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Reasons I Use a Forester

We are cutting timber on several tracts in two states as I'm writing this. Though I'm not a logger or a graduate forester, I do know more than the average bear about timber management. That being said, I still use a professional forester on all of the tracts where we manage timber...always!

 

Here are the main reason why I do it:

 

1. THEY KNOW MORE THAN ME. I am an experienced land broker in 6 states and have personally been involved with tens of thousands of acres of timberland. But the guys I use to help me plan, manage, and harvest timber still know that side of business way better than I.They have seen and experienced countless situations, in various markets and conditions, on many more acres of timberland than I have. Their insight is likely going to have more depth than mine in this field.

 

2. THEY'LL USUALLY PAY THEIR OWN WAY. I have yet to have a situation where the foresters I use haven't exceeded my expectations in the final tally of sales and condition of the property when the logging was done. The 7-10% they charge me for the work has been offset in the increased level of merchandising of timber their on-site presence brings. This detail results in better utilization - and pricing - for my timber. They also are able to work their contacts to get me the best price available in the current market. This all adds up to more to than paying their own way!

 

19 August
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Cool Season Food Plots for the Southeast

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.

 

Get both of these resources and get after it!

 

- Pat Porter

 

06 August
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