Anyone trapping rabbits now to keep spring plants safe?
Where I live (suburbs) I have noticed that if I trap rabbits during the winter and early spring, there are no breeders to come along and make more that just eat my early spring garden sprouts.
Anyone else try to thin out the rabbit population in the winter/early spring?
I use a hav-a-heart cage trap (live trap) that I bait with dog food. I also have a fenced in back yard and when it snows I can see the tracks the rabbits leave indicating the access points where they squeeze into the backyard. I set up wire snares at these points.
Come spring I generally have no rabbit damage, but there are enough adults elsewhere that breed meaning the following winter I have to trap them all over again. Not a problem since they taste good :)