Crabapples for Deer: How to Pick a Winner

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When I was asked to contribute an article to Quality Whitetails magazine about selecting crabapple varieties for use in deer orchards, I readily accepted the challenge. However, it didn’t take long to realize I’d opened a big can of worms. Although it’s generally agreed that deer like to eat crabapples and these trees are good deer …

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4 Ways to Light a Prescribed Fire

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Prescribed fire is an excellent and cost-effective technique for setting back existing vegetation and stimulating fresh growth from the seedbank and from sprouting, which increases the quality and quantity of deer forage and cover. To help ensure a safe and effective burn, read my article on preparing to use prescribed fire, then you’ll be ready …

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Get Ready to Use Prescribed Fire

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A deer and habitat management program can gain considerable benefits from the use of prescribed fire, and knowing these benefits is the first step toward bringing fire back to forests that need it. I covered the benefits and how and when to use fire to achieve them in an article in Quality Whitetails. For this …

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Three Double-Lung Treestand Setups

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Most bragging-sized bucks are harvested by hunters who fall into one of two categories: the very well prepared or the very lucky. Sometimes those paths intersect. The better you prepare, the luckier you get. That’s how I explain the hunting success I’ve had. I’ve spent a lot of time improving deer habitat on my 176 …

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7 Steps to Stronger Acorn Production

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The key to improving acorn production in oaks begins with identifying the best acorn-producing trees where you hunt, and I shared an acorn survey technique for doing so in the first part of this two-part series. Once you have identified the best acorn producers in the stand, it’s time to conduct a timber harvest to …

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