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#490516 - 11/12/07 05:27 PM Moving Sanctuaries.
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The other thread got me to thinking about making new sanctuaries on my farm. So here is the question. Do I wait till next year to do this or set aside a new sanctuary now and hunt the other?
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#490517 - 11/12/07 05:33 PM Re: Moving Sanctuaries. [Re: kholmes]
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sanc·tu·ar·y /ˈsæŋktʃuˌɛri/ Pronunciation Key - Show Spelled Pronunciation[sangk-choo-er-ee] Pronunciation Key - Show IPA Pronunciation
–noun, plural -ar·ies.
1. a sacred or holy place.
2. Judaism.
a. the Biblical tabernacle or the Temple in Jerusalem.
b. the holy of holies of these places of worship.
3. an especially holy place in a temple or church.
4. the part of a church around the altar; the chancel.
5. a church or other sacred place where fugitives were formerly entitled to immunity from arrest.
6. immunity afforded by refuge in such a place.
7. any place of refuge; asylum.
8. a tract of land where birds and wildlife, esp. those hunted for sport, can breed and take refuge in safety from hunters.
[Origin: 1300–50; ME < LL sānctuārium, equiv. to sānctu- (r. L sānct-), comb. form of sanctus (see Sanctus) + -ārium -ary]
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#490518 - 11/12/07 05:33 PM Re: Moving Sanctuaries. [Re: kholmes]
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I have a couple of de-facto sanctuaries now that are neighbors property that they can't access without crossing the Forked Deer River so they aren't hunted. We have a combined 1000 acres of family land everyone is QDM minded and the little ones are passed up. It is divided up into sections and everyone hunts their own section with buffers in between. Are these buffer areas good enough? Thanks for any insight.
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#491286 - 11/13/07 06:12 AM Re: Moving Sanctuaries. [Re: kholmes]
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Sanctuaries can be decided upon any way you like, but I work my sanctuaries by following the cover. The best cover is set aside as sanctuaries, and those areas change over time. We create our cover by cutting patches of timber (3-5 acres each), and as those cut patches regrow into impenetrable cover, they get designated as sanctuaries. Once they outgrow the cover stage, they are no longer sanctuaries, as new cuts will have been made to replace the ones growing beyond the cover stange and into the pole-timber stage. So a particular area remains a sanctuary for about 6-8 years, then is replaced with a new area of better cover.

Of course, we do this because the property is primarily mature hardwoods. If I had more old pastures and openings, I would keep those in perpetual states of usable cover.
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#491457 - 11/13/07 08:43 AM Re: Moving Sanctuaries. [Re: BSK]
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Does the actual shape of the sanctuary matter? or is it more about total area.
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#491524 - 11/13/07 09:40 AM Re: Moving Sanctuaries. [Re: kholmes]
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It's more about the size of each sanctuary, although I certainly go to great lengths to produce particular types of habitat edges in particular locations. These specific habitat-terrain combinations produce very predictable buck movement patterns. But when it comes to the effectiveness of a sanctuary, the shape is much less important than the size.
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#491576 - 11/13/07 10:19 AM Re: Moving Sanctuaries. [Re: BSK]
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Thank you BSK for the replies.
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#491586 - 11/13/07 10:24 AM Re: Moving Sanctuaries. [Re: kholmes]
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kh,

How wide are your buffers/sanctuaries?
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#491622 - 11/13/07 10:58 AM Re: Moving Sanctuaries. [Re: TAS]
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 Originally Posted By: TAS
kh,

How wide are your buffers/sanctuaries?


Not to wide. Any where from 100 yds down to maybe 50 but they are very long and linear. They are basically ditches that seperated the crop fields and grew up overtime into some big timber. It was select cut 10 years ago and is really thick almost unhuntable. The ditches feed into the Forked Deer River which serves a superhighway during deer season. I really think these ditches if they remain unhunted can help funnel deer off neighboring properties on to mine while also serving as a sanctuary. I may be shooting myself in the foot by giving up the better hunting areas but I might give it a try next season.
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#491710 - 11/13/07 12:11 PM Re: Moving Sanctuaries. [Re: kholmes]
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 Originally Posted By: kholmes
 Originally Posted By: TAS
kh,

How wide are your buffers/sanctuaries?


Not to wide. Any where from 100 yds down to maybe 50 but they are very long and linear. They are basically ditches that seperated the crop fields and grew up overtime into some big timber. It was select cut 10 years ago and is really thick almost unhuntable. The ditches feed into the Forked Deer River which serves a superhighway during deer season. I really think these ditches if they remain unhunted can help funnel deer off neighboring properties on to mine while also serving as a sanctuary. I may be shooting myself in the foot by giving up the better hunting areas but I might give it a try next season.
100 yards wide should be wide enough. I have one like that, 40 acres stretched out for about 3/4 mile.
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