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Well now is the time we get into habitat And uh working on improving your land From last year and uh you know it's Interesting a lot of this we talk about We talk about building Buck beds on Private land we're going to talk about That I want to really give you the nuts And bolts of the the structure and the Big picture for buck betting and why a Buck will bet in a certain spot what you Can do on your own land to get that but At the same time these same concepts of Type of habitat distance to do distance To food appli to public land too and so A lot of these same Concepts we're not Reinventing the wheel for where a white Tail roams where he likes to bed where He likes to feed how he travels it's Just on private landan you're doing in a Very small package and you're working Long hours to do so and uh sometimes Spending money to do so different than On priv uh public land where you're just Going out and finding it might be on Thousands of Acres on public land and You're trying to install and Shrink that 2,000 acres on public land down to 48 Acres on your own land and private land That's why there's so much strategy That's involved in a private land parcel Small parcel because if you spook the Herd you spook your parcel you're done For the season or you're done for a Month or more which is a season in most
Uh most people's cases so uh just a Different Focus but same Concepts and Number one we're talking about bedding And I'm talking about quality afternoon Food sources why is that quality Afternoon food sources what does that Have to do with anything look at it in Terms of extreme a food source is the Most risky area that a deer enters During the daylight mostly open mostly Hunter pressured what attracts Hunters The most on a property food sources you Think a deer doesn't know that a big old Buck patterns you way easier than you Pattern him you just have to wait for Him to slip up and you have to hunt Smart very smart and when it comes to Condensing a movement on 40 acres or 80 Acres you have to be very smart because If you mess up he just won't come back To your 40 80 acres we see that on Properties that are nocturnal Parcels For mature box and not only are they Nocturnal for mature box but eventually After four or five years of that those Mature Buck don't even visit the parcels During the night the nighttime meaning The neighbor shoot monsters they never Even got on trail camera because the Property gets such a stigma of being Over hun over pressured not having the Ingredients needed for a reclusive old Buck that he doesn't even visit the land Anymore and that's actually easier and
More prevalent on private lands than Actually doing it right that's that's Why we call it the 3% Club of the people That actually do it right PM food if you Have quality PM food that's unpressured That starts to set the tone why because Do's and wear a dough bads comes first That starts the positioning when you Have quality food and deer are attracted To it during the daylight not talking Nocturnal but during the daylight every Single afternoon hour before dark 45 Minutes before dark half hour whatever It might be then when you have that food Source you have screening next to that Food source you can't see into it deer That are on it can't see out then those Do's and fawns will bed fairly close to That food source they're the first line Of bers so they're going to bed 50 yards In 100 yards in then those Young Bucks Are going to bed behind them because as The buck gets older he wants to separate From those do's and then finally you Have room left over for a mature Buck if You have that depth of cover so the Positioning of those Do's is critical on Your land and food because if you have The food quality food and it's there Consistently then you have the do and Fawns betting consistently if they have Cover and if they have that screening Area and then you might make room for Some bucks left over but if you don't
Have the quality consistent food you Don't have the quality consistent Do's Beding next to the food then you're not Going to have mature box Bing on your Land no matter what you do to the canopy What you do for your C cuting what kind Of diversity you have in those bedding Areas what size the bed is if you don't Do all this first this layering effect Then you're not going to have bucks so That's why we need to talk about it First then within that bedding area now You have food Doe's beding Now work on Some Buck Bing here what do they need They need Brows do's and fawns need brows too but That buck needs to feed twice during the Daytime hour the rhym rhythmic pattern Feeding feeders that means they feed Five times in 24hour Period every 4 Hours 5 hours or so and do and fonds are The same and that means they need some Type of brows they don't need apple Trees they don't even need white oak Acorns they don't need something that High quality they need regen from Hardwoods shrub tips and then briers and Weeds that's all they need a high stem Count you look through the area it's Thick there's a lot of a lot of Regeneration so that also offers cover Too so a good browse area offers good Cover and if you have good cover where You can see through it there's a lot of
These hardwood stems shrub stems and Briers and weed then you have good food If it's Conifer grasses not good food so They have to have brows within that area So once you have the food the Dozen Fonds that screening in between and then You have that browse area behind the Dozen fonds now you start to have that Area for bucks but how do you get that Well you either have to install it Meaning if it's open field area you need To stall install browsable shrubs Grasses for cover switch grass is the Easiest maybe you have a field of red Cedar well that can be your cover but Then you need to hollow out Pockets Within that re red cedar totally 50 60% Of the area or 40% whatever it is and You need to get something that's Actually browsable in there again it Goes back to you still have to have the Hardwood regen in the form of trees Shrubs that deer will brows on maybe Some pollinator Blends or flowers Forbes And forges like we sell in our Pure Wildlife Blends uh food company food pot Seed company the bottom line is you need To install it if it's more grassland Upland area so dear have brows and cover Or you need to cut and a lot of times We're starting with cutting to create Sunlight do hinge Cuts create sunlight Well sometimes but a lot of times we're Going back into open Big Woods we want
To reduce canopy and those smaller Hingle Trees are just a fraction of the Diameter of the big trees that are Blocking the sunlight so if you hinge a Smaller trees now they don't get Sunlight and they die it's just a waste We SE that for people that pay to have That done we've seen companies out there That create hinge Cuts because that's What they think or the clients want on Their property when really they need to Reduce canopy first to get sunlight to The ground so think of it all boils down To sunlight and the easiest thing to do Is have a Timber Harvester come in so if You have good Timber have a logger come In Forester remove that Timber now you Have the potential for buck betting in Those areas because you have brows and The cover that it creates with that you Have to be mindful you know I want to Keep mature Timber around my access my Borders where I'm blowing my scent into From Stand locations I want to make sure That I have good cover for those dough Screening in the food plot and then I Have to be mindful and say okay by Positioning this is where a baka bed Folks it doesn't matter if it's a single Bed it's a double bed if it's room for Many they're going to bed there if you Made Single beds in a do Fawn group area You're not going to get a bu to bed
There that's a big fad it's just kind of Funny Actually however if you make bedding Opportunity where do and fwn should bed They'll bed there if you make bedding Opportunity where Buck should bed They'll bed there but it's all about That positioning that structure first to Even get him there in the first place And then finally side cover is King what Does that mean means that's why a an Overhead hinge cut is such a fallacy Deer are not hiding from birds and Plains they're hiding from each other And from you and from predators that Means that cover needs to be at their Level not our head level and higher that Means the brows that comes from those Cuting needs to be at their face value So they can actually eat food that's why I call it side cover side cover is Critical side cover can be a hill it Could be shrubs or bushes it could be Grasses it could be hardwood Regeneration it could be Briars weeds Bottom line is an area that keeps deer From seeing each other Predators from Seeing deer deer from seeing Predators Deer from seeing you you seen from Deer All those lines of habitat that create Edge and side cover so that deer can't See through it and like I said that Creates Edge and deer are creatures of Edge let alone all Wildlife species so
When you're thinking where with a buck Bed he's got to have that side cover He's got to have brows different types Of brows he's he's got to have that Positioning effect and I would say most Of the time on an average private land Parcel that's anywhere from 150 to 300 Yard 200 yards to 400 yards back from That food source that's for that Buckle Bed when you get to Big open public land Areas not only will he require a greater Distance from Doe's and food source Areas I'm thinking bait piles in the up Of Michigan you usually find that bu 3/4 Of a mile to a mile back from those bait Piles not 200 yards to 400 yards like You would on private land but not only Do they bed that distance away they're Used to a lot of cover they're used to Having the opportunity to beted anywhere And there's used to being Predators Around especially on big open public Land areas especially the further north You go so what you find is in where you Get into a Northern Ohio area where you Could put a giant buck into a deer bed That was screen so he couldn't see out In the size of a pickup bed and he could Only see 10 ft in any direction That turns into 50 yards or 30 yards in A Northern Area where there's Predators Because he doesn't want to sit in an Area that he can be pounced on by Anything coyotes wolves cats whatever it
Might be he wants to be able to look Around and have that vantage point so You see where the bigger the cover is Big public land state land even in Ohio Where I've been to Pennsylvania they Want to sit with a big View and then Where there's a limitation of cover or Covers at a premium say in Northern Ohio Where it's flat you might have a 40 acre Parcel like I've been to 46 Acres Between the two land owners and that was The biggest chunk of cover within 2 Miles in any direction in that case They'll bed right into a pickup bed size Area where they can't see out so always Remember that too but even then it's Still side cover they can't see out of That area Predators deer people can't See into it and that's where they start To feel safe if you combine that with Brows if you combine that with where Doe's bed and when we're cutting a big Open canopy Timber you're looking for Junk Timber I don't care if it's an oak A maple a Hickory an aspen a box elder the bottom Line is you're looking for poorly formed Trees especially when it talk when You're talking Oak Maple double trunk Leaners subordinates those are the Non-timber species and they're not Adding any brows they're not adding any Type of nut in any way because there's No hard m because they're not getting
The full sunlight and so they're doing No good it doesn't matter if it's called A white oak or not you cut it down when You cut it down you start to get more Sunlight to the ground and that side Cover too and by the time that's way we Start working in our Woods here we look For the we identify the big nontimber Non logging giant trees that we can cut Down get a lot of effects you could go Down you could cut five or six mature Trees in an area and you just cleared a Quarter acre of sunlight to hit the Ground because you're removed big big Canopy up top then you might find that You're not even hinge cutting we only Recommend hinge cutting on 15 20% of all Parcels because they people just don't Need it either they're logging or They're getting big canopy down first Which can happen you can clear a half Acre of Big Timber very very quickly Compared to a half probably um in let's Say 45 minutes half hour and clean it up A little bit compared to hinge cutting The same area that might take a day so Big difference in labor and risk by Continually having to cut over and over Again and smaller stuff compared to Those big big tops let alone installing It on uh privately or on U open field Cover where you just again it boils back To positioning and getting that browse Available so that's kind of the big
Picture and nuts and bolts of a Stablishing and building a buck betting Area and again like I like to point out If you're hunting on private or on Public land look for the same things Bucks need that afternoon food source Just like do and fawns but the do and Fawns will be beded near it and that Eventually gives way to where there Could be an opportunity for buck beding Worry about finding Doe's first then You'll find the buck they still need the Same kind of brows doesn't matter if It's on private land or public land look For these areas that have this Diversy That you would otherwise install or cut On private land and of course side cover A lot of times where you see blowdowns On on public land you can walk for a Mile and all of a sudden you see a Blowdown where a big wind shear went Through and you'll you'll kick some de Out of it because that was the only form Of cover in that area and it allowed Some brows look when you're out in the Woods it doesn't matter if it's private Or public look for trees that are down I Like to show that to clients all the Time when you cut that Timber it's going To look like that right over there cuz That tree fell down three years ago and Look at all the Brows that's right there It's really cool to see and it's kind of Eye opening because a lot of times we're
Not walking around the woods during December scouting we try to do that Obviously we're looking at client Properties all year but really want the Clients to notice that because then they Can take that picture and doesn't apply To the summertime obviously you can't Even tell during the summertime a lot But boy the deer can really tell in the Fall by all those stems and shoots that Are coming up in that area and when you Do that in a buck beding area based on Position you're going to build better Buck Beds doesn't matter if they're B there During the summertime we're looking at Better Buck beds for September through March and that allow you to not only House and Hunt bucks on your property But but to build a better deer heard in The end as well I appreciate you guys Watching the YouTube channel but I don't Know if everyone knows everything that We have to offer whether it's on white Habitat solutions.com our website or Whhs Wildlife Blends our Seed Company Also Instagram you can check out I'm Very active on Instagram putting Strategies on there photos of what we do Every day uh much more active there than Facebook but our seed web classes books Clients articles I have over 600 Articles on whail habitats solutions.com Everything whail strategy of course we
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