We do! At least when it comes to wildlife. One thing we feel very fortunate about is being able to have an area that is strictly for wildlife. No cattle, no vehicles, and farming for food plots only.
The main concern for everything in this country is water. We have several different options. One place for animals to drink are the guzzlers. These are mandatory on the CRP ground, but we built this one just because. The problem is, these are completely dependent on rain and dew. We have not had either since the second week in September, thus the barrels were bone dry.
I’m hoping for some rain this weekend to fill all of them as it’s not practical for me to haul water everywhere.
We laugh at our corn in the foodplot. It’s better than any dryland corn that we have tried to raise for ourselves, but this will be eaten by the deer, pheasants and even coyotes this winter. One of my favorite sights are the salt licks made by the deer. I bring put salt and minerals out by the water. In the picture above, this started out completely flat. The salt leeches into the soil and the deer return to it season after season and have made quite a hole.
Sure we occasionally harvest venison for ourselves and our family, but we take great satisfaction in the wildlife that we see around us and are happy to make some sacrifices to help sustain it.