I'm slowly but surely correcting the same issue on the farm. The storm this spring helped a ton in creating some rich cover in otherwise mature open woods.Beautiful morning to be in the woods. No deer on WV public. Between me and Tyler we saw 5 deer yesterday. He ran into some Amish guys packing out an 8 point. They had the head and backstraps.
Wildlife “management” Is a joke. 40 years ago this was freshly timbered. The number deer it held was unreal. Now it is mature timber with zero underbrush. When the acorns are gone so are the deer. The state could make some money by doing select cuts and clear cuts and improve the habitat for the wildlife. At the very least go to no does and an antler restriction on public.
This is public land...there is nothing we can legally do. We try to keep our 22 acres as thick as possible but that will only hide so many deer.I'm slowly but surely correcting the same issue on the farm. The storm this spring helped a ton in creating some rich cover in otherwise mature open woods.
A good friend of mine was/ is high up in the div of forestry at Zaleski. He said the amount of red tape required to do the controlled burns makes it almost impossible that public land will ever be timbered unless something dramatic changes.This is public land...there is nothing we can legally do. We try to keep our 22 acres as thick as possible but that will only hide so many deer.
I wanted to leave work a little early so bad to get in the woods since I can't hunt the rest of the week but opted to stay till 7 to see the plant managers reaction when he found out he's getting over 20 grievances filed against him . It was worth it. Hopefully I can sneek out this evening . Good luck to those of you out today
Congrats on a nice mountain buck! Figured you’d have you hands full. But had too give ya shit on not posting itSorry for the delay guys I had a pretty steep pack out of that spot. I know he may not look like a whole lot but killing a buck in the Georgia mountains can be a challenging yet rewarding adventure. I was fortunate to get to take this guy this morning with my savage 220. He has been packed out of the woods and is on ice chilling now. What an amazing morning in the woods. View attachment 166761View attachment 166762View attachment 166763