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Plan cool-season planting

August is a vital month for food-plot junkies hoping for an attractive nourishment center for deer season. But cruising through fields and woods or cultivating potential plots during the sweltering August heat is not a preferred activity in the South. Ninety-degree days and 100-percent humidity keeps most folks near or inundated in air conditioning. Luckily, the cool-season planting period is still a month away, but hunters can prepare their food-plot plan for the upcoming season this month. Planting season is just around the corner!Read More...
August 13, 2012 at 10:00 am

Eliminate the ‘sun hogs’

If deer, ducks and turkeys could talk, they would quickly thank diligent land managers for preparing tasty buffets — until the hunting season, anyway.

Rich food plots and flooded impoundments full of tasty grains require significant time investments, but the benefits are well worth the effort. Food plots will be commonly established with an end game in mind, but in the real world, issues arise that create a few speed bumps along the way. Land managers should always strive to improve plot productivity where needed. Read More...
July 16, 2012 at 10:00 am

Protect sunflowers now

The 95-degree days of June can easily pull dove fanatics off course, but Labor Day is less than 100 days away. There is no time to slack off now. Dove fields should be kept clean to ensure vigorous growth, with little to no competition from weedy invaders.Read More...
June 01, 2012 at 7:00 am

Protect young food plots

The planting season for spring and carryover food plots begins as early as March and will continue through the end of May. For the past five months, landowners and wildlife managers have been busy collecting soil samples, distributing lime, turning dirt, scattering fertilizer and then embedding seeds just below a shallow soil blanket. The next four to six weeks is an extremely critical period for food plots. Through a variety of physical and chemical means, wildlife managers must be prepared to ward off animals that would destroy them.Read More...
May 01, 2012 at 4:54 pm

Plant new hybrids

Dating back to the pre-settlement era, man continues to select preferred traits of flora and fauna to gain a desired outcome. While somewhat-based on survival of the fittest and natural selection, man learned how to cross-breed and produce unique crops, resulting in a preferred product for the consumers of the civilized world. But wildlife managers have significant options with several prime seeds with superior nutritious value and convenience factors built right into the seed, with overwhelming benefits to the landowner and wildlife.Read More...
April 01, 2012 at 7:00 am

Write it down

Landowners and hunters invest countless hours on their hunting parcels cultivating food plots; constructing tree stands, maintaining access corridors and conducting timber-improvement activities. Most rural land with a combination of woods and open land has ample potential to produce wildlife in quality and quantity. But, too often, landowners begin conducting management activities on certain areas in a haphazard manner without a real plan in place. They should develop a written management plan incorporating timber management, food-plot cultivation, prescribed fire and other activities, utilizing the complete acreage to reach their management goals.Read More...
March 01, 2012 at 3:32 pm

For sale? It’s easy to make

The Carolinas are chock full of great places to hunt, and with the stifling economy, the real-estate market is flooded with available rural properties. Prospective buyers have their choice of almost every type of land option, but some properties will serve them better than others as determined by how the properties are managed or showcased.Read More...
February 01, 2012 at 7:00 am

A head start on next season

Even though deer season is over, it is not too early to start developing strategies to corner that trophy buck for next season. Post-season scouting is crucial for hunters serious about managing their herd. Post-season investigations reveal travel patterns and potential stand locations for the next season. However, much of the available buck sign can be misleading. Photo evidence will identify the survivors after the season closes.Read More...
January 01, 2012 at 8:15 am

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