Fence Line Predators
Time, experience, success and failure all play a role in helping hunters gain more understanding of how to be a better hunter.
Fence lines are a unique habit continually undergoing change, which is good in this case. Generally, the older fencecrows become, the more of a predator hotbed they evolve into.
Consider the classic farm fence for example, be it a barbed or woven wire. These fences keep livestock contained within certain areas. The older a fence line becomes, the more the micro-environment associated with it changes. There can be a dramatic impact on the progression of the habitat around that fence, depending on the level of human activity around the fence. This can include the following:
- herbicide use
All of the elements are in place in that a predator needs to survive a primary fence habitat, which include the following:
- cover and a place to den
Some of these tangled messes can be extremely thick. Also, the thicker it is, the better for predators looking to establish a home.
Old habitats allow food to grow. This food attracts insects, songbirds, upland birds, rodents, squirrels, rabbits and more. As the food chain grows, predators enter the picture and become linked to the area.
However, some fence lines grow so thick that is difficult to set up directly on them. This is where a custom hunting blind can come in handy. If there is a hillside nearby, you can often set up on the elevated vantage point, placing a remote call below. This way you can be in a good position to observe all that is going on.
In comparison to fences lines that are encapsulated in brush, younger fence lines are a bit different. Such fence lines do not offer thick enough habitats to entice predators to take up residence. However, they do offer forms of food that attract visiting predators on a regular basis. These fairly open habitat zones are where long-distance shooting skills can be put to the test, for concealment is a valid concern, particularly in flat terrain.
Hunting blinds with a low profile can be effective here. However, if timber borders the area, a custom hunting blind may be the best option. Situate a remote calling system at the base of the fence, operate it from the distant hunting blind, and you can alleviate the worries of getting too close to the target area.
Capitalize on the Moment
The closer attention you pay to fence lines, the clearer the value of micro-habitats become. Taking the time to study the habitat and learn how it is being utilized by predators gives you a greater likelihood of increasing hunting opportunities.
Fresh snowfall provides another prime time to closely evaluate fence lines. In addition to finding what predator food sources are living in the area, you can find what travel routes the predators themselves are using. At this point, take time to study the area and determine why animals are traveling those pathways.
These are just the basics of what to know about fence line predators. For more information on our customized hunting blind options or to order your customized hunting blinds, contact us with the link below!