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Nov 04

Why are deer hunting clubs wasting so much money from Raccoons at game feeders?

by Clint Locklear, Predator Control Group

If plantations, ranches or hunting clubs are heavy into supplemental feeding their deer and other wildlife, they might be throwing away a lot of money every month. They buy the food for the deer, but the raccoon are eating 20-40% of the feed. Plus the raccoons will rake their feed to the ground or urinate and defecate in it, if they are using trough style feeders. In other words, they are feeding just as many raccoon as deer. Catching a few raccoon a year in cage traps is just a drop in the bucket to the amount of raccoon that make a living off of the land owners supplemental feed. Take a moment, and ask the land owner to figure out what their yearly feed bill is. Now figure up what they would save if you could cut their bill by 20-40%. Motivated trappers can get them that savings, because some of us can turn into Raccoon trapping specialist if that is what is needed.

We have talked with biologist and poured over information and studies on the eating habits of raccoons. Raccoon eat in the two to four pounds of food each day. So let’s take the middle ground and use the figure of raccoon eating three pounds a day. So a raccoon that eats three pounds a day for a year eats 1,095 pounds of food in a single year. This is only one raccoon; an average family group of raccoon is four. The family group contains the female and 3-5 young. The young will stay with the mother for close to a year. The family group eats about 4,380 pounds of food a year. That equals over 2 tons of food in 365 days per family group. Now you have to keep in mind that male raccoon run mostly by them self, so each male is also eating half a ton of food each year. If hunting clubs are running feeders and a family group of raccoon, plus a male is living off one feeder, it is mind-boggling the amount of food land owners are spending to feed them. I guess if they are raising raccoon, then this expense make sense.

You can put a trail camera on each feeder and see if raccoons are eating at the feeder. Now add the number of feeders that raccoon are using and count the raccoons and amount of the feed they are eating. Most ranches will find the cost of raccoon control is only a small percentage compared to the amount that they are spending to feed raccoons. It’s as close too free income or a high return on investment as ranchers can hope to find.

What are your thoughts on trapping raccoons under feeders? please leave comment.

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