Sycamore, Illinois

Dave Munch

Dave Munch started hunting at the age of eight and trapping when he was ten years old. Hunting mostly by himself, Dave felt he was more successful as a lone hunter and learned more about the pheasants, rabbits, ducks and fox he hunted in Illinois. Today he still continues to enjoy much of his time afield alone.
         Through his high school years Dave’s passion for the outdoors increased especially for hunting and trapping Red and Grey Fox.  Every spare moment that he was not working was spent in the field, which led to his great respect for the small predators ability to adapt and survive.
In the late 1970’s while working for a northern Illinois Sheriff’s Department Dave observed some of the first coyotes migrate into Northern Illinois.  These sightings led to his passion to learn as much about these predators as possible. As the coyote population rose and the fox numbers declined,his interests turned to this new, larger predator.
It wasn’t long before Dave began to call foxes and coyotes with hand and electronic calls. His pursuit for knowledge soon led him to study and hunt with Dan Thompson and several other professional callers. Over the years Dave has become one of the foremost predator hunters in the country. His extensive experience on the trapline and predator calling makes Dave one of the most knowledgable men on the coyote of today.
          As time passed and Dave’s involvement with these highly adaptable animals increased it was apparent that the coyotes were evolving into a much more aggressive animal than they had been in the past.  These patterns appeared to change as the coyotes had more interactions with humans and has in fact led to attacks on domestic pets and humans.
         This coyote behavior has prompted Dave and two like minded outdoorsmen, Rob and Zendalto form Scientific Wildlife Management to research coyote behavior and seek methods to control this behavior. The goal of SWM is to provide solutions to predator/human conflicts through research and education and minimize the risk these animals pose to humans and their pets.