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Old 01-24-2002, 11:17 PM
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well recently my dad had the opportunity to buy 280 acres of land out in south dakota. I am wondering if there are any specialists out there that could offer some advice. I have some aerial photos from terra server but the land has changed much since these photos were taken. I am not sure what i am really asking here but if anyone would like to see these aerials and chat about it with me then let me know. Personally this is one of my favorite things to do. I am completely fascinated with this sort of stuff. So is anyone interested?
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Brian summarized it well. If you can grow trees for cover (oaks, spruce, pine, cedar) you can help provide shelter, food and a wind break.

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In everything you do be strategic. Along with what Brian said about not spooking the game, provide some safety cover not entered by humans except for harvest retrieval. Plan food plots away from heavy human traffic areas, and you might want to have some central larger food plots surrounded by smaller 1/4 to 1/2 acre harvest plots stratigically located between the larger central plots and bedding cover. Great harvest plots are plots that have 2-3 fingers 30 to 50 feet wide by up to 300'. These are called interspertion index features and look like a giant "crows foot", from the air, with a central stand location at the hub of the spokes.

Get some professional help if financially possible, even call the QDMA for some refferals, but make a long range plan and don't expect great changes overnight. Plan to do a moderate amount of work each year to attain your goals, with traffic on property tapering off to a walk to and from your stands during the season.

Those arial photos are great for planning. Use the natural funnels and openings to the best use of the land, and make several copies for creating a strategic environment for the health and harvest of your deer herd.

Great planning will pay off!

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Brian and Jeff pretty much hit the nail on the head. Good luck.
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