Seasonal Management Activities
Interest in deer management usually runs high in the fall, but there are activities you can do on your land year-round to help boost the size and health of the deer population. Use this checklist as a guide.
- Planting and maintaining food plots
- Pruning mast-producing trees when trees are dormant (usually late February/early March, depending on where you live).
- Fertilizing mast-producing trees and patches of native vegetation.
- Planting young dormant trees in early spring.
- Protecting seedlings/young trees from wildlife.
- Planting food plots for warm-season consumption. (Follow these tips on what to plant).
- Mowing perennial food plots for weed control.
- Thinning tree stands.
- Establish watering holes.
- Discing (mid to late spring) to encourage warm-season forbs.
- Prescribed burns (early spring) to stimulate legumes and forbs.
- Irrigating food plots during dry summer months.
- Planting food plots for cool-season consumption.
- Discing at this time of year will encourage cool-season forbs.
- Plant food plots for winter.
- Prescribe burns to stimulate spring-time growth of legumes and forbs.
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