The ACE Basin branch of the Quality Deer Management Association held a How To Trap Coyotes seminar in Walterboro on August 29 that was attended by members from several different local QDMA branches. Branch President Nicole Garris and QDMA founder Joe Hamilton introduced Todd Menke, the trapper from N.C. that came to share his experiences for those interested in trapping coyotes in the Lowcountry outdoors. The evening started with a fried fish dinner sponsored by Jonathan Barnes of AgSouth services, which also donated door prizes. The QDMA offered a raffle for their 2011 Fall Gun of the Year which is a Remington .308 rifle, which was won by a local man attending the seminar. Menke was a speaker at the recent QDMA National Convention and was kind enough to visit the ACE Basin branch and share what has worked for him over the last 18 years of trapping in North Carolina. Coyotes are of great interest to deer herd managers since studies have shown that 80-percent of fawn mortality can be attributed to predation by coyotes. Trap sizes, trapping techniques, trade secrets and how NOT to educate coyotes with poor traps were all part of the discussion.
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