Yep I get it. However, the land I am talking about hunting in is not my own. So cutting down trees, is a huge thing for me, and I won't do it to someone else's property; without permission. I realize that you may not have known that, since from the post's that I have read, almost everyone own's something, or really knows the owner really well, etc. I am not in that area.
I was going to go to the owner and offer him/her my services to eliminate their groundhog problem, which is mostly how I start to get permission to hunt a new area, and then I was going to propose that I would plant something's at my own expense to help me in the Deer Hunting season, if I could hunt nearly exclusively on their land for bowhunting. That way, I get to meet the owner and start a relationship without asking for too much up front, and I get to build the relationship throughout the year, and let him get to know me.
Anyway, unless you have relatives around here, hunting ground is getting to be high priced.
More than I have to pay.
Anyway, (bitterness),yes I have heard that and read that about Sawtooth, but since there are times in Western Central PA, when the White Oaks don't produce on a consistent basis, I am hoping that everything that I have read about Sawtooth and their bumper crops, from year to year, would be a good source of alternatives to keeping the deer in the woods and not traveling to the nearby farmer's fields for Clover, Timothy, and Alfalfa. I would rather not spend any money, but I want something that is going to require minimal supervision by me, and become a magnet for deer and turkey.
I wanted to also plant a few apple trees, not a lot, just a few that would keep the deer in my area in under cover, so that they are not advertising of their presence, so I don't have to worry about other hunters. Everyone in my part of PA, is accessing farm deer, and I want to eliminate the crowds, and my solution is to renew the habitat of the woods, so that I can find peace in my valley, and put a nice rack on the wall, and meat in my freezer. I want to do it only with a bow, because rifle hunting has gotten silly and gone from hunting to driving every thing from the area.
Last year was my last rifle season. In PA, we now have a concurrent 2 week doe season, and so it is as long as buck season, and now, even if you are on stand, nobody asks, if they can drive your area, they just do it. Bow hunting is my last source of real hunting, where I can pit myself against the game, not other hunters, and so, I would like to do that where I am able to accomplish this without a great audience, and in a remote section of woods that is hard to get to, means I should not have a problem of being alone. But, I would gladly share my little paradise away from everyone, if I could attract a few more herbivores to the area.
Hence, my interest in Sawtooth Oak, Apple trees, and perhaps some Autumn Olive. I am still trying to work this out.