so, you continue to be a mind reader! and to your 2nd ingenious point, trapping on sufficient and good/great habitat only helps produce more as wellListened to this yesterday. The trapping guys will say "see, he says that adding trapping helps" which he does. What they will leave out is that hes talking about super intense trapping DURING NESTING/BROODING/FAWNING SEASONS. Also, hes talking about trapping on 10s of 1000s of acres... neither of which any of us can do.
Also, what I found interesting was that when habitat was sufficient they had good turkey numbers and hatches without trapping. Thats not what some here have claimed....
A. Correct. Its just not a good tool to improve game species.This has been a good podcast.
A. Trapping is a good tool.
B . Coyote harvest needs to be large scale , such as a county wide or state wide removal. So do your part and if you like trapping them, trap. If you see them , opportunistically kill them.
C. Mesopredators like raccoons with smaller home ranges can have populations lowered on a small scale.
D. When you apply nest predator trapping to good habitat like I did you are most likely to accomplish significant improvements like I have. 👍
Too bad he doesnt have proof....
Doesnt seem to be making much headway...
I saw what looked a lot like proof in several poults running around in another clip he posted. I’ll happily take advice from a biologist who has used his 2000 acres as a test bed for improving turkey and deer populations.Too bad he doesnt have proof....
Heres why I say his trapping isnt impactful. 2 of his former interns, guys that worked for him for years and did the trapping or at least collected data say its not something worth doing UNLESS you have every other habitat thing done, which they have never seen.I saw what looked a lot like proof in several poults running around in another clip he posted. I’ll happily take advice from a biologist who has used his 2000 acres as a test bed for improving turkey and deer populations.
I actually agree with you that habitat is the most important improvement you can make on your property, followed by predator control if you have time.
I just purchased property about 10 miles from Grants farm, as a part time Missourian I’ll only have time to concentrate on habitat, but if I meet any neighbors that like to trap, they’ll be welcome.
Not exactly the same, but in areas that see a decline in deer and bighorn sheep here in Az., our biologists liberalize lion bag limits in those areas, some units have a lion per day harvest limit. Not a lot of raccoons or possums killing our turkeys or new world piglets, but lions and bobcats take a toll.
It seems odd then that his interns dont trap, you know, since they were the ones doing the work and recording the data and results .....Grants a smart guy and realizes that good habitat fills in and holds more nest predators than poor habitat does , so to be all it can be it needs nest predators removed. Same concept as removing deer to maintain balance .