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#489316 - 11/11/07 06:40 PM Re: learning to manage??? [Re: Crosshairy]
deerchaser007
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Everyones definition will be different,. for me its
less than 200 very small
200 to 500 slightly below average
500 to 900 average
over 900 above average
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#489834 - 11/12/07 06:46 AM Re: learning to manage??? [Re: deerchaser007]
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What deerchaser007 said. For me anything under 200 acres is very small and must be handled differently than larger properties.
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#489914 - 11/12/07 08:27 AM Re: learning to manage??? [Re: BSK]
Been Huntin
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I have 500 acres and i only hunt on the back side thats 200 of it thats mainly woods. Everything else is cows, but sometimes I will sit at the front at get one.
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#489928 - 11/12/07 08:38 AM Re: learning to manage??? [Re: Been Huntin]
smstone22
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Everyone definition of a small property is different. Mine is anything under a 1000 acres.
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#490741 - 11/12/07 07:31 PM Re: learning to manage??? [Re: BSK]
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Personally, I like patches of cover to be in the 3-5 acre range, but anywhere from 1-20 acres each works well. And it is better to have multiple, small sections of cover than one big section of cover.


BSK, i hunt a 500 acre square tract of riverbottom land. we have a 65 acre sanctuary centrally located between the east and west boundaries on the northern edge of the tract where the woods meets another 500 acres of open farm land we also control. just to clarify, this is the boundary AWAY from the river, which serves as the southern boundary. this may be too complicated already, but the eastern half of this tract is three year old cutover and the west is extremely mature hardwoods. the only other features here are sloughs/drains/roads. it gets very little pressure from two of us, but extreme pressure to the east and west. also, the tract floods annually for weeks at a time. access is limited to two roads on each side of the sanctuary and from the north only. tricky to hunt. we have no food plots, only the crop fields north of the woods, and tons of mast. any thoughts about the sanctuary and what we could do to protect more bucks and increase sightings? thanks.

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#491288 - 11/13/07 06:14 AM Re: learning to manage??? [Re: ]
BSK
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deerlawyer,

With that set-up, I believe you're propetecting plenty of bucks. However, sightings may be limited by the size of the sanctuary and the amount of cover provided by the cut-over area.

Do you control the habitat on this property?
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#491370 - 11/13/07 07:33 AM Re: learning to manage??? [Re: BSK]
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we don't have the authority to make logging decisions. we could do something with some old log dumps, etc., and some minor manipulation would be ok as well. i do control the open crop fields to the north and usually have a destination feed field there, but that rarely results in really mature buck sightings.
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