Fresh Tips on Using Fire for Better Deer Habitat

This is not the same old advice you’ve heard before about prescribed fire. These simple tips will increase your hunting and habitat management success. I continue to maintain that fire is the single best management tool to enhance deer habitat in most areas of the country. Fire is commonly recommended to set back succession in …

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Michigan DNR Offering Deer Habitat Grants in Bovine TB Areas

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) recently announced that the application period for the DNR’s Deer Habitat Improvement Program grant is open. The program is designed to fund deer habitat improvement projects on private land in counties where bovine tuberculosis (TB) is present. The awarded funds will be used to improve deer habitat and …

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Know Your Deer Trees: Ozark Chinquapin

Once thought to be extirpated from its range, the Ozark chinquapin (Castanea ozarkensis) is a drought tolerant hardwood tree that reaches up to 65 feet tall and 2-3 feet in diameter.  Ozark chinquapins bloom in late May to early June and the thumbnail-sized seeds drop every year from September to the end of October. These …

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15-Acre Fixer-Upper: Property Tour & Long-Term Goals

I think it’s safe to say that 2020 is a year most of us won’t soon forget, no matter how hard we try. But for me, there was one bright spot that made an otherwise bleak year a very special one for myself and my family: the opportunity to purchase my first hunting property. The …

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10 Highlights From New Deer Science You Can Use

  The Southeast Deer Study Group meeting was one of the last in-person gatherings I attended in 2020 before the pandemic hit, and it looked for a while as if COVID-19 would prevent the 2021 meeting. For over 40 years, the largest national gathering of deer researchers and professional deer decision-makers was hosted in rotation …

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