Timber harvest, planning and aftermath on my small property...

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I have noticed quite a bit of interest on timber management for deer and profit on this forum and the main forum in recent years. Last year I did a cut on my small property, and just got around to making a video of the process. I documented it so my boys would be able to look back in the future. We good time getting ready for the harvest and afterward. My older son helped to replant the clear cut areas and I also did a video of that. After a growing season we have about 90% survival which is great. Take a look if you are interested.



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Sadly, I am very VERY familiar with dibble bars!
 

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We have 18 acres being select cut this week. Hunted it this morning and saw several does before the logger showed up an hour after daylight. Watched him drop about 6 bigguns. Hope he misses my cell cam.

Of course, he started this week. All he had to do was wait till Saturday and me or the kids won't hunt this property.
 

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Thank you for posting. I'm currently shopping for a forester to put my place up for bid. Been working with another consulting forester but fired him, then cruised the property with a state forester and worked with him on a general plan. He was quite helpful in guiding me on what to watch for and how to go about the task. He also confirmed my suspicion of the forester I fired, which made me feel good about doing so. The guy I fired had marked the forest for a high grade cut, not at all what I hired him to do. It sure left me a little paranoid.
 

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Two summers of growth on my pines I planted as bare-root seedlings.

Funny story, I was hunting along the edge of one of my timber cuts where we planted the pines. A 2 1/2 year-old 6 point came walking the edge right towards my stand. The buck gets about 20 yards away before he sees me. After staring at me for about 10 seconds, looks down in front of him and sees one of my pine saplings and then proceeds to rub it to shreds! It was just a broken-off stump by the time he was finished with it. I almost yelled at him, "Hey, stop that!" I'm sure that's not the last pine I will lose to rubbing.
 

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I take it you don't own this property?

I have it written into all logging contracts, no timber cutting October 1 to January 15.
It is was my granddads and now dad's. They were supposed to have started way back when....no biggie. We also had to convince dad to use a timber consultant vs. just the local logger. We are still debating and being second guessed over that one.

Just glad that the cows are off of it after they ate every living bit of undergrowth and the forest is barren. Still hate to see the big trees go....I played and hunted over 40 years in those woods. Found my first deer track there around 1983.
 

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I have noticed quite a bit of interest on timber management for deer and profit on this forum and the main forum in recent years. Last year I did a cut on my small property, and just got around to making a video of the process. I documented it so my boys would be able to look back in the future. We good time getting ready for the harvest and afterward. My older son helped to replant the clear cut areas and I also did a video of that. After a growing season we have about 90% survival which is great. Take a look if you are interested.



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Looks like you have two good helpers! It's great that you are including your son's in the process. They are learning and y'all are making memories together outdoors. Great job! Thanks for sharing the update on your project.
 

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Thank you for posting. I'm currently shopping for a forester to put my place up for bid. Been working with another consulting forester but fired him, then cruised the property with a state forester and worked with him on a general plan. He was quite helpful in guiding me on what to watch for and how to go about the task. He also confirmed my suspicion of the forester I fired, which made me feel good about doing so. The guy I fired had marked the forest for a high grade cut, not at all what I hired him to do. It sure left me a little paranoid.
I know a guy depending on your location. I was happy with his part of the process
 

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wow great job pass-thru! I've got 30 acres, the state forester said the back half was ready to cut and front 1/2 needed another 5. I wonder what kind of price on popular people are getting? Most of my place is popular, with some hickory & black walnut. The pic shows some of the larger ones on my place.

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I know a guy depending on your location. I was happy with his part of the process

Eh it's Ohio. One of the state guys was gracious enough to tip me off on a short list of the best consulting foresters in the region. But I do dearly appreciate your offer!
 

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We have 18 acres being select cut this week. Hunted it this morning and saw several does before the logger showed up an hour after daylight. Watched him drop about 6 bigguns. Hope he misses my cell cam.

Of course, he started this week. All he had to do was wait till Saturday and me or the kids won't hunt this property.
It's been so dry, people are able to cut timber that has been near impossible to access.

I have a friend that is having 66 acres of his 150 select cut. In the last two months they are only cutting 2 days a week because the log yards are full and won't take them but two days a week. The last time I was there, the driver hauling the logs told me that both yards told him the day before that if we didn't get rain, they were closing down the yards indefinitely. Too many logs and the prices are falling...
 

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It's been so dry, people are able to cut timber that has been near impossible to access.

I have a friend that is having 66 acres of his 150 select cut. In the last two months they are only cutting 2 days a week because the log yards are full and won't take them but two days a week. The last time I was there, the driver hauling the logs told me that both yards told him the day before that if we didn't get rain, they were closing down the yards indefinitely. Too many logs and the prices are falling...

I've heard similar. Logger acquaintance of mine specializes in white oak barrel logs. He says demand has been met and prices are reflecting it. Did say that chestnut oak is still quite high. And surprisingly sycamore is being requested.
 

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