Originally Posted By Tim_the_enchanter:
Agree with the others and I'll add this. It's the anti fur sentiment causing the problem. It's the protection of birds of prey as well. Back when there was money in trapping, rabbits and upland birds were plentiful. Now there is very little pressure on predators, both winged and footed. The populations have exploded. They need to eat.
The predators also have a huge impact on the Duck population. Especially in the Prairie Pot Hole section of the US.
We went out last year and only saw one covey.
The habitat for them is pretty much gone, at least around here it seems. Even our pheasant population is pretty low. However, there are more turkeys and deer than you can shake a stick at.