I am saying by controlling coyotes, foxes, "etc." you will see a greater affect on the number of pheasants surviving for alonger period of time. by controlling raptor numbers you will NOT see any such increase...simply because raptors are not your number 1 enemy (on the overall picture here, on the national level, NOT your local area of northwest ohio). what you are seeing is only what is taking place on a local area. so you have this 300 acres of "decent" habitat for pheasants sitting out in thousands upon thousands of acres of terrible pheasant habitat, land that is extensively row cropped, e.g. loss of fence rows, loss of buffer strips, loss of alot of CRP ground, all for one purpose: CASH CROPS, the more land I can till for corn, wheat, soybeans, the more money I make off my land. so hence, you have created an ISLAND of good habitat and now the raptors are eating your birds? heck yea, the raptors are keying in on this island, duh! so here is my two cents, go after some kind of program to help support farmers and give them incentive to leave some good habitat cover. PUBLIC ENEMY #1 TO HUNTING IS PEOPLE WITH IDEAS SUCH AS YOURS. My opinion and seems to be the opinion of everyone else on here, and to any one who knows what the words "wildlife management" mean. what is wrong with game bird populations in northwest ohio? Fence row to fence row farming, period.