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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Whitetails & Invasive Plants: A Dangerous Combination

“I can’t even tell you when we can do the next timber harvest,” our consulting forester, Doug Tavella, said to me in the summer of 2010. “Browsing by deer is so bad that you have almost no hardwood regeneration. That, combined with all of the non-native invasive plants, has stunted the development of your woodlot. …

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Sex Among the Persimmons

If you think this is about people having sex in the woods, I’m sorry to disappoint. It’s about persimmon trees having sex in the woods. Far less interesting, I know, at least until hunting season arrives and it’s time to locate stands. Most of us know that deer are drawn to persimmon fruit as surely …

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