Pine Plantation Improvements, Big Bucks and Turkey Habitat

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In this episode, Jon Teater (Whitetail Landscapes) and Mark Haslam (Southeast Whitetail) discuss how to improve pine plantations. Mark’s expertise and management strategy to improve loblolly or longleaf pine stands can drastically improve overall deer interest and hunting. Mark and Jon discuss balancing wildlife enhancements and cash flow from a farm, and finding a balance. Mark breaks down some of the harvest rotations on his family farm and how you can get the most out of your property with some simple, straightforward changes, and minimize the stigma of a pine stand wildlife wasteland.

Mark and John discuss diversity and Mark gives examples of how his property provides much benefit to his deer herd. Mark details his checkerboard approach to handling pine harvests and controlled burns across the farm. Mark explains how hinge cutting hasn’t worked and why. Mark provides recommendations on how to get the most out of every inch of your property and simple, effective ways to manage trees during the growth stage to ensure deer and turkey will remain interested in an area.

Mark discusses changes that can be made on almost any property that will benefit turkeys. Mark and Jon both discuss improvements related to deer and turkey and how to approach habitat improvement with both species. Mark concludes with his number one turkey habitat improvement technique that will get results and how to balance income on your farm.  

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