Introduce yourself

Discussion in 'Introductions and Tests' started by j-bird, Jan 18, 2017.

  1. Mennoniteman

    Mennoniteman Well-Known Member

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    I have an uncle in Washington and get out there from time to time. But I'd love to hear about hunting in Alaska and see some pics! I've been there only once, and instantly recognized it as being a sportsmans paradise.
     
  2. Matt from OH

    Matt from OH New Member

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    Hello all. I'm Matt - I'm an engineer by profession in my mid 40's. I have a wife who's way out of my league and three kids, with one just about to start college. My hunting property is 127 acres of mostly timber in SE Ohio. In addition to hunting, I put a lot of time into timber management on the property, so I'm trying to achieve 2 goals on the same piece of property.

    When I'm not working at the office or on the farm, I'm probably running the sound for my sons' band (If you ask, I'll bore you with endless details and links to their music). I'm also a ruling elder in the PCA.

    I've been following this forum (albeit sporadically) for several years, and I've always been impressed by the collegiality. I'll try to be a little more regular with my posting and reading in the future.
     
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  3. Mennoniteman

    Mennoniteman Well-Known Member

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    Habitat work is a lot of fun, and a great way to de-stress from the more complicated things that life throws at us. The most rewarding part is to observe the fruits of your labor multiplying exponentially on their own with only a few inputs to nudge things in the right direction. Welcome to the discussion of all things Habitat.
     
  4. lakngolf

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    Welcome Matt. Folks here are knowledgeable and care about presentation and demeanor. How close to the river are you?
     
  5. Matt from OH

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    As the proverbial crow flies, I'm about 7 miles from the river. That equates to 19 miles on roads.
     
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    New to food plots and QDM but eager to learn. I was finally able to purchase some land of my own and first thing I did was clear out an acre and plant an orchard with late bearing apple trees. The next year I put in a half acre food plot with daikon radish and beets. I have killed a couple of nice 8 points and my son killed a large bodied 8 last year that dressed 210 lbs. How do you decide when and how many does to harvest? Thank you for your attention.
     
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  7. Mennoniteman

    Mennoniteman Well-Known Member

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    Welcome to the forum. Let me give you a warning on how addictive food plots can be. It can get so bad that you enjoy working on your place more than hunting deer.
    As to how many does to harvest, if you are asking this question you should probably be harvesting more than you have been. The short answer is that if you have deer year round on your property you need to take a doe every now and then to keep a balance. Do your apple trees need caged to protect the trees?Put a cage in your plot to measure the browsing pleasure, if there's a browse line in the woods and planted plots are being used pretty heavily and you see more than three deer at one time in the plots its time to be taking does by multiples. Once you've allowed your place to be overrun with doe groups its a little late, you will see less big bucks, and rebalancing is a lot more difficult.
     
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    I did cage all my trees when I planted them and a couple have been browsed. I have added some dunstan chestnuts this year which they really seem to like. I have not noticed a browse line but we have a lot of honeysuckle and Russian olive as well as small maple and beech trees they grouse on. My preferred method of hunting is still hunting which on 25 acres is limited. Seems every time I try I am getting busted by unseen does. We also have periodic vists by black bears. Fawn recruitment doesn’t seem bothered by the bears that we notice. Gotta admit I am hooked. We have also increased our population of ruffed grouse which I love to hunt and eat. Thanks for the tips.
     
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  9. Drycreek

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    Welcome to the new guys ! Lots of habitat and food plot knowledge on this forum, as well as a couple amateurs like me.
     
  10. WhiteoakJoe

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    I am a Hunter and Landowner from Southern Indiana, here to pick up some tips and share stories with fellow Whitetail Fanatics.
     
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    Welcome Joe, you came to the right place.
     

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