2. Water is the most important of the three.
3. Cover or habitat. You need to have good cover on the place you are working on. The more cover you have the better off you will be. (More cover - more animals)
Management is just common sense. You need mature animals to breed back into the herd. If you are not sure you have any mature animals on the place you are working my advice would be this. I would not harvest any bucks only spikes and freak horn. (first year) You need to know your place watch the animals you have. Make the hunters give you a report on what they are seeing when they are on there hunting blinds. If they are seeing eight pointers or larger then the second year I would harvest eight pointers. Just remember you don't want to over harvest. You don't want to go harvest all your younger animals. Just remember one thing young bucks grow up. A lot of managers like a one to one ratio I myself like one buck to two does. I would also harvest all spikes. A spike buck must have horns at lease 4 inches long or longer. Need to harvest freak horn animals also. Just a reminder a buck could have hurt his self while his horns were developing this can cause a horn to be bad on one side. Just remember this is not a overnight thing. Don't over harvest. If we can help write to us and good hunting. One very important thing get a kid involved in hunting.
First year: If not sure on mature buck count, harvest only spikes, freak horns, and does.
First year: If you have mature bucks, harvest no more than 10% of the mature buck population and all spikes, freak horns, and does.
Second year: If you have mature bucks, harvest no more than 10% of the mature buck population and all spikes, freak horns, and does.
Third year: If you have mature bucks, harvest no more than 20% of the mature buck population and all spikes, freak horns, and does. This presumes a mature buck population increase due to previous year's management practices.
Harvest mature buck(s) after the rut the first two years.
Keep the predator population thinned out as much as possible
No young bucks under eight points shall be harvested. Only spikes and freak horns
Spike buck must have no visible fork and spikes 6-8 inches or longer
Keep you buck to doe ratio at one buck to two does
Feed all year work with the land owners next to your place to manage their place
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