Secrets to Great Hunting Land; 3 Essentials

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3 Essentials for Great Hunting Land!

whitetail deer

Deer like most wildlife species spend most of their time in what we call Edge areas.

These Edge areas are basically the place where the Three Essentials of all Wildlife Habitat exist, Food, Water, and Cover.

If you understand these essentials and how they apply to Whitetail Deer, and have them on your land then the deer will stay here.




In this part of the country, water is seldom a problem with plentiful wetlands, ponds, streams, lakes and puddles just about everywhere.

In the event that you do not have any water nearby, it won’t take much for us to create a pond for you.

whitetail deerFood

This is an important consideration to understand and understand well, and consider that deer have certain foods that they can eat during the summer and others that they can eat in the winter.

If their populations get too high, it is easy for them to deplete these foods and spend the winter starving.

During the summer months they do well with forbes and grasses along with lots of agricultural crops.

During the winter, their diet changes and grasses are no longer going to keep them going; this is the time when they start out with acorns and other nuts along with twigs and buds.

In the Northern counties the snow and lack of oak trees means that their diet is especially dependent on young growth (they love clearcuts).

Often times we will find deer starving if there numbers exhaust the supply of these young twigs and mercy drops of hay will not help as their digestive enzymes cannot properly digest this in the winter.


Cover whitetail deer

Cover serves two purposes, both as a place to hide and as a place of protection from the elements.

During the summer, fawn predation is a big problem so good dense hardwoods are great places to stash the fawns while mom goes off to eat.

And during the winter thermal cover, such as a Pine, Spruce or Hemlock forest are welcome sites for deer as these places will generally be at least 10 degrees warmer and the wind-chill is cut down here too.


forest trailThe Edge Combo with a twist.

Now that we have lightly covered the big three, let’s talk about a few highly desired combos.

During the winter, travel is difficult and uses up many calories so deer would prefer to have a nice aspen clearcut right next to a dense conifer stand.  Of course this is not always possible, but the closer we can get to this the better.

During the summer, we can create openings and plant all kinds of goodies for them to munch on or we can buy a forested parcel right next to a farmer who is already growing tasty treats.

The key is to have the cover as close to the food as possible.

On twist to understand is that deer may be able to jump over and under fences, brush, down trees and things like this, but they really do not want to.Woodland Managment Service Wildlife Plan Map

So to maximize this habitat we not only need to make sure we are covering all of their needs, but we need to have good travel lanes or trails going between Food, Water and Cover, and if you do your trails right, they can also be a great place to plant additional food (we generally plant our trails down with clover).

If you would like any help in finding the perfect wildlife haven or in creating one, give me a call, I can help.





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Kat Palmiotti
Grand Lux Realty, 914-419-0270, - Monroe, NY
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Interesting overview of what is needed for good hunting land - and could also be of use to hunters trying to find the right spot in a forest to wait!

Jan 09, 2017 03:29 AM #1
James Dray
Fathom Realty AR LLC - Bentonville, AR
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Good morning Bob.  Back in the day I loved to hunt, deer, squirrel you name it I hunted.  I haven't been in about 10 years.  I do miss it so

Jan 09, 2017 03:45 AM #2
Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
Realty National - Carlsbad, CA
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Seems pretty basic for all to keep in mind when viewing property with hunting in mind. Folks shopping for hunting land in your area need to be using you!

Jan 09, 2017 08:57 AM #3
Cody Carmen
Adhi Schools, LLC - Rancho Cucamonga, CA
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Very interesting information. There is a lot more to the function of nature than "the woods" and this is great evidence of that fact. 

Jan 09, 2017 09:47 AM #4
Randy Hilman, Associate Broker
Randy Hilman Homes - Moultonborough, NH
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Bless your heart Bob Crane.  They're so cute.  You don't really shoot them, do you? I could get pretty angry when those critters ate my hostas, azaleas  and yews (which they are not supposed to like).  We backed up to a nature center, so I couldn't easily thin the herd, if you take my meaning. So, and much to my ex's delight, I started buying 50 pound bags of corn and spilling the contents onto a large flat rock about 200 yards away in the woods.  The little fuzzies took to it immediately and seemed to favor the kernals over the munchies in my planting beds.  Of course it didn't take long to begin averaging a bag a day.  I got to be pretty good friends with the men at the local coop sales counter and the John Deere showroom.  I bought a Gator to haul the stuff to the feeding station.  I don't live in that home anymore.  And, I've returned to real estate sales.

Jan 09, 2017 12:36 PM #5
Lee Potts
Aloha Group Maui - Lahaina, HI
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Very intersting - thanks for sharing your expertise!

Jan 09, 2017 02:26 PM #6
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
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I don't know much about hunting but this is a rich kind of a knowledgebase you have. Love and light!

Jan 10, 2017 11:57 PM #7
Sally Crane
WMS - Unity, WI
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Hi Bob,  so for the hunting enthusiast a few well stocked/groomed edge plots may be very beneficial.

Jan 12, 2017 06:27 PM #8
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