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Location: central, IL
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how to best use 20 acres of timber ? ?

I've got a line on 20 acres of timber to purchase. All timber, rolling topography and 2 creeks. its bordered by fields and more timber.

I'm thinking i could clear some smaller patches of timber (the treeds arent very big around, but they are tall) and plant some shade-loving food plots for deer and or turkey.

anyone have suggestions on what else I can do with a relatively small piece of land to make it more hunting friendly for me? I know theres plenty of deer in the region, i just want to make sure they come my way since i don't have any open fields to plant food to draw them in.

thanks in advance for the suggestions and opinions!

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Location: Maryland
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how to best use 20 acres of timber ? ?

sounds like you got a pretty good plan. only i thing i would say is to do a couple clearings by the creek but not to big so they feel safe and they will have a food source and water source close to a bedding area and maybe clear some shooting lanes once you have some stand locations picked out. we just did the same thing for a spot to hunt next season on the edge of the woods by a big ditch that usually holds water and its already being used so it should be a good spot.

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how to best use 20 acres of timber ? ?

Use a horse for logging work rather than a machine if possible. Horses don't leave three foot deep ruts and can't blow a hydraulic hose

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Location: central, IL
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how to best use 20 acres of timber ? ?
Hammer1 wrote:
Use a horse for logging work rather than a machine if possible. Horses don't leave three foot deep ruts and can't blow a hydraulic hose

you sound like you might have experience here! LOL

most logging will probably be done Me-Powered.....from what i can see is there are a lot of TALL small diam trees that can be dragged out...you know the kind. chop em down, cut larger limbs off and drag to where you need them.....thats my plan so far. anything bigger i can cut up a lot smaller or drag out with one of the jeeps or my truck or something.

I'm going to look at the property on friday....cant wait!.....I'm hoping theres a good flat top area that i could turn into a food plot of some sort.

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Location: VT NEK
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how to best use 20 acres of timber ? ?

Have you talked to a forester about puting the acreage into a management plan for wildlife? I'm sure there would be some cost involved but you could save a lot in the long run and get better results with a professional management plan rather than trial and error. Also, some states give you a property tax break of up to one third on land that is in a registered plan.
Just my $0.02

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