If You Want to Kill Bucks, Kill Buckthorn

Don’t be fooled by the name: This common tree will not be a valuable addition to your whitetail hunting land. Introduced to the United States for use along roadsides, hedgerows and, yes, in “habitat improvement projects,” common buckthorn (Rhamnus cathartica) has grown out of control. Today, this Eurasian invasion is found in most Mid-South, Midwestern …

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5 Ways to Fight Back Against Hemlock Woolly Adelgids

Eastern hemlock trees are a valuable part of whitetail habitat in much of the eastern United States. There may come a day, however, when hemlock trees are not so common, and that will not be a good day for deer. In its Northeast and Appalachian Mountain range, eastern hemlock (Tsuga canadensis) offers fairly preferable winter browse, …

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Boost Your Food Plots With a Simple Soil Test

Preparing a quality food plot takes time, labor and money. If I am investing all of that, I want to ensure my food plot has the greatest chance of maximum production. Achieving this is as simple as a soil test. I have to admit that in the past I have been guilty of disking dirt, …

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The 3 Biggest Obstacles to Creating Young Forest Cover

Young forest is an important cover type for whitetails. The dense thickets of shrubs, weeds, vines, seedlings and saplings in a young forest provide ample food and cover. For some, creating these conditions could be as simple as a single, strategic clearcut in your woods, or simpler yet, stop mowing that old field and allow …

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