How to Winterize Your Chainsaw

With the deer season upon us, most of our food plots are in, trails have been cut and maintenance chores are taken care of. Most likely you used a chainsaw in this preseason work and have now lain it aside in exchange for a bow or gun in hopes of harvesting a good buck. You’ll …

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Plant This, Not That

Oh man! I could not believe it. In an effort to relax and wind down from a long day, I had just sat down, flipped on the television to my favorite hunting channel and proceeded to watch a self-proclaimed habitat “expert” actually promote planting a non-native, invasive shrub called autumn olive (Elaeagnus umbellata) as a …

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Put Green Leaves at Deer Level

Everyone knows the leaves of most deciduous trees are green during summer. Most also know that leaves grow on a tree’s branches originating in spring and falling off in the fall. However, how valuable are green leaves to deer? Extremely valuable. Green leaves provide important food and cover for whitetails. Research at the University of …

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Don’t Fear the Reaper: Timber Harvest is Good for Deer

The reaper is coming to my family’s farm in Southeast Georgia, and I couldn’t be happier. It’s a tree reaper, also known as a feller-buncher. It will be joined by skidders, loaders, log trucks and men with chainsaws. In a Disney movie, this event would be depicted like an invasion of evil, destructive aliens bent …

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Know Your Deer Plants: Allegheny Chinkapin

If you’re interested in planting something on your property that can quickly provide mast, attract deer and provide groundcover at the same time, it’s time to consider an alternative to the standard oak tree plantings. A relative of the American chestnut, Allegheny chinkapin is a tall, native, deciduous, nut-producing shrub that can be found growing …

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