Many hunters appreciate Food plots and question how to effectively manage their hunting Forest properties. It is true that with proper management, you can improve and enhance the deer habitat and herd. Managing your woodlands means several things. Food plots certainly add nutrition, but you must also consider, bedding, year around food sources, genetics, diversity, minerals, habitat, shelter, and population size of the deer herd. Deer can destroy a forest. Routine browsing, feeding, and rubbing
Deer have several layers of defense. Their senses are amazing. When the deer rely on their senses, they are hard to kill. When they are pushed, distracted by the Rut, panicked, or weather becomes a factor, their defense layers become less of a concern. Deer become most vulnerable when they cannot use their Nose! Getting busted by a deer or elk means the hunt is over. The getting up early, long drive, walking into the
Late season hunts are often for Does or cow elk. In some cases, crop depredation tags are issued by the state to reduce herd sizes in certain areas. Late season deer need 40 pounds of grass a day to survive. Winter wheat, hay bales, and future grass crops can get hammered when deer herd up for the Winter. One a hunt a few seasons ago, I was on stand waiting to fill a doe tag.
Doe, or Antlerless hunts are becoming a common occurrence. There are several reasons for the need to increase local deer populations. Car Strikes mean that folks can get hurt and insurance policies go up. Lobbies for Insurance Companies promote massive deer harvests. Usually, these happen in Antlerless season. Farmers and agriculture areas need fewer deer to browse and eat their crops. They often get awarded dozens of Crop Depredation tags to reduce the threat. Landowners
Big, Old, Smart, and Massive Bucks do not get that way by being stupid! These Trophy Bucks have a knack for avoiding hunters, traffic, and death. Because of this, they survive to become every hunter’s dream bucks. Famous Old Bucks often earn names like Old Mossy horns, or the Swamp King. Maybe they are named for a specific area, stream, or feature where they live. A Big Bucks habits may earn him the name as