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Developing land for deer & other wildlife

Posted By: HS2

Developing land for deer & other wildlife - 09/15/14 05:16 PM

I am about to purchase 26 acres of land in east Texas. It backs up to miles and miles of state-owned forest land that has water. My piece had timber cut on it 12 years ago and has grown up in some pines & small hardwoods, but is packed thick with yaupon and brush. I plan to clear part of it and plant timber, but would like to plant some trees to attract deer, hogs, & varmints for hunting.

I know that I can plant crabapples, persimmons, maybe acrons or pecans, but what other advice can you give me for what to plant to attract wildlife. I plan to keep this property in the family for a long time and want to have a place where future generations can hunt.
Any suggestions? If you could do anything with this, what would you do?
Posted By: cameron00

Re: Developing land for deer & other wildlife - 09/15/14 08:36 PM

Wild plums form thickets that deer and hogs love both for the fruit and for the bedding qualities.

26 acres ain't a whole lot of land to be planting a whole lot on though. I'd just do a small food plot and some fruit trees, but hear this:

If you're not willing to put up cages around each individual tree, do not even bother planting. The animals will wipe them out as seedlings.
Posted By: huntindude

Re: Developing land for deer & other wildlife - 09/16/14 09:15 PM

+1 on the wildplums and the trees with cages. Its a heartache. Texas forest service has list of trees they sell, but you cant get just one or two. And there a Nursery in Livingston, Texas that the forest services has on there web site that also sells trees in large quantities though. Hope the info helps eric
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Posted By: wtjim

Re: Developing land for deer & other wildlife - 09/17/14 04:29 AM

Thin pines everywhere, especially around your mast producing hardwoods and fertilize them. Strategically plant low growing thicket style like plum or honeysuckle. Deer eta heck out of the yaupon so be thrifty in clearing that. Add your food plots should be good.
Posted By: Erathkid

Re: Developing land for deer & other wildlife - 09/25/14 11:13 PM

Keep all the yaupon. Thin the pines if they're getting too thick, only in the middle of the property. Leave evergreens around the boundaries for concealment. Clear a 1-2 acre field (if possible) in the middle of the property, using existing deer trails as your guide. Make sure water is close by and stay out as much as possible before hunting season. That should do it. Hunt the wind from an elevated position.
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