Know Your Deer Plants: Allegheny Chinkapin

If you’re interested in planting something on your property that can quickly provide mast, attract deer and provide groundcover at the same time, it’s time to consider an alternative to the standard oak tree plantings. A relative of the American chestnut, Allegheny chinkapin is a tall, native, deciduous, nut-producing shrub that can be found growing …

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Know Your Deer Plants: Devil’s Walking Stick

Aralia spinosa, or devil’s walking stick, is a moderate to highly preferred deer browse from the ginseng family (Araliaceae) found throughout the southeastern United States that also goes by several other common names, including prickly ash, Hercules club and toothache tree, among others. The trouble is these same common names are also used to describe …

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Know Your Deer Plants: American Plum

One of the most limiting factors I’ve noticed on undermanaged hunting properties is the lack of good escape and security cover. Another item frequently absent is an adequate proportion, variety and quality of soft mast. From fawn through adulthood, deer use and require both. So begs the question, what plant provides deer a high-preference soft …

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How to Tune a Chainsaw Carburetor

In a recent blog I referenced the Game of Logging courses I attended and described all the new things I learned about safe and efficient use of a chainsaw. One such item was chainsaw maintenance, and one part of that was the carburetor test. I’ve run chainsaws for over 30 years and never knew to …

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Kip’s Korner: The Game of Logging

As many QDMA members know, a chainsaw can be one of the most valuable tools for improving whitetail habitat. However, used incorrectly, it can also be the most dangerous. Recently, I was fortunate enough to attend Levels I and II of Soren Eriksson’s Game of Logging, a hands-on chainsaw training program focusing on safety, productivity, conservation …

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