect my deer hunting.  My friends that live in coyote areas always carry a firearm in their vehicles.  My hunting buddy kills several coyotes per year just driving to and from town. 

Coyotes are not the easiest animal to take.  Their keen eyesight and even better sense of smell, keep them on the alert and you had better be ready when you see them.  One hint that you are around and they're gone.  I'd love to see a bounty on those dogs here in Washington.  In the populated areas, we have trouble with them eating pets and in the rural areas, they are havoc on newborn calves and lambs.

groovy mike's picture

I sure hope no tax dollars are being spent

They are being paid “on a per diem basis?”     


Wow, that means they get paid whether they collect a coyote or not.  I sure hope no tax dollars are being spent for that when coyote hunters would be happy to have the extra tags for free!         


Sean – a free deer tag as a bounty on coyotes sounds like a GREAT plan to me!

Ca_Vermonster's picture

Glad to see this happening. 

Glad to see this happening.  From what I can find, one bill introduced recently would give a free antlerless permit to anyone who kills 10 coyotes. 

Not a bad idea.  I know from experience that, at least in the northern part of Maine, the deer herd has been decimated.

Anything that can be done to help is a bonus!

To see that the deer herd is less than half from a decade ago is a shame!!!

hunter25's picture

Well I didn't see any mention

Well I didn't see any mention of an actual bounty, just a bigger push to kill more coyotes. It never says how many deer that they think the coyotes kill every year either. I wonder how they will choose which hunters are the lucky ones that will get some reimbursement to go coyote hunting? The last strange thing in my opinion is that they extended the season by two month on coyotes but still left it closed for over 3 months. If you want more coyotes killed why not just open it all year like it is here out west? Our  season never closes and there still will never be a shortage of them.

On the plus side though it sounds like they are trying to get the deer herd back up again I'm just not sure they are on the right track.

jaybe's picture

Well, the Governor says that

Well, the Governor says that we can't just blame all the deer kill on coyotes and bears. That's a true statement, I'm sure, because everyone knows that hard winters and other habitat factors will have an impact on the deer herd. But that doesn't mean that doing a better job of managing the coyotes and bears won't help the situation. IMO it's a good thing that they are going to so something about the coyote population.

Yeah - it is interesting that they are only going to allow select hunters to go in and try to thin out the coyotes that are apparently preying on the deer in their winter yards. On the other hand, those places are usually somewhat isolated, and the average Joe Hunter might find it very difficult to get in and out effectively and safely. Let's hope that this measure does some good for Maine's deer herd.