How to Rehab Old Apple Trees for Deer Attraction

Apple trees can provide an ample supply of quality food to whitetails and often retain fruit late into the season, continuing to drop apples into the winter. While establishing new food sources on your property can positively impact the herd’s nutrition, the abandoned, overgrown orchards that pepper the landscape in some regions can offer a …

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6 Ways I’ve Changed My Deer Hunting and Habitat Tactics

I’ve been fortunate to be a wildlife biologist or researcher for the past 28 years, and a lot more than just the color of my hair and beard has changed during that time. During that time, many myths have been dispelled by researchers and numerous breakthroughs have been identified. A recent NDA Deer Steward class …

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4 Lessons for Deer Hunters from Summer Blackberry Picking

I love foraging for blackberries. Every June in Georgia, I suit up in permethrin-treated, bramble-proof Carhartt overalls and wade into the briar patch with my bucket. I wear an old right-hand work glove with the fingertips cut off that protects most of my hand from thorns as I reach for the best blackberries. Since I …

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Watch Your Ash! These Trees Can Be Dangerous

Like many NDA members and deer habitat managers, I have been targeting ash trees for removal by cutting, girdling, and hack-and-squirt to free up space around mast-bearing oaks and to increase sunlight reaching the ground for forage and cover production. I learned recently of a particular danger inherent in cutting down ashes, and your personal …

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