There are many things you can do to improve your whitetail management control burn on your deer hunting property.
Whitetail Management Control Burn
Doing a whitetail management control burn is one of the whitetail management tools you can do to improve your deer hunting. Before ever doing a control burn always check your local laws and regulations first. Most places require a permit before doing a control burn. But if you want to improve your deer hunting property you need to do some whitetail management.
It can increase your quail population too. Fire helps to keep the sapling hardwoods under control but still allows the re sprouting in woods which are kept open with ample sunlight on the ground. This gives birds some protection from predators by allowing some cover to grow close to the ground. Fire helps removes dead vegetation on the ground exposing seeds and tender young vegetation there and allowing turkey and quail access to food and giving them easy movement through the new vegetation and plants. It also stimulates hard seeded plants and native grasses to sprout. Burning increases the production of seeds and grass plants on which turkey and quail and other birds and animals such as deer depend on through the year. So if you are looking to improve your herd on your property you need to consider burning some parts of your property to improve your wildlife habitat.
Every year the club my Dad is in burns different sections of their property. And this is how they do it.
- They wait until the conditions are right for burning. (you want 25 to 50percent relative humidity with winds no more than 13 miles an hour but definitely a little wind 7 miles an hour is about the most wind you want if your crew is inexperienced).
- Plow fire breaks around all sides of where you will be burning(make sure they are wide enough so the fire won’t jump it).
- Clean out the brush from around stands and buildings and anything you don’t want to burn.
- Make sure you have the proper tools for burning.(shovels, drip torch which you mix 3-1 fuel to diesel mixture, fire swatter 12″x18″ reinforced rubber attached to handle used to smother fire, a backpack water pump sprayer, safety equipment– first aid kit /drinking water/ leather boots and gloves/ fireproof pants and shirts long sleeve /eye protection, ATV –is nice to carry tools and checking the fire faster than walking, Two way radios for constant communication
- Make sure they have enough man power to keep the fire contained. The burn they almost always use is the back fire. They start a fire line on the downwind side fire break and let the fire burn slowly back into the wind. This is by far the safest and easiest fire to contain. There are other burning methods but I don’t recommend them unless you and your crew are experienced.