15-Acre Fixer-Upper: What I Learned the First Year

It’s hard to believe a year has already come and gone since my wife and I closed on our new home and 15-acre property in west-central Georgia. We’ve accomplished a lot in those first 12 months, but the majority of those accomplishments occurred inside the house rather than on the accompanying property. The cost of …

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How to Create a Heat Refuge for Deer

When you hear the phrase “thermal cover,” what’s the first thing that comes to mind? If you are like a majority of deer hunters, you likely pictured a south-facing hillside gathering winter sun, or a conifer thicket providing refuge from deep snow. You wouldn’t be wrong, as these features are incredibly beneficial to deer in …

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How to Tune a Chainsaw Carburetor in Less Than 5 Minutes [2022]

This article was updated on April 28, 2022 In a recent blog I referenced the Game of Logging courses I attended and described all the new things I learned about safe and efficient use of a chainsaw. One such item was chainsaw maintenance, and one part of that was the carburetor test. I’ve run chainsaws …

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Deer Diet Breakdown: What Do Deer Eat?

White-tailed deer are absolute plant-eating machines, but understanding what foods they prefer to eat will vastly improve your knowledge and effectiveness in both managing and hunting them. A deer needs to consume about 6% to 8% of its body weight daily, from spring through fall, in green foliage and browse, to stay healthy. That’s a …

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Burn Outside the Box: Try Prescribed Fire at a New Time of Year

What do wildfires and prescribed fires have in common? Not much. Most fires we hear about in the media consume thousands of acres of forest at a time, threaten communities, and take weeks or months to extinguish. Wildfires differ drastically from fires we prescribe to meet specific land management objectives.  One of the many ways …

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