Well I'm no biologist but I did stay at a Holiday Inn last night so I'll give my opinion on this subject. I've been playing this food plot and habitat improvement game for quite a few years now and while I have had some success I still think there is a lot of room for improvement/more success. My initial target species was like most folks on here, the whitetailed deer and I concentraited on that particular animal for several years. However, the last 5 years or so I've been targeting almost exclusively for the Bobwhite Quail and wabbits. I've done absolutely no predator control, none. My main area of work has been habitat, and that has consisted mainly of fescue eradication, NWSG plantings, fencerow thining, discing and other procedures geared towards habitat. I've planted BB and Indian, LB and Sideoats and I've got lots of weeds. It doesn't look very pretty but I'm starting to see results. I've got more rabbits now then I've had in a very long time, but I'm sure that a portion of the population increase in wabbits is related to the cyclical nature of their numbers. As for the quail, I just posted about three weeks ago that I'd seen my first confirmed sighting of a successful hatch in many many years. Is it just luck or is it a result of the work I've done for the last 5 or so years. I hope its the result of the work. And as for predators, I've got plenty. You cant hardly walk along the trails that lead to the creek bottom without seeing several dung piles and other sign. In fact my PLC even commented that there seems to be an inordinate amount of predator sign. Should I consider some form of predator removal, probably and I might do something this coming winter but the facts seem to be that even without any predator control measures whatsover, I'm seeing an increase in small game and that can only be contributed to habitat improvement. Sorry for the long response but hopefuly its got some validity.