Warning: Some of the images below may be a bit graphic and contain visuals of animal carcasses.
Earlier this Fall, a friend of mine arrowed a nice doe with his bow on my property in upstate New York with about 10 minutes of daylight left. He tracked it for about a hundred yards before he lost the trail in the darkness.
We went back the next morning and quickly picked up the trail, which led us to a nice adult doe. Unfortunately, in the few short hours it was in the woods, the coyotes found it. They ate one side, part of the backstraps, and opened up the abdomen. It was ruined!
Hunters know this sometimes happens in coyote country, but it still is a sad ending to what should have been a celebration. At least the coyotes will eat well for a week or so.
Images below of following the blood trail leading up to what was left of the doe.
I was also able to capture some other predators and scavengers picking from the remains of this doe. The circle of life continues as this doe provided a meal to coyotes, red foxes, turkey vultures, an opossum and a skunk.