Red Oaks are Important in Deer Nutrition

Start talking about planting trees for wildlife and the first question asked is bound to be: “Which tree species is best for me to plant?” Many people are hoping to hear there is one almighty tree species that can turn their hunting land into Whitetail Nirvana, and the truth always disappoints those folks. My advice …

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Get Cash Assistance for Habitat Projects

Managing land for wildlife can be an expensive endeavor. If you have any doubts, just take a look at the price of seed, fertilizer, lime, and herbicide. For most of us, however, managing our hunting land is a labor of love. It’s also an investment. The return is not measured in dollars and cents but …

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Hack-and-Squirt for Timber Stand Improvement

Planting the right trees and removing the wrong ones can both be part of effective deer habitat management. You might need to remove trees for timber stand improvement (selecting low-value tree species to allow sunlight and other resources to go toward understory growth or other high-value trees) or to control non-native invasive tree species that …

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Know Your Deer Plants: Swamp Chestnut Oak

When considering species to plant or encourage on deer hunting land in the Southeast, swamp chestnut oak should be near the top of your list. A member of the white oak family, swamp chestntut oak produces extremely large acorns that are highly attractive to whitetails. Swamp chestnut oak is a native, medium to large (24 …

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Tips For Using Tree Shelter Tubes

I’ve planted a lot of tree seedlings over the last 25 years, and almost all of them were protected by plastic “tree tubes” or shelters in the seedling stage. I highly recommend you use a shelter on every tree seedling you plant this winter, and here’s why. The main function and advantage of these translucent …

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