In the Field: In with the New

by Anna Mitterling, Wildlife Cooperative Coordinator, MUCC

Now that hunting seasons have wrapped up (click here to read about special January hunts), I welcome you to the first day of the 2018 season: preparation. Hopefully, you took note of your habitat conditions when you were out hunting or running your dog. If not, get back out there and look around! What projects do you want to complete this year? Who do you need to talk to about managing your property? Do you need to do a deer browse survey? Do you have a route created for a crowing count survey? Do you know the harvest success of your neighbors?

Here are some blogs from the past year that may help you in your efforts to prepare for this coming fall:

Learn more about Cooperatives and their development

Frost Seeding

Starting a Cooperative

Preventing Trespassing

Predator Hunting

Browse Surveys

Just be sure to do something. Simple steps now can make significant progress in improving future hunting seasons. If you are not currently part of a wildlife cooperative, please contact me. I would love to help you walk through the process of starting a cooperative. To see if one is already started in your area, check out the map here. To find other people who may be interested in working alongside you, connect with your local Pheasants Forever Chapter or Quality Deer Management Association Branch. Of course, I am here to help as well, and can be reached at Happy Hunting Preparation Season!

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