I wanted to remind everyone that now is a great time to establish salt/mineral licks and is an effective practice of whitetail management.
The big bucks will be growing their antlers very soon and the minerals will help provide them with the essential nutrients to grow nice big healthy racks. Today I went to Cabela’s and bought a 20 lb. bag of Imperial Whitetail mineral/vitamin supplement and a mineral block. Tomorrow when I go looking for bone I am going to be post season scouting as well and I am going to establish a mineral lick and start a little early whitetail management. The way I am going to do this is I will locate an area where two or more trails intersect and I will dig a hole about two feet in diameter and several inches deep. I will mix 5lbs of the mineral/vitamin supplement with the dirt and put it back in the hole I just dug then I will op it off with a mineral block. I will be placing my Moultrie Game spy on a nearby tree and then we will be able to watch the bucks grow their antlers from the very beginning. It should be fun to watch their progress. Hopefully some of the same big boys will be back this year. Time will tell. Do you do any whitetail management where you hunt? If not you might want to think about it. You can make a difference in the quality of the bucks on your property by doing a few things and even if your funds are limited you still can make a difference. Establish mineral/vitamin licks. Let the small bucks walk. Shoot more does if your buck to doe ratio isn’t 1/1 or 1/3. If you do just these three things you should see some improvement in your quality of bucks in the very near future.
I was able to get out the other day and do some scouting and shed hunting.
Post season scouting and shed hunting is a great time to start putting the pieces of the puzzle together.
I wasn’t able to hunt the property as much as I would have liked this past season mainly because I was focusing on another piece of property but I know there are some really nice bucks in the area and there should be some sheds out there. It was nice to find several big rubs that I hadn’t seen before and it just confirms what I was already pretty sure of, that there where some nice bucks using the property. Tomorrow I am going to look for sheds on another deer hunting property that has some really nice bucks on it and I am hoping to find the antlers of one of the big bucks that I missed during bow season. Have you started shed hunting? Are you having any luck shed hunting on your deer hunting property?
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.
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.
- 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.