Poaching With a Saw

I had just begun my first job with a forestry consulting company when, one late spring day, I followed my boss through the woods with a scale stick and a paint gun, prepared to mark timber for sale. As we neared the stand of hardwoods that needed our attention, my boss stopped suddenly in his …

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10 Red Flags That Reveal Poor Deer Habitat

Time is not kind to deer habitat. With each hour that passes, the plants growing where you hunt are losing their value to deer. Trees are rising, stretching upwards to fill vacant holes in the sky, spreading out branches to harvest sunlight. Shrubs, forbs and vines will soon be left in shade, which kills them. …

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Creating a Management Plan for Your Hunting Property

A common question we get here at QDMA goes something like this: “I hunt 150 acres in western Kentucky. It’s about 40 percent open with the rest in hardwoods. What can I do to improve the deer hunting?” Of course the location and details vary, but the underlying question remains the same — what steps …

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Greenbrier Vines Ensnare and Kill a Young Doe

On the average day, greenbrier vines (or Smilax) take it on the chin from whitetails, as this native evergreen vine is highly preferred deer forage and is usually being stripped of every leaf in reach of deer. But last fall in North Carolina, the greenbrier vines got the upper hand. The photos on this page …

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The Best Fire Frequency for Deer Habitat

Prescribed fire improves deer habitat, and if it’s practical where you hunt, you should learn to burn. That’s a message QDMA has harped on for years, and as more deer hunters have begun to use this cost-efficient technique, I am hearing fewer questions about burning basics and more about next-level considerations. How often should you …

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