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Heart's Desire Forestry Update and Long Term Planning, 12 November 2010

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Food Enhancement Plan 2005 - '06 (As of January, 2011, all these plans have been implemented.)

Background

·        An analysis of doe weights from the 1988 –89 season to 2004-05 season revealed that for every age class, weights have not been improved, and in fact have reached a plateau peak and then retreated.  The weights in the North Country, in particular, seem to indicate a deer overpopulation or food insufficiency.

·        Spikes are common.

·        This year two bucks killed had already lost their antlers, suggesting a mineral deficiency.

·        Big bucks are virtually never seen and are very difficult to hunt in the new thickets.

·        Quality upland food plots comprise less than 3 % of HD land.

·        Members are not seeing older aged bucks and are harvesting 2 ½ year old bucks.

·        In revisiting the old Grant Woods’ recommendations, it became apparent the food portion of the plan has not been developed as well as the forestry portion.  Of the 10 “pies” on the original plan, 6 centralized food plots have been started.  Some need to be expanded and the other 4 need to be considered (and perhaps incorporated nearby).  Establishing 1 of the 4 is included in this plan.  Expanding 2 others is also included.

Conclusion

·        Quantity - Renewed emphasis needs to be placed on the quantity food portion of Grant’s plan.

1.      Specifically, HD needs to increase the available food supply in the North Country.  Last year, Jimmy recommended the area from the Donut field north should be considered in planning a huge food source.  This plan includes his recommendations.

2.      And, HD needs to increase the available food supply on the centralized areas of Grant’s plan not yet fully developed – Ruff Hollow and Blake Hollow.

·        Quality - Renewed emphasis needs to be placed on the quality of food throughout our property.  Develop a systematic plan to lime, fertilize, mow, plant or replant, etc., all the existing food plots.  Then, monitor the implementation.

·        Hunting - Renewed emphasis needs to be placed on creating better hunting possibilities for the existing clear-cuts.

The Plan

·        Objectives

1.      Create more food plots in the North Country (see map @ http://www.hdproperty.com/

2.      Expand existing food plots in the North Country

3.      Create better hunting possibilities in the North Country, including several relocations of stands, creating multiple shooting possibilities, creating shooting lanes (some are food plots), clearing shooting lanes to newly created food plots, etc.

4.      Expand the food plots in Ruff Hollow

5.      Extend the road for access, and expand the food plots in Blake Hollow

6.      Use temporary outside labor to do the bulldozing work

7.      Assess the results of the dozer work during Turkey Season and determine whether or not to continue with the current operator.

8.      Develop a plan to systematically improve all existing food plots

·        The Responsible Committee – Nat Harris III and Ned Priest – which will oversee, monitor and report progress on the implementation.

Go to http://www.hdproperty.com/ and see the results.  Area 2 West is now finished and Area 1 W is still in progress.

High Priority items for 2004 - Completion Goal Summer, 2004

Overall purpose - "the objectives of the project are to make the clear cuts easier to hunt and to transform them from impregnable hideouts to productive harvest sites."

All this has been approved by the Board and the money allocated for the project.

1.  Plant 100 acres of pines.

2.  Build/Improve 3 - 4 miles of roads, including access roads through clear cuts and to new food plots.

3.  Build/Clear/Plant 5 to 7 new food plots - total of approximately 5 acres.

4.  Strategically Position 25 new 15' ladder stands.

5.  Relocate old unused stands (tower stand # 5 and others).

6.  Develop a timetable (and system to monitor the progress) to accomplish each aspect of the above:  i.e., (a) finalize the entire new "road" system, (b) finalize the food plot locations, (c) establish responsibility for and reach a consensus agreement on stand site locations.