Frost Seeding

Are you looking for an easier way to plant food plots, save on equipment use, and take much less time...
Are you looking for an easier way to plant food plots, save on equipment use, and take much less time doing it? It you hunt in the portion of the world where the ground stays frozen for most of the winter and even early spring, then frost seeding maybe a planting method that you may want to try. Frost seeding is simply applying your seed to the top of frozen, or snow covered ground. The slow process of thawing and...
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Newell Wildlife Services — “Creating Healthy Huntabl...

Big bucks and long beards have always been a passion of Mark Newell, owner and operator of Newell Wildlife Services....
Big bucks and long beards have always been a passion of Mark Newell, owner and operator of Newell Wildlife Services. Fueled by this passion, Mark pursued a degree in wildlife biology to further study the critters he loves to hunt. Mississippi State University, one of the premier schools in the country for its natural resource innovations, became his home for several years. However, some of the professionals and professors at MSU told him that a wildlife degree is not enough...
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How to Properly Obtain Survey Data

Data is one word that can make or break your management program. It’s the Achilles’ heel of managing anything from...
Data is one word that can make or break your management program. It’s the Achilles’ heel of managing anything from warehouse inventory to your deer camp. Just as in anything in life, if you put garbage in, you get garbage out. Taking a little time to plan your method of attack on how to obtain proper, representative data can go a long way come deer season. Because wildlife management isn’t an exact, set-in-stone science and practice, it takes a little...
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Increasing Your Successfulness in Harvesting a Matur...

Reality. Life. Whatever you want to call it, it has definitely found its way into my world this year. Up...
Reality. Life. Whatever you want to call it, it has definitely found its way into my world this year. Up until this year I have always had a work schedule that was flexible enough that I could take off when ever I wanted to spend in the woods. This flexible work schedule has allowed me to hunt more than the average Joe, therefore giving me the opportunity to be more successful as well. This year, however, has been a different...
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The Perfect, Private, and Plain Hunting Plot

One late afternoon in central Mississippi I was sitting in one of my favorite food plots hidden deep in the...
One late afternoon in central Mississippi I was sitting in one of my favorite food plots hidden deep in the pine jungles of leased timber company land. With less than thirty minutes of shooting light a group of does entered nervously in the upper end of the food plot. They only took a few bites of “greens” threw their heads up and hurried out of the field. The wind was in my face, which caused me to believe that there...
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Creating Healthy Huntable Habitats in the South: Pin...

There are two iconic pictures that always come to mind when thinking of the south: Elvis Presley and pine plantations....
There are two iconic pictures that always come to mind when thinking of the south: Elvis Presley and pine plantations. It is also ironic when thinking of these two that jungles come to mind: the jungle room in Elvis’ Graceland mansion and the pine jungles of the forest where the white-tailed deer finds its home. This article has nothing to do with Elvis, but it does have something to say about creating a healthy huntable habitat within the jungle like...
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Best Choice for Perennial Plot

As a professional Land Manager I would have to say that across the board, the most frequent question I receive...
As a professional Land Manager I would have to say that across the board, the most frequent question I receive from future food plotters is “What’s the best choice for a perennial food plot?” To be quite honest, no matter how many times I field that question, I never get tired of giving the answer. It’s easy to answer because there is only one answer! Whether you are in the red clay dirt of Georgia, the Black-Foot soils of the Midwest or...
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The Magic Of Food

Ever wonder why the biggest bucks tend to live in our most productive agricultural regions, like the Midwest, Central Canada...
Ever wonder why the biggest bucks tend to live in our most productive agricultural regions, like the Midwest, Central Canada and the wonderfully productive irrigated alfalfa country of the Plains and Prairies and West. There are huge bucks in these areas. Why is that? The answer is simple – lots of high-quality food.Well, you may not be able to hunt these hot agricultural areas, but you can have the same high-quality nutrition as these places where you hunt…with food plots!Food plots...
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What are the Potential Negatives of Supplemental Fee...

Potential Negatives of Supplemental FeedingAlthough there are many positive aspects to a supplemental feeding program, there are also several potentially...
Potential Negatives of Supplemental FeedingAlthough there are many positive aspects to a supplemental feeding program, there are also several potentially negative aspects. Thanks to researchers at the Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute at Texas A&M University-Kingsville, and cooperating landowners who are funding the research, we now know a lot more about these potentially negative aspects.Drs. Charlie DeYoung, Tim Fulbright, and David Hewitt initiated a long-term, large-scale supplemental feeding study back in 2003 on two large, private ranches in the western...
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Improving Nutrition

You’ve heard the saying, “You are what you eat.” Is that ever true in deer management! Poor food, poor deer...
You’ve heard the saying, “You are what you eat.” Is that ever true in deer management! Poor food, poor deer – good food, good deer. It’s just that simple. No other area of deer management has the potential to make such a difference in deer quality…and quantity…as nutrition. And, is there ever a need to do it!In many places, long-term overcrowding has so damaged native habitat that nutritious browse has all but disappeared. And, even reducing deer numbers won’t necessarily...
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How To Improve Your Supplemental Feeding Program - P...

How Many Feeders Are Necessary?A recent study, by Marc Bartoskewitz and Dr. David Hewitt at Texas A&M University-Kingsville, answers this...
How Many Feeders Are Necessary?A recent study, by Marc Bartoskewitz and Dr. David Hewitt at Texas A&M University-Kingsville, answers this question better than any previous study. They examined supplemental feed use by free-ranging deer on three south Texas ranches with three different feeder densities. Feed provided at each ranch was laced with the biomarkers tetracycline during summer and chromium oxide during winter. The tetracycline permanently stained the teeth of deer that ate feed laced with this biomarker during summer. Jawbones...
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The Big 3 in Land Management for Deer

If the amount of deer sighting’s and harvests on your hunting property have progressively slowed over the years or dropped...
If the amount of deer sighting’s and harvests on your hunting property have progressively slowed over the years or dropped considerably in a short period of time, chances are your property is in need of a serious management evaluation. It is one thing to see a few deer now and again but when your hunting grounds turn from party town to ghost town seemingly overnight, then its time to take a closer look.Whitetails are creatures of habit and once their...
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