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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Texas Managed Lands Deer Program (MLDP) Enrollment Now Open

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) recently announced that enrollment in the Managed Lands Deer Program (MLDP) is now open for the 2021-22 hunting season. Open enrollment for the MLDP Conservation Option runs from April 5 through June 15 this year while the Harvest Option opens May 1 and runs through September 1. MLDP …

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NDA’s Guide to Prescribed Fire

Prescribed fire is a great way to set back plant succession and improve habitat on a hunting property. While many land managers once avoided fire due to safety concerns, improved techniques, training and information has brought controlled burning to the forefront of habitat improvement techniques. Over the years, we’ve published numerous articles in Quality Whitetails …

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