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3 More Herbicides Every Deer Steward Should Know

Jun 1, 2021 Brian Grossman

In a previous article— 5 Herbicides Every Deer Steward Should Know — I covered what I believe to be five of the most common herbicides used by habitat managers, with a specific focus on those…

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Food Plot Screening Cover for Better Deer Hunting

Apr 28, 2021 Ryan Basinger

If hunters are willing, the easiest part of a deer management program is to produce mature bucks. It’s quite simple. If young bucks are not harvested, most will get older and provide hunters with an…

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Strategic Food Plot Designs: Try the Wagon Wheel

Apr 14, 2021 Mike Grandey

When I first began deer hunting, I would often head to the woods with a few two-by-fours, a pocket full of nails, and a hammer to erect my treestands between closely grown trees. Then I’d…

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Which food plot crops do deer prefer, and why?

Feb 10, 2021 Jacob Dykes, Bronson Strickland, Steve Demarais, and Marcus Lashley

“What is the best thing to plant in my food plot?” Have you ever asked this question? As University Extension professionals and wildlife scientists, we get asked that question a lot. The search for the…

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NDA’s Guide to Prescribed Fire

Feb 4, 2021 NDA Staff

Prescribed fire is a great way to set back plant succession and improve habitat on a hunting property. While many land managers once avoided fire due to safety concerns, improved techniques, training and information has…

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Deer Habitat in a Squirt Bottle part 2: Tools, Teams and Techniques

Jan 27, 2021 Lindsay Thomas Jr.

Removing surplus or non-native trees and shrubs to restore sunlight to the ground, fueling a rebirth of deer forage and cover, is a great way to rapidly improve deer habitat. Dr. Craig Harper of the…

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Deer Habitat in a Squirt Bottle part 1: Add Great Deer Habitat by Subtracting

Jan 20, 2021 Lindsay Thomas Jr.

If I ask you to imagine going outside today and creating some great deer habitat, what do you picture? Did you think of something you could add, like seeds or trees you can plant? Let’s…

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Break Down the Brassicas to Choose the Best for Your Food Plots

Aug 19, 2020 Ryan Basinger

Although they have long been used as a livestock forage, brassicas came on the scene as a deer forage about 20 to 30 years ago. There are numerous species that belong to genus Brassica, and…

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