Get Outside and Measure the Deer Food Supply

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Looking for something to do outdoors this spring? Gotta shed some unwanted pounds put on overwinter? Or better yet, want to satisfy both and get a better handle on what’s happening with your deer population? Consider a browse impact survey. A browse impact survey involves walking along evenly spaced lines or “transects” through your hunting land …

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Against the Odds in Ontario

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On November 10, 2005, a 300-lb., 150-inch whitetail stepped into my life, and it changed me forever. From that point forward I wanted to learn everything I could about how and why that deer was that big. I killed that deer on an 88-acre farm in Ontario, Canada, that was owned by an elderly gentleman …

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15 Tips for Planting Deer-Hunting Orchards

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I’ve been planting trees for deer habitat management since I started helping my dad when I was about 10 years old. I’m in my 40s now and still planting them. I’ve learned a lot about tree planting and made plenty of mistakes in that time. Whenever the subject comes up, friends who hunt always have …

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Survey Acorns Now to Improve Production

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Ever wonder which oak trees produce the most acorns where you hunt? Well, the key to improving acorn production in your oak stands is first and foremost identifying the best producers. Unfortunately, not all large, healthy-looking oaks produce impressive crops of mast on a consistent schedule. In this article, I’ll explain a visual survey technique …

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Know Your Deer Plants: Pokeweed

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Pokeweed easily has over a dozen different common names, from pokeberry to poke salad to just plain poke. But no matter what it is called where you live, pokeweed is an extremely valuable soft mast and late-summer forage component for white-tailed deer throughout the eastern United States and Canada. Pokeweed is also a large, native, …

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