9 03, 2022

4 Ways To Improve Your Deer Hunting Land With A Chainsaw

2022-03-09T08:28:18-05:00March 9th, 2022|Big Deer TV, BigDeer, Deer Hunting, Deer Management, whitetail deer|Comments Off on 4 Ways To Improve Your Deer Hunting Land With A Chainsaw

March is a great time to fire up your Stihl saw and improve the hunting on your property next fall. Create Browse A honey hole that had produced a bunch of bucks over the years went cold on my Virginia land. Deer quit using the area, and it didn’t take me long to figure out why. The woods had simply grown too old. There was a heavy, dark canopy and little vegetation on the ground. A couple of buddies and I fired up chainsaws and dropped most of the scrub pole timber in a half-acre strip. Today briars and berry bushes grow everywhere in there. It’s once again a staging area for deer and one of my favorite bowhunting spots. [...]

1 03, 2022

Plant Sawtooth Oaks For Deer, Especially If You Bowhunt

2022-02-27T11:00:48-05:00March 1st, 2022|Big Deer TV, BigDeer, Deer Management, whitetail deer|Comments Off on Plant Sawtooth Oaks For Deer, Especially If You Bowhunt

This year you might want to plant some mast trees, especially if long-term habitat management for whitetails and turkeys is on your agenda. In the early 1990s, Trebark camo creator Jim Crumley purchased and planted 50 sawtooth oak seedlings on a 300-acre property he owns and hunts on the banks of Virginia’s James River. He clustered 30 of the fast-growing seedlings in one open area, and scattered the rest around. “They’ve done great. Some trees produced acorns in the eighth fall,” he says. “By the 12th year the trees were 8 to 10 feet tall, and all but four of them were bearing.” The best part about sawtooth oaks, which came from eastern Asia, is that unlike our native white [...]

9 03, 2021

Controlled (Prescribed) Burning For Wildlife

2021-03-09T15:11:11-05:00March 9th, 2021|Big Deer TV, BigDeer, Deer Hunting, Deer Management, whitetail deer|Comments Off on Controlled (Prescribed) Burning For Wildlife

Adapted from the post “Controlled Burns Top Tool for Wildlife, Land Managers” by David Rainer, Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (ADCNR). The downtime and prime weather conditions between the end of the white-tailed deer season and the opening of (spring) turkey season (is the time) to conduct controlled (prescribed) burns. Steven Mitchell of the ADCNR said, “Dormant season, winter and early spring, is when most of our burning occurs… “Burns can be conducted during the dormant season or growing season accordingly and, when used in proper scale and frequency, can attain a wide collection of land management objectives. Another added benefit of controlled burning is the reduction of fire hazards and fuel loads, lowering the chance of wildfires.” [...]

4 12, 2020

Hunt Late Deer Rut on Public Land

2020-11-23T14:14:18-05:00December 4th, 2020|Big Deer TV, Deer Hunting, Deer Management, Deer Rut, Deer Science, whitetail deer|Comments Off on Hunt Late Deer Rut on Public Land

Here’s an opportunity for you public-land hunters if you’ve not shot your buck yet. In a study awhile back, scientists at Mississippi State’s vaunted deer research program found that in early to mid-December (or into mid-January in Southern areas with a peak rut in December) you  can often have good rutting action on a typical WMA or national forest where does far outnumber bucks. The biologists said that on uncultivated land where the buck:doe ratio is out of whack, there aren’t enough bucks to breed most of the adult does during the peak November estrus cycle. Some 28 days later the “missed” does come back into heat. But since there aren’t as many hot-to-trot does now, the estrus ones draw [...]

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