Whitetail Management Control Burn

There are many things you can do to improve your whitetail management control burn on your deer hunting property.

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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.

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Control burning is an effective whitetail management tool.

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.

Control Burn

  1. 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).
  2. 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).
  3. Clean out the brush from around stands and buildings and anything you don’t want to burn.
  4. 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
  5. 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.

Deer Management Control Burn

Doing a control burn on your deer hunting property  is a great tool for improving deer management.

Deer Management

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Foggy Bottom Outdoors does a control burn for deer management.

There are many benefits from a control burn.

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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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