Doing a control burn on your deer hunting property is a great tool for improving deer management.
Foggy Bottom Outdoors does a control burn for deer management.
There are many benefits from a control burn.
Doing a control burn is a great tool to improve deer management on your hunting property.
If you are looking to improve your deer management on your property you definitely want to consider a control burn. 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 deer management on your property you need to consider burning some parts of your property to improve your wildlife habitat.
Last Thursday we burned a few sections of our hunting property and it should really help the wildlife habitat this year. Every year we burn different sections of our property, usually the areas that need it the most each year.
You always need to check your local laws and regulations before doing a burn. Make sure that you never burn without getting a permit and abiding by all of the laws and regulations in your area.
When you burn you want a 25% to 50% relative humidity and winds no more than around 13 miles per hour, but you definitely need a little wind to make sure you get a good burn. Make sure you put in fire breaks to control the fire, make sure they are wide enough where the fire wont jump them. And you want to start at the fire break on the down wind side and burn into the wind. This way the wind will not carry the fire to fast, and the fire will have to burn into the wind, helping to keep the fire at bay.
Consider doing a burn on your property if you would like to improve the wildlife habitat, making your hunting property a better haven for wildlife. You will be glad you did come next spring when the forest floor is full of new grasses and plants that the deer will definitely be attracted to.
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We hope all of you had a great deer season. It was a great deer season for us and we are pumped about getting ready for a great upcoming season deer hunting. Now is the time to start preparing for next deer season.
Prepare Early For Successful Deer Season
Deer season may be over but now is the time to start getting ready for next season.
There are so many things that you can do to get ready for those big bucks this year.
You can see where the forest was control burned, improving the deer hunting habitat.
We are planning on doing a controlled burn on our property this Thursday. The conditions are supposed to be just right for our burn and it will help our wildlife habitat tremendously. Always check your local laws and regulations before burning. I plan on doing a post next week on controlled burns and should have some great pictures and information on control burning for you.
Now is a great time to start doing some post season scouting, and I plan on doing a little while we are burning on Thursday. With the leaves off the trees and most of the vegetation gone you can really spot rubs and trails well this time of year.
You can still even spot old scrapes too. And you don’t have to worry about spooking the big bucks either. You can also search for that bedding area where you think those big bucks were hiding during the season . It’s never to early to start getting ready for next year, and the sooner you start your odds at a big boy will increase. And before to long the bucks will be shedding their antlers and why not scout while doing some shed hunting. It’s fun to be in the great outdoors shed hunting and scouting, and getting a little exercise too. I’m still sticking to my New Years resolution of getting in tip top shape and walking around out in the deer woods is great exorcise. And who knows you might just find that big boys bedding area or a big shed.
Using internet scouting to find big bucks deer hunting is another helpful tool to add to your list of things to make you a more consistent trophy hunter.
Use internet scouting to pinpoint hot spots.
Internet Scouting Whitetails
Internet scouting is a great tool to help you find those spots to get big bucks.You can get topo maps and aerial photographs that will really help you pin point big bucks travel corridors and bedding locations. You can narrow down your locations to scout on a certain piece of property, to areas of interest to check out when you go scouting. The topo map will give you the elevation and depressions. The aerial photos can help you determine hardwoods and pines. The pines are darker and the hardwoods are lighter. Deer will travel natural corridors or funnels. Deer hunting can be hard work, why not let the topo maps and aerial photos eliminate some of that work for you. Once I pinpoint several good locations then I’ll actually go scout them. Big bucks can be bumped very easily so you don’t want to do to much scouting in an area. With the maps and photos you can pin point an area of interest and get in and back out without disturbing the area to much. There are many companies that offer different maps and aerial photos. I bought some from mytopo.com a couple of years ago that were very nice and inexpensive. They were a little older than I had hoped but they were still very helpful. Other recommended sites are www. topozone.com, and Google Earth. There are many others. These can be very helpful tools to help your deer hunting. You can pin point areas of interest, scout them and locate the exact area with the best deer sign and place your stand accordingly. I’m going scouting tonight when I finish this article. I’ve got a place I’ve been wanting to check out. Technology is a wonderful thing. Locating areas of interest on a map and then going there and seeing the deeris really neat. These can be of great value if you are going to a public land hunt or somewhere you have never hunted before.