Improving pine woods habitat
I recently saw a show that was explaining how to improve open wooded areas of deer habitat. The guys were angling chainsaw cuts ALMOST all the way through a tree. The tree would fall, but since there was still a sliver of wood attached the tree would stay green and provide browse and eventually cover for deer. Anyone know the name of this technique? I only caught a minute of the show and would like to do more research on the subject. Thanks!
There is typically corn on the 40 acres just south of my 80 acre parcel. There is also a massive pine tree nursery on the east end of the corn field. That's it...other than woods and a small pond/marsh area to my north. The next closest corn field is about a mile away.
I'm thinking I'll do turnips in about a 1/3 acre area and something else on a hillside that I'm going to clear. That hillside is just below the corn field...
Are there any crops being grown in the area ? Beans or corn ? Try something different such as canola , rape or turnips . Deer will usually not touch them until a frost or two . Then the starch in them turns to sugar and the deer love it . When I had turnips for a whole season they grew as large as a softball . All winter deer dug them out . This was in a dryer peat bog with no lime or fertilizer .
Update: I ended up killing a very mature (6 y/o, 250 lb buck) in my original improvement area on opening day of the WI gun season. My son also shot his 1st deer (doe) directly in our first food plot (ladino clover).
We are going to do some hinge cutting this winter to open the canopy in some areas and help provide a better bedding area.
There is also one area that was partially logged for firewood this fall so I plan on finishing the clearing in that area to plant a mid-woods food plot. I'm thinking either turnips or soybean. Anyone have suggestions for a "hidden" food plot?
Couldn't agree more. I found some *great* cover on the property so I decided to add the food plot about 200 yards east of the thick stuff. I'm also adding a stand at the front edge of the end of the food plot (about 30 yards to the edge of the plot). This upcoming winter I'm also planning on doing some hinge cutting to make another thick area to the north of this plot area to add another funnel point to the plot.
If you want to hold and kill big bucks you want the best cover in the area. If you just want to kill does and young bucks, then you want food. Of course you may have a chance at bigger deer during the rut if you have does frequenting the area. However, great cover and low pressure are key for big mature deer.
Added a 12' x 60' ladino clover food plot in between the rows of pines today. The location gets sun all afternoon so I'm hoping that this will be enough to get some good growth. I also set a camera up at the end of the plot to see if I get any traffic in the next months...