What would be your first steps in improving a pine woods (mixed with oaks periodically) habitat for deer? I have access and rights to manage 40 acres of woods. The land has cut trails through it for the landowner to travel on with his 6 wheeler periodically but, other than those infrequent visits, the woods goes untouched 365 days a year.
This season I saw 23 does and 1 fork but the wooded area is full of buck sign. The local area is pretty high-pressure hunting so this seems like somewhat of a sanctuary. I do have two 1 acre areas that I can put food plots in but that is about it.