Great idea. Unfortunately, the less desirably species tend to be the most aggressive recolonizers.This fall, I plan on (as much as I can) trying to spray the stumps of the least-desired trees we want there soon after they are cut. You might also consider this for less competition on the trees, seedlings or nuts you plant - also more sunlight hitting the ground in the upcoming years. Just throwing another option out there for combating trees you don't want.
I remember you mentioning last year being an abnormally good year for growth. What’s your prediction on this year?Monk74,
I would simply caution you on making associations between something that has been done and what you see from a couple deer. Local deer populations are shockingly complex organisms, with many, many factors influencing their performance. Unfortunately, I watch all the time as hunters/landowners jump to conclusions based on what they hope is true, and usually involving simple solutions to complex problems. A case in point: I have a client that has been heavily supplementally feeding for years. There has been no uptick in herd performance during that time. Until last year. Last year, the hunters experienced a HUGE increase in antler growth per age-class last year. They are now completely convinced the supplemental feeding is finally working - primarily because they were so convinced early on it was going to be the answer to their local low-performance problems. However, they're ignoring the fact that EVERY property in the area experienced a huge increase in antler growth per age-class last year and that they've been supplementing for years without improvement.
If I could predict those years, I would probably be a wealthy man! I will have to see the first mid to late summer trail cam pictures coming in to know.I remember you mentioning last year being an abnormally good year for growth. What’s your prediction on this year?
And for us food plotters out there, planting the appropriate fall crops to capitalize on this can pay off. If the white oak acorns are raining down, that's where they'll likely be eating. Hence, don't plant too many early crops, I'd rather focus on mid-late blends this year.I do think the western 2/3 of TN will see a pretty big white oak acorn crop, but a poor red oak acorn crop. That can make hunting a bit more difficult in October through mid-November with a bunch of white oak acorns on the ground. But by late November, without red oak acorns, deer should really shift towards food plots, which makes hunting a lot easier.