Beavers are unique creatures that work very hard at what they do. Many hours are spent creating dams and lodges, but their lifestyle creates issues for land mangers. The spring rains coupled with beaver dams often back water up into mast producing trees and low lying areas that are used for food plots. We control beaver populations and the damage they create through innovative methods of trapping.
Over the past few years, air gun technology has made incredible advancements. At the forefront of those advancements is the Benjamin Rogue .357 caliber air rifle by Crosman. For land managers looking to to harvest varmints, predators, and deer, the Benjamin Rogue offers a powerful yet quiet alternative to muzzle loaders or rifles. Hunters looking to harvest antler less deer on food plots, now have a better opportunity to take multiple deer during the same hunt because of the quieter shot from the Rogue.
We’ve successfully fired on animals at ranges up to 100 yards. The Benjamin Rogue is capable of firing a 175 grain bullet at more than 800 feet per second. Chuck prefers a 148 grain hollow point after testing a few different styles of bullets. His Rogue is sighted in at 80 yards which provides a slightly high point of impact at 40 yards and a few inches low at 100 yards. By adding a Mil-Dot scope and using a good rangefinder, the Rogue provides long range power for users who know their ballistics.
In our last episode, we began the story of Tom’s season. His daughter, Morgan, has pursued Whitesocks for a number of years. While coming close, she has’t sealed the deal yet. This past season, one of Whitesock’s old running mates, Buddy, showed back up on the farm. Through much of the season they battled for dominance and in the process beat each other’s racks up pretty badly.
This story is a great example of success on a small property. The James’ own and manage just 58 acres in Indiana. With an excellent balance of summer and winter forages, they are providing great year round food sources that are attracting and feeding not only deer that call their farm home, but also the neighbors deer.
Last year we showcased the story of Tom James, his daughters, and their family farm. A buck named Whitesox calls their farm home and Tom’s daughter, Morgan, has staked her claim on him. This year, she continued her pursuit of him, but one of Whitesox’s old friends showed back up.
The brutally cold weather presented many obstacles for Casey during his time spent trapping coyotes in Illinois. The biggest concern was how to cover the traps. In part 1, we showed you how to make wax dirt to eliminate the issue of traps getting frozen in the ground. The wax dirt is very powdery and a trapper must take extra effort to pack it on the trap. If a coyote steps on the set and feels movement beneath his foot he could back out and not engage the set. Placement of the trap is key to prevent the coyote from taking multiple steps around the set.