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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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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