If you’ve read the recent raccoons posts (With A Hotdog Stick, A Huntin’ I Will Go, The Saga Continues – There Are Hardly Words, Raccoon Update…), you know that we’ve recently been having raccoon problems.
Last weekend we attended our NWTF’s (National Wild Turkey Federation’s JAKES Day. (JAKES stands for Juniors Acquiring Knowledge, Ethics and Sportsmanship) The kids get to do all kinds of activities when assist them learning about hunting and fishing (I’ll have another post on that topic later). One of the ‘stations’ is discussing poaching and safety with a Conservation Officer. When Q&A time came around, I asked what our options might be for getting rid of these raccoons (who our living under our neighbors deck). He said remove the food source?! I tend to dislike using this particular slang word but “Really??”
Con #1: Cutting down our 5 Mulberry Trees would mean no more Mulberry Wine. Which isn’t good because my hubby has become famous for his wines. One of the most popular is the Mulberry.
Con#2: Three of the trees provide shade for the pasture.
Con #3: Two of the trees are the older two boys’ favorite climbing trees.
Con #4: The ducks love to eat the mulberries, especially when they are swimming in their pool which is located under one of the trees.
Pro #1: Fortunately, we collected our berries when they first came on back in early June. Part of the problem is that it was a fantastic crop this year. Finally, almost two months later, the berries are beginning to thin out – hopefully, eliminating part of their food source.
Pro #2: We later found out that if the ‘coons are that much of a problem our county allows us to apply for a nuisance permit….I’ll have to remember that for next year.
Pro #3: The kids keep their tree and shade for the pasture. ;0)
Glad we’ve got that all figured out now! Stay tuned for more wine making posts! (our blueberries came in yesterday)