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Tuesday, April 23rd, 2024

Breaking News for

Sportsmen Since 1967

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2024

Breaking News for

Sportsmen Since 1967

Christopher Jennings

The Outdoor Steward: Properly transplanting bareroot trees and shrubs this spring and beyond

I planted my first bareroot shrub in 2003. Since then, I have planted thousands of bareroot tree and shrub seedlings and transplants. My track record has been pretty good, and most failures could be blamed on extreme locations or summer drought.
Since it never hurts to trouble-shoot your technique, I reached out to Wisconsin DNR Reforestation Specialist Jeremiah Auer. Wisconsin DNR state nurseries distributed more than 3.8 million seedlings from more than 50 different trees and shrubs last year alone. So Auer knows his way around bareroots.

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Tips to manage your land for wild turkeys

The past few years have seen some peaks and valleys in turkey numbers across the Great Lakes states. Could management practices employed by small property owners give turkeys a boost? This scribe reached out to the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) to find out.
Clayton Lenk, NWTF district biologist for Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin offered to help, and together we devised a short list of management practices you can use to benefit turkeys.

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Is your food plot in need of improvement? Try frost seeding this spring

Did last fall find your clover plot a bit underwhelming? If “opportunities for improvement” topped last season’s food plot report card, frost seeding might help give your plot a boost this spring.
Frost seeding employs a phenomenon that occurs each spring when atmospheric conditions work on soil to generate the growth of strange crystals. To help you understand the process, let me set the stage with a scenario, one that you may have experienced.

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Compact tractors: The perfect tool for the outdoor steward

Far from their humble beginnings as stripped-down utility tractors or beefed-up lawn tractors, compact and sub-compact tractors are thriving today.
What was once a fringe product has been brought to center stage by recreational property ownership and a growing list of implements that allow these small tractors to do even more. Here’s a look at some current sub-compact (under 25 hp) and compact (25 to 35 hp) tractor offerings.

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Same time next year: Here’s the benefits of perennial food plots

Drive through farm country and you will see “hay fields.” Most often consisting of perennial forages like clover, alfalfa, or pasture blends, these fields tend to remain in place year after year.
To wildlife, especially whitetails, perennials like clover and alfalfa are staples. These crops will not have the attraction of delicacies like soybeans or Austrian winter peas or oats; these are no frills, commodities to consume every day.

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