Next Level Hunting Property Design Concepts

Show Notes

In this episode, Jon Teater (Whitetail Landscapes) discusses next level property design hunting and habitat concepts. Jon discusses ecologic function and concepts that will change your property. This podcast goes beyond cutting bedding areas, travel corridors, and food plots. Jon discusses the importance of catching energy resources on the landscapes. Jon explains a method of capturing water on the landscape and how plants respond to these capture techniques.

Jon breaks down tree types, the benefits and how we can use these communities of trees to attract more animals to our hunting properties. Jon explains the best way to add diversity in your food plots, woodland, and forest. Jon explains how to be self-sustaining for fruiting trees, like apples, pears, or crabapples.  Jon explains a non-native, genetically modified plant that he prefers over natural, native plants. Jon explains the myths and benefits of miscanthus grass and the negative of warm season grasses we do not always think about.  

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[00:00:00] Welcome to Maximize Your Hunt, the podcast dedicated to those who want the most out of their hunting property. This podcast explores land management, habitat improvement, and hunting strategies that will help you maximize your time in the field. Follow along as industry professionals that live and breathe white tailed deer share their secrets to success.

And now. The founder of Whitetail Landscapes, your host, John Titor.

Hi, I'm John Titor, Whitetail Landscapes. This is Max Mizrahi. Welcome back everybody. I am solo today and I'm going to talk about a few things that have been on my mind. A couple of things is a lot of people follow me on this land on this podcast and they really enjoy the content. And I've been obviously giving feedback to everybody.

I appreciate that. The next few months while you're in the tree stand, I want you to think about the content you enjoy and love. Send me a message. I will listen to everybody's point of view and I'll [00:01:00] try to hit on the keynotes. I think a lot of people watch a lot of YouTube and they get confused.

The three best things, the five best things. And I'll try to do something similar to that because I think people want information in chunks. I want things simple and easy provided to me. I don't want to think through it too much, but this whole design process of designing a hunting property is way more complex than I think people make it.

We're dealing with ecological systems, which we don't fully understand from the science side of things. So trying to put together a plan is really difficult. One example is just thinking about ecological succession. That's basically the stages of plants as they start to develop, and it's usually gradual, there's really no specific timeline, but we try to categorize things.

So we understand the time you need stage, we think about soil climate, any disturbances, we can do a lot of this discussion around disturbance with a lot of these podcasts is fire in some areas. You just can't use fire prescribed fire being You know, a very opportune tool that will easily allow you to [00:02:00] manipulate the landscape and restart it, essentially killing off, plants, depending on the timing, it really does a good job of getting rid of leaf litter in some areas.

So in areas that you can't use that, you're really stuck with kind of mechanical means and chemical means. It's a lot of work, but if you have a opportunity to use fire, design your property around, fire environments, we've talked about having breaks in the landscape where you can create separation so you can easily manage areas.

One mistake people do is interval of fire. They use fire too frequently and then too hot. So slow, steady burns are really important and things that are sustainable have to happen in increments. And so being very intense about, changing the landscape is not a great thing. Now, other options wildfires obviously occur we've all been, probably listening to the news about the wildfires that are in different areas.

Timber harvesting, which I talk quite a bit about in this podcast, mowing, disking, natural tree death, disease, storm damage, and [00:03:00] drought. Those are all the things you're dealing with. I do a lot of mowing, disking, and cutting the timber in my area. And the tools I use, tractor, flail mower, rotary mower, I use little chainsaw, big chainsaw.

Those are pretty much my tools. I've got a backpack sprayer. It's expenses, budget. So one of the homework assignments I want to give everybody listening to this podcast, I want you to think about the tools that you have, the disturbance factor, so how frequently are you disturbing your landscape? What's your budget and time availability?

So understanding your resources, the money that you have and the time that you can put into it. Now if you don't have the money, then you're going to have to offset it with time. If you have the money, maybe you can pay somebody to do it. And so that's the concept of coming up with kind of a resourceful ideology about your property.

Just thinking what you can do. Let's talk back about the ecological succession. So [00:04:00] this is like the progression of plants. So in the first years after disturbance, roughly one through three, you get a lot of these annual grasses and forbs. Now it depends on the area. So if you're cutting a woody area, you're going to get, a lot of woody material coming back there, depending on the time of year that you cut it.

If you cut an open field setting or woodland setting, you're probably going to get more of these annual grasses and forbs. And it depends on slope aspect and quality of soil. But in these open areas a lot of times around the edges, you're going to get the important ones, ragweed.

Partridge Pea, Horseweed, Fleabane, Black Eyed Susan, Polkweed, Witchgrass, Morning Glories, Beggar's Lice, Native Warm Season Grasses. In year two to five, everything starts to develop a little bit further. You start to get Goldrod, Blackberry, more Polkweed hopefully, Sumac, Big Stem, Little Blue Stem, Indian Grass, right?

You get all sorts of different plants. Then we start to get those next several stages. In the south, you get pine, sweet gum, poplar, [00:05:00] cherries. In the north, who knows? A lot of maple in my area, so it's a lot of hard maple. And then, once you get those climatic communities, those kind of mature communities, you get poplars, oak, hickories, beech trees, maples.

Depends where you are, but you see these ecological secessions, and the one thing you can do is you can cut each species down and figure out its age. If you're trying to figure out the status of the community that you're working with, you've got to cut the tree down to figure out its exact age. And imply that to a situation where the tree is of poor quality and poor form.

It has no economic value. And assume that the trees adjacent to that may have some similar status. They may have a similar age. Think about the age of that tree, its economic value, its wildlife value. And we'll talk a little bit about that today. So I want to get into the design process, and I want to just let everyone know this is, again, way more complicated than you see on YouTube.

I think a lot of times there's a lot of dynamic interaction of elements and plants and [00:06:00] humans, and these disturbances, and talking a little about how to organize this thing. There's some pretty basic ecological principles that we want to focus on, and a lot of times it's basing the care in your hands.

You have the opportunity to study your environment, observe, so take the time to observe. Do your homework. What is my vegetation types? What do I like based on the vegetation types? What do I want to change? And why do I want to change it? Understanding its ecological value and function. It's really important.

Incrementally taking steps to change your property is a way better move than just coming in and slashing and dashing. Just taking big changes. Everything is affected by the soil and your ability to manage the soil well. And we're going to create these little niche communities that will attract deer, these microclimates.

Microclimates are really important. One thing that we need to explore is these micro macro climates. They're all affected by your rain, the prevailing winds, frost dates, snow, weather conditions, [00:07:00] right? If you have extreme drought, the sunlight, those are all the things that affect those communities and the soil, the value of the soil, the fertility of the soil that will also, take Thank you.

A hit or it will benefit you. So knowing your quality of soil, and I talked enough about soils throughout this past year, where if you hadn't listened to any of those podcasts, please go back. We talked about soil friability, how to evaluate soil. Very simple methodologies. It's very simple. You can physically see soil and establish a baseline of the soil quality.

Understanding the hydrology of the soil is really important. These are things you can all do research on and figure out, okay, will my soil infiltrate or will it run off? Will all water seep through it, or is it going to run off in the landscape? And that'll integrate a practice.

Maybe we integrate swells in the landscape to do more water catchment. One of the things I keep talking about is the importance of catching water in the landscape. Taking advantage of water's natural movement in the landscape, and dispersing it, or making sure it slowly infiltrates [00:08:00] across the property, is really important.

It creates a whole host of opportunities. One thing, just a very easy strategy to do. Those that you have that deal with non native plants in bush form, bush honeysuckle would be a good example. You could kill that tree, you could cut it down, so that usually it's in a shrub form, sometimes a tree form, a short tree form, and you can bring it over to an area and create a line on a slope.

And depending on the grade of that slope, you may do intervals of 20 yards or 30 yards. Create kind of a contour shaped key line, and then place those particular shrubs in that area. What you're going to find is it's going to slow the water in the landscape. It's going to collect water and nutrients in those particular areas.

And you're going to be amazed at the plant life that grows in that particular area, assuming there's adequate sunlight. So it creates this little microclimate. And the microclimate likely will create food value and create high activity to plants. And animals. Animals want to be attracted to areas of high moisture.

It's very critical to manage moisture. I cannot stress that enough on your landscape. It's one of the most largest things that are overlooked by [00:09:00] clients that I deal with. Clients ask me all the time what should I start with? And one of the homework assignments is just understanding not only the abiotic conditions, soil type, minerals, etc.

But take a look at how deer utilize the landscape. And think about if you were designing your property, how would you change that? And how would you attract them to an area? What would you actually do? And food plots, which are a small percentage of the equation, are valued highly. But you're not going to put a food plot on a slope.

If you terrace a slope, and you have this nice terrace system, it's not it's not wide enough to put a food plot on. But maybe you want to terrace a slope because it's so steep that the deer have no place to live. And you want to slow down water as it travels down that slope. And you, it's too steep to put in these catchment swells.

So as you terrace it, you create these flat spots, and depending on how create them on the landscape, you can come across with a dozer, and now you're utilizing very steep ground. To create these catchment zones for [00:10:00] water, as well as put a place to an area to place deer because it's flat ground.

Very simple concept that's utilizing more space, for ecological function and for deer usage. One of the things that I want to make sure that I hit on is, we always focus on building diversity on our landscapes. And diversity is really critical to thinking about, what do these trees and species do.

One of the things I think we all get mixed up in is thinking about, what does a tree species do? When my client and I sit down, we talk about its ecological function and you're like we're here to build a deer hunting property. If you don't understand what the trees do and the benefit to the birds, the bees, the beetles, all the sorts of bugs or anything that propagates or, creates a pollination.

If you're not thinking about that in concert with all the other value sets that we talk about where we don't want a monocrop, right? We want polycultures of food plots. You're thinking of this diversity set across the landscape. You got to understand what [00:11:00] things are doing. Some plants are better at collecting phosphorus and staging in the leaves.

And as they die, they slowly release that nitrogen or phosphorus back into the the soil. You're thinking about, what's the cycling of the nutrients and the benefit. So there's this, I will say cycling and the cycling is really critical. I'm going to break in to talk a little bit about a sub community, a plant community, that I was on a property recently.

I was in a bottom line area. And in that bottom line area, there was Hackberry, American Elm, and Green Ash. Those three tree species were extremely prevalent. I am a huge fan, huge fan, of American Elm. Love American Elm, one of my favorite trees, and it's a great tree for many different reasons. I remember my grandfather years ago burning that tree for firewood.

And I know that they used it because of its fibrous material for weaving baskets. It obviously hinge cuts well for those that love to hinge cut trees. It [00:12:00] typically resides in wetter areas. And it's really good for kind of these flood plain areas when you have a lot of wet ground. It does a good job because it's got this very shallow, fibrous root system that expands out in the landscapes.

And it's, it does a nice job of limiting. Soil from eroding in the landscape. It does a nice job of that. It also, really is used a lot of times, at least I remember it being used for wood products because it's very pliable. Like I said earlier, my grandfather used it for fuel. It's wood.

It does a great job at windbreaks, around waterways. I've seen it used in field settings. It's used in reclaiming areas. Like I said earlier, erosion control. Great, like overhead canopy areas, great nesting sites. It can also be a cavity tree depending on the size of it, so you think about, the seeds that it produces, the flower bud that drops off, mice, squirrels, rough grouse.

Big interest in those particular trees, and like I said earlier, it's one of those trees that I think we don't pay enough attention to because it, [00:13:00] we had the Dutch elm disease, and that really killed off a lot of those tree species. Now, also in that community that I didn't mention was red mulberry trees.

Red mulberry trees are, really a cool tree. Years ago, a neighbor had planted a red mulberry tree, and I wasn't really sure, how well it would do. I also wasn't sure. I'm in zone five, which is the edge of its preference areas. A lot of times you'll see it in zone six is in seven.

I wanted to see what the fruit value was. And what I found was, the deer love to eat the twigs off those trees. It's a, it's an edible tree for the deer. But it also, the fruit value is incredible. And, after it starts bearing, fruit, you're going to get a whole bunch of interested birds.

And I saw ducks eating it. It's just incredibly interesting to look at a particular tree and see it affects so many different animals. And in the case, I saw a lot of bluebirds, and I have bluebirds in my area that like those particular fruits. Let's see, I'm trying to think. I saw woodpeckers. I [00:14:00] know that squirrels would likely eat if they're on the edge of a water area.

And... It's also a tree that likes to be consumed by beavers. It's an easy tree for them to gnaw on. Just recognize it has multiple attributes and values across the landscape. This is one of the concepts I do. What is this tree's ecological function and how does it benefit our landscape? And understanding other trees that would be compatible with it and understanding if those trees would benefit from its relationship.

So a lot of times when you attract... insects because of the fruiting. It's nice to have other fruiting trees around that. Crabapple trees, elderberry pear trees, gooseberry, plums, chokecherry, chokeberries, whatever you want to call them. There's all those different species that are really attracted.

And as a result, you get this we'll call it polyculture and you're creating this plant relationship and it's a plant guild and again, it creates this high value location [00:15:00] which becomes a focal point on the landscape. So what I'm trying to lead you into is these design concepts aren't just bedding area, travel corridor, or food plot.

We're getting down to the tree level and we're looking at that tree's benefit on the landscape. And it's much, much more involved than you had any idea. Now, when we start to scale it up, you start to get overwhelmed. And here's the trick for trees. Once you have diversity on the landscape, you build this thing called capital.

Think about it as money in the bank. And in order to create capital, you have to have reserves. Okay? This is just like investing. And what you end up doing is you build this ecological function. of a lot of different tree species. And what they do is they replenish themselves. So I was on a property not too long ago, and it was about, oh, a few hundred acres, and they had a section where they did maple maple syrup.

And they said, wow, [00:16:00] we've got this maple syrup area, we'd like it better for deer hunting. And a new concept that I came up with, silvopasture, not a new concept for me, but a new concept for the client. And I introduced the idea of having portions of the areas tubed off where they could, easily get the sap, harvest the sap.

And they had created this monocrop of sugar maple. And I said, this is a bad idea. If you guys ever have some type of disease that affects sugar maple, and you don't have diversity, and these trees are all harvesting the same mineral base, you're not replenishing the landscape with a diverse set of, dying living plants and plants that consume different minerals.

There's all these fungal networks that aren't seamlessly. You need to start going into these areas and either create rows or patchwork of clear cuts. I said, okay. And I said, you can fence some of those off or you can make them available to other species. And I said, have you ever considered consider integrating, hogs in there?

They're like no. I said, a [00:17:00] small group of, hogs can go in there and they can root up some of these areas and create disturbance in small quantities. We're talking three, four pigs that go in these areas and, you fence and pasture them off and eventually, you can eat the hog and you're creating disturbance in the landscape.

You're introducing patchwork openings and you're still benefiting yourself by getting the maple syrup production. So we took a 50 acre area and we changed the principles and functionality behind it because they introduced some new concepts. Now, that may not apply to you, but the ideal is it's a little bit more complex than just saying, Okay, there's a bedding area, a transition corridor, and a food plot.

And if you're dealing with consultants or ideology just surrounding that, and it's that basic, you're not going to get to the next level. And if you want to get to level 200, 300, 400, 500, we're going to have to understand a little bit more about the ecological functionality of our landscape and how plants capture energy, [00:18:00] store energy, and how they recycle energy.

And if we build richer soils, because we have a lot of diversity, we can grow more food in a smaller space. And so if we want to integrate trees into a woodland area, and that would be an area with less trees, more sunlight to the ground, not a forest setting, we can integrate diversity into that landscape.

Cycling nutrients in our bodies and in the trees is like the same thing. If we have well fed trees or well fed bodies, we're going to have a lot of... Highly complex communities, fungal networks, a lot of diversity, bigger trees that don't survive die, right? The ones that are of poor form, poor quality, they go.

The ones that have genetic variation that doesn't benefit them, they don't survive. They don't stand or withstand the microclimates or macroclimates that you create in your landscape. Creating these open areas, closed areas, this patchwork of cuts. And you want a buffet of [00:19:00] minerals. How you create that is having diversity.

Plants consume different elements in the soil. They break down the biomass. They disperse more minerals. They apply it back in the soil. It's this constant cycle of uptake, intake, uptake, intake. And what you've got to understand is the cycle of nutrients is really important. And... The mulch that the trees create when they have these, all these leaves fall on the ground, they decompose, that's the waste, but the waste isn't really waste, what it is just composting material that benefits the tree, and if you don't have a diverse set of leaves hitting the ground, creating different mineral elements as they decompose, attracting, the disturbing squirrel, who basically mixes up the ground, adds maybe a nut, they're adding diversity on your landscape. So having diverse, we'll say plants and animals creates diversity and it continues that diversity. It's sustainable. It's the sustainable, [00:20:00] permanent environment. And your job is to go and manage small elements of disturbance in the equation and creating more food elements as a result of that.

It's really interesting when you come to think about it because when we're getting right down to it, deer like certain things at certain times. One of the biggest mistakes I see in client properties, they go clear cut an area. They say, okay, we're going to even age management, we're going to kill everything in here, and we're going to bring it down to scratch.

And let's say these areas are 2, acres. And they're like I'm doing a good thing. I'm sequestering carbon because I've got a lot of these young growing plants that are, ingesting and producing and all those things that go with carbon sequestration. But, You're giving yourself within that two or three acres a limited opportunity to have an uneven stage of management because everything is going to grow up the same rate.

If you left clumps of trees that were diverse in pockets and [00:21:00] adjacent those areas you did clear cuts, you would be better off in the long term. Oh, wait, one more concept. Maybe you're doing a different style where you're having some areas that are open, meaning a clear cut. Closed, meaning canopy or intermediate.

That would be select cutting or group cutting within an area. This is a fundamental secret to how I design hunting properties. If any of you consultants are listening to this, and I know a lot of consultants listen to this podcast, that is my secret to success right there. Any client, any potential client, it's much deeper than I just explain it.

But that concept right there is the game changer. We can talk about walls of cover and limiting deer interest, utilizing slash, planting apple trees, crab apple trees, pear trees, whatever you want to do. What I just introduced right there, that is my largest secret to how I design hunting properties. That [00:22:00] concept seems so basic, but it's so fundamental.

So when you're cutting a bedding area, apply that concept. If you don't understand the concept, then you hire a consultant to explain it to you, to give you more information, and to manage it for your particular landscape, because those can only go in certain locations. Creating those diverse ecosystems is really important.

We talked about a lot of different things so far, and diversity is really important. I'm going to end on a particular topic that I think is really important. It's called fighting monocultures. The concept of companion cropping I brought up a while ago, the three sisters. And what we want to do is we want to integrate a variant set of plants.

And if you do a variant set of plants, you're going to find that you're dealing with less disease, plants are working in synergistic environments, and that diversity limits failure. As an example, if you just plant a 100 percent [00:23:00] soybean crop, or 100 percent corn crop, and you have a crop failure, it's a 100 percent loss.

If you hedge your bet, and you have, let's say, oats, peas, a radish, a brassica, you have different plant species that you're integrating into an area, you're creating this ponderosa environment. If one fails, the other one might do well. You're hedging your bets. And so when you're planting trees in your landscape and you're creating windbreaks or water catchment systems or you're creating limiting soil erosion, you're creating diversity in those functions, you're going to benefit.

One of the functions that I like to create is I like to create a lot of margins on my landscape, basically areas of two ecotypes where they meet. And I like to open up those areas. And in those I like to have a lot of diversity. So I want an area that I can manage. Usually there's a visual limitation that comes with it.

I'm managing the plant species in those areas and I'm cutting things down. I'm keeping certain [00:24:00] tree species that are like a good form. I'm thinking about its ecological function. It's involved, right? And then what I'm doing is I'm trying to see the soil variation, the sun variation, these little microclimates that I create.

And what I find in the areas that I cut that are like that, huge value to the deer, huge attractivity levels, the deer go nuts for those things. And again, it's very purposeful, and it's very intentional, and I'm thinking about the certain plant species that I'm going to keep. So one of the things I'm going to end on is when we're building these environments, a lot of times we're focused on one thing, energy, sunlight energy, plant succession.

The circulation of carbon, nitrogen, water, and oxygen within a plant. Thinking about these integrations and designing for this, what I'll call a niche. Thinking about site specific plants that require less maintenance, less energy. They work in synergy. And there's a concept called plant guilds.

I introduced some of that [00:25:00] concept. I introduced a little bit before where I talked about nitrogen accumulating plants or nitrogen fixing plants. plants that accumulate minerals, deep tap rooted plants when it's comfrey. So if I'm building like an apple orchard or crab apple orchard, I'm gonna do less trees so I can manage those trees, right?

I'm not gonna do 50 trees. I'll probably do 10 trees in our orchard. I want them spaced well enough where I could have some, I'll have alleyways of clover. I'll introduce a non native plant comfrey, russian comfrey. And those are chop and drop where I'll have a deep taprooted plant that pulls up minerals, adjacent I'll have daffodils, I'll have a different variation, black currants, I'll have a whole host of different plant species, even some vining species.

And what I'll do is I'll create these ecosystems that are sustainable. One accumulates minerals, one fixes nitrogen, one creates a fruiting opportunity. And tracks a lot of animals. Particular [00:26:00] deer and small mammals to those areas again, a small mammals going to get in there. It's going to dig up an area.

It's going to add a nut. It's going to plant something. It's going to create disturbance. And so these natural cycles are sustainable. And, the design process is way more complex than we make it. I'm trying to make this seem less complex, but this is just the tip of the spear, so to speak. And we've got to recognize that if we're going to build something that functions well, you need to understand the benefit.

If it's animal forage, carbon sequestration it's for flooding management, like erosion control. Insect attractant, nitrogen fixer, scavenger, nitrogen scavenger. If we're using it for our own personal food benefit, right? Maybe it provides more carbohydrates to the animals or ourselves. It's got a lot of vitamins, minerals.

Maybe we're creating baskets like the elm. You can use some of the fibrous material to create baskets. Some of these have [00:27:00] natural insect repellent, repellents. Or it creates aromas that attract or detract. A lot of times we're thinking about the benefit on the landscape and in these plant communities, that's really going to be the trick to your success and really in my area, I deal with a lot of, temper deciduous forest.

Those are my areas that I'm dealing with. I'm dealing with a lot of maple and beech trees and hickory trees and some areas that are a little bit Dryer oak trees and then the understory species and what I call sub thickets where you get some trees of, certain height of density, mulberry would be a good example where you can compass those and they sprout.

Bass would another example. You get some of these trees that you can create these kind of sub thickets and you've got these great communities that are so ecologically diverse, the value and the cover component, the food component. It's just a game changer in the landscape, and I am not a naturalist 100 [00:28:00] percent because I do believe and I'll probably introduce some plants that I think are really good in the landscape.

Thank you. And, one of those things I just heard recently in a podcast, and I'll be careful not to get too deep in this, is somebody was talking a little bit about miscanthus grass. And, it's like it should never been introduced, it's a horrible plant, what is everybody thinking?

Other than taking the rhizome and distributing it all over the world, my experience so far is it doesn't get out of control. It doesn't have a tendency to repopulate. I've not seen that it propagates itself. So it's not fertile. It looks like and really it creates great concealment cover. It's structure and purpose is really well in ice conditions, windy conditions, snow conditions, it rebounds a lot better than switchgrass.

It really is a great particular plant that I think that people are so negative about it. It was modified, no different from your corn, [00:29:00] to have a particular purpose. And it serves that purpose without creating big ecological devastation like other plants such as autumn olive, honeysuckles have created.

And to degrade a plant like that, because... You want to instill this fear that non native plants and recognize this non native plants have become naturalized for eons Plants have traveled all over the place from the bird species. What we think is naturalized from 200 years ago is not necessarily a naturalized community.

That just happened to be the community that was 200 years ago. Now, obviously economics and obviously spread from, transportation, etc. has added and we, of course, have made some poor decisions by introducing different plant species and that has changed the ecological communities to the devastation point of losing and some animals going extinct.

But regardless, some of these plants that we just degraded, because I think there's a, somebody has a chip on their shoulder, or [00:30:00] has an opinion that it's just, it's a bad idea. You've really got to look at its ecological function and recognize, does it really do that much harm? It takes up a footprint, and could that footprint be used for another plant?

I'm sure it could. Does it function exactly the same as that particular plant? Take a, like I said earlier, a native warm season grass and see how it survives in ice. See the cover value that it provides during snow loads. It doesn't. To compare a natural plant sometimes that is native versus a developed plant that is non native may not always be the best example, just based on its naturalization and if it's a native plant.

Some native plants, in my opinion, are so noxious. Grapevine is a great example. That is a plant that I think we have a tendency to promote, and it promotes itself. It produces a lot of fruit, a lot of value, but it's overtaking. That noxious activity, same thing with [00:31:00] switchgrass. Switchgrass is extremely productive.

Switchgrass would take over an entire food plot area. So those that are planting switchgrass in large quantities, these monocrops, Model types of switchgrass. Guess what happens on the landscape? It takes over and what's the benefit? It eliminates interest because it's not ecologically diverse, does not provide an ecologically diverse set of criteria to attract animals to it.

All right. That's it for today. Hopefully everybody's doing well. I hope you like this. This is my solo one. I'm going to do more of these, come about over this next year. I want to talk a little bit more coming up of a hunting tactics and we're going to have a technical hunting series this season.

I'm going to introduce some new concepts, things that are pretty involved and this is next level hunting stuff. This isn't level 300 or 400. This is level 5, 600. This will be top notch stuff from me and other guests that, you're not likely to hear on some [00:32:00] other podcast. I appreciate you all following along.

Again, these designs are way more complicated. It's not just bedding, travel corridors, and food plots. It's a lot more ecologically diverse. It's thinking about ecological functionality. Alright, this is I think level 200. We're gonna get to three and four hundred here in this design process. I appreciate releasing some of these secrets Hopefully that helps the folks that are consulting and those that are designing your hunting properties.

I'm John Teeter white tail landscapes Maximize your hunt. Thanks Maximize your hunt is a production of white tail landscapes for more information on how John Teeter and his team of Experts can help you maximize your hunt. Check out white tail landscapes wtrfc. org.