Timber Stand Improvement for Deer
Ben is out marking a timber cut for deer on a client’s property. While doing so he stops to explain why this property needs timber stand improvement (TSI). The landowner indicated that deer movement across the property is not satisfying. Put simply deer are not staying on the property and instead merely moving through it. Ben’s first impression and assessment after walking through the property is that several areas of the property consists of big timber, timber which shades out the understory growth that deer favor for cover and food.
For this property, Ben is marking a 10-15 acre cut. Ben is targeting the bigger timber but plans to leave several smaller white oaks, red oaks, and even some larger white and red oaks for mast production. This timber cut area or TSI area will become exceptional deer habitat. The landowner plans on making this a substantial bedding area on the property for hunting, but Ben explains that this cut will also lead to another great timber stand for harvest 30-40 years from now.
While this type of selective timber harvest might produce slightly cricked trees (as they compete for sun in the holes of the canopy), it is one of the best for deer habitat. Ben explains that there is a place for select cuts like this property, and a place for creating deer bedding or clear cuts, It just needs to fit with the goals and best interests of the landowner and/or hunter. A timber harvest that produces nice thick habitat combined with food sources on the edge of the cut or transition areas coming off the cut creates ideal areas to catch big bucks.Watch More Booner School Here
Whitetail Edge Hunting Gear Reviews | Rogue Bowstrings Review
Ben and Javin run through a Rogue Bowstrings review. Ben and Javin explain that Rogue produces high-end professional bowstrings that outperformed their expectations. Through Rogue’s process of end loop serving, engineered stretch, and twist count, the bowstrings will consistently outperform any other string you put on your bow.
Ben and Javin both shoot the Whitetail Edge addition of the R19Pro. The R19Pro bowstring uses the latest BCY 452X material money can buy and it is paired with the BCY-Halo servings and POWERGRIP center serving. The R19Pro bowstring is fully customizable in color, including the Whitetail Edge edition in fluorescent green and black.
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Clover Plot Weed Control
Ben Rising discusses maintaining clover food plots. More specifically Ben’s explains how he institutes weed control in clover food plots through the use of herbicides. To control broadleaf weeds and grasses in clover you need a combination of a grass selective and broadleaf selective herbicides.
To control grasses in clover plots Ben uses Select Max (Clethodim) at 16 oz per 10 gallons per acre. To control broadleaf weeds in clover plots Ben uses Butyrac 200 (2-4DB) at 1 quart per 10 gallons of water per acre, which does not harm legume species (clover, soybeans, alfalfa). This mixture of herbicides needs to be accompanied by a crop or methylated seed oil to speed up and guarantee the herbicides process of working into the foliage of the weeds. Ben suggests 12 oz of crop oil to 10 gallons to mix with the Select Max and Butyrac 200.
These herbicides give the option to control all the weeds in a clover plot in one pass. This option presents the opportunity to add liquid fertilizers and plot sprays like Antler King’s Jolt and Plot Max.
Mowing is one way to control weeds in clover plots, but if you want a great stand of clover without mowing off food and moisture in the clover, herbicides are your best bet. These herbicides are not cheap, but a needed part of proper clover plot maintenance.
Thermals and Deer Hunting
Ben Rising discusses how thermals work in evenings and mornings while deer hunting. Ben’s recent video “Food Plot Considerations” briefly touched on why a hunter may have a tough time or elect not to hunt a food plot due to thermals. The video featured a small perennial clover plot settled in the bottom of two hills. With known buck bedding on the hill, Ben described why the particular food plot would not be hunted as both morning and evening thermals would complicate the hunt. After receiving questions about how thermals worked, Ben decided to explain both morning and evening thermals, and how they are affected by dominant wind direction and terrain while deer hunting.
Morning thermals tend to rise and therefore typically carry a hunter’s scent out of a valley, food plot, or hunting location. However, when the dominant wind is at play these thermals may slide horizontally before rising. This could, in turn, bounce or swirl on a hill above the hunter’s location. This is typically why morning hunts should be placed above where the deer are expected to come from, putting the thermals and dominant wind away from the expected direction of travel.
Afternoon or evening thermals tend to sink and therefore carries a hunter’s scent down to ground level. This is usually a negative associated with hunting in the evenings unless a hunter can use a terrain feature or the dominant wind to the advantage of sinking thermals. Creek bottoms or valleys running away from terrain can act like funnels for scent. If a stand is properly placed evening thermals can take a hunter’s scent out of the hunting area and away from deer through a creek, river, or slow depression running away from higher terrain.
Incorporate this knowledge of thermals and deer hunting when deciding stand and food plot locations.
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Power Line Food Plots
Ben Rising takes a break from managing some of his food plots to talk about a new project. In this episode of Booner School, Ben discusses how he plans to best use an open power line in the center of the hunting property. Power line food plots take advantage of openings typically running through Midwest farms. These openings usually create highways for wildlife and even create great cover and early successional food sources. Ben plans to take the power line opening and turn it into an Antler King clover food plot. This clover food plot in the power line opening will serve as an early season and pre-rut hunting area while also providing a staging area to the nearby standing corn food plot. With this strategy clearly explained Ben suggests some tips on maintaining clover plots with both mowing and the use of broadleaf and grass selective herbicides.
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Whitetail Edge | Bow Hunting Turkey in Ohio
Ben Rising is bow hunting turkeys in Ohio to fill his third tag of the season and more importantly his first tag in his home state. The opening day of tukey season in Ohio proved fruitless as only hens and jakes made an appearance. As rain moved in for the second day of the hunt, Ben setup in the Redneck Ghillie Blind overlooking a cut corn field. A lone hen brings two longbeards over a ridge and within bow range for Ben’s Prime bow and G5 Deadmeat broadhead.
This is the third turkey Ben has taken with his Prime bow this year. Check out the other turkey hunts below!
Whitetail Edge Brings Booner School To Show Ben’s Tips and Tricks On Whitetails Through The Year
Ben has been working on cataloging his years of whitetail knowledge to help hunters with the management of their hunting grounds. He works year-round to get the best results that his land has to offer. This series will be updated with all of his decisions on food plots, stands, scouting, and how he prepares for a successful archery season.
This playlist will be updated throughout the off-season. Expect to see Ben answering questions posted in the comments, looking into new problems and finding solutions, and for tips on how to make use of different terrain features to close the distance between yourself and a mature buck. Ben has already covered a few strategies with clover food plots and choosing the ideal plot locations. He also discusses reusing cut tree stumps as the ideal mineral placement during the off-season. This is just the start of the topics that will be covered in Booner School. Subscribe on Youtube for future episodes!
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