OK - I have never done a "land tour" sort of thread, but I thought since we are all starting from scratch again I may give it a try. I'm going to start with some big picture stuff and then get into my journey thus far and then move into more recent updates and the like. I hope it's fairly picture heavy as that seems to get folks going. This is going to be a work in progress, but I gotta get started sooner or later. When I got married my wife was left 1/2 (we later bought out her brother half) of her dads farm in Decatur County IN......at the time the entire farm was 170 acres. That was 1996. It's a true farm, corn and soybeans dominated with the only concern being to maximize every acre they could. The property had timber cut a decade or two prior to that where they removed all the high dollar trees and left all the junk. Below is a large overview of the surrounding area. I think it's important to understand how your specific property fits into the local area. I think lots of folks tend to see their property as an "island" and the deer tend to not see it that way. As you can see with all the light brown and green areas here my area is GROSSLY dominated by row crops (corn, soybeans and sometimes winter wheat). Only the dark brown areas are hardwoods or brush and are the areas of cover for the deer. I figured it up once and in my area the percentage of actual cover for deer is roughly only 20% of the available land available. it's tough to have many deer when you don't have many places for them to hide. I estimate I have a deer density of 20 ~ 30 dpsm (deer per square mile). That sounds pretty good....however you have to remember that is 20 or 30 deer per square mile of deer habitat.....NOT 20 to 30 deer per physical square mile. Here is a more close up of roughly a mile in each direction. It's difficult to tell by the pictures but the area pretty darn flat. The only real changes in elevation are in the areas of the streams. This tends to make the ground too steep and not able to be farmed well and as such tends to be where the trees are. Since I didn't clarify North is "up". The soil here is a sandy loam - for those that don't know what that is that means there is very little clay - if you try to make a ball out of the soil it will crumble. This however means it drains pretty well. We do real well growing corn and soybeans....not "IOWA" type good, but this area is considered part of the "corn belt". Since Steve B asked - here is a topo - the property lines are not exact but you get the idea. Here is the "close up" of the entire place. The north side of the road contains a horse pasture - which we have since parted ways with because my wife refused to allow me to turn it into habitat. The narrow strip of timber at the far north contains a basin due to a stream and contains various native hardwoods (maples, oaks, poplar, hickory, beech and ash). The south of the road has our house and barns, barn lot and grain dryer. It also has a large stream that makes up roughly the south property line. The southern most field is in a flood plain from the stream and is lower in elevation. This property has different hardwoods because of the elevated water content. Boxelder, buckeye, sycamore, hackberry and walnut dominate here with a few oaks as well. My oaks are typically Northern Red Oak, Burr Oak and Chinkapin Oak (native not DCO). Most of these oaks are few in number but are producing some mast. We will get into the condition of the "woods" later.