By Brandon Wikman
Spring brings refreshing growth of natural foliage that sprouts like wildfire. A spring-cleaning on your property will help prepare your woods for this fall and increase the vegetation ten-fold.
Trimming shooting lanes, scraping debris off of trails, and marking trails is important to do within the coming weeks before the simmering summer heat amplifies and makes your forest work a serious pain.
A little goes a long, long way. A quick snip and cut of branches, shrubs, or undergrowth can help grow new tender greens that your whitetail herd will dominate.
Those who look to clear-cut an area of their property can turn their property into a whitetail bedding ground of lush greens covered in thick cover where mature deer depend on weaving through and feel safe. We all understand the process of regeneration. That is why it’s so important to make select and strategic cuts on timber. It opens the canopy and allows beams of light to reach the ground, which in turn lift seeds from the soil into the air. If we slice into trees and brush hog the woodland’s floor intensely during the summer, new plant life nearly always takes longer to grow. Summer is known for serious droughts and there’s no telling the random rainfalls we may or may not receive. The spring seems to shower the gift of water to our crops and forestland. The time this new vegetation takes to lift – and the plant life turns thick – takes years.
This also provides new opportunities to select specific areas to use your Moultrie Game Management System or put out your Moultrie feeders. Hunting is all about trying new strategies that will improve your odds of success. The fact of the matter is that there’s no secret magical potion that reins monster whitetails year-to-year. The field-testing, first hand experiences, and trial-and-error are what ultimately make us better hunters. Tag two techniques with one job by making select cuts and trims to your advantage.