As cold winter temperatures approach, the once easy meals for predators like coyotes and bobcats become a little harder to come by. Rodents, moles, birds, rabbits all begin to move less and stay hunkered down making the predators work a little harder for a meal. Trapping is my favorite hobby of the winter time and there is no shortage of people who will let you trap their land for predators or other fur bearers. Much like hunting, trapping requires preparation of equipment and supplies to be successful, but it’s also half the fun.
Trapping can also be a great way to introduce kids to the sport as well as showing them why it helps out other wildlife such as turkey, quail, and deer to keep the predator populations in check. For example, to have the biggest positive impact on turkey nest and poult survival, nest predators such as raccoons, opossums, and skunks should be trapped hard in the late winter and early spring. This dramatic decrease in nest predators just before hens are bred and begin to nest, can have a huge positive impact on poult survival.