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Family Traditions - A Reminder of a hunters why. By Tom LaLond

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How did you get introduced to the adventurous world of hunting? For the majority, I’d bet money that it was a family member. Either dad, mom, brother, sister, uncle, or grandpa. Our hunting roots all tie back to one common thing, family traditions. Now as a family grows how does a person stay really active with their hunting and land management goals? There’s one, incredibly busy friend of mine who has identified a very fulfilling and productive way to improve his properties hunt-ability and his family’s bond. Sean Graese is the owner of Northstar Bison, his family’s grass fed Bison operation in Rice Lake, WI. When he’s not organizing and directing the many aspects of this business that ships high quality meats all over the country, Sean is running around town or the house with his wife, Sami, and 3 boys Lincoln, Miller, and Griffin. So where did he compromise his work or family time in order to get more hunting opportunities? He didn’t. Sean brought his family into his beloved outdoor adventures! This

This season Sean received permission to plant a food plot that would extend onto his neighbors property edge. Armed with a tractor, tiller, and a bag of Big ‘n Beasty Sean and his 2 oldest boys Lincoln and Miller, baby Griffin was just born and unable to do much tilling, set out afield for some family time. They turned over the ground, green vegetation and all, broadcast the Frigid Forage, and then lightly turned over the top soil to incorporate the seed mix. It’s such a simple, and unorthodox planting technique that we couldn’t believe how well everything germinated and grew in. Lincoln and Miller.

loved running through the tilled soil while being able to broadcast the seed. Now that the table was set all they needed was to get an ambush point set up. The construction of the log shack was a favorite of the boys. It was a simple concept again, that turned out spectacular. It was a black-backed log cabin style blind nestled just off the food plot edge overlooking a staging area. Sean noticed that this project helped teach the family about the hard work and benefits of perseverance. So what’s the lesson or reason to be excited about this example? It’s no secret that our hunter recruitment numbers are going in a downward trend. Much of that is due to families struggle of getting kids involved early enough, before they get so distracted by other opportunities. This story is an example of how an incredibly busy family reset their priorities in order to do their part of adjusting that involvement declination into a positive trend. Now ask yourself, what can you do within your sphere of influence to turn this down trend, upward? Start with your own family traditions.

Let Diversity Dictate - By Tom Lalond

The one general improvement every hunter should focus on for their property is the increasing available edge habitat. Well that is, if you want to see more deer, turkeys and wildlife. This focus means setting diversity of available food, cover, and security as top priority. Now good edge habitat is going to be messy, disorganized, [...]

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How long does is take to establish a good deer property with mature bucks?

Topic: Time to Create a Good Deer Hunting Property: It will take at least three years for the deer to become used to your food sources and for you to protect a few bucks before you will feel like you are improving the deer hunting on a new propertyHey Bill, my dad and I just recently [...]

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How to fix yellowing leaves in Big n Beasty

Jake from Illinois asks, Topic: How to Fix Yellow Leaves in Big N Beasty: When your Big N Beasty starts to show yellow leaves, it is generally due to a lack of soil nutrients. A quick shot of fertilizer should fix the problem. I planted the Big-n-Beasty in 1/2 acre plot and it’s growing fine but [...]

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How to Grow Food Plots in a Drought

Topic: How to Grow Food Plots in a Drought:When you see rain coming, it is important to get fertilizer out on your plots if you have not done so already. You need to make the most of every rain and every growing day when facing a drought, and fertilizer helps with that.Hey Bill. I am [...]

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Best Cover Crop for a Clover Plot:

J.R. from Ohio asks, Topic: Best Cover Crop for a Clover Plot: Winter Peas can be a very good late summer planting that will serve as a decent cover crop for clover. It won’t come back the next spring. However, winter peas are susceptible to deer browse pressure when they are establishing. If you have a lot [...]

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Planning for Good Maryland Hunting

Topic: Plan now for Good Maryland Hunting: Planting Plot Screen is the perfect way to create an ideal entry and exit route in an otherwise open area. Well here we are just a few weeks from the official start of summer and I have been working on finalizing plans and getting some work done for the 2017-18 deer [...]

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Making Micro-Plots on Small Properties

This past weekend, I took on the task of making micro-plots on my Ohio farm, two small ones and one medium sized plot.The micro-plots are to hunt over while the medium sized (approximately 2/3 of an acre) plot is to increase the amount of food in the middle of the property.I planted all three to [...]

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Added bonus to having Big & Beasty Plots

The hunting benefits and wildlife habitat improvements associated with planting food plots is generally well known and widely discussed throughout the hunting community.  Another benefit that has provided a lot of entertainment and a good census of the bucks on our property is shed hunting in and around these food plots following hunting season.  The food plots performed great and [...]

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Soil Testing- The First Step to a Quality Food Plot

Soil testing your food plots is one of the most important things you can do to assure a successful plot. The results obtained from the Soil Test Report will tell you the pH (level of soil acidity), organic matter content, phosphorus and potassium levels of the soil. This valuable information will help you decide what to apply for lime [...]

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