Driftwood outdoors: Setting up down wind just part of effort to outwit wily predators

In the millenniums before supermarkets, when humans were forced to hunt alongside all other carnivores, species that thrived were those most adept at not only killing but also retaining their downed prey.

Throughout time, early humans concluded both of these tasks would be much easier if the competition simply were eliminated. With this realization, predator hunting was born.

Today, few of us actually deal with a direct recourse from predators. Most of us aren’t losing chickens to raccoons or calves to coyotes. Yet nearly all of us are somehow indirectly affected by the ills of predator overpopulation.

In many areas of our country, deer fawns and turkey chicks are noticeably affected by predation. Yet in the Rocky Mountain states, true devastation is taking place. If you want to see a man flush with anger, ask a Montana elk hunter from the Paradise Valley about what wolves have done to local herds.

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