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Controlled Burns

I see the PGC is doing some controlled burns through out the state, that should help a lot for new growth and browse for the deer and maybe keep the ticks down in that area for awhile. Nothing going on like that in 3C that I'm aware of.
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They've already done at least two SGL burns that I know of, around here, with more scheduled.

According to what I've read, those burns usually kill upwards of 90% of the ticks and tick egg masses, not some.
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I see the PGC is doing some controlled burns through out the state, that should help a lot for new growth and browse for the deer and maybe keep the ticks down in that area for awhile. Nothing going on like that in 3C that I'm aware of.
They burn every spring and again have a window later in the year too. The NE region has had a number of controlled burns the last couple years and already again this year too. It looks like there are like 4, maybe 5 for 3C.
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The agency may be trying a different approach to the tick problem in parts of central this year.

It is monsoon like weather, not trying to burn them out, just drown those little beggars.

Good rident to the tick- however the leave.

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They burned just about all of the field cover on a near-by game land that I hunt pheasants on over the last 2 years in stages. They used to plant food crops, but I think they're just burning instead. We'll see. It's good though. Stuff springs up immediately and is so very green in a week. I'm all for it. Its nice to have more of a variety of natural cover, not just solid goldenrod or switchgrass.
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PGC burned GL 54 @ 949 and Spring Creek roads today.
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They've been burning various pheasant fields on the gamelands near me for the last 3 years on a rotating basis. It's incredible how quickly it regenerates. Within 2 weeks you wouldn't even know except for some charred treestumps and larger branches on the ground. Unless you look closely you wouldn't even notice.

It does seem to help with the ticks as I pick up considerably less in those fields that I do in the woods.
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Does burning affect nesting turkeys this time of year? Does PGC even care?
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The PGC burned GL 54 again today. There is a bunch of black area. Does anyone know how many acres they burned on Gamelands 54 the last 2 days? Rumors have it around 500...
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Does burning affect nesting turkeys this time of year? Does PGC even care?
Burns are controlled by humidity and wind, if the conditions are not right they will not and cannot burn, it would be too risky. If a burn is needed to manage the land they must do it when they can. It is a big deal and requires many people to comply with the requirements the state has put on controlled burns. A few nests lost as collateral damage pales in comparison the the good the burns do.
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