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Fixen to cut some timber

Postby huntall » Thu Mar 31, 2016 2:54 pm

have about a 15 acre that I'm going to try something different this spot is pine, water oak, white oak, cherry, post oak, and a few hickory. This is 15 acres of my 90 acres so I'm just doing kinda an experiment. 
Most oaks is sapling all way up to 30 years. Pines are 30 years.
I'm doing this cut with wildlife in mind. I'm cutting all the pine, and and cutting all non mast trees. I'm mainly leaving water oaks, white oaks, and few hickory that I find.

These oaks are from 4-12 inch diameter. A few bigger. Some big oaks. But scattered far apart that was not cut in the cutting 30 years ago
I marked the whole area and I think I got on average maybe 20 ft spacing. These trees need releasing. 
It's a good many 8-12 inch diameter white oaks.
My grandparents cut this place 30 years ago.
white oaks grow slow so they are great age to release from tree canopy to really get going when I remove compitition and give them grow room
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Re: Fixen to cut some timber

Postby huntall » Thu Mar 31, 2016 2:59 pm

Take in mind that white oaks grow slow and a 12 inch diameter tree that is 30 ft could be 25 or 30 years old
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Re: Fixen to cut some timber

Postby huntall » Thu Mar 31, 2016 3:13 pm

I got pine beetles in my pines and I'm clearcut in probably 10 acres and thin about 40 acres.
This 60 acre block is totally bare from ground vegetation. This sure is fixen to get some good bedding area and food on the ground. I'm still leaving 10 acres big hardwoods in back untouched.

This is really going to make my place have great diversity. The remaining acres of the total 90 is all 6 or 7 yr old thick
area.
This year may take a hit on deer sightings but after that it's going to be good.
I don't think the logger can get to me till june. I hope June and not much later.
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Re: Fixen to cut some timber

Postby flipper » Fri Apr 01, 2016 9:40 am

Sounds like a really good plan Huntall!


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Re: Fixen to cut some timber

Postby gtk » Fri Apr 01, 2016 12:03 pm

when the sunlight hits the ground, browse will pop up & wildlife will benefit !
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Re: Fixen to cut some timber

Postby jv » Sat Apr 02, 2016 5:35 am

I don't think it will hurt your deer sightings as much as you think. Once the loggers get out and if you plant some food plots you will see more deer, now this is just my thinking. This sounds interesting and keep us informed on how thing are going.
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Re: Fixen to cut some timber

Postby huntall » Sat Apr 16, 2016 2:11 pm

This is a huge beech tree. Some people don't like them but I love them. Squirrels love them too.
This tree seems as big as it was when I was a little kid just starting to hunt. I'd always sit next to this tree on the creek bottom. Look at all the holes. Squirrel tree right there. I'm keeping them. Only got a few. This tree is way bigger than it looks Image.
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Re: Fixen to cut some timber

Postby terry08 » Sat Apr 16, 2016 2:37 pm

Growing up, when you found a big Beech tree. You were in Squirrel heaven. Don't see many anymore.

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Re: Fixen to cut some timber

Postby huntall » Sat Apr 16, 2016 7:35 pm

terry08 wrote:Growing up, when you found a big Beech tree. You were in Squirrel heaven. Don't see many anymore.

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I know. ...I hear lot people don't like them but squirrels love the beech mast....nut or whatever you call it.
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Re: Fixen to cut some timber

Postby huntall » Sat Apr 16, 2016 7:50 pm

This is a picture from this morning. Got some big pines but most are not this big. Some are bigger.
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Re: Fixen to cut some timber

Postby terry08 » Sun Apr 17, 2016 6:13 am

Nice photo, that tree makes Preston, look small.

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Re: Fixen to cut some timber

Postby jv » Sun Apr 17, 2016 10:46 am

Nice size pine. ..price of pines was down but don't know if they went back up or not. Course hard woods took a dip not long ago also
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