Chris and Casey Keefer are in Kansas to hunt the coyotes that roam the region. They sight in their trusted Winchester firearms with Varmint X ammunition, then head to the plains to hunt alongside longtime friend Jason Brown. As curious coyotes quickly answer the distressed rabbit call, the red beards are prepared to take aim.
The ways of the wilderness pivot around one crucial, constant fact: A chain of command exists. A food chain of command, to be exact.
There’s the hunters. And the hunted.
The predators. And the prey.
While this system is natural and necessary, excessive predator numbers can negatively impact species populations. Too many predators equals too little prey, and vice versa. The food chain is a domino effect…and a balancing act. Which is why it is important to keep species numbers in check.
As outdoorsmen head to the woods and plains to hunt, they often compete with an adaptable, stealthy predator: Coyotes.
The wild dog species consume large herbivores like deer and elk, as well as small game, like birds, rodents and rabbits. A cunning animal who easily adapts, coyotes are a known predator that can also be a nuisance. Farmers often lose livestock—chickens, sheep, etc.—to the stealthy ways of the coyote.
Hunting these predators keeps their population—and the population of their prey—in line. For example, coyotes will often kill whitetail fawns. By maintaining the coyote numbers, more fawns have a chance to mature, thus strengthening the deer population.
Hunters can grab their tried and true Winchester firearms and get locked and loaded with Varmint X to take aim at coyotes. The Varmint X ammunition is specifically designed for predator hunting, providing the reliability that is consistent with Winchester’s trustworthy reputation.
To choose your ammo and learn more about Winchester Varmint X, visit www.winchester.com/choose-your-ammo.