Some habitat improvements

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Some habitat improvements

Unread postby JerseyJaysTaxidermy » Mon Aug 07, 2017 9:40 pm

Sharing some habitat improve.ents I've been doing on my land.

Background:
I bought 9.6 acres last year, hunted it 1 season. All deer went nocturnal after September.
My property is mature timber and 0 undergrowth. No bedding, small pond in center of the roughly 100 yard x 450 yard property .

3 large acorn trees, mostly maple, ash and hickory.

Notice the 1st photo, nearly september,at noon, all shadows and no greenery..

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Re: Some habitat improvements

Unread postby JerseyJaysTaxidermy » Mon Aug 07, 2017 9:44 pm

So this winter I decided I can't waste any time. I've livced here for under 1 year and already know i need to do something to hold some deer on the land (surrounded by houses)

I start hinge cutting and dropping trees to add ground cover and let sunlight in..

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Re: Some habitat improvements

Unread postby JerseyJaysTaxidermy » Mon Aug 07, 2017 9:46 pm

That was all done in Feb.
Here comes a snow storm and I watch as small 3 acre cutting get swarmed with deer sign. They are starving and eating all the fresh browse I just dropped to their reach!

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Re: Some habitat improvements

Unread postby JerseyJaysTaxidermy » Mon Aug 07, 2017 9:48 pm

As spring rolls in, the hinge cut trees are are providing cover and fresh browse for the deer. See the doe as she feeds on the new sprouts at head height.
Last year the deer walked through and never stopped. Now i have deer constantly bedded and feeding on the land..

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Re: Some habitat improvements

Unread postby JerseyJaysTaxidermy » Mon Aug 07, 2017 9:55 pm

In the meantime...
I added a mineral site next to the pond..

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Re: Some habitat improvements

Unread postby JerseyJaysTaxidermy » Mon Aug 07, 2017 9:57 pm

And I also turned my yard into a clover field...

Lots of work, but it's coming along nicely and the deer love it.

I now have a resident few deer which will be great for the rut!ImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImage

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Unread postby JerseyJaysTaxidermy » Mon Aug 07, 2017 10:05 pm

I also planted 50 Norway spruce trees throughout the hinge cut areas to add for quick growing bedding cover.

And I planted these fruit trees along the sunny edge of the clovers.
(Pear and peach) I already have some crab apple trees there that didn't produce last year, but this year are doing well..

Finally... I end with a video of my pet doe..

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Re: Some habitat improvements

Unread postby tomcbigbucks » Tue Aug 08, 2017 8:09 am

Jay some great work, looks promising already!!! What satisfaction you will have when you harvest your first buck of your property!!
Did something similar with a good friend down in SJ last spring and the change and increase in deer and buck sign first year was incredible!!

Good luck!! Keep us posted. Clover looks good!
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Re: Some habitat improvements

Unread postby Bones » Tue Aug 08, 2017 8:26 am

Wow looks great habitat is what keeps the wildlife in your woods
I put a food plot in my last lease and what a difference it made our last year there we took some really nice bucks and a couple big doe.
Putting in the work and harvesting great mature deer off your efforts is really satisfying.
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Re: Some habitat improvements

Unread postby Phillyarcher » Tue Aug 08, 2017 10:24 am

Jay,
Looks good. One of the things is that you are enjoying doing this and the rewards are showing. It's a good feeling.
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