Biodiversity, Deer and Efficient Hunting

Show Notes

In this podcast Kenny Kane (Generations Forestry) and Jon Teater (Whitetail Landscapes) discuss the importance of biodiversity on the landscape. Kenny provides examples of how to manage a forest stand to develop a diverse set of tree species to promote interest by deer and other mammals. Kenny explains various cutting techniques that will help support forest development to align with objectives. Kenny discusses tree species that aren’t beneficial to deer. Jon explains concerns he has had when managing properties, deer populations and the relation to invasive plants on the landscape. Kenny gives a concerning example of how non-native plants can destroy the forested property and related regeneration.

Kenny ties in the best tree species to deer habitat and what plants you may want to consider keeping or putting on your landscape.  Certain trees are more beneficial from a food and economic value standpoint and can add value to the overall property. Kenny explains insect issues as it pertains to certain tree species and how biodiversity can help maintain a healthy forest setting. Jon provides examples from the field and the problems he is seeing with insect damage, fragmentation and non-native plants. Jon and Kenny talk about buying a property for hunting and key considerations they both believe make the difference.

Jon and Kenny discuss climate shifting and the related impact to tree species. Jon discusses tree species that are dying and the impact on client properties. Jon discusses some techniques to improve hunting properties when insect damage is occurring. Kenny explains his technique on dealing with clear cuts, tree chipping and his overall philosophy for betterment of a property.

Jon and Kenny go off and discuss hunting tactics, style and related successes afield. Jon explains his style for evaluating a deer herd and health. Kenny explains his tactics and how he approaches hunting and his setting. Both contributors’ detail specific examples that make them relate to their hunting properties and what strategies work in their settings.