Wow, I wrote about small farm management only two weeks ago and now I have another volume to add. Since my last entry on this subject, I met a man who has taught me so much and brought my enthusiasm about Deer hunting, landscaping my 68 acres, and hunting strategies to a new level that I almost pee'd my pants when I saw his "Management Plan" in my mailbox today.
First and foremost, you must have a "Sanctuary". The bigger the better. I have 68 acres and Don Higgins
showed me how to have about 65 acres of "Sanctuary". I was walking down the center of my property before and scarring the Deer onto the neighbors farm. I had apple trees in the middle and a nice 4 acre clover field in the back, so they'd dine and dash if they sensed any trouble. So I'm in the process of cutting down my apple trees that produced many, many big juicy apples and discing up my field of clover. I plan on planting a few three row shelter belt's under the "WHIP PROGRAM" with the help of Don Higgins
, after all this is what he does. You can find out about the "WHIP PROGRAM" by connecting to this link. www.nrcs.usda.gov/programs/whip/
or by contacting Don at www.higginsoutdoors.com
. Don is very familiar with CRP, WRP, CReP and the WHIP programs and can steer you towards financial assistance to help you reach your goals of a "Deer Hunting Paradise". I'm well on my way.I'm also planting "Native Grasses" of Big Blue Stem, Switch Grass and Indian Grass. I've been reading Deer hunting, Habitat books and magazines for about 15 years now and I was blown away by how much more I learned from Don in one day and a few e-mails. If you are unable to get him out to your future "Paradise", then you owe it to yourself to read his book. When you get his book,check out the Bucks he has on the front cover. His farm was a cow farm a few short years ago and in Eastern Illinois. Not exactly in the heart of big buck country. He built a "Sanctuary" and stays out of it.