When it comes to killing ducks, most times the man with the most food wins. A duck hunter can depend on the habitat already available or they can manipulate it in a way to promote maximizing the forage available for ducks. Join TMA prostaffer, Jody Pagan, as he discusses his life in waterfowl management.
In the fourth teaser video from The Management Advantage, we discuss timber stand management in the south and give a little more insight into our new direction. Starting in August, we’ll provide top quality educational wildlife management information. 52 weeks a year to help you Gain the Advantage Through Proper Management!
Erich Long, the owner of Drumming Log Wildlife Management provides a unique perspective on deer management on his property. While food plots provide an excellent source of forage for your deer herd, there are many things that can go wrong over the course of the process and life cycle of a food plot. Erich believes in managing your native vegetation in order to attract and hold more deer on your property. A deer requires only 16% protein in the forage it consumes. Managing your native vegetation species provides that 16% and more in many cases. A deer’s diet consists of 75% native browse. The native vegetation on your property has a better ability to adapt to changing weather conditions unlike many of the forages you plant in your food plots. To top it off, the native seeds, in most cases, are already in the seed bank and just need some coaxing to emerge and some care through it’s life cycle. Food plots definitely have their spot in deer management, but many people overlook the importance and cost effectiveness of native vegetation.
Casey Shoopman, producer/editor of The Management Advantage has had a first hand education in wildlife management over the course of 8 years of working for The Management Advantage. The past few years he has been putting this education to use through property enhancements. He has been planting food plots for deer management for a long time, but recently he has started working more on providing cover for whitetail on his family farm rather than food. With the farm located in Illinois, food is in abundance, but the piece of the puzzle his farm is missing is cover. Through carefully planned herbicide applications, controlled burning, and proper planting techniques he has quickly began providing more cover on his farm with over a dozen acres of Switchgrass. The Switchgrass he has planted is providing cover to help hold deer on his property by providing them with cover where they feel safe.