Steves monthly to do list

General

Setting Goals

Lime a-z

What to plant

Creating holding plots

Food plot shapes and sizes

Screening an approach

How many deer do you want

Formulating a plan

Laying out a property/dictating movement

Sanctuaries

Removing does without harming buck hunting

Stand hunting formula

Browse guide

Map reading

Equipment buyers guide

Budgeting your goals

Analyzing adjoining properties

Not over pressuring your deer

Aging deer and evaluating the deer you harvest

Importance of a deer journal

Topics

 

January

Winter scouting (Dec, Jan, Feb, March, April)

Find bedding, feeding and connecting routes

If lack of snow, find rut sign

Tear apart sanctuaries

 

Remove stands (Dec, Jan, Feb)

If leaving out, we do not recommend this, loosen and remove seats

Evaluating year round nutrition(Dec, Jan, Feb, March)

Gauge woody browse production

How much grain is left

How much brassicas

 

Tree dropping for browse (Dec, Jan, Feb)

TSI

Plan for undetected entrance

Forester for tree IDing

Don’t go half way

ID best mast producing trees

ID undesirable trees

Tagging trees to keep for loggers

Do it yourselfers

Know your limits

Hinge cut trees to be left

Lean/notch/angle cut

Girdle technique on large trees

 

Winter tillage (Oct, Nov, Dec, Jan, Feb…do fall tillage in studio at same time)

When winter tillage is the right choice

Over grown areas

Food plot failure

Food source depletion

Great for breaking down debris and lime

Disadvantage when any food is present

Disc (If spraying isn’t an option, repeat 5 days later)

Lime

Light Disc

Frost Seeding

Best in previously planted, low weed areas

Cultipack

Frost seed

Applying fert on top

Traditional planting

Best in thick grass/heavy weed areas

Fert

Light disc

Cultipack

Spray

Seed

Cultipack

Shed hunting (Jan, Feb, March)

Inspect planted food sources

What condition

Will annuals require replanting

Spring rejuvenation

Is frost seeding an option

Amount of exposed soil

Crawling weeds

How much is left

Inspect woody browse areas

Following trails

Inspecting bedding areas

Are they in good locations

Do they provide adequate cover

Is there a shortage of thick bedding areas

Providing ground cover through hinge cutting

Providing ground cover through TSI

Is there a shortage of thermal cover

10’ staggered spruce

10’ staggered cedars

White cedars

Red cedars

Are there advantageous areas to establish bedding areas

Inspect sanctuaries

Do they provide adequate cover

At least 60% ideally thick and nasty blocks w mature 50 yard wide strips

Is TSI or hinge cutting in order

Do they provide adequate woody browse

Water sources

 

 

February

Hinge cutting (Dec, Jan, Feb, March)

Good in sanctuaries and bedding sites

Quarter to 1 acre sized

Position them with hunting in mind

Take advantage of funnels

Think safe approach

OK to leave 1 or 2 oaks

Points

Flats

Hip to chest level, 45 degrees, 70-80% through

 

Deer trail creations (Feb, March, April, May, June, July)  

Dictating movement to deer for hunting

32” wide

Y technique

 

Funnel creation (Feb, March, April, May, June, July)

Dictating movement to deer

Fences

Creak crossings

Blockades

 

Minerals (Feb, March, April, May, June, July, August)

Vitamins for deer

Digestibility

1-2 per 40 acres

Scouting placement

Spring and summer food plot placements

 

Clearing for kill plots (Dec, Jan, Feb, March, April, May, June, July)  

Location

Soil types

Accessibility for hunting

Feeling of safety

Relationship to holding plots

Shape

Size

Blockade

Dozer

Chain saw

 

March

Soil testing (Nov, Dec, Jan, Feb, March, April, May, June, July…also film fall plots intro)

Why important

Random samples

Note the desired planting

 

Frost seeding (March, April)

What will it work with (clovers, birdsfoot trefoil, chicory, alfalfa, with a risk/not is existing stands)

When will it work with existing plots

Need bare dirt

Lack of ground vine weeds

When will it work best on new plantings

Weed free annual plot

Worked ground of existing plots

Risk on fall or winter tilled new ground

Timing

Broadcast at 125% on bare grounds, about 8lbs per acre on existing plots

 

Lime (all months)

What type is required

How much to apply

 

Apple tree pruning (Feb, March, April, before leafy growth begins)

Required yearly

Promotes increased apple production

How to

What to prune

Suckers

Broken or rubbing/crossing branches

Downward pointing branches

Branches pointing almost straight up

Whorls (smaller branch at same level on opposite side of tree)

Only 1 main leader

Neglected trees

Pruned over 3 years

No fert when pruned heavily

New trees

Cut to height of 32” 1st year

Cut ends years 2 & 3

 

April

Spring burns (Feb, March, April, May)

Why burn

Duff control

Chokes plant growth

Releases nutrients back into soil

Weed control

Promotes warm and cool season grasses growth, 20% protein

What areas benefit from burns

Meadows

CRP grounds (check contract for burn dates)

Areas where tree growth not desired

How to burn

Conditions

Humidity between 50-70%

40-60 degrees

Steady wind between 3-7 mph

Supplies

Wear fireproof pants, boots, shirt, gloves, helmet and shield

Water tank

Spray tank

12”x18” piece of reinforced rubber attached to handle

Torch

Disc

Disc strips 20`minimum, we recommend 30` along entire edge

Back burn until 20 yards out

Strip burn back

 

Maintenance fertilizing (April, May, June, July, August)

0-20-20 at 300# per acre.

Apply fertilizer when plants are dry.

 

Native forage fertilizing (April, May, June, July)

Pell lime and 13-13-13 fert 100/100 per acre

 

Mast tree fertilizing (April, May)

pH test 6.5-7

Must be done in spring

First few years, 2 cups around drip line, Mature, ½ ice cream pail apple trees/full for oaks max

10-10-10 slow release fert

Clover and alfalfa food plot creation (March, April, May, early June, late July, August)

Spray

Disc

Fert & Lime

Light disc

Clutipack

Spray

Broadcast

Cultipack

 

May

Hanging in-woods stands (March, April, May, June, July, August)

Keeps deer ignorant

Trim fairly aggressive

3’ shooting lanes

All trails, 4 directions

If stands limited, remove

Return later to add safety accessories

 

Tree plantings for cover &/or apple trees (April, May, early June)

Do it right or don’t bother

10’ rows/10` spacing, staggered

Don’t plant too deep or mound

Water

No fert first 2 years

Protect

 

Native grass plantings(March, April, May, early June)

Plant fall/winter annual option

Spray

Burn

Drill ¼-1/2” deep

 

June

Fruit tree maintenance (May, June, July, August)

Water

Check protections

 

Grain plots (May, June, early July)

Round Up Ready seeds

Drill

Double plant

 

Pond creations (All months)

Location

Between bedding and feeding

Just inside woods, next to food

Should collect some runoff

Soil type determines is liner is required

 

Mowing clovers and alfalfa (May, June, July, August, early Sept)

Leave 4-6” tall

Don’t mow during drought

Helps clover to be bailed, alfalfa must be

 

July

Salvaging food plots (June, July, August)

Clovers will often rebound with fall rains

Water tank option

Must water twice a week

Water late afternoons

 

Soil testing for fall plots (All months)

Why important

Random samples

Note the desired planting

 

Maintenance spraying of grain plots (June, July, August)

Spray w Round Up

 

Maintenance spraying for alfalfa and clovers (June, July, August)

Spray with Select during non-drought period

 

Clover and alfalfa food plot creatio  (March, April, May, early June, late July, August)

Spray (optional)

Disc

Fert & Lime

Light disc

Clutipack

Spray

Broadcast

Cultipack

 

 

August

Fall boost fertilizing (July, August, early Sept)

0-20-20 or similar fertilizer at the rate of 300# per acre

Apply fertilizer when plants are dry.

Contact fertilizer

 

Revisit in-woods stands (August, Sept)

Cut odors like hunting

Don’t be extra quiet

Check shooting lanes

Add tree strap

Add lifeline

 

“Planting” scrape trees (March, April, May, June, July, August, Sept, Oct, Nov)

Appropriate tree

Soda-coffee can diameter

Potential licking branches

15-30 yards in front of stand, dig 2.5-3` hole

Place tree in hole, point licking branch towards stand and pack solidly

 

Using scouting cameras effectively (June, July, August, Sept, Nov, Dec, Jan, Feb)

Testing

Sound

Range

Detection

Categorize

Undetectable

Detectable

Do no harm

Deodorize

Low impact

Timing

Trips

Between trips

Locations

Routes

Placement of detectable

Minerals, bait piles and ponds

Everywhere else, elevate

7-10’off the ground

Single shot mode

 

September

Broadcasting brassicas with beans (August, Sept)

Won’t produce to the extent of plantings, but nice supplement

Works best 1 state south of Canadian boarder

Plots must offer bare dirt

Time before leaf drop

Broadcast at recommended rate

Deer census (August, Sept, Oct)

Place cameras on one corn pile per 40 acres on small properties, 100 acers on large

If baiting illegal, place cameras on every food plot pond

Leave for 14 days

Run the numbers

Divide individual bucks (A) by total buck occurrences (B) A/B=C

Multiply total number of does (D) by C to determine number of does (E) D*C=E

Multiply total number of Fawns (F) by C to determine number of fawns (G) F*C=G

Multiply C, E & G by 1.11 for best estimate of buck, doe and fawn populations

Divide corrected number of does/corrected number of bucks for number of does per buck

Divide corrected number of fawns/corrected number of does for number of does per buck

Add corrected number of bucks, does & fawns for total number of deer

 

Setting harvest goals (August, Sept, Oct)

ID individual bucks

Estimate age

ID potential of 3.5 yr old and older bucks

Number of tines

Length of tines

Length of main beams

Junk

Formulate hit list

Inferior bucks

Superior bucks

Determine number of does

30% removal to maintain population

Minimum of 2 does for every buck to tighten ratio

 

Formulating a hunting strategy ((August, Sept)

IDing stands for phase of season

Early

Scrape

Rut

Post rut

Late season

IDing stands for wind directions

 

Hanging edge stands (July, August, Sept, Oct, Nov, Dec, Jan)

Cut odors

Limit shooting lanes during season

Logging hunts (Sept, Oct, Nov, Dec, Jan)

Stand hunted

Clean entrance?

If yes, explain

Wind direction and speed

Temp

Condition

Clear/partly cloudy/overcast

Precipitation

Humidity

Barometric pressure

Snow cover

Deer sightings

Bucks

Name

Unknowns

Estimated age

Points and score

Activities (feeding, patrolling, seeking, chasing, fighting, breeding, traveling)

Does

Activities

Were fawns present

How many

Any nursing witnessed

Fawns

Doe or buck

Activities

Busted on stand?

If yes, explain

Busted on exit?

If yes, explain

 

October

Data collecting on kills (All season long)

Date

Sex

Does

Is she actively lactating

If no, do her teats show signs of lactation

Bucks

Is the rack busted

Gross score

Show how to score

Weight

General appearance

Estimate age on jaw

Fat accumulation

Excessive

Average

Limited

Absent

 

 

Scrape Hunting (late Oct, early Nov)

Wait for peak scraping (last week of Oct in Upper Midwest)

Focus on heavily used scrapes where bucks feel safe

Hunt downwind side

Stop focusing on scrapes once serious chasing begins (Nov 5thish in Upper Midwest)

 

Hunting Doe Bedding areas (late Oct, Nov, early Dec)

Wait for peak scraping

Hunt downwind side of defined bedding areas

Good through all of Nov

 

November

Fall tillage (Nov, Dec, Jan, Feb)

When fall tillage is the right choice

Over grown areas

Food plot failure

Food source depletion

Great for breaking down debris and lime

Disadvantage when any food is present

Disc

Lime

Light Disc

Frost Seeding

Best in previously planted, low weed areas

Cultipack

Frost seed

Applying fert on top

Traditional planting

Best in thick grass/heavy weed areas

Fert

Light disc

Cultipack

Spray

Seed

Cultipack

 

Hunting funnels (Late Oct, Nov, early Dec)

What are funnels

Necks

Pinches

Ridges

Erosion cuts

Saddles

Benches

Rises in swamps

Best

Separate bedding areas

Bedding and food or water

Food or water and food or water

Setting multiple stands for wind

 

Hunting ponds (All season)

Northern ponds vrs Midwest

Best locations

Paired with food

In-woods

Blocking ponds for shot angle

Downwind side

 

Hunting food sources (All season)

Wind factor

Know your deer

Blow into areas they aren’t coming from

Safe vrs best

Getting out

Backdoor option

Waiting them out

Drive off

Spooking with snort, bark or howl

 

Hunting sanctuaries (Nov)

Limit to once or twice all season

Wait for conditions to be perfect

Get in extra early and try to stay all day

 

December

Hunting travel corridors (All season)

Locate buck

Locate trail

Use track catcher or cameras to determine bedding area

Set stand and hunt

 

Morning hunting buck bedding areas (Mid Oct, Dec and Jan)

Works when buck is bedded distance from food source

Get in extra early

Wind must be right

Don’t get frustrated

 

Removing does (Early season and late season)

Low impact stands round edge of property

Minimize does leading bucks to neighbors

Reduce freeloaders

Minimize impact on buck hunting

Target does with nubbin bucks

 

Reevaluate plan (Dec, Jan, Feb, March)

What worked

What didn’t

What is property’s strengths

What are the weaknesses

What level of food was available each month

What condition is the herd in and what needs to be addressed

 

 

General

Setting Goals

Lime a-z

What to plant

Creating holding plots

Food plot shapes and sizes

Screening an approach

How many deer do you want

Formulating a plan

Laying out a property/dictating movement

Sanctuaries

Removing does without harming buck hunting

Stand hunting formula

Browse guide

Map reading

Equipment buyers guide

Budgeting your goals

Analyzing adjoining properties

Not over pressuring your deer

Aging deer and evaluating the deer you harvest

Importance of a deer journal and habitat improvement journal

Soil types and how to use each

Determining how much food you need

The different tiers of browse quality and what it tells you about your deer herd

When to harvest doe

Ground blinds and shooting houses

and habitat improvement journal

Soil types and how to use each

Determining how much food you need

The different tiers of browse quality and what it tells you about your deer herd

When to harvest doe

Ground blinds and shooting houses


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