Land Management Tips
The NWTF offers a full selection of land management tips to attract wildlife to your property. Ideas for everything from testing soil and planting to choosing the right seed will help you improve your property for wildlife. Make sure to try them all, and don't forget to stop by the OutdoorDealHound.com's land management section to order the seeds featured in these tips.
Get the tips and tricks you need for reestablishing native grasses and forbs.
Wheat is an inexpensive and effective way to plant food plots for wildlife. Use these tips from DeltAg President Johnny McRight to get the most out of your winter wheat food plots.
Learn how to improve your soil with these Get in the Game magazine tips.
The NWTF provides high-quality seeds, tree seedlings and land management products at competitive prices through its Project HELP program.
It's time to start planning your fall food plots. Check out these tips about preparing the ground for planting.
If you're a landowner looking to improve wildlife habitat on your property or hunting lease, look no further. Turkey Gold Strut and Rut is a seed blend available by one of the most respected conservation organizations across North America, the NWTF.
Do you want to see more wildlife on your property or lease? Then provide quality food and cover.
Landowners or hunters interested in improving their land for wildlife will find creating openings or planting food plots to be the most effective way. Unfortunately, it is also the most costly. And of those costs, brush control is the largest, most continuous expense. Despite this concern, landowners have three brush control alternatives, all which can be employed for varying costs and with various benefits. These alternatives are mechanical methods, like roll drum chopping or mowing, prescribed burning or applying herbicides.
Finding enough to eat in the winter and early spring can be very challenging for wildlife, but planting mast-producing trees can help provide a quality food source for wildlife during that time of year. Bur oak (Quercus macrocarpa) is native to central and eastern North America and grows to be 70 to 80 feet tall and 2 to 3 feet in diameter. It is a member of the white oak group, which means its acorns mature in a single year and provide good food for wildlife.
Whether you're a large landowner or somebody who only owns a few acres, it's a safe bet that you are interested in how to make your land more suitable for wildlife. If you are looking for a great source of information about managing your land, the NWTF has a great new tool called "Get in the Game: Attracting Wildlife to Your Land," an interactive reference guide and resource planning CD-ROM full of useful information.
According to a Native American legend, corn was the food of the gods that created the earth. In core samples of the lake sediment beneath Mexico City, scientists found fossilized pollen grains of corn believed to be more than 80,000 years old. Corn is also an excellent food source for wildlife.
Very few trees are appreciated more than a flowering dogwood. From Maine to Michigan and Texas to Florida, flowering dogwoods beautify the understory of mature hardwood forests, and decorate communities with their lovely spring flowers and vibrant autumn foliage. Indeed, dogwoods are a year-round favorite, valuable to man and beast.
Here's a quick tip for landowners with wildlife openings or fields that have reseeding annuals and perennials, such as crimson clover and Redland II clover, planted in them. Be sure to lightly harrow these areas during August every two to three years.
No two snowflakes are alike, and the same can almost be said of hawthorns.
Grasses and clovers are good plants to use in your wildlife openings and are especially important to wild turkeys. They offer excellent foraging and brood habitat for adult wild turkeys and turkey poults. These plants produce a large amount of seeds, that benefit mature birds, and attract hordes of insects, the essential element of a young turkey's diet. Additionally, grasses and clovers help control erosion when planted on roads, logging decks and fallow fields.
Wildlife species depend on quality habitat for their livelihood, especially on private property. Private land management plays a critical role in wildlife populations across the country. According to data from the United States Department of Agriculture, nearly 50 percent of the United States (more than 900 million acres) is privately owned cropland, pastureland and rangeland managed by approximately 4.7 million individuals.
While efforts to restore wild turkey populations across North America have been met with phenomenal success, biologists for the NWTF recognize that habitat improvement programs targeted to specific regions also are important in maintaining and improving these populations. Working closely with state and federal wildlife agencies and even a number of corporate partners, the NWTF has created the following habitat programs:
An excellent source of fall and winter food for wild turkeys is peredovic sunflower. This warm-season plant produces small black seeds that are high in oil content and will grow throughout most of the United States.
While good roost areas and water are important for a wild turkey's survival, so are permanent openings in the forest. Openings provide areas of food and cover for adult birds, as well as excellent bugging areas for poults during the spring and early summer. But these areas must be maintained to provide maximum benefits and that starts with planting a quality seed mixture.
If you want to increase survival and growth of tree and shrub seedlings, try using tree shelters. After several growing seasons, a higher percentage of trees will survive with the use of tree shelters than without.
For every successful garden or wildlife food plot you see brimming with ripe tomatoes for people or clover for deer and wild turkeys, it's a good bet the success part started with evaluating the soil.