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Creating bedding area in timber stands

PostPosted: Thu Jan 12, 2012 7:07 pm
by huntall
I have about 65 acres in one block that is basically at the same stage growth, but most of the undergrowth is gone
and all shaded out! The deer do not bed on this part of my
land and this late in the year they seem to mostly
use my place at night.
I am thinking of taking a 20acre block in the center of this block and doing a good thinning to let some sunlight in
and maybe it will get enough growth to give the deer
something to bed in.
I don't want to do the whole 65 acres at one time because
I think it would be good to have a more diverse habitat
for wildlife.
I can not burn because I have a decent amount of oaks to go along with my pines and I am going to keep my oaks.
I own another 20 acres that joins this place that has bedding area and that is where we have killed most of the
deer. Hunting pressure is kinda heavy around this area and become almost nocturnal this late in the year. I think
creating some bedding area in the middle of this property
would increase my chances when it is this late in the
year and have been pressured some.
What y'all think of this?
Any ideas or suggestions?

Re: Creating bedding area in timber stands

PostPosted: Thu Jan 12, 2012 8:52 pm
by gbrendonk
Sounds great. I would sit down and think it all out though. Put in a good food plot, plan stands and figure your dominant wind direction for the area. Make them a thicket put some food near by and give yourself a way in and out without bothering them. Might even think about some water feature. Get yourself a good ariel photo and plot it out. Once you get it made stay out and you will hold some big ones. Post up what you do we can all learn.

Re: Creating bedding area in timber stands

PostPosted: Thu Jan 12, 2012 11:44 pm
by RoadRanger
gbrendonk... Excellent ideas!

Re: Creating bedding area in timber stands

PostPosted: Fri Jan 13, 2012 5:45 am
by huntall
I have a powerline on one side and a 4wheeler trail on the other side so easy acsess should not be a problem.
A powerline is always a great spot for a plot :ylsuper:

Re: Creating bedding area in timber stands

PostPosted: Fri Jan 13, 2012 9:57 am
by gtk
I have always read/heard from biologists, that thinning timber is one of the most under utilized methods for helping wildlife.

Re: Creating bedding area in timber stands

PostPosted: Fri Jan 13, 2012 10:32 am
by gbrendonk
huntall, in my opinion the plots on powerlines are mostly used after dark. Put you a big feeder plot on the powerline but make a few small ones close to the bedding area that the deer will use during daylight to hunt on. If you do it all right you can plan the deers days from bed to staging areas and back again.

Re: Creating bedding area in timber stands

PostPosted: Sun Jan 15, 2012 3:36 pm
by huntall
I looked at this area again this weekend and I found that I can remove a lot of gum and other trash trees along with the thinning of pines. This should open up the canopy and get things to growing on the ground again.
gbrendonk, you are correct about the power lines getting night time activity! Earlier in the year we see deer on it , but later in the year it slows down in pressured areas!
Thanks for the ideas!

Re: Creating bedding area in timber stands

PostPosted: Sun Jan 15, 2012 8:33 pm
by huntall
I also plan on getting before pictures and after pictures and see what yall thought about it.

Re: Creating bedding area in timber stands

PostPosted: Fri Jan 20, 2012 4:38 pm
by thwack16
Try hinge-cutting trees in a half acre to acre radius in the middle.

Re: Creating bedding area in timber stands

PostPosted: Sun Jan 22, 2012 12:36 pm
by huntall
thwack16 wrote:Try hinge-cutting trees in a half acre to acre radius in the middle.

I have this little area in the middle that only has sweetgums and I think I may try hinge cutting this area.

Re: Creating bedding area in timber stands

PostPosted: Sat May 04, 2013 8:57 pm
by huntall
I decided not to thin this block of woods. I wanted to hinge cut
Some of this area last year, but didn't get a chance to. I finally got around to hinge cutting about two acres. Any trash tree in this area got hinge cut.
I can't believe how much bedding area I created this evening.
It looks good, but I was so busy I didn't get any pictures.
I will try to get pictures next weekend.
I really think this is gonna work out good.
Yall ever tried any hinge cutting before?

Re: Creating bedding area in timber stands

PostPosted: Thu May 09, 2013 7:08 pm
by huntall
After cutting last weekend poison ivy got me bad. I was covered all on both arms.
Next time I will be wearing a long sleave!

Re: Creating bedding area in timber stands

PostPosted: Sat May 11, 2013 4:39 pm
by huntall
Took some pictures today.
This is after I hinge cut last weekend
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Re: Creating bedding area in timber stands

PostPosted: Mon May 13, 2013 8:47 am
by gtk
I will be looking forward to the "fall" pics...

Creating bedding area in timber stands

PostPosted: Mon May 13, 2013 11:17 am
by lugnutzz
That will be thick next year! Looks good


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Re: Creating bedding area in timber stands

PostPosted: Fri May 17, 2013 4:03 pm
by huntall
lugnutzz wrote:That will be thick next year! Looks good


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I hope so! A lot more sunlight is coming in there now.