Northeast Deer Hunter discovers Buck being attacked by a coyote
When Patrick Guyette went for a walk in the woods of central Massachusetts on a cold, snowy afternoon in early January, the bow hunter may have been hoping to find a few old sheds lying around. He found more than just a pair of antlers, however, when he came across a bloody scene that reminded him how unforgiving the word natural can sound: on a frozen pound, a mortally wounded buck lay in a pond. of his own blood.
The deer was still alive and Guyette immediately recognized what he said were hundreds of fresh coyote tracks scattered among the huge pools of blood. Both of the male’s legs were broken, his hindquarters had been chewed off, and it was abundantly clear that the animal had been chased onto the ice, attacked and subsequently feasted on by two or more coyotes.
“He seemed at peace,” says Guyette Outdoor living“And I noticed that he didn’t care that I was there. He was alert and his ears were constantly watching behind him, listening for where those coyotes were. But after what he had been through, he knew that me sitting there wasn’t going to cause him as much pain as those coyotes were doing to him.
It was around 1 p.m. on Jan. 12 and Guyette, who produces Hunt Suburbia, a weekly hunting podcast about bow hunting for deer in the suburbs, had already informed his friend at Massachusetts Fish and Game. A wildlife officer was already on the way, as was a local policeman who had already been notified by a young woman who encountered the deer before Guyette showed up. Because deer season had ended weeks ago and he was in a wildlife sanctuary that prohibits hunting, Guyette could not legally blame himself for his misery. So he sat and waited with the deer.
“I was just talking to him, you know, and it’s weird. I started talking to him like he was my pet. You get that little voice, ‘It’s okay mate, someone’s gonna come help you,’” Guyette says. “But God, it was heartbreaking because I love those animals. I hunt them, but I love them. And just watching him suffer there… It was a really heavy experience.
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Ten to 15 minutes later, the local cop arrived with a .223 in hand and quickly took out the deer. The carcass was left on the ice, where coyotes or other scavengers eventually came to play their part in the natural cycle. Guyette stayed for a while to film the scene, and he uploaded the graphic footage to YouTube a few days later. “You don’t see something like this every day,” he comments at one point in the video. Guyette says he also wrote his own personal account of his experience that day. The story will be published in an upcoming issue of Northeast Big Buck Magazine.