It's now the off season for us trappers, but don’t hang up all the traps just yet. Spring and summer damage control is another very important job for us trappers. Trappers are a farmer and property owner's best friend. The spring and summer pelts might not be worth anything, but you are a huge help to the property owners and the surrounding environment. If you want permission to hunt/fish/trap a property, you might want to keep on the property owners good side and do him a few favors. Woodchucks dig burrows that cause dikes to deteriorate and ground to cave in. These holes and cave ins can cause a person or cattle to obtain a broken or twisted foot. They also eat young crops and cause large amounts of damage. Opossum live in the abandoned burrows and like to feed on the eggs of ground nesting birds such as ducks, pheasants, and quail. They reproduce fast, and have no to little fur value, so their population tends to stay high. Raccoons are famous for crop damage, killing livestock, and eating whatever they can get their paws on. They love to dig up large turtle nests and eat every last egg. Coyotes are a big problem now as well. Remember, trapping is a dieing art, but still a very important aspect of wildlife management!