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Old 02-15-2012, 01:43 PM
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Well its been way to long since I have visited this site! But...I hope that you don't mind me posting again and I really look forward to it!

During the next month I believe I will be visiting with clients in 7 states. So, that means lots of great habitat and hunting pictures will be filling my phone. This past weekend I was able to walk 5 parcels in 4 days while in WI. I took a few pictures and had some great times with a very good group of guys and their families!



The first day I was able to walk a parcel that I had walked last year at this same time and WOW what a change! Timber harvest, Egyptian Wheat screening, travel corridors...this parcel is well on its way to major hunting and habitat improvements for 2012. This picture is of Egyptian Wheat used to screen hunter access...it is only a 10' wide strip but it really packs a punch and when combined with a more permanent screening of spruce or pines it offers both immediate and long term solutions.





The EW gets very tall...and the rows of young white pines that you can see on the right side will offer a great replacement to the annual planting of EW within just a few more years. And why rows of planted pines instead of staggered? Because rowed plantings of conifer discourage bedding and the last thing you need with an access screening is a quality level so high that you invite deer to your feet when accessing stand locations. I like tight rows that offer a great visual barrier of 2-4 layers of screening...but with long open rows between so the stress level is high for any deer that is seeking cover to bed within.





The landowner had already planted honeysuckle screening over 10 years ago...again, a nice tight row and the good thing is that the honeysuckle holds it's leaves well into fall to offer a good visual barrier during the season.





Good bedding equals a great spot for bucks to rest...although this one found a little too much rest in this particular location! Its amazing how many dead bucks I run into while canvasing high quality bedding locations....bucks will travel a long way to find secure cover to hide in when wounded.





I love the history of hunting! Old stand locations always tell a tale...many stories and many mature bucks passed by this location throughout the years. How many of you ever sat on a bucket while hunting? I know that I did!





Natural deer beds always tell a consistent tale...good ground cover, elevation, some type of canopy, and higher surrounding stem counts of growth were evident within this "big buck" area.



Man-made deer bedding can be even better! High-cut large diameter trees used to form "bridges" to hinge cut and tie young growth too, a level and dry bedding platform, and a few planted clumps of spruce or pine added to the mix for another of the 4 bedding components is really the "icing on the cake".





And when you put it all together...GREAT HABITAT designed and hunted correctly EQUALS MATURE BUCKS!

Look for more property visit pics to come in the near future in many different states and property types.

By Jeff Sturgis, www.whitetailhabitatsolutions.com
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Old 02-25-2012, 11:54 AM
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nice work! thanks for the pictures/ stories.
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Old 02-25-2012, 12:29 PM
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Thanks a lot Jake that's great you like them, appreciate the feedback!
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Old 03-03-2012, 07:30 AM
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Very cool read! I am currently looking for the best technique for my small 10 acre parcel of Large oaks, small& big Maple and some poplar, and like the "hinge" piece.
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Old 03-03-2012, 02:41 PM
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Damon....really appreciate the feeback, hope it helps a lot! You are welcome to read all the articles on my site too, I bet there will be some other writings that interest you...thanks again though.
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Old 03-19-2012, 05:28 PM
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That's a cool read. Looking forward to more.
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