Many outdoorsmen are talking about the series of photos supposedly caught on a moultrie game spy game camera. It is of a huge buck being attacked and killed by what appears to be two coyotes. We had the opportunity to check out these pictures and would like to discuss their validity. We consulted with many experts and avid outdoorsmen, and the verdict is unanimous- something is very fishy here. Like with many of the "cougar hoaxes" out there, the inexperienced outdoorsman is eager to latch into the story , believe it and perpetuate it, blindly without really looking and considering some basic facts.
As owners of several different brands of game cams, we know how difficult it is to capture an animal as it passes through the narrow beam that triggers the shutter. Our Moultry Game Camera is no different.
First off, who is "Marlin Smith"? So far, no real Marlin Smith that has supposedly gotten these pictures from his camera has come forward.
All of the outdoorsmen we consulted instantly said "a buck with a rack like that is going to be able to fend off those coyotes without problem" .
Next, the question was raised "Why didn't the buck run? That is a deers first line of defense."
The area in front of the camera is clearly a feeding station for deer , and the deer appears to be eating something in the first pic, time stamped 18:48 which would be 6:48 PM. Nearly 5 hours later at 23:34 (11:34 PM) , the deer is still exacly in front of the camera beam. By 5:29 AM the following morning, nearly 12 hours later, the deer - still in the narrow view of the game camera beam is down. Do you smell a rat here? Isn't it rather odd that the deer would stay in the narrow beam of the camera that triggers the photos to be taken for nearly 12 hours? Makes one wanna go hmmmmmmm..........
Bottom line, If a deer can't get out of the way of the narrow camera beam for nearly twelve hours, there might be a problem here. There is obviously much more going on here than meets the eye. Several experts have speculated that the deer had a spine or pelvic injury- perhaps after being hit by a car. Another, more sinister theory is that the scene was a set-up by coyote haters, and the deer and coyotes are perhaps in the confines of a fenced area so that someone could "prove" on camera that coyotes are killing "all the trophy deer". Could the deer have another debilitating disease that prevents it from being able to move? If the deer is debilitated or ill, then the coyotes are doing what a predator is supposed to do - take down the weak and debilitated animals. Thank you coyotes for doing this job! Thank you coyote hunters and haters for reminding us about these series of pictures so we could cast light on them!
Check out the link below. If the link doesn't work, we have attached just a few of the pictures for you.