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.
Edited by Spanky, 04 November 2018 - 07:53 AM.