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13 hours ago, Stubborn1vt said:

Porcupines too.

I can't believe how many porkies I've seen this spring.  Has to be a couple dozen.  

Couple weeks ago I was just about to let my dogs out, and thankfully I noticed one inside my fenced in yard.  Would have had 3 dogs with a face full of quills. 

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I enjoy all the wildlife at our camp. Fishers also. I plant enough corn so the squirrels and coons take it too. They were there before I was. Fun watching the squirrels getting an ear of corn picked and dragged out.  Then another one comes along and they wrestle over it and usually a different one makes off with it while the first two are fighting.  Gives me something to watch as I sit on stand all day.  Amazing how far away from the food plots we find corn cobs in the woods. My uncle used to say, "coyotes have to eat too!". 

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I agree fishers are a beautiful animal to see in the woods.  But all members of that family are extremely effective predators.  They climb and jump between trees as easily as squirrels, I have seen that.  I have to wonder if they take turkeys on the roost at night.  I do know that in my area fishers appeared and turkey numbers declined lots.  We have always had lots of coyotes, fox, raccoons, skunks, hawks, owls, etc.  At least that is true over the last 35 years of so.  I'm not saying fishers are responsible for the turkey population decline but on our farm it seems like fishers are the only thing that has changed over the last 15 years.  Who knows.

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9 hours ago, jperch said:

I agree fishers are a beautiful animal to see in the woods.  But all members of that family are extremely effective predators.  They climb and jump between trees as easily as squirrels, I have seen that.  I have to wonder if they take turkeys on the roost at night.  I do know that in my area fishers appeared and turkey numbers declined lots.  We have always had lots of coyotes, fox, raccoons, skunks, hawks, owls, etc.  At least that is true over the last 35 years of so.  I'm not saying fishers are responsible for the turkey population decline but on our farm it seems like fishers are the only thing that has changed over the last 15 years.  Who knows.

I have seen fishers going after turkeys on roost. More than once they busted birds off the roost just after they started waking up.  Bunch of turkeys panicking in low light and pitching off roost makes a lot of friggin noise. 

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4 hours ago, mowin said:

I have seen fishers going after turkeys on roost. More than once they busted birds off the roost just after they started waking up.  Bunch of turkeys panicking in low light and pitching off roost makes a lot of friggin noise. 

I’ve heard they take  turkeys off the roost at night. 

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