You won’t know how to get a big buck consistently if you don’t know how to grow big bucks. In Episode 2 of the new deer management show Grow ’em Big with Steve Bartylla, you can learn how to manage for deer sustainability while managing land and property for bigger deer. It all starts with you managing your expectations.
What kind of benefit do you want to achieve with your deer habitat management goals? Do you want to see more deer? Have fewer numbers but grow bigger deer? Do you want your friends and family to come and have a great time watching deer? What kind of habitat do you have now and what do you want to do?
WATCH: Episode 1 of Grow ’em Big
What are your budget and time allowances? Will you be able to put in the time necessary to meet your goals? Will you run out of money or have to cut corners?
Everyone’s ideas and goals differ, of course, just as properties differ. The best way to define your goals is to figure out what you want and then start asking questions. And answer your questions honestly. Don’t fudge on your answers.
Bartylla believes habitat management is a lot like being a carpenters who have big tool chest. But a carpenter doesn’t use a tool that’s not right for the job just to say he used it, and you shouldn’t try to do something that’s not right for your property just to say you did it. Figuring out what you want, what your property can handle best and whether you can achieve that goal is the best route.
Grow ’em Big episodes also will include top-shelf information that can be applied to any land management program. Topics such as food plot creation, design and sustainability; forest management tactics for big-buck bedding areas; mineral sites that deer actually use; scent control methods that fool mature bucks; and treestand and ground blind placement for optimal hunting success will be covered in detail during every show.
Bartylla is widely considered to be one of the top private-land whitetail managers in North America. His outdoor writing credits include hundreds of bylines in magazines such as Deer & Deer Hunting, North American Whitetail, Buckmasters and Whitetail Journal. He is also a co-host for Deer & Deer Hunting TV, the No. 1 rated prime-time hunting program last fall on NBC Sports.
To watch the first episodes of Grow ’em Big, click here.
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