I started out hunting small game in jr. high school. Rabbits, squirrel, quail, pheasant. The quail population use to be great and the pheasants were ok, but about 10-15 yrs ago they both took a huge drop. You're lucky now to see a pheasant and I have noticed the quail making a slow comeback. I havn't hunted the small ones for quite so time, but that will change soon when my kids get started
Strange how the same thing hapened here. We used to have great small game hunting but shortly after the foothold trap was banned here in NJ we lost all of our small game. Plenty of mangy fox around though
Ever since the fur market went down hill guys stopped trapping everywhere. Now I think there are way too many predators and too few people controling them for the rabbits and pheasant populations to recover. Not to mention all the raptors that have complete protection.
Yes, our fox and coyote are looking pretty healthy. Alot of people started putting the blame on the turkey because that was about the same time turkey really started to boom. I think it was more of a coincidence.
They are putting the blame on turkeys here in Nebraska also on the decline of quail in some areas where turkey are abundant. I had asked a wildlife bioligist about turkeys eating quail eggs, he told me a turkey may eat a few of them but habitat, winter, & other predation are more to blame than turkeys.
Hunting can be slow and frustrating if Mother Nature throws a warm hunting season at you. But things can take a drastic turn for the better with the onset of a cold snap. Whether you get snow or just a good, prolonged cold front, the hunting can improve on a dime. But cold whether can also make certain parts of the hunt more tedious. Here are some things to keep in mind when your prayers for cold weather finally pay off.
You can see a your quarry's breath when it is cold outside...