Create Big Buck Travel Corridors

Depending on your habitat and region, there are several great ways to create big buck cruising corridors on your land! Here are 4 habitat types and 4 separate ways to create the perfect deer travel corridor…

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Now we often talk about creating travel Corridors on client properties our own Properties To connect features Where you want deer to travel by a tree Stand and there's a lot of different Ways to do that and there's varying Degrees of quality When you do that and varying degree is a Priority for doing this too and so I Wanted to tackle this and really talk About really connecting the dots and It's amazing how you can make deer move Right by your tree stand but it might be A lot different than you think because Just you just because you cut trees a Certain way and you leave this opening And create a tunnel for deer to walk Through doesn't mean they're going to Actually walk through it and so it's Really important to understand why You're connecting these dots in the First place how you're doing it and I Brought up some points with travel Corridors for bucks and cruising bucks And a lot of times that's what that's What's using these deer trails are Cruising box because they're going side To side you're connecting bedding area To bedding area to food source Now does might hit that travel quarter On the way to a food source but if You're looking at Travel quarters Between bedding areas likely that's

Cruising Buck during the Rock and so You're specifically creating these for Cruising box and making sure they're in A spot and you know a lot of times I Look at their different levels of Priority When we look at a client plan and and This is a little bit lower level and the Reason I say that is because we should Already be matching our habitat Improvement recommendations to the lay Of the land so we're dear or naturally Crossed to a saddle on a ridge or on a Bench around a point or on the bench on The side Hill That's where we're trying to put stand Locations and connect habitat features Of water holes food plots bedding areas To begin with mock scrapes and so There's a lot of other stories for why Deer should go there and so if your Travel Corridor is a story meaning this Is why they're traveling from point A to Point B on this and that's it Then you might not get a lot of use out Of it because there really should be Some other reasons no different than if You're scouting public land And you're looking for a movement Between that Big Oak flat where deer are Feeding in the early season mid-season On acorns and this bedding area down Here in a marsh what features are the Deer going to travel to get from point A

To point B that's where you're setting Your stand location the difference is on Private land you can enhance that a Little bit and enhancing that a little Bit is what we're going to talk about no Straight line when you're creating a Travel Corridor or deer do not like Straight lines straight lines equal People So that's why we recommend straight Lines for Access and a little bit curvy Lines Just gently flowing through the Habitat for actual deer you know we're Not making these Road width where you Can drive a truck on typically we're Making them on average probably two feet Three feet at the most where deer feels Comfortable more like a quote Deer Trail Really important to understand that have To understand the balance of the region Deer don't like to be confined in really Short or small tunnels narrow tunnels in A Northern setting where there's Predation those Predators will use these Trails just like deer will And so if a deer can't see very far Outside of this it's just really narrow And tight say a two foot travel Corridor A width you have too much debris and Logs built on either side which we'll Talk about then the deer will avoid it So really important to juice you is Really You know you balance this to the region

I would say like uh even in Kentucky Where it's Big Woods big open area Thinking of Rolling Hills If you try to in Deer have space maybe a Non-ag area if they're used to space Meaning they can go anywhere they want Buck movements are a little bit larger During a daytime period they travel a Lot further uh during a 24-hour period Because there's not a lot of great Habitat then you'll find that this these Cuttings and these widths of travel Corridors need to be a lot wider now on The flip side if you're in Northern Ohio And it's a coverless AG region where There's hardly any cover deer used to Being confined in very small tight Quarters and so you can get away with Very narrow passageways for deer to Travel on that are only a foot two feet Wide and they'll slip through there to Go from point A to point B and that'll Be reflected how you make these cuttings Stand locations are always at so a lot Of times we're making a travel quarter On the outside of a property meaning 50 Yards in off the Border we access on the Border to a stand location And so I'm looking for there's always Deer that are going to be coming on and Off the property so I'm looking for that Intersection I'm looking for where a Natural Trail hits the travel Corridor That's where we're placing our stand so

Anytime we can again we're using Naturally of land and natural deer Travel routes to place a stand now when I'm building this Corridor we're adding A mock scrape right over the travel Court or at Bow shot right in front of The stand no more low last just one Right there so every gear that goes by At hip level with a Hanging Vine or Hanging Branch you can leave their scent If you want to learn more about mock Scrapes I have our 60 mock straight Videos that you can look at and check Out but bottom line is we're putting Those right in front of the stand we Always pick a spot for a camera if we Want to add a camera there too so you're Picking the camera tree Scrape tree and stand tree all at the Same time but you always find the tree First you're going to stand in and then Build the travel quarter far too many Times you want to stand location in that Spot you've taken a lot a lot of time to Put a travel quarter on and you're just 10 yards off for a bow shot from a great Stand location so always pick the stand Location first And then build that travel Corridor Within 20 hours 25 yards at most of that Stand location tree And then continue on with your travel Corridor So again pick your tree first so we're

Going to talk about a few of these open Woods A lot of times we have open Woods right Here this is kind of a Brainchild of Dylan some of the Illustration here I think it looks good Yeah I think so too hey thanks for Watching the video and we'll be right Back but this is very important it's Very important announcement We have our camp kicking bear event we Have it on Father's Day it's more of a Habitat day we're going to see a feature Of habitat improvements how they will All relate to a bedding area a water Hole food plot bedding Point morning Sands evening stands and then we get to Take a tour around the majority of the Property too bottom line is 350 dollars Per person times 50 people we highly Encourage you to bring your kids after All it's Father's Day 50 of those 50 Spots always sell out very fast on that Same day it's from 10 o'clock to four O'clock in the afternoon we have Speaking events all my sponsors kick in For that so we'll literally be giving Away a Matthews boat a gilly blind and So one person will win each of those for About 13 14 people to win really good Prizes I could list them all but check It out we also have our 100 times 100 Hunt raffle to a lucky Hunter that'll Come hunt with us the end of September

For three nights So really check out all that information Look at the link in the description you Can ask Jesse she'll help you out with Any scheduling of that and look forward To seeing you guys there it's a great Event every dime that's earned goes Directly to Camp kicking bear and even a Little extra on top of that so look Forward to seeing you there but you're Weaving that trail through open hardwood So a lot of times when it's big open Hardwoods deer use of space so if I'm Cutting trees out of here I might cut one close like right here You want to cut that perpendicular to The trail you never want them to feel Like they're in a cattle Chute I've seen Trails like for Hoops that have hoops Over the top of a trail Deer Trail they Actually made hinge cuts and tied them Over and all the buck signs on the Outside because the buck doesn't want to Stoop down with big antlers and be Caught in this tunnel for 200 yards on a Ridge Top I've literally seen that Before they'll avoid it I've seen tunnel Trails where there's cuttings on both Sides parallel to that travel cord and The deer can't get out they don't like That either so that's where you have Perpendicular cutting some might cut one Close that might be 10 feet 20 feet off That trail but I'm going to cut one

Further away over here That might be 40 feet away you might Have one over here one over here one Over here So not a lot within 10 20 feet of the Trail it's just a gentle suggestion Something that actually browses it over What's nice when you have big open Hardwoods like that each tree that You're cutting down you're cherry Picking as this one will fall for the Most part away from the travel Corridor But it's letting a lot of sunlight in Too because they have big tops so you Don't need a lot of cuttings it'll Thicken up the area the idea is the deer Can walk through this they have regen on Either side they feel safe you can't see Into that trail they can't see out other Than just a filtered look but they can Escape in any direction so if a deer Wants to travel through here and escape This way he can if he wants to escape up Through here he can there's many Different routes they can come in but Overall you're connecting point A to Point B you determine what that point a B is food plots bedding areas and then This might be a natural bench area it Might be a saddle and a Ridge Top it Might be an inside corner of a Woods It's areas that deer would want to Travel anyways you're just narrowing it Down so that you can have a stand

Location and get a shot within 20-25 Yards of that so that's more open Hardwoods when you get into tight Woods This is where I think it it makes a lot Harder because people have a tendency to Just cut every tree down within that I'd rather see trees that are cut off More quite a few But more a little ways off that border So when the deer going through it's not This hinge-cut narrow opening on both Sides where a mature Buck that's used a Little bit more space feels really Reluctant to go through now if I'm in Ohio and it's at coverless AG region I Might make those cuttings a little bit Tighter knowing that these deer might Tolerate that but in the average setting I'd rather leave a 10 yard Gap all the Way through and we did that out here on Our property where we basically part of The Aspen in the area where left about a 10-15 yard Gap part in the Aspen to the Right part of them to the left and That'll connect bedding features with Exterior stand locations and an interior Stand locations for that bedding area or Just turning the deer right through that Cutting and we chose to keep those away Because we're using Aspen we had Aspen To cut down and there's so many trees to Cut if we cut them right on top it just Seems unnatural to those deer you don't You're not going to fit them through a

Just this really really tight window With a bunch of big logs where it's only Five feet wide in mature bucks I'll Generally avoid that especially avoid it In up north areas where there's a lot of A lot of Timber Now Tangled Mass this is interesting Right here because same concept you're Dropping trees perpendicular to that Travel Corridor but in a tangled mess Like after a logging operation You want to make sure you have a Continuous line that you're cutting out Three to four feet wide And that deer also have those Perpendicular Escape Routes because it Might be after a logging operation or Indiscriminate cutting you're just Trying to get canopy reduction but you Want that travel Corridor going through That means you might have to open up a Right or a left where deer can escape Perpendicular at Travel quarter every 10 20 yards again they don't want to be Tunneled in where they're in this tunnel For 100 yards and they're sitting ducks For predation so you want them so what You're looking for opportunities where There's a hole to the right I just need To cut that log out and the deer can go That way that way and that's how you Increase the use of that that travel Corridor through there now when you come Down here you have grasses shrubs Briars

What's really nice about that is that Type of region that you're already used To this type of habitat if they're using It it's a matter of you just going in There and creating a trail now sometimes It's so thick in those kind of areas Going through with a six foot brush hog Or five foot brush hog might be an easy First thing to do then you can let that Grow in a little bit thinner a Dr brush Trimmer is perfect those are 28 to 32 Inches wide walk behind a little old Mini brush hog just walk behind almost Like a rototiller and those are great Tools for creating brush Hogs we've been We've had clients use for many many Years but you still have to cut out the Logs imagine on any of these travel Corridors now granted if there's rocks Or it's wet there's not much you can do About that but imagine that you could Literally ride a mountain bike through All this meaning there's no logs there's No debris you can easily lock it you Don't have anything hanging over that's Going to fall and ruin your travel cord Or that's why I don't like hinge Cuts Over the corridor and things like that That was kind of old time thinking that I that I really don't like the support Because once that caves in it can ruin Your whole travel Corridor and so you Don't want the opportunity for that it's Something you want to clean and maintain

Once a year it's something you go Cross-country skiing on you can look for Sheds in the off season you go snow Shooting on in the off season something Could easily navigate through but once You get into about a month outside of The deer hunting time that's a time Where you hold back and you just let These develop for all deer all the time And they can be a perfect addition to Your property creating this Corridor but Like I said A lot of times we leave a client and Their head is spinning they have Timber To cut for bedding areas they have food Plots to put in they have stand Locations and stand location access Routes to develop mock scrapes to put in Water holes there's a lot to do there's A long list I would put most of those Above travel corridor Only because if you're connecting Habitat features you're connecting those Habitat features with the natural lay of The land and you're installing those Evenly throughout your property then Deer will start to develop those travel Corridors that you want them to travel Because they're a natural flow from one Habitat Improvement to the other Naturally so out here in Wisconsin we Have travel corridors that we've Developed but their their specific Locations we want to funnel dealer

Better through a cutting around the side Of a point so there are shorter stents It's not like we've made a travel Quarter all the way through three miles Of edge habitat instead they're short Stems for 100 yards long to direct Traffic when deer are in the area to a Specific stand location and it's more of A compliment to everything else we're Doing instead of the habitat Improvement Again if your travel Corridor is the Habitat Improvement of why deer should Be in there in the first place Probably need to rethink it because that Travel route and that stand location There should be a lot bigger story than That of why a mature Buck is traveling Through there meaning a convergence of Trails A natural lay of the land Saddles Topographical features that funnel deer Changes in habitat changes in age of Habitat there's a lot of other things That can come together to paint the Picture not to mention it's between a Food plot and a bedding area and a water Hole things like that so Dylan anything To add with travel quarters do you think That's pretty no I think that's great I Really I just think they're like you Mentioned maybe not the first thing you Think about but I do just like how they Make travel between stand locations and Improvements so much more predictable

And adding a water hole or a mock scrape On there just really tightens that up Right along those travel corridors one Thing for the tightwoods thing that you Could mention is using like a forestry Mulcher uh something like that a piece Of equipment especially in those like Mid-age Aspen where it could just mow Them out of the way I had a client Brandon in in northern Minnesota that I Was literally drawing up his plan and He's like hey would you mind just Sending me those quick and while I was Drawing I was playing he went and made Them in a forestry Mulcher and I just Saw those again two years later and the Deer have highways down them so yeah Really cool to see that come together That's awesome even like tag Alder areas Like that and low brush areas they're They're awesome oh yeah um we can even Mention too A lot of times Spraying this with a ground clear Herbicides not a bad idea too because so You might clear that six feet wide but Then you go back in with a wand on a Backpack sprayer and just spray that to About two feet wide down to the dirt Deer very visual creatures when they see That dirt path winding through the brush It's often something they can't resist And that's why we put like putting that Mock scrape right over the trail because Imagine every deer that comes by they

Have to leave their scent or hit their Head on it if they're walking by and That's I don't put the water holes on The Travel cord I put it just slightly Off to the side so a few other points About that but what maybe one thing that You could add here would be that Maintenance on these I feel like these Sound like a very daunting thing if You're like wow do I have to do that Every year no you don't clear it maybe Walk it once a year to make sure just go For a walk it falls but really the deer Will keep them open they'll browse them Down so that they never really close Back up and that's what's nice too when You have this narrow there could be Several trails in an area but when deer Key on these they're leaving urine scent Pellet count and rubs and scrapes and so It really defines where bucks travel Through the area and again it should be Connecting natural features anyway so a Lot of times you're not Reinventing the Wheel and if you do in a lot of Locations that's why we're adding food Plots where we do it's part of their Natural flow you can picture you're Moving through that especially little Hunting plots Um and uh water hole locations mock Scrapes that's why we have a stand Location there in the first place again You know you're you're trying to find

These conditions On public land you're just building it On private land and that's why we use Travel corridors and we say it's a lower Priority but it's one of the top five Priorities we talk about with a client So even if it's number five or number Four depending on the area and sometimes It's number two because if it's in those Brush areas it's just so easy in Thorns To to make a trail and the deer will Follow it easily so it's an easy habitat Improvement for people at some points Depending on the condition but bottom Line is it's one of our top five Priorities and it might be for you and I Hope this makes sense of why you make One tip of Trail in one location one in Another one in areas of high predation And Northern cities and one in Low cover Regions like Northern Ohio versus the up And Michigan for example so try a travel Quarter they're a lot of fun and very Rewarding especially when you're sitting In a stand Watching a big old Buck walk right down A trail you made for him this fall now I Don't know if you've checked out our Main website lately but we've Really had a lot going on including hats Books our web class and certainly our New seed company whs Wildlife Blends When you click on seed on our site it'll

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