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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Burning Questions: Can Fire Reduce Tick Abundance?

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I start itching as soon as I begin reviewing trail-camera images taken this summer at QDMA Headquarters. Deer at this suburban Georgia site are seething with ticks. Look at the ears of the poor doe in the photo above. Bucks are covered too, and many of them have ticks latched onto their growing antlers. I’ve …

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Know Your Deer Plants: American Beech

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Most white-tailed deer hunters east of the Mississippi recognize the importance of the fall acorn crop and how it directly impacts their hunting opportunities. The majority of QDMA members also understand the effect this cyclic food source has on the overall health of the deer herd. However, too often I see hunters and quality deer …

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How to Safely Drop Large Trees with a Chainsaw

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A chainsaw is a valuable tool when it comes to improving deer habitat and manipulating a landscape to enhance hunting strategies. It is also a tool that can severely injure or kill you, especially when used improperly. One of the most common ways I see people mis-using a chainsaw is when they are cutting down …

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