Managing your property for great deer hunting and better habitat for deer doesn’t take a slew of degrees in rocket science. Nor does it take a biology degree to manage deer. Common sense works for those projects whether you have a small tract or are in a club with a lot of land.
Veteran land manager and habitat specialist Steve Bartylla has hunted private and public lands for decades. He’s made mistakes and had great successes, in the stand and with his habitat improvement tips. Find out some of his insights in this episode of Grow ’em Big about managing the deer herd on your property and what you can do to make it better.
Grow ’em Big, Season 2 Episode 18. Originally published Oct. 5, 2016. Use Common Sense to Manage Deer
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Solidly grounded in Bartylla’s wealth of experience, this buck hunting guide seeks to help real-world hunters take their craft to the next level. Chapters in his super book “Big Buck Secrets” include comprehensive instruction on everything from scouting new hunting areas – including public land, to calling strategies, hunting during the rut, understanding mature buck behavior, aggressive and creative techniques, and more – all aimed to help you bag the biggest buck of your life.