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Deer/Plot Management

Deer/Plot Management will be articles and information to help you better understand how to prepare and manage your land.

Monday, March 03, 2014
Gallagher Fencing:  The Secret Service of Food Plots

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I live in a region of the north east USA (eastern shore of Maryland) that has a high deer population and despite management efforts to the best of our ability our regional deer population is quite challenging to keep up with.  We have massive agriculture that helps feed these animals and when you combine that with impenetrable swamp and marsh cover, it’s a recipe for population explosion; among other factors.  It is a tuff chore but we do our best.

When I started full time in the Land Management business 7 years ago, one of the initial challenges I faced with respect to warm season annual food plots (soybean, corn, Lablab, etc) was deer over-browsing.  For the small scale food plotter, high deer numbers and browse pressure can be just like flushing your money down the toilet in these conditions.  You spend hard earned dollars on quality seed, fertilizer, fuel and time yet the deer wipe your plot clean before it even has a chance.  Now in fairness, isn’t that really what food plots were intended for?  Perhaps, but wouldn’t it be nice to see how aggressive and productive your food plots could be if the deer did not feed on them?  Well, I want to tell you about something that has not only changed my business completely as a professional land manager.  But has helped put more high quality-much needed food in the mouths of wildlife during the most critical time of the season…winter!

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Posted by Mali Vujanic on 03/03 at 02:58 PM
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Saturday, March 01, 2014
Why Food Plots?

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Food Plots Have Become The Hot Topic In Deer Management, But Do Plots Really Work And How Do Plots Stack Up To Natural Habitat Management And Direct Feeding? Let’s See.

The latest buzz in the deer-hunting world seems to revolve around the impact of nutritional management, particularly using food plots, on the number and size of deer a tract of land can produce. Obviously, that impact will vary by program and management intensity. But here, I want to use a simple comparison to illustrate the relative impact of supplemental (direct) feeding and food plots on the nutritional plane, thus on deer numbers and quality. I do not hold out the following numbers to be absolute; rather, they are intended to illustrate the relative nutritional impact of supplemental feeding over natural habitat and of food plots over supplemental feeding. Because of limited space, I will not try to explain every assumption and the reasoning behind it, but I’ve found these numbers to represent a fairly accurate picture of what goes on under these programs.

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Posted by David Morris on 03/01 at 06:07 AM
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Friday, February 28, 2014
Setting Goals for An Effective Food Plot Program

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If you want to attract more deer and grow bigger deer on your property you must develop an effective year-round food plot program.  In other words, you will need to grow and maintain a significant amount of high-quality (year-round) food plots that will greatly enhance the nutritional plane on your property.  In short, you must begin “farming for deer” not just planting a few small plots each fall to attract and harvest deer.

In order to get the most out of your property and your investment you must be willing to commit the time, money, and effort necessary to develop and implement such a program.  To do this, you will need to develop a comprehensive deer management plan.  This management plan will address several key management components such as nutritional management, habitat management, herd management, and harvest management.  This overall deer management plan should also include a thorough evaluation of your current resources, goals, and objectives. 

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Posted by Blaine Burley on 02/28 at 08:00 AM
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Monday, July 01, 2013
Chestnut Bounty: Does It Make Deer Wallow?

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As you may know, venturing out into the field can bring unexpected surprises. Recently on a trip to Alabama, I was reminded of this very truth.

The purpose of my trip was to visit with customers, dealers and other knowledgeable industry folks. While visiting with Bert Moore, Tecomate Retail Sales Manager, he took me to his hunting property located in the soil rich “Black Belt” portion of the state. We’d gone to check on his newly planted summer fields of Tecomate® Lablab Plus™ and Deer Pea Plus™ and were greeted by fresh seedlings coming out of the ground. The sprouts looked healthy and robust as they naturally faced their new leaves towards the sun. Bert’s excitement over the new growth was contagious to say the least, and we shared in his excitement over the coming fall hunt. 

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Posted by Matt Haecker on 07/01 at 06:03 PM
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Monday, November 26, 2012
TPWD Management Programs

Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) has a wide range of programs to allow wildlife managers to increase the value of their property and the wildlife which call it home.  There are a few that you should be really interested in if you are looking to get that next “leg-up” on wildlife management.  Programs range from regulations concerning restricted harvest on whitetail bucks based on antler characteristics to the breeder deer program and accepting the broad range of ideals and desires of the public of the State of Texas.  While I can’t cover all of the programs that are out there, these few should really peak your interest.

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Posted by Cody Zabransky on 11/26 at 05:32 PM
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Monday, November 05, 2012
BUCK HARVEST RESTRAINT IN THE MIDWEST: 10 YEARS LATER

This story actually begins back in 1988.  That was the year I first became aware of the Quality Deer Management Association (QDMA).  I immediately joined, no doubt becoming one of the first members of the organization from the state of Iowa.

My membership in the QDMA was eye opening in many ways, but especially with respect to the phrase… “let him go so he can grow.” Growing up in Iowa the concept of passing up shot opportunities at young bucks in order to manage for an older buck age structure was as foreign to us as the planet Jupiter was distant.  We had always tried to kill the first buck that came within range as soon as it stepped in range!  We had little idea that the vast majority of the bucks that we saw and harvested were only yearlings.  Or that if we simply restrained from harvesting these young bucks, they had the chance to grow into monsters.

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Posted by Dr. Mickey W. Hellickson on 11/05 at 08:00 AM
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Monday, October 15, 2012
Newell Wildlife Services — “Creating Healthy Huntable Habitat”

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Big bucks and long beards have always been a passion of Mark Newell, owner and operator of Newell Wildlife Services. Fueled by this passion, Mark pursued a degree in wildlife biology to further study the critters he loves to hunt. Mississippi State University, one of the premier schools in the country for its natural resource innovations, became his home for several years. However, some of the professionals and professors at MSU told him that a wildlife degree is not enough to be a good biologist. They emphasized diverse experience in the natural resource realm is necessary. For Mark, this experience came from on-the-job training. Between semesters, Mark worked for Tara Wildlife Management, a leading white-tailed deer outfitter near Vicksburg, MS. During that time, he also worked for Timbercraft, a forestry and land management company in DeKalb, MS. After graduating from MSU, all of the skills and knowledge he had compiled quickly landed him a job as the biologist and manager of Bayou Pierre Outfitters, near Jackson MS. 

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Posted by Mark Newell on 10/15 at 02:17 PM
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Monday, September 24, 2012
How to Properly Obtain Survey Data

Data is one word that can make or break your management program.  It’s the Achilles’ heel of managing anything from warehouse inventory to your deer camp.  Just as in anything in life, if you put garbage in, you get garbage out.  Taking a little time to plan your method of attack on how to obtain proper, representative data can go a long way come deer season.  Because wildlife management isn’t an exact, set-in-stone science and practice, it takes a little finesse and experience to really produce top-notch results.  However, having great data on which to make recommendations should be your main concern in the population side of managing your deer camp.  When you call your Tecomate consultant, one of the things he will ask for is data.  Pre-season surveys, post-season surveys, harvest data, stand counts, helicopter counts, spotlight counts, and remote camera surveys are all of interest to your consulting biologist.

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Posted by Cody Zabransky on 09/24 at 08:05 AM
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