Use Common Sense to Manage Your Deer

Published on October 5, 2016 by Alan Clemons

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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