Now is a great time to take advantage of the late winter/pre-spring weather and prune trees, and just as importantly take down old useless trees, ones that are dying or dead that might fall in your food plots, or block off a creek or stream. Remove brush and blow downs from access trails and deer travel corridors. It’s also a great time to build brush piles for birds and rabbits and use some of the limb brush to block off trails from the deer, this helps steer them toward food, water and cover.
Don’t wait until you want to plant food plots to do this work as it’s always more time consuming than you would think, get it done now so planting time can be solely focused on planting and not brush removal. Now is a good time to burn off grasses too, anything that can be done right now will get you ahead of schedule, after all Turkey season, prime Crappie fishing and Morel season are approaching and you want to free up some time to plat!
Here we took down several trees that were dead or dying in order to make the property safer, square up some food plots and allow more light in the timber for low growing plants. Many hands and good running chainsaws are a huge help.
Don’t forget two necessities, a fire for cooking some deer loin on lunch break and a first aid kit, luckily I had a sharp knife and an old shirt, which is now missing a few inches off the bottom for a make shift bandage. (No not a chainsaw accident but fixing tractors can be dangerous too. WORK SAFELY). Fortunately I didn’t forget the fire or venison.
Make up some kabobs ahead of time, take bread and cheese and you have a pre-made Philly cheese steak sandwiches that only takes a few minutes to get ready, word of caution, do the heavy lifting before lunch, hard to get motivated after eating like this!!
Until next time, get out there and make our habitat better, God Bless,
Matt Cheever ~ Flatlander