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White-Tailed Deer Management and Habitat Improvements
The white-tailed deer is the most popular large game species in the eastern United States.  Despite being an uncommon species in many areas less than 50 years ago, it can now be found in every county. They prosper in rural land and suburbia alike and are highly adaptable to a wide diversity of food.  However, good management is required to produce quality deer populations.  There's much more to growing big deer than just trigger control.


Timber Management for Deer

Hunters generally focus on food plots as the first item for improving deer forage.  While this can pay off big in areas with limited agriculture, there is absolutely no substitute for the cover, browse volume, and mast production from forestland.  Most woodlands have either too much mature timber or too much young growth.  Either situation severely limits the potential of forestland.  There are countless ways to reverse this scenario without drastically changing the landscape.  Additionally, the prevalence of invasive species can directly impact the browse availability if not controlled.
Rates vary according to specific services.
Prescribed Burning

While a prescribed fire program is commonly used for species like quail, there are big advantages for deer habitat as well.  It is generally accepted that burning to benefit large game should be done on longer return intervals every 4 - 6 years.  Most hardwoods re-sprout following fire, thus creating immense rich browsing opportunities.  Burning also improves visibility, allowing more diverse stand or blind placement options.  Fire also decreases the density of briar thickets, which improves travel corridors for both deer and hunter if done on small scales.  Lastly, there is strong research to suggest that burning temporarily reduces tick populations, which indirectly impacts fawn survival and adult deer growth.
Contracts generally cost $20-$35 per acre, depending on tract size and habitat conditions.

Food Plots and Shrub Plantings

While food plots aren't always the answer, they can be very valuable on certain properties.  Grains like milo, corn, and soybeans can be super attractive to growing deer, but strategic placement is key for them to be effective.  Cool-season plantings of wheat, clover, peas, rape, turnips, and kale have a magnetic effect for deer herds with limited winter food supply.  We generally recommend a soil test prior to establishing food plots.  Shrub plantings provide soft-mast to deer in the early stages of antler growth.  They also can be planted as shelter-belts, which offer windbreaks for travel or bedding.
We offer partial or turnkey packages for food plots.  Costs can be as low as $100 per acre, but may exceed $400 per acre the first year of establishment.

Our Unique Advantage: Connectivity and Comfort

While each of the above items are important components of a white-tailed deer management program, their effectiveness largely depends on size, placement, and timing.  We work with clients to determine a long-range schedule to minimize costs and maximize benefits of each practice.  Habitat juxtaposition and corridor identification are key items of delivery in the planning process.