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#1 Spanky

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Posted 04 November 2018 - 07:52 AM

As the deer season has come to a close, I can't help but ponder the huge decline in the numbers of deer and more specifically, bucks in the D-5 region. I have several game cameras set up on what used to be productive game trails and the cameras are mostly void of wildlife. I pick up the occasional small doe or jackrabbit, random coyote or bobcat and that's it. The one factor that has changed in my area that I hunt is-  Cannabis Grow operations. In the years following the Butte Fire of 2015, Calaveras County decided to allow these grow operations but have since suspended them. If you use Google Maps satellite view, you will find the county inundated with grow ops. My theory is that these operations have impacted the wildlife in a devastating way. When I hike the areas that I hunt, depending on the wind direction, you can't help but be knocked over by the wafting fumes from neighboring grows. Between the poisons and fertilizers (Many of them are illegal to use in California) and these growers actually slaughtering the wildlife to protect their cash crops, the wildlife have been eradicated.

 

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Posted 04 November 2018 - 09:35 AM

  Far more wildlife has been eradicated due to mans expansion than to hunting.  I can't even begin to tell you how many areas I use to hunt, not only in Cal. but other states, that are now either farms, homes or industrial developments. It will only get worst.



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Posted 04 November 2018 - 09:49 AM

  Far more wildlife has been eradicated due to mans expansion than to hunting.  I can't even begin to tell you how many areas I use to hunt, not only in Cal. but other states, that are now either farms, homes or industrial developments. It will only get worst.

While I agree with your assessment in part, Calaveras County is probably one of those counties that has not had massive growth in housing/AG and certainly not industrial unless you consider cannabis industrial. The area I hunt is rather remote and other than pot farming has not significantly changed in the 20+ years I've hunted it. Habitat has definitely changed partly due to the massive Butte Fire, but it would seem that if anything, the area I hunt would have enhanced its deer population with the deer vacating the fire areas.



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Posted 04 November 2018 - 10:35 AM

Growers using all the water in the areas plus protecting their crops = loss of wildlife


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Posted 04 November 2018 - 08:37 PM

  Far more wildlife has been eradicated due to mans expansion than to hunting.  I can't even begin to tell you how many areas I use to hunt, not only in Cal. but other states, that are now either farms, homes or industrial developments. It will only get worst.

In a nutshell... this.  In the US alone... the population has grown a whopping 60% since my birth in 1969 to 2017 (last year they have census numbers for). Apparently we are trending towards 10 Billion Humans worldwide not too long from now!

To anyone reading these words PLEASE preach to anybody who will listen the importance of controlling OUR birthing numbers!


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Posted 04 November 2018 - 09:12 PM

To anyone reading these words PLEASE preach to anybody who will listen the importance of controlling OUR birthing numbers!


What is the special number?.... 1? 0?




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