Six Inexpensive Ways to Improve Deer Habitat

This topic is probably better suited to the off-season rather than right in the heart of deer season, but I received this in an e-mail earlier today and thought I would pass it along to the H-365 crowd.

This information comes from the October/November newsletter from Grayson County (Texas) County Extension Agent Chuck Jones.

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Looking for one inexpensive way to improve your deer habitat? North Texas Ag Extension agent Chuck Jones says getting rid of invasive cedar trees is a good start (FWS photo).

Six inexpensive ways to improve your deer habitat

1. Cut your cedars. One cedar with a six-foot crown takes up 28 feet. That is a lot of area that you could be growing food for deer.


2. Disk up areas to stimulate forb growth.

3. Fertilize already present native vegetation — the nitrogen will increase the crude protein and enhance mast production.

4. Thin some trees to allow light penetration thus stimulating understory growth and creating more browse opportunities.

5. Shred some areas. This will stimulate regrowth and the newly grown leaves will be very palatable to deer.

6. If you need food plots to add a little more diversity or to help hold some deer, then I recommend the area not to exceed 5% of your overall habitat.


About hunting365

Lynn Burkhead is a blessed man who digs being alive to know, live for, and worship the Creator; being married to his babe, Charissa; and being "Dad" to Katie, Zach, and Will. Professionally, he is a nationally recognized outdoor writer who served as an associate editor, senior writer, and blog columnist for the Web site for much of this decade. Burkhead has also been a deer hunting columnist and fishing fundamentals columnist for Texas Fish & Game magazine as well as serving as a hunting columnist for Southern Sporting Journal magazine. Finally, he has been a busy freelance writer and photographer for more than a decade with hundreds of byline credits appearing in such places as, Bowhunt America, Bowhunter, Buckmasters, Field & Stream,, Great Plains Game & Fish, Louisiana Game & Fish, Lone Star Outdoor News, North American Whitetail, Oklahoma Game & Fish, Outdoor Life,, Rocky Mountain Game & Fish, Texas Sporting Journal, and Texas Sportsman. When time permits, you'll typically find him outside with a bow, a shotgun, a fly rod, or a Nikon camera in his hand. View all posts by hunting365

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