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#537304 - 12/22/07 11:19 AM OK to cut trails throughout the property?
waumpuscat
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I have 122 acres of ridges and hollows in middle tennessee and am new to any management activities. My property is surrounded by only a total of about 600-800 acres of assorted residents and some hay fields mixed with about 325 acres on the north of mature hardwood. My property was select cut down to 14 inches about 2 years ago. My question is is it OK to cut trails throughout the property so that I can access it or will this run the big deer out of their sancturary? I have pics of two bucks that look to go over 140 but have seen only one buck(a small 8) this entire season.
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#537330 - 12/22/07 12:13 PM Re: OK to cut trails throughout the property? [Re: waumpuscat]
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personally, I would do it the first day after the season closes for antlered deer but hear me out. I hated to, but just had to bite my lip and go for it. I did some lane cutting and strategic bush hogging last year in February on the OUTSIDE edging of my thickets. I will also in late winter disk up some small portions of thicket areas for the management of natural broadleaf weeds for a natural plot (1/2 acre at most for any one area). Whether it be too close to a 'sanctuary area' or not, I'm going for it. Come next year, I'm going to have natural food sources butted right up next to untouched thicket areas. Can't wait to get going. I would try keep 'polygons' of undisturbed patches if you can. I wouldn't make a checkerboard through some known bedding areas. Good luck to you. This is just my opinion and I'm sure you'll get some good feedback from others.
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#537335 - 12/22/07 12:22 PM Re: OK to cut trails throughout the property? [Re: Stovepipe]
waumpuscat
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I hear ya Stovepipe,

I don't plan to crank not one saw until the season is over.
I am just wondering how much I can tromp around without doing myself more harm than good. I have yet to identify all of my thickets and bedding areas and I struggle with a plan for stand placement. Any and all suggestions and comments are welcome

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#537344 - 12/22/07 12:35 PM Re: OK to cut trails throughout the property? [Re: waumpuscat]
Bertman
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do it after season closes for next season.
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#537365 - 12/22/07 01:16 PM Re: OK to cut trails throughout the property? [Re: Bertman]
WestTn Huntin'man
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One thing to consider ??Will the trails and easy access invite unwanted traffic from neigborhood 4 wheelers and kids.I would some would be O.K.. Try not to over do it. TRy to leave some thick stuff and sacnuaries. Keep in mind Big Bucks won't usally travel the main trails in day light. They often will have smaller secondary trails close to the main ones.
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#537407 - 12/22/07 02:13 PM Re: OK to cut trails throughout the property? [Re: WestTn Huntin'man]
smstone22
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I would cut them after season and then just simply not use them much unless you have to getting a deer out or whatever. Take a good aerial photo and map/plan it all out so you will still have good spacing between roads and dont crowd your thickets too much.
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#537510 - 12/22/07 06:08 PM Re: OK to cut trails throughout the property? [Re: smstone22]
Brad Martin
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I agree after season sounds good!
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#537658 - 12/22/07 09:22 PM Re: OK to cut trails throughout the property? [Re: Brad Martin]
Whitehorse
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It would be some "exercise" however you may can do a lot with a handheld brush cutter to get some trails in that would not invite 4-wheeler riders. I've thought it would be good to not really cut much 'til you're 30-40 yards back from the main trail also.
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#538126 - 12/23/07 01:13 PM Re: OK to cut trails throughout the property? [Re: Whitehorse]
HornHunter
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We do all of our trail cutting after season on up to a few weeks before season opens we never have a problem. It might keep them sterd up for a day or so but they wont leave for good they have been their to long.
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#538301 - 12/23/07 06:23 PM Re: OK to cut trails throughout the property? [Re: HornHunter]
renegade50
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i would just do it with as light as impact as possible hand saw and pruner "walking trails" marked with glow tacks and then pruner cut them again very early squirrel season and i amjust talking about walking to stand trails/stillhunting trails ,that is about my only experience in this type of thing.
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