Pest Control AKA Varmint Killing

Tuesday, March 24, 2009 12:00
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Post written by Rick Doyle

Pest Control AKA Varmint Killing

I realize that this post will most likely offend PETA members, citiots (Def. Urban or suburban dweller with no common sense, clue or concept of reality, thinks their food comes from the supermarket and wouldn’t hurt a cute, furry little creature), do-gooders, vegans, vegetarians, the politically correct and probably a few others whose opinion I don’t really care too much about.

In our neck of the woods deer hunting season opened today.  Don’t get me wrong; I’m not a calculated killer.  I’m just an average guy with a varmint problem and a rational approach to fix it.  We live in the country on a small farm that adjoins my wife’s family with about 300 acres total.  The problem is that the deer population has grown out of control and are rapidly destroying crops, fences, damaging cars/people and generally breeding like rabbits.  For example; we have lost hundreds of dollars worth of trees and if you include the cost to fence a tree make it closer to thousands of dollars.  Forget having roses, vegetables for the family, fruit trees, almost all ornamental trees and they absolutely love white pine trees. If it’s anything other than a weed the deer will eat it.  For those who don’t know, bucks (male deer) like to mark their territory and sharpen their antlers on young trees which scrapes all the bark off and eventually kills the tree. What they don’t step on, eat, or destroy is usually worthless, everything else is fair game.  Let’s talk about cars and deer.  City people don’t usually have this problem but there is hardly a night that goes by or a person you meet in the country that can’t tell you about the fatal crashes weekly or who totaled a car and got hurt because Bambi refuses to look both ways before crossing the street.  One last reason to decrease their population is that deer are very dirty and can easily spread disease.  We’re talking carriers of ticks, Lymes Disease, rabies, CWD (chronic wasting disease) and Rocky Mountain Spotted fever to name a few.  This spring I had one drop dead of CWD in my side yard.  In fact, there are almost no natural predators of deer left in our area so without the hunter to keep the population in check disease spreads rapidly through them and to us. Okay, I have to confess the fawns are cute for about 8 weeks.  They reach breeding age at about a year and by the time they are 2 years old a normal pregnancy for them is twins or triplets.

While I’m on the subject of problem critters, or varmints as we call them, here is my to do list:

Ground Hogs: Worthless unless you want a building they dig under to collapse or you want to drop the front end of your tractor into a 4 foot deep hole or have it tip over and kill you. Even my sweet wife has shot a ground hog out of a tree while getting her 5 mile run in.

Muskrat:  The rat on the end should give you a good idea of this animal.  These useless vermin are good for basically one thing and one thing only, systematic destruction of ponds!  They like to dig their little homes into the dam side of a pond making sure to make a nice big hole in the dam so your entire pond drains out.  Then your cattle don’t have water and you have a very, very expensive repair.  And almost as bad are snapping turtles which eat all your stock fish.

Coyote:  One of our family dogs, a sheltie, nearly got eaten by a coyote one day.  They also carry disease, harm livestock and generally serve no purpose other than to potentially eat your small children.  (Yes, too many has led to children and family pets getting attacked and killed in outlying city/urban areas.)  (Mice are just about as destructive to homes, barns and everything else they invade, there just too hard to shoot, inside.)

Dirty Birds:  This list is really long so I’ll give you the short list: grackles, starlings, certain disease carrying birds and some that simply kill or destroy good bird’s nests and eggs.  On a side note, we feed the song birds in winter and very much enjoy feeding the humming birds all summer.  We also have lots of turkey (hunted in season only) and many other enjoyable feathered friends that are more than welcome.  It may sound strange but that list includes buzzards, though repulsively ugly, are nice enough to clean up all those rotting dead things lying next to the roads as well as some of the things we dispose of here on the farm.

Also on my list as worthy of extermination are wasps, brown recluse spiders, mosquitoes, bumble bees (not honey bees), cicada killers, hornets and a host of other dangerous little creeps that people and small children with stinging allergies can live without. In the country unlike the city mice, insects plus crops and too few good predators equal massive reproduction and overwhelming numbers. In the country unlike the city mice, insects plus crops and too few good predators equal massive reproduction and overwhelming numbers.

I also enjoy our rabbits, squirrels, and other critters which aren’t out of control and have natural predators to control their population.

I want you to imagine a 175 lb. mosquito. One is bad, two are worse and packs of 6 to 15 are really bad.  Now let them breed at an alarming rate.  Hit one with your car. Imagine it without wings and there, you have a deer!  Assuming it is clean and disease free you can feed a family 60 to 100 lbs. of meat. 

We are thinning the herds this year with as many family members as we can get to hunt.  NO trophy hunting.  Every animal, provided it is free of disease, will get claimed, processed and as much usable food distributed to as many families as we can muster, within the rules and regulations for our state.  Nothing gets wasted that can’t be used.  Hunters donate millions of dollars of food to families in need every year.  Any deer we get (with a limit of 6 each) are already spoken for.

When you live in the country with you have to help regulate it sometimes and no matter how innocent the critter might look it is for the best to have a reasonable degree of population control.

On a final note for today, it was 33 degrees this morning, snowing with a 15 mph wind and Bambi made it safely through round one.  So far, I’ve spotted 21 does and one buck but all at too great a distance for a definite takedown shot.  For those of you who are dying to know, it’s a Mossberg 835, 2¾ Remington Copper solid sabots, Bushnell 3×9×40 and my best 158 yards.  I’m out again this afternoon.

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