Well the plan is to keep a pretty hefty supply of groceries on property...protein, corn, and 3 food plots. My theory is that if the groceries are there, so will the animals. There are some large multi acre lakes on the property and nice creek during times of wet weather.
Myself and a buddy are co-managing the lease. The guys we are leasing too all seem to be on board with the feeding program, and it is required in the lease rules to have a protein feeder and to keep it stocked from Feb 1 to Sept 1 however I know that as soon as the protein bills start piling up, so does the resistance to keep it going. Thats what happened on my last lease anyway, and the first five years with the protein, we shot several in the 140's and a couple 150's. The last several years with no feeding program, the biggest deer killed has barely broken 140. We know all of the guys and have hunted with most of them in the past on our old lease, so while I always expect the worst, Im hoping these guys adhere to the rules. Everyone is "management minded" until the bills start rolling in seems, lol.
We are implementing some strict harvest rules as well as pertaining to what is a shootable deer. Im hoping no 3 year old deer will ever be shot on this place unless its just some sort of cull. We're going to do as much as we can with coyotes but with no one living on the property full time and an owner that is not local, we won't be able to actively control them.
So, with all that said, From the research I've done over the last few days, and the responses on here I think the chances of us being able to maintain a population of exotics would be difficult at best. It would be difficult anywhere I know, but I think we are just a bit too far north to invest any significant money.
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