Having your own hunting land gives you the unique opportunity to hunt various game in your own time. However, to keep your land attractive to both hunter and game, a certain degree of land management is needed to maintain the habitat of the wildlife occupying it.
Here are 8 great ways that will not only maintain but also improve your hunting land:
- Enhance your food plots
Food plots are planted areas that serve as an animal’s main food supply. It also helps you hunt down deer. With a food plot, hunting game such as deer, rabbits, and turkey are assured of all the nutrients that they need. Wheat, oats, rye, and brassica are some of the common plants in a food plot.
When enhanced, food plots can increase production, provide more protein, and taste better to wildlife. To boost your food plot, add another shot or two of fertilizer to your established food plot. The best time to do this is during late summer or in the fall season.
- Plant more shrubs
Aside from food plots, shrubs are a great way to attract and feed wildlife. They provide animals such as deer, rabbits, and quail with high-quality food and give them cover. Deer, in particular, like to feed on the leaves, fruits, flowers, and stems of shrubbery.
One of the best kinds of shrubs to plant is the American beautyberry. Also known as the French mulberry, this easy-to-grow shrub provides deer and other wildlife with high levels of protein. When planting shrubs along the edge of your food plot, make sure that each one is 30 to 40 feet wide.
- Build a small pond
Having another source of water for the wildlife in your property can make all the difference, especially during the dry season. Start by digging a hole then piling it up with rocks and let the rainwater fill it up. Just make sure that your small pond is placed in areas where deer usually frequent.
- Test your soil
Testing your soil regularly will determine how you should be managing the land so it can produce healthier plants. The soil analysis will let you know the kind of nutrients your soil needs and if you need to change your fertilizer.
Get a soil sample and send it to a reliable soil testing laboratory. In Texas, the top soil testing labs are TPS Lab,Texas A&M AgriLife Extension,and ARM Soil Testing.
- Add lime to raise soil acidity
The pH level of soil indicates how acidic or alkaline it is. Soil with a pH number that’s below 7 means that the soil is acidic while a pH number above 7 shows alkalinity. Since most soils are not neutral (majority tend to be acidic), the best way to raise your soil’s pH level is to spread lime on top of it. Just don’t expect your soil to be neutralized right away. It usually takes a few months and plenty of lime applications before the soil goes up to a neutral level.
- Create a sanctuary
Hunting lands also have sanctuaries or “safe zones” for the wildlife that inhabit it. Since these sanctuaries’ main purpose is to attract, protect, and hold big groups of animals, hunters are not allowed to trespass into them at any time.
To create a deer sanctuary, the best way to do so is by creating a thick cover made up of hinge cuts, brush piles, and felled trees. You can also make use of hardwoods, native grasses, and pines. Designate a huge area that is a considerable distance away from roads and make sure that the nearby deer don’t hear or smell you.
- Create a path to your food plot
While deer and other wildlife will know how to find their way to your food plot, you can make it more convenient for them by creating a path. There are two effective ways to make a trail: clear the underbrush and mow down overgrown trails. Just make sure to wear knee-high rubber boots so as not to leave your scent.
- Work with your neighbors
Another great way to improve your hunting land is to work with your neighbors. If your next-door neighbor wants to improve their hunting land as well, you could pool your respective resources and manage a bigger chunk of land together. Not only will the wildlife have a larger area to roam around in, but they’ll also have a much better habitat.
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