It's the time of year when most people who deer hunt in the southeast start thinking about food plots. A few of us look at food plots as a year-around
land management activity, but most folks are content with doing what they can to get something in the ground for the fall and winter. These fall/winter
plots are really harvest plots, not so much supplemental food plots, but they are useful, nevertheless.
Here are two really good resources to help you get the most of the food plots you plant and to help you take them to a more productive level...both for
your hunting enjoyment and for the benefit of the deer and other wildlife that will use them.
One resource is free. It's the "Supplemental Wildlife Food Planting Manual for the Southeast" published by Mississippi State University. Get it HERE.
The other resource is a great book that you will need to fine tune your plant selection, timing, and plot maintenance. I own this book and have used it
so much it's ragged and dog-eared. It's "Quality Food Plots - Your Guide to Better Deer and Deer Hunting." Take a look at it and order HERE.
Pat Porter talks about flagging your own boundary lines on timberland or hunting tracts. While only a surveyor can set a corner, you can mark your own
lines between those corners. It's not that difficult to do it right and get the lines close enough for a well-established boundary line.
Take a look at all Pat's land-related videos at the RecLand Talks video blog.
The Land Info Site will provide tips, information, and resources to help you manage rural real estate. Land management is a on-going process in being good stewards of the ground we own, hunt, lease, farm, and enjoy. There will be a variety of topics and approaches so come back, scroll around, and pick up a good idea or two.
Some of the videos and resources we post here may have information that we wouldn’t completely agree with. Or we may think there is a better way to go
about a particular plan, but that’s OK. We’re not trying to just push only our thoughts but to provide a broad range of material that may have some
benefit to some folks, but not to others. Like an old friend used to say, “Just chew up the meat and spit out the bones.”
We will try to suggest resources that may be useful. Yea, we probably make a little something off of some of the stuff, but we will just promote things
that we believe will provide you with some value.
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farms, ranches, & rural home site tracts in Louisiana, Arkansas, Mississippi, Texas, Iowa, & Missouri. You can get more information about RecLand
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Moist-soil research and the development of management techniques has been an expanding process since the early 1900's in the United States. While most
of us view moist-soil management primarily from the perspective of improving habitat for waterfowl and being able to attract and hold ducks, the overall
conservation impact is much broader.
The science of managing moist-soil units has increased dramatically as it has become a major piece of the conservation puzzle. Soil disturbance, water
management with its variables of flooding timing, rate, and duration, and then subsequent drawn-downs (and again with its timing, rate, and duration)
are just a few of the components of properly managing moist-soil wetlands for optimum plant growth, wildlife habitat, and food sources.
WRP land and other types of wetland habitat require land owners and managers to learn some of the required science if they desire to make the most of the
wetland habitat. In addition to the hard and fast science, there are also the nuances and "exceptions to the rules" that are as valid as the science.
These subtle shifts from the printed facts can only be learned, in my opinion and experience, by trial and error and observation as each land manager
applies the science to his particular locale. So, if you you are having a cuckleburr problem, should you begin a draw-down in late April or mid-May
in your area? The facts will give you a general guide...but your trial and error and paying attention to what works...and when...will be where you
will become a better manager.
“Can you find me a small property that joins Phil Robertson’s place?”
Ha! You think I am kidding. I wish I was making this stuff up.
In the early days of the Robertson family’s rise to fame with Duck Dynasty, this was a call or email I personally got – oh, I would say – 12-15 times.
We were a land broker with the same area code as Phil and Willie Robertson so we got the calls. One guy from Texas called a couple times and insisted
there be lots of cypress trees on the property I was to find for him with Spanish moss on them. Yes, it had to have lots of Spanish moss.
Those phone calls died down but then another round of calls and emails started a couple years ago when RecLand became the Duck Commander and Buck Commander
Endorsed Land Broker. You know and I know that there is a difference between Duck Dynasty, the TV show and Duck Commander, the duck call and outdoor
products company. But because the Robertson family is central to both, people assumed we were once again the main conduit to being able to purchase
a duck hole right next to Mr. Phil’s out on the Ouachita River in northeast Louisiana.
Yea, I will get right on that for you.
By the way, I never found a tract with lots of Spanish moss for that guy i...
Making improvements to your land is an ongoing process. Whether you want to make some improvements to enhance the resell value, or just do a few projects to help you enjoy the place more, there's always plenty to do. Here, Pat Porter offers a list of projects he's personally been involved with on rural land tracts of all sizes.
Your tract may be drop dead beautiful down by that cypress slough, but if we can't get buyers down there to it...well, you get the point. Sellers will
typically underestimate the value in passable roads, trails and creek crossings. But buyers notice them, or lack of them, right away. And they put
more value on them being there than it usually will cost to put them there.
Most buyers don't want to pay thousands of dollars per acre for a project. They want to be able to close the sale at 11:00 a.m. and be riding their 4-wheeler
on the place before dark. You and I know that a decent dozer operator can cut many trails for $100-150 per hr. over a couple days and that a 36-inch
culvert can get us across that creek in the back, but most buyers don't want to solve that problem themselves.