1. Be Ready - The Management Advantage #68


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    Fire is Mother Nature’s original form of management. When used carefully, it can help land managers control a variety of different habitats. This week, we’re in Alabama burning a mid-rotation pine stand to not only help the pines, but also improve the turkey hunting with the season just opening up. The first two steps to a prescribed burn are to apply for a burn permit and make sure your fire breaks are properly prepared. The burn permit will allow the local departments to know it’s a prescribed fire rather than one that is uncontrolled while the fire breaks will help you keep the fire where it needs to be. We’re using a drip torch with 3 parts diesel to 1 part gas. The gas helps with the burn while the diesel allows the mixture to stick to the vegetation. The end result will be a ground layer free of cover. After a good rain, the exposed soil will explode with seeds already present in the seed bank providing a ton of forage heading into the summer months. Fire is one of the most efficient and cost effective forms of management that we can use to improve habitat for deer, turkey, and other wildlife. Whether it’s native grasses in the Midwest or pine stands in the south, if you’re looking for an effective way to improve your land, a prescribed burn is the way to go.

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    • Family Fortune - The Management Advantage #67


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      Last year, we featured the Benjamin Rogue .357 air rifle. This year, they’ve unveiled their new Bulldog and needless to say it has been put to good use in Alabama this season. It is the perfect weapon for antlerless deer harvest and doesn’t spook other deer on the property because of it’s limited noise upon firing. For the past 37 years, Chuck or his father have harvested a deer on the family farm. They set out this year to continue on the tradition with the new Benjamin Bulldog. Not only were they able to continue the tradition, but they also capitalized on the new extended Alabama deer season that lasts into February. Biologists collected conception data for 10 years testing the timing of the rut. The tests found the peak of the rut was in early February. With the peak of the rut coinciding with the time when antlers start to drop, many bucks permanently injure their pedicles fighting each other when they knock antlers off before they’re ready to drop on their own. The permanent injury will forever effect the deer’s antler. We’re often asked the question of what constitutes a “cull buck”. In the south, do not shoot a three year old buck simply because he’s not big. Give the deer a chance to mature and show what he truly holds genetically. Don’t mistake a 3 year old immature buck with one that truly has a physical injury, such as described above, that will limit his potential. A buck with one good side and spike on the other that may have a few points on his base is likely a deer that has received an injury. His rack, or lack thereof, doesn’t mean his is a genetically inferior deer. His strong side is his true potential. We’re also planting long leaf pines on the Sykes’ family farm. Matching the long leafs to the loamy sandy soil sets them up for success. Selecting these trees allows a manager to burn just one year after planting and in combination with native vegetation and cover, will provide optimum wildlife habitat for years to come.

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      • Drop-Tine Seed Co.


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        • Limiting Factors - The Management Advantage #67


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          The key to any piece of property is having the key elements of what a whitetail needs. A landowner needs to identify a property’s strengths and weaknesses then work to fill those. In the case of this property, cover is abundant, but hard and soft mast is sparse. This week, we’re working with Allen Deese of The Wildlife Group on planting mast producing trees to increase the long-term food source. Planting trees is more than just digging a hole and covering a rootball. Careful planning and care must be taken to ensure success. The best time to plant trees is in late fall or winter when trees are dormant. We planted AU Buck Series Chestnuts from The Wildlife Group which offer a continuos drop through the months of September, October, and November. When planting these trees or any trees, be sure to keep the base of the planted tree an inch or so above the soil. Over time, the soil will settle and if you plant the root ball flush with the soil, a depression will form around it and could kill the tree. For your already planted trees, pruning will help ensure proper growth and peak production. Remove protective tubes and any debris that might have collected. Carefully prune any suckers that may be growing from the base of the tree. Cut interior limbs to open up the tree and allow sunlight to reach all parts. Doing so will help growth and allow the tree to produce fruit from all parts rather than just the exterior. When making these cuts be sure to cut them at an angle that prevents water from collecting. If water were to collect on a cut, over time, it could cause disease and rotten spots that could kill the tree. Planting fruit and mast trees isn’t an instant food source, but in the years down the road, you can enjoy the benefits of your work. With proper care and planning the first few years, your tree plantings can provide years of food and help fill “limiting factors” on your property.

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          • Hwange Game Count: The connections between climate change, water and wildlife management


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            This is the third video in the Climate Change Impacts and Imperatives series for the Biosphere Defense Project at the International Institute of Climate Action and Theory's (IICAT). This video utilises the 2014 Hwange National Park 'Game Count' in Zimbabwe as a focus to explore the intersections between climate change, and the management of water and wildlife in Southern Africa. Paired with footage from the count, stakeholders share their own views, as well as those of their organisations, on challenges they face. This case illustrates the intimate connections between climate change and local political ecologies, and re-enforces the call by organisations like IICAT, and the Climate Justice Movement, for stronger climate action. Featuring (in order): Prof Peter Mundy, Department of Forests and Wildlife, National University of Science and Technology (NUST), Zimbabwe Colin DeVilliers, Annual Hwange Game Census coordinator, Wildlife and Environment Zimbabwe (WEZ) Pam Birch, Administrator, WEZ Colin Gillies, Committee Member, WEZ

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            • Wanna Build a Lake?


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              Another short film we produced for the boys at Lochow Ranch, showing off their Liming & Gypsum skills. Nobody knows how to build a lake better than these guys.

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              • Deer & Wildlife Stories - 2015 Show Opener


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                This is the open for every episode of the 2015 season of Deer & Wildlife Stories, nationally televised on Pursuit. This open was filmed, edited and produced by Joshua Milligan, the executive producer for Broken Pine Outdoors.

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                • Bison management on Catalina Island


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                  Calvin Duncan, Wildlife Biologist for the Catalina Island Conservancy, talks about the Conservancy's bison management program.

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                  • Sacred Ground - The Management Advantage #64


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                    A lot of hunters have that place they call home. For Casey, this is his grandpa’s farm where he got his start deer hunting with his brother, dad, and grandpa. Over the years, the hunting turned into managing by being more selective of their harvest, planting food plots and enhancing the habitat by planting Switchgrass. It was a family project and vision shared by the Shoopman family. The last time Casey saw his grandpa was the same day the first Switchgrass seed hit the soil just months before he passed away in 2010. In the years since, the habitat projects as well as the hunting have continued, but not until this year has there truly been a noticeable change in the whitetails on the farm. All the projects and habitat manipulation are progressing and helping hold and attract more deer as well as improve their overall health. The focus of of these enhancements was never concentrated on producing a 200 inch whitetail. Instead, to improve the land and take care of the wildlife that call it home. This year, a buck that had been gone for a few years came back to call grandpa’s farm home. On October 30th, Casey was in a stand along a Pennington food plot when this deer came within range after a snort wheeze. This moment was 4.5 years in the making and the first mature deer had been taken since all the property enhancements had started and grandpa had passed. While the family farm might not be the biggest tract of land or the most pristine whitetail haven, a little work goes a long ways and it is quickly becoming a place that many whitetails want to call their home. The culmination of all of this planning, hard work, and time has done exactly what it was meant to do. It’s for the tradition of family, the heritage of the land, and the animals that call it home. *Casey was married less than a week prior to this hunt. His wedding ring was crafted from a shed antler found on his grandpa’s farm.

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                    • Time Marches On - The Management Advantage #62


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                      The season is here and we’re hitting the ground running by hunting deer, waterfowl, and making the final property assessments as we head into the winter. No matter where we are or who it is, our focus is always on the education of land management and the resources that surround us. It doesn’t matter if it’s clients, wives, girlfriends, or even our children, our focus is on passing knowledge onto others. This is done through a variety of different methods. Some as simple as a walk through the family farm with the kids naming different types of plants. While others, like the how and why of habitat manipulation on the farm, happen over the course of many months. The common goal that we all share at The Management Advantage is educating those around us to improve the resources God has given us to make it a better place for future generations.

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