Deer Habitat in a Squirt Bottle part 2: Tools, Teams and Techniques
Jan 27, 2021Lindsay 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…
For More Acorns, Don’t Fertilize Oak Trees. Maybe Cut Some Down.
Feb 19, 2020Dr. Craig Harper and Jarred Brooke
Acorns. If you are a deer hunter in a forested area of the eastern United States, it is likely you consider them a crucial factor in deer management. It is likely they influence your hunting…
Survey Acorns Now to Improve Production
Aug 22, 2017Matt Ross
Acorn Scouting TipsNow is a great time to scout the acorn crop. What you find can help identify stand sites for this fall and also predict winter food supplies. Here are a few helpful tips…
The 3 Biggest Obstacles to Creating Young Forest Cover
Mar 27, 2017Tim Russell
Young forest is an important cover type for whitetails. The dense thickets of shrubs, weeds, vines, seedlings and saplings in a young forest provide ample food and cover. For some, creating these conditions could be…
5 Clues You Might Be Hinge-Cutting Too Much
Mar 2, 2017Lindsay Thomas Jr.
Hinge-cutting has exploded in popularity in recent years, and as with anything that explodes in popularity, some people take it too far, focusing too much on the technique while missing the bigger picture. It has…
Does Logging or Habitat Work Push Deer Away?
Oct 28, 2015Lindsay Thomas Jr.
If you lease hunting land, few sights are more disheartening than the appearance of skidders, log loaders and logging trucks, especially just before or during hunting season. If you own your hunting land, you are…
7 Steps to Stronger Acorn Production
Jul 28, 2014Matt Ross
The key to improving acorn production in oaks begins with identifying the best acorn-producing trees where you hunt, and I shared an acorn survey technique for doing so in the first part of this two-part…
How to Safely Drop Large Trees with a Chainsaw
Apr 22, 2013Lindsay Thomas Jr.
A chainsaw is a valuable tool when it comes to improving deer habitat and manipulating a landscape to enhance hunting strategies. It is also a tool that can severely injure or kill you, especially when…
Hack-and-Squirt for Timber Stand Improvement
Jan 16, 2013Lindsay Thomas Jr.
Planting the right trees and removing the wrong ones can both be part of effective deer habitat management. You might need to remove trees for timber stand improvement (selecting low-value tree species to allow sunlight…
Don’t Fear the Reaper: Timber Harvest is Good for Deer
Jul 6, 2012Lindsay Thomas Jr.
The reaper is coming to my family’s farm in Southeast Georgia, and I couldn’t be happier. It’s a tree reaper, also known as a feller-buncher. It will be joined by skidders, loaders, log trucks and…