Frost Seeding Clover and Other Food Plot Species: When and How

This article was updated 3/1/2022 If you live in an area where the surface layer of soil freezes during winter, you can save fuel and equipment costs by frost seeding a portion of your clover food plots. Frost seeding involves spreading seed on frozen ground and allowing the freeze-thaw-freeze-thaw cycle that occurs as spring approaches …

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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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Fresh Tips on Using Fire for Better Deer Habitat

This is not the same old advice you’ve heard before about prescribed fire. These simple tips will increase your hunting and habitat management success. I continue to maintain that fire is the single best management tool to enhance deer habitat in most areas of the country. Fire is commonly recommended to set back succession in …

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Do Brassicas Actually Get “Sweeter” After a Frost?

We’ve all heard it in one form or another – that deer select brassicas more strongly after frost because the starches turn into sugars, making the plant sweeter. At the University of Tennessee, we set out to fact-check this idea through science. Brassicas – including rape, kale and turnips, as well as radishes (which are …

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