Know Your Deer Trees: Ozark Chinquapin

Once thought to be extirpated from its range, the Ozark chinquapin (Castanea ozarkensis) is a drought tolerant hardwood tree that reaches up to 65 feet tall and 2-3 feet in diameter.  Ozark chinquapins bloom in late May to early June and the thumbnail-sized seeds drop every year from September to the end of October. These …

Read More

15-Acre Fixer-Upper: Property Tour & Long-Term Goals

I think it’s safe to say that 2020 is a year most of us won’t soon forget, no matter how hard we try. But for me, there was one bright spot that made an otherwise bleak year a very special one for myself and my family: the opportunity to purchase my first hunting property. The …

Read More

Crimson Clover for Deer Food Plots

Versatile. Rugged. Productive. Attractive. Nutritious. Resilient. Persistent. These are some of the characteristics that come to mind when I think about crimson clover. Maybe that’s why it is one of the most popular species of clover ever planted for deer and other wildlife over the past several decades. In fact, I have a co-worker who …

Read More

10 Highlights From New Deer Science You Can Use

  The Southeast Deer Study Group meeting was one of the last in-person gatherings I attended in 2020 before the pandemic hit, and it looked for a while as if COVID-19 would prevent the 2021 meeting. For over 40 years, the largest national gathering of deer researchers and professional deer decision-makers was hosted in rotation …

Read More

3 More Herbicides Every Deer Steward Should Know

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 used for creating and maintaining food plots. That article included glyphosate, which is often used to kill all vegetation in …

Read More