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Know where the game is!

Postby HighDesertHawk » Mon Feb 25, 2013 11:49 am

We started a few years ago, we are feed the wild game around our area and not hunting them at this time. Every morning I through out some chicken scratch for the birds. Currently have about 50 quail and over 100 doves that come in. We are also going to put an auto feeder at the stock pond to feed the mule deer and the wild life that come in to water. This way we will have them used to coming in, then when the sh&% hit the fan we know where the meat is.

For now we eat what we raise on the ranch.

By the way there were hundreds of geese heading North. Some of the largest numbers I have seen the last few years.
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Re: Know where the game is!

Postby sirdroseph » Mon Feb 25, 2013 12:16 pm

What a great idea! I will have to get some wild bird seed and setup bird feeders all around the perimeter! Could probably start putting out corn for the deer as well!
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Re: Know where the game is!

Postby HighDesertHawk » Wed Feb 27, 2013 11:01 am

sirdroseph wrote:What a great idea! I will have to get some wild bird seed and setup bird feeders all around the perimeter! Could probably start putting out corn for the deer as well!


If there is a local feed store in your area, just buy chicken scratch. Its an excellent mix of grains good for all wildlife.
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Re: Know where the game is!

Postby jswi2374 » Thu Mar 21, 2013 8:53 pm

It does seem like there were a lot of geese about this year Im seeing them all over: parking lots, drainage ditches, my college campus, etc Wish it was legal to put a few in the freezer!
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Re: Know where the game is!

Postby captamerica77 » Fri Apr 19, 2013 8:41 am

Put out a salt block, it will bring in the deer and other game. I put out feed for the squirrels, they are more than fat enough and they have multiplied by at least two fold. Rabbits also seem to like the food. :D
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Re: Know where the game is!

Postby donba » Thu Jul 11, 2013 6:51 pm

If I lived in a more rural area a couple of salt blocks would have to go into my preps. Question: are ground squirrels ok to eat? They got almost all my Apricots agin this year. Put two rat traps in the tree this year they loved the cheese and peanut butter. But never set off the traps,do I need special traps?
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Re: Know where the game is!

Postby BigDArmory » Fri Jul 12, 2013 7:19 am

donba wrote:If I lived in a more rural area a couple of salt blocks would have to go into my preps. Question: are ground squirrels ok to eat? They got almost all my Apricots agin this year. Put two rat traps in the tree this year they loved the cheese and peanut butter. But never set off the traps,do I need special traps?


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Re: Know where the game is!

Postby Pedro wyoming » Fri Jul 12, 2013 7:25 am

This gets away from game and more to pests but a 5 gallon bucket half filled with water and a peanut butter bait on the inside of the rim will attract mice, ground squirrels and such. When they fall in, they drown.

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Edited to add that a board ramp to allow them to get to the top of the bucket is helpful.
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Re: Know where the game is!

Postby IceFire » Fri Jul 12, 2013 11:19 pm

Pedro wyoming wrote:This gets away from game and more to pests but a 5 gallon bucket half filled with water and a peanut butter bait on the inside of the rim will attract mice, ground squirrels and such. When they fall in, they drown.

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Edited to add that a board ramp to allow them to get to the top of the bucket is helpful.


I didn't even need the bait! Can't tell you how many chipmunks I accidentally drowned, because I left the 5-gallon bucket that I used for weed and rock hauling out in the rain. Stupid chippies would climb up, fall in, and I'd find their drowned carcasses the next time I went out to the garden. Guess they just couldn't resist checking out what MIGHT be in that big white bucket! Curiosity doesn't only kill cats...
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Re: Know where the game is!

Postby oswegoscott » Sat Jul 13, 2013 7:17 am

Animals aren't stupid. Once you shoot a few the rest won't return. Also,won't all those critters be a threat to gardens?
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