My Master Plan
So first I’d like to say I’m sorry for saying I would post and then not. Being a college student I have some higher priorities sometimes, and this week that was an organic chemistry exam. So once again I apologize.
Now back to the topic of the post. This coming January I’m implementing an enormous project on the property I hunt. I’m going to give a brief overview of the entire plan itself and then give the details of what I’m calling “Phase 1” of this project, which will get started in January. So here we go.
My master plan is an overall project to raise the health of the deer herd not only on the property, but in the entire area. As we all know deer have a much larger home range than we would like them too, and most deer don’t stay inside our property lines. So not only am I trying to draw deer onto my property, but raise the health of the deer that venture off the property as well. Through proper planting of food plots, mineral intake, and feeding. I hope to accomplish my goal.
In “Phase 1” of this project. I’ll take part in living my small dream of being a lumber jack. I’ll be clearing the boundaries of the locations I’ve selected for my food plots, reshaping openings, and creating possible enter/exit points for deer. But these are just teasers to this part of the project. The part I’m most excited about is what I’m calling my “Pinch Point Plot”. I’ve selected a 1 acre square wooded lot. I plan to cut and mow down anything that stands taller than 3 inches! Then with the help of a Bobcat Loader, I’m going to push all the brush to the perimeter of the plot. Hopefully blocking any access points except for the North corner of the plot, I’ll leave a 15-20 yard opening in this corner. By doing this I hope to create only one access point to this plot, my pinch point. At the North corner I’m going to open up a 20 yard or so clearing to put stands on, that’s where I’ll hopefully be able to catch anything that travels in and out of this plot. Going north from that opening I’ll blaze a trail to the field opening about 100 yards long, just as insurance to funnel the deer into the plot more. But that’s the biggest part of “Phase 1” that I’m excited for.
By creating this pinch point plot, I hope to raise the amount of deer I see on a hunt. But at the same time, there’s a method behind my madness. See in the peak of the rut, mature bucks don’t just go barging out into the open. They’ll scent check a field on the downwind side, and if there’s a estrus doe in that field they’ll come out. But hopefully with my barrier that I’ll be creating on the edge of the plot. The only access point will be that north corner, and that’s where I’ll be sitting with my Hoyt Vector to stop anything that gets my blood pumping. Now you might be asking, “How can you be sure does will be in that plot?”. Well with proper plot management I hope to tackle that question. See my main food source I’ll be putting in the ground in the spring is going to be a chicory source. It’s a proven perennial that I won’t have to replant every spring, as long as I take care of it in the summer months. But as it begins to fade away in the fall (not entirely), the deer will look for new sources. That’s where once again the pinch point plot comes into play. Sure in the spring I’ll put out a clover source or something in that plot, just to keep something in the ground there. But in the last few weeks of July I’ll turn that clover over, allow for the nitrogen to return to the soil and let it sit for a few weeks. Then towards the end of August I’ll plant a fall and winter favorite to Whitetails, brassicas! These will provide more than enough food for the autumn and winter months. This is what I hope to be the key ingredient to the pinch point plot. Increasing doe traffic in the fall and hopefully increasing the buck traffic as well.
Below I’ve posted rough google earth sketches of these plans.
To wrap it up that’s just the beginning of my plan. I’ll share more on the individual plots and my other plans as I continue this blog. Along with some of the products I’ll use, and reviews of these products. Thanks again for your time and reading my blog.
Happy Hunting Folks!