For the past three years whitetail management has been a priority on my 180-acre farm located in Maine. Using Imperial Whitetail Clover and Chicory Plus as the bulk of the food plots along with Winter-Greens for late season attraction, we’ve watched the deer population on the property increase steadily.
SHARE THE KNOW-HOW…Get Your Friends and Neighbors Started Right …and transform hunting neighbors into property managers
During the past 25 years, my son Neil and I have introduced thousands of deer hunters to deer property management. Nothing excites us more than seeing an average (or sub-average) piece of whitetail property transformed into a first-rate piece of hunting ground. We do it because it’s good for hunting and good for wildlife. We also do it because the more people managing property, the better it is for us all. What’s better, one guy managing his 200 acres in the middle of 1,000 acres of ‘if it’s brown-it’s-down’ guys or 30 guys managing 10 square miles and helping each other? That one is a nobrainer.
PIPELINE BENEFITS WILDLIFE HABITAT Corporate World and PA. Hunting Club Team Up to Demonstrate Benefits of Natural Gas Pipeline
Oil and natural gas pipelines offer huge opportunities to benefit wildlife if they’re managed correctly. In this article, we’ll focus on a reclamation project in north-central Pennsylvania that shows what can be accomplished when a hunting club and an international natural-gas exploration corporation work together.
Any successful deer management program starts with large healthy fawns; stunted fawns reflect management failure. Small weak fawns are more likely to die soon after birth because of malnutrition or abandonment, are more likely to succumb to predators and disease, and are indicative of poor habitat and/or faulty deer population management. Those runts that survive seldom grow up to be large, productive adults.
Conditions could not have been more poor for my daughter Megan’s first deer season last year. Extremely high winds and rain kept deer movement at a standstill throughout the opening weekend of the Minnesota rifle season, and as Thursday morning dawned, the nine-day hunt was already winding down. With only four days left to hunt, my wife Kim decided to hunt that morning before school, so she and Megan left the house in the pre-dawn darkness and made their way across our property. A blind watching over a lush field of Tall Tine Tubers in the corner of our 75 acres was their destination, and that proved to be a wise decision.
Turn on hunting TV any night of the week, and most likely you will see a celebrity hunter pass up a couple of 130- to 140-inch bucks before taking the 170-inch Booner he was after. Often after doing a little touchdown dance, he will grab a handful of antlers, look straight into the camera and tell you how you too can be taking bucks like this if you’ll just buy whatever he is selling that week.
Whether you have lots of hunting land or just a little, Whitetail Institute forage products are specifically designed to help you meet three food plot goals: to help you attract more deer to your property, to hold them there and to improve their quality by supplementing naturally available nutrition. All three depend on attraction — deer must find the forage you plant and the food plot location in which you plant it highly attractive. The Whitetail Institute covers forage attractiveness for you by making sure all Whitetail Institute food plot products are the most attractive the Whitetail Institute can make them. In this article, we’ll focus on some ideas that can help you do your part even better; making sure your deer feel as safe as possible getting to the plot and using it, and using it as much as possible during daylight.