By Erin Wade
Now that hunting season is over it is time to set traps and hunt predators. Coyotes, raccoons, opossums and even skunks can significantly impact your deer and turkey populations.
Always check your local trapping and small games guidelines for season dates.
Improve your land:
There are multiple ways to make your property better, but after season is the best time to survey your land and decide where work is needed. Start by working with a professional forester who can evaluate your timber and make suggestions for trees to cull and trees to keep! By cutting out selected trees you are opening the canopy which allows sunlight to reach the ground creating more suitable habitat for your property.
You can also hinge cut trees to create bedding areas. Hinged cut trees, if done correctly, are still alive and will produce green vegetative growth producing safety and forage.
Most people will plant a springtime food plot and then forget about it. This is a good time to map out and clear out future plots. If you already have existing food plots in place, frost seeding can help you maintain your stand of clover. Frost seeding doesn’t require as much work. Broadcast the seed over the existing food plot. When springtime comes, the thaw will pull your seeds into the dirt. Between January and March is generally the best time to broadcast the seed. This will only be effective on existing food plots. If you wish to do this on a new plot, kill all vegetation the fall before you frost seed.
Trail Cam Surveys:
We run our trail cameras all year round. This is especially important to determine when bucks start shedding their antlers. It also helps us know which deer have survived hunting season and mother nature. Once we see the antlers starting to drop, we start shed hunting.
If you plan on upgrading stands, building box blinds or hanging other sets, now will give you the best view of your proposed set up.
Trails this time of year are very well worn, letting you know exactly how the deer are traveling.
Now is the time to plan, prepare to produce for next year. What activities will you do to prepare your land for next season?
Erin Wade is a Sargent in the U.S. Army stationed at Fort Knox. In her free time, she is either in the gym or in the field spending hunting, fishing and enjoying the outdoors with her family.
To Erin, hunting, fishing and conservation isn’t a hobby; it is a passion. She loves getting her hands dirty and working the land.
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