FOOD CHAIN?

Bobcat patrols feeder area, which attracts a variety of critters for him to feed on.

Bobcat patrols feeder area, which attracts a variety of critters for him to feed on.

Hunters in other states often criticize Texans for using corn and protein feeders for attracting and holding deer and other game species, but these “free buffets” have a ripple effect all down the food chain that is very beneficial. Besides deer and hogs, my feeders also attract squirrels, rabbits, various species of birds from Northern Cardinals to doves to crows, raccoons, ‘possums – and also predators that feed on these species. This bobcat could have been looking for a rabbit, or maybe dreaming of a feral hog piglet – since both of these had recently visited the feeder. I also routinely see hawks during the day and owls at night hunting around the feeder areas. The plain fact is that I see less deer than any other animal around my feeders!

About MikeH

Texas hunter and fisherman for 50 years, published outdoor writer since 1979, licensed charter boat operator from 1982 to 2013. Past Member, Board of Directors, National Association of Charterboat Operators, current member Environmental Advisory Committee to the DOE and the Strategic Petroleum Reserve. Married to Dorothy since 2000, one son, Michael who is recently married and living in Nederland, Texas. My wife and I live in Oyster Creek, Texas, near Freeport, and have a hunting property outside of Brazoria, Texas.
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