A New Hope for the American Chestnut

Forest researchers in New York may have found a way to restore the once-dominant American chestnut that doesn’t involve non-native chestnut genes. You can help. Apple. Persimmon. Jujube. Pawpaw. Pear. Sawtooth oak. In the never-ending pursuit of the ultimate hunting property, mast production is common to the conversation. Spend just a little time around die-hard …

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Start Your War on Invasive Plants by Winning Small Battles

As wildlife managers, we must control pesky invasive plant species to improve habitat and promote native vegetation that serves as both cover and nutritious forage for deer and other wildlife species we wish to promote. Unfortunately, this often means spending a lot of time treating invasives and spending money on control equipment and herbicides. But …

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For More Acorns, Don’t Fertilize Oak Trees. Maybe Cut Some Down.

Acorns. If you are a deer hunter in a forested area of the eastern United States, it is likely you consider them a crucial factor in deer management. It is likely they influence your hunting strategy. In fact, you probably have killed lots of deer that were eating them, so there is logic as to …

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Fire Up Your Deer Hunting With a Prescribed Burn

  No other habitat management practice can positively impact as many acres in such a short period of time and for as little money as prescribed fire. Many state wildlife agencies have been taking advantage of this cost-effective tool for years to improve habitat on public lands. As a former field supervisor for the Georgia …

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How to Rehab Old Apple Trees for Deer Attraction

Apple trees can provide an ample supply of quality food to whitetails and often retain fruit late into the season, continuing to drop apples into the winter. While establishing new food sources on your property can positively impact the herd’s nutrition, the abandoned, overgrown orchards that pepper the landscape in some regions can offer a …

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