Stone Branch

Discussion in 'Habitat Improvement' started by Stone Branch, Jun 27, 2019.

  1. Feedman

    Feedman Cyber-Hunter

    May 28, 2003
    In the basement
    Looks great. Nice Buck
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  2. Drahts

    Drahts 12 pointer

    Apr 7, 2015
    Great buck SB! Good Luck in shifting his zone!
  3. Stone Branch

    Stone Branch 10 pointer

    Jun 27, 2019
    Lewis county, KY
    Thanks keeruss8, Feedman

    Thanks Drahts, I'm making progress.

    A case study, area in blue approximately 8.5 acres. The green line is my property line and my neighbors hunt just over the line.

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    Early 2019 the area had very few oaks to provide acorns and no natural browse at ground level. It was a stunted, overgrown maple garbage pile, no rubs.

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    In June 2019 the whole thing started in the blue area when I realized that I had to help one of the few white oaks by

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    releasing it.

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    And as it usually happens once I get the feeling I can't stop. I went on to hurt a lot of primarily red maples in the blue area. I really do not have a set habitat plan but rather a more fluid plan that allows me to go in the direction that the plan takes me as it unfolds.

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    I placed a stand centrally located on the ridge in the blue area for the 19/20 hunting season. During the 20/21 season I saw more deer than the year prior mostly to the southeast down the ridge top where I made more of a mess.

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    During the 21/22 season I pulled that stand to use somewhere else which essentially made the blue area a de facto sanctuary. Low and behold I started getting pictures of my Target 10 coming out of the blue area on the camera marked by the red x.

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  4. Stone Branch

    Stone Branch 10 pointer

    Jun 27, 2019
    Lewis county, KY
    Looking down towards the rim trail that runs along the southern edge of the blue area I have some hickories, one shagbark, one nice white oak, some nicer sugar maples, and some more double girdles.

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    Along the rim trail I will kill more trees later in the summer with my hack hammer and tryclopyr.

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    I still have messy areas

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    and next to the messy areas there are more rubs. There are rubs all over the worked area.

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    This year I will get in to utilize some of the firewood.

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    The other day I added a couple dozen new girdles

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    to the old girdles.

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    I will come in and hack many of the remaining smaller red maples. I am going to hinge cut remaining smaller red maples along the blue/green property line. After that my de facto sanctuary will become the official ridge top non-violate sanctuary during and around the hunting season.

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  5. Stone Branch

    Stone Branch 10 pointer

    Jun 27, 2019
    Lewis county, KY
    I don't care to do much hinge cutting

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    but in this spot along the property line it seems to work.

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    A nice red oak now free of undesirable neighbors.

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    Outside looking in.

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    I made sure to cut a passage way through along the rim trail.

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    Fifty yards in, rubs.

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    Inside looking out.

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    I've been trying for a week to catch a coyote, so far one coon.

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    2 nights ago coyotes paced the set from 10pm till 6:30am before they made off with the bait, a demeated deer carcass. They made off with the dead coon in another set down the trail. This is my first attempt at trapping coyotes, I don't seem to be very good at it.

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  6. Stone Branch

    Stone Branch 10 pointer

    Jun 27, 2019
    Lewis county, KY
    I went and had a peek yesterday to see what was going on the north rim trail on the northern edge of the blue area.

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    Right down from the red x camera location, yah, that's what I would call a signpost rub.

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    Some spots along the north rim trail I mulched

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    and some I left unruly.

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    Mostly big hickories and a lot of little oaks remain. I think, pretty good deer cover with an abundance of acer and smilax browse.

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    More hinged along the line.

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    A new 10 who's been around the past few months.

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  7. grinder

    grinder 10 pointer

    Oct 28, 2003
    harrodsburg, ky, USA.
    164 acres of wooded paradise with creek, too many trees( you clear wooded easier than you can reforest bare land) ridge tops, hollers, funnels, and mast bearing trees. Paradise ! Intresting thread. I have skipped through most, but will go back and try to read.
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  8. Stone Branch

    Stone Branch 10 pointer

    Jun 27, 2019
    Lewis county, KY
    Looking towards the sunny ridge from the blue side

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    and from the sunny ridge looking back.

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    The Kinniconick watershed to the west.

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    The corner of my property looking west

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    To the right lies the future 1000 acre clearcut

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    and to the left, my ground.

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    The deer are bedding up there

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    and still scratching for acorns.

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    There are a few rubs.

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    There are a couple of nice flats on my side of the fence. One of the guys that leases the 1000 has a ladder stand and a bait station up on the property line so I have yet to venture up there to hunt. I did hear that they got pictures of a 180" deer in that location. I will eventually be hunting up there but am now waiting for the clear cut to see what shakes out. Having a clearcut bordering my oaks will be awesome.

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  9. Drahts

    Drahts 12 pointer

    Apr 7, 2015
    SB I surely hope they do a better job than these guys are doing on the 480+acre cut next to me. They are 1.5 yrs in now and still have 50 ac to go. What a ground raping. But I'm hoping it really benefits us here, I think it will. But what a mess they are leaving.

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