Today on the show we are joined by Dr. Craig Harper, one of the nation’s foremost experts on deer habitat management, and we’re talking food plots, timber stand improvement, old fields, and much much more.

(If you’d like to skip our intro conversation, you can skip right to our interview at ~13:30)

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What You’ll Learn In This Episode:

– Who Dr. Craig Harper is and insight into his background and the research he does in regards to deer habitat and wildlife

– What’s the ideal composition of habitat for deer

– How to determine what the optimal habitat for your property is

– What’s most important to consider when beginning a habitat plan – food plots, timber, or old fields?

– How to determine whether or not your timbered areas are high quality habitat for deer

– How prescribed fire can improve deer habitat and the basics of implementing fire

– The best ways to improve timbered habitat

– Can you ever have too much high quality deer habitat?

– How to get started managing your old fields and create early successional habitat for deer

– Why early successional habitat is so important for deer

– The initial considerations you should think through before planting a food plot

– How to properly prepare an area for a food plot

– How to plant a quality food plot with no tractor or ATV

– How to decide what the right food plot to plant is

– Understanding annuals vs perennials and cool season vs warm season forages

– Some recommended food plot mixes

– And much, much more!

Show notes, resources, links:

– As discussed, Craig Harper’s new book is now available. Click HERE or HERE to purchase that online.

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