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Thursday, May 5, 2011

Getting a Handle on Geese and Turkeys

Last night at the directors' meeting of the Vegetable Growers Association of New Jersey, there was a discussion about the growing issue of damage to crops by geese and turkeys.
-- Rick VanVranken

Roger Kumple and Ben Casella reported on the efforts of the State Board of Agriculture working with the NJ Farm Bureau to resolve the problems with geese. The best option for controlling geese now appears to be a federal depredation permit. Details about that and other control management options are available on the NJ Department of Agriculture's website here. However, when the topic turned to turkeys, Gloucester County vegetable farmer Joe Maugeri insisted coyotes are the answer. Though there were a few comments that live coyotes are quite effective, Joe was referring to decoys which are available from several companies online (like here, here and here). Not your typical black silhouette plywood cutouts, these lifesize photo cutouts are so realistic that a well intentioned neighbor stopped and pulled out a gun to shoot it when he first sited one in Maugeri's fields.