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2008 "AREA 51" Started
2009 "AREA 51" is Timbered
2011 "AREA 51" Clear Cut is Started
2012 "AREA 51" Clear Cut is Enlarged
Pressure on Whitetail Deer on Small Property
Most hunters don't understand how big a deal pressure is on daylight movement on small properties. Also most game camera user don't understand the wealth of information they are missing by only having cameras out part of the year and not keeping records. After reviewing 300,000 game camera photos from 2015 season and breaking them down to individual deer and also understanding the Activity on my property and how the changes deer to night time movement. Also understanding the data from previous years trends float to the surface. Deer Movement is circled in RED. Jan - Trapping running ATV and shooting going on everyday. Feb - Chainsaw and Management Activities going on. March - Chainsaw and Management Activities going on. April - Management Activities increase before Turkey Season then turkey season hunting on property. May - Turkey First half of of May June - Very little Activity trying to keep stress low for antler growth and fawning. July - Very little Activity trying to keep stress low for antler growth and fawing. August - Activity is very low other than population survey September - Bow season no ATV or shooting guns allowed October - Bow season November - Bow Season - Gun Season Opens for youth and fall December Trapping running ATV and shooting going on everyday.
It takes more than # Save this, # Save that, on social media to make habitat better for the wildlife. It takes Hunters, Land Owners, Land Managers, REAL Conservationist, REAL Conservation groups – NOT Environmentalist, NOT Anti-Hunters or groups, NOT FAKE conservation groups that only hire lawyers to file law suits. It takes boots and blood on the ground – Aldo Leopold had it right over 85 years ago, this is just the modern-day version - Using a Fire, Chainsaw, Disc, Gun and Trapping to improve habitat for the wildlife is the only way. One of my favorite long lasting things I love to do is prescribe fire the edge of the wood line and then come back and edge feather that area. Well I at least got it edge feather started today, right after the snow melted from this morning. Will finish up after Turkey Season.