All outdoorsmen dream of having the best hunting season on their properties, but it doesn’t always turn out that way. There can be a number of things that may hinder abundant wildlife presence on your property. However, there’s good news, because there are plenty of tasks you can do to improve your property for a great hunt! Here are five things you can do to develop or enhance your land to maximize wildlife potential:
1. Have Diversity
If you don’t already own a property, and you’re in the process of looking, make sure to find one with a good mixture of hardwood and pine timber, and with some open land. This is the perfect set-up for wildlife and will make hunting easier and more productive for you.
2. Be Strategic
On your property, strategically place food plots near bedding areas, natural deer funnels and within the interior of your property. Be sure not to have too many plots close together and keep a good distance between each one.
3. Go Big
This one’s plain and simple. Make sure to focus on larger food plots. For example, two 3-acre food plots are more beneficial than six 1-acre food plots. Having larger plots will increase your deer sightings and decrease the chances of spreading the deer out over a number of small plots.
4. Perform Controlled Burns
The benefits of a controlled burn on your property are numerous. A controlled burn will attract turkeys and provide different browse stages for deer. This should be done every few years.
5. Have Good Road Systems
Having good road systems throughout your property will allow you to travel through quietly and undetected. The less noise, human scent, and hunting pressure will maximize the quality of hunting.