Just sharing my story if any one is home looking to feed there white tail addiction through the computer until the season is upon us, like I find myself doing a lot !
This property has been un managed since the 1960's, so when I say it was so thick you can't walk through the under growth of dog wood/honey suckle/Alder and many other bushes ( most ranging 5-15 feet tall) I truly mean you can't walk through it. I have no equipment so I knew my only chance to get a clearing with the chain saw, would be when the bushes were still dormant.
The property is a 40 acre parcel and borders state land on 3 sides. I have hunter the state land next to this 40 acre parcel for approx 20 years, it is not common to go days with out seeing a deer - good days 2-4 deer. It is all forest, no oak trees to be found. I have killed many deer over the years eating pine needles or just branches, people I have brought up there have compared it to the Adirondacks ( very little food around)
So after 4 days with the chain saw, I was able to clear a 1/4 acre area. Not the biggest plot by any means, but this is all I am able to accomplish this year. It will be interesting if it is big enough to have food on it during the hunting season or not. With the low deer population in the area I am confident it will be ok, but with the low amount of food in the area it will be interesting to see if the deer just stay there and eat it until there is nothing left. If thats the case I will make it larger next year.
Phase 1 is complete, removal of the bushes and small trees in the area.
Phase 2 soil test to come
Phase 3 will be to till the ground with my old faithful rear tine Honda tiller.
Phase 4 I will be plating Frigid Forage- Big N Nasty Brassicas
I will get a tractor one day, for now my priority is saving funds to build a cabin in 2020 so I can use the property even more, instead of driving an hour back and forth.
For now it feels great to get my hands dirty on my own property instead of just reading about it and watching guys on TV do it.
I will post more pics of progression this year, I am beyond excited just to have this clearing. Best of luck with your food plots
Photo 1 from my tree stand
Photo 2 ground level