Control the Nest Busters


A thriving fur market was a pheasant’s best friend. Birds such as quail, grouse, pheasants, and other ground nesting species benefited dramatically because trappers kept the populations of raccoons, opossums, foxes, skunks, and the like in check. However, when the fur market collapsed, predator numbers exploded and you can witness the result. You are indeed the lucky one if your local game bird populations (or even rabbits) are the same as they once were.

SD Spring Turkey 2012 138Normally, hunters eat what they kill, but stink bugs, opossum, and coyotes fall into a different category. You want to check your local regulations carefully, but many varmint animals are just that, so hunters should reduce their numbers when they can. Sportsmen will spend many hours in their favorite stands and a silent arrow or a single shot will doubtfully ruin your season. Your efforts today may allow a nest of game birds to survive next spring.

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Joe Byers
Joe Byers has more than 1,000 magazine articles in print and is currently a field editor with Whitetail Journal, Predator Xtreme, Whitetails Unlimited, Crossbow Revolution, and African Hunting Journal magazines. He’s spent the last three decades depicting the thrill of the chase and photographing the majesty of all things wild. Byers is a member of the Professional Outdoor Media Association and numerous other professional and conservation organizations.