Hunting on your land
More than 12 million Americans a year hunt recreationally on public and private property. Whether they prize big game, small game, migratory birds or other species, they’re out on the land for their health, their heritage, the thrill of the chase, the camaraderie and many other reasons.
Woodland owners are privileged to have a gateway to the places these game call home. No one knows that better than Salem Saloom, who along with his wife Dianne was named National Outstanding Tree Farmers of the Year in 2010 by this organization. He has been hunting his Conecuh County, Alabama property since 1983, primarily for wild turkeys and white-tailed deer. “We enjoy trying to make this property better every year through good management. Hunting is a big part of that.” says Saloom.
Today, Saloom Properties hosts a small hunting club and funnels the income raised through its hunting lease back into property. Saloom is working to restore the longleaf pine forest ecosystem and improve wildlife habitat for deer, turkey, bobwhite quail and the threatened gopher tortoise, among other conservation efforts.
“It’s the hunters who are practicing the really good stewardship. It’s the hunters who want to improve their plot of land and their forest,” he says.
In this section, you’ll learn how forest owners such as Salem Saloom combine recreation and stewardship for the health of the land.
What you’ll find in this section:
- Permitting and Licensing: Ensure you’re following the laws and regulations that govern hunting in your state.
- Managing for Wildlife: How to enrich your property and the wildlife that calls it home by managing for food, cover and water.
- White-tailed deer: An overview of their habitat needs, as well as practical tips and seasonal activities you can do on your land.
- Wild turkeys: An overview of their habitat needs, as well as practical tips and seasonal activities you can do on your land.
- Introducing Your Kids to Hunting: How to turn your children into safe hunters and proud stewards of the land.
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