My property is a little over 100 acres and most of it (I would say 65% of it) Is low land with alders, swale grass, blueberry brush, and cranberry brush. There is a stream that runs right down the middle and another stream that connects at the lower end of the parcel. These streams that connect are what makes this property so great for hunting. The deer naturally travel the stream and find sanctuary in the alders. But, what makes this property so nice can also be what ruins a hunting season. I have had seasons that I couldnt get to camp because of rain. The streams flood very easily and take forever to drain out. The deer just wont go in the alders when they are flooded.
On one property line, I border a potato farmer who has about 800 acres. He has a rather large family and allows nobody to hunt. He has never harvested the trees and I would say that this tract of land holds the majority of the whitetails in the area. This year he planted corn in his lower field and wasnt able to get it this fall. I am sure it will be good shed hunting around that field this winter. On the other side is approxamitely 700 acres. This owner clearcut his property last fall/winter. I do venture onto this property ( as I dont post my land ) and Ill tell you his land is a mess. Its horrific to see what some of these harvesters do to a piece of property. But, the silver lining for this whole deal is that the deer fed on the tops of the trees all winter and probably saved 50 or more deer.
As far as management of the deer herd….....Im not sure having 100 acres would help? What kind of things should I be doing? This property is 3 miles from any road and getting equipment in there would almost be impossible. I would like to hear anything you could offer for advice.
By the way…......your deer was very nice also. What was the spread?