Three Wildlife Management Products For February

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February is a month where wildlife managers that focus on the wild turkey can make a big difference on their resident flock.  Just as a turkey hunter depends on quality gear to bag spring gobblers, wildlife managers depend on quality products to enhance their properties.  Let’s look at some products that can help you manage your turkeys.

Mossy Oak Nativ Nurseries' Wild Turkey Package

Wild turkeys rely on mast crops such as acorns to provide them a viable food source in the fall and winter.  Holding turkeys year-round on a tract of land that is void of these crucial mast crops is an uphill task, so planting trees that can provide this food source is an important investment in the long-term viability of your property.

Mossy Oak Nativ Nurseries’ Wild Turkey Package has an assortment of trees that are selected with the wild turkey in mind.  All of Nativ Nurseries’ trees are grown using their revolutionary Rapid Mast system, which allows trees the ability to produce mast at an earlier age.  The 24-tree package includes “gobbler” sawtooths and different varieties of water oaks, which are a preferred food source for turkeys.  By establishing several tree plots with Nativ Nurseries' Wild Turkey Packages on your property, you will provide them a quality food source and stand a better chance of holding turkeys on your property. 

For more information on Nativ Nurseries' Wild Turkey Package, go to www.nativnurseries.com.

Duke Pecan Company Raccoon Traps

It’s no secret that if wild turkeys are not eaten as eggs, they will stand a better chance of reaching adulthood.  Raccoons, skunks, and opossums are vicious nest predators, and February is a great time to begin exterminating these predators in preparation for the nesting season.  Live traps baited with peanut butter, vanilla wafers, or sardines can be effective ways to combat these nest predators.

Duke Pecan Company produces quality live “box-style” traps that have proven effective in removing unwanted nest predators.  The trap we recommend is the Heavy Duty Single Door trap measuring 30" x 12 x 12", which is a size suitable for raccoons, skunks, and opossums.  The traps are easy to set and are very reliable.  Be sure to purchase several so you can run a string of traps in an area, and take the time to move or wash the traps after catching a predator, as the predators may get “trap shy” if the traps remain in the same place for too long. 

For more information, call Duke Pecan Company at (662) 494-6767 or visit their website at http://duketraps.com/.

Forestry Suppliers Sure-Seal™ Double-Bottom Drip Torch

Prescribed burning is an effective way to control undergrowth and provide fresh growth in timber stands and fallow fields, both of which are critical for the turkeys that call those areas home.  Turkeys flock to freshly burned areas and will feed on the fresh green growth that emerges soon after the burn.  While prescribed burning is not something you should do if you are unaware of the proper procedure, once you educate yourself on how to properly and safely execute a burn, it’s a management practice that can produce results, especially in post-thinned pine plantations.  Remember that it is dangerous, and there are liabilities, so do not burn unless you have consulted with your forester or local forest service representative.

Once you have educated yourself on burning and having taken the proper steps to make sure a safe burn can be executed, look into purchasing drip torch.  Drip torches make burning much easier, and Forestry Suppliers makes one of the best on the market.  Featuring a double bottom and a fuel trap that prevents flash backs into the fuel tank, the Forestry Suppliers Sure-Seal™ Double-Bottom Drip Torch was built with safety in mind. 

For more information, go to www.forestrysuppliers.com.
Author:
Wild Turkey Report Staff
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