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post #1 of 25 (permalink) Old 01-14-2019, 07:38 PM Thread Starter
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Creating bedding areas

I had some logging done on the farm about 4 yrs. ago and while they were there I had them make me a couple of 3/4 ac. clearcuts to give the woods some more diversity and edge cover. My thought was, lots of browse and good bedding for the does, especially the one's just inside the field edge.The regeneration was excellent but with all the trees crisscrossed and in piles they were only using them occasionally.Fast forward to this past weekend,I was up at the farm looking for something to do and thought why not see if I could make more use out of those areas.Walked them first to get the path of least resistance into the middle, or there about's, picked a decently level area with some good logs and stumps for backing cover and a path out. Got tore up with the briars but got it pretty well sorted out.Fired up the tractor and brushhog and went at it. It was quite the rodeo with the logs,stumps,rocks and hidden logs but eventually I got the best of it. Pushed,lifted and cut with the chainsaw then mowed as best as I could for about 7 hrs and had 3 areas ready. Next morning filled the loader bucket with topsoil grabbed the loppers, chainsaw, shovel and digging iron and built the beds.About 6 hrs. for 6 beds, nothing goes fast working alone. Came off the hill tired, sore but happy and satisfied. neat project, 2 more to complete and see what use we get out of them. The pictures should be in progression
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post #2 of 25 (permalink) Old 01-14-2019, 09:57 PM
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I am interested to see if you get any deer to use them. Keep us updated.
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You could have put a few blankets in them, if you were a nice guy! 😁
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Great project and I hope all your work pays off.


Bedding = day time deer on your property
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I'll keep an eye on them and see what happens, at least they will use the paths, as they were covered in tracks the next morning. I was thinking a nice layer of straw Grizz, we dont want spoil them
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dont forget pillows to support the heavy racks, and bunks for the twins.


great job...looks real nice.

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That looks great! Be interested to see if they use the beds you created or just bed in there at a spot of their choosing. Either way, I am sure they will use it. Looks like they have a good vantage point from in there.
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Hey...……………….. If the deer don't use 'em, you could turn them into dirthole sets for Bigfoot trapping...……………..

Keep us posted on usage.
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Update on my bedding area work, started from the main clearing I created in the three clearcuts. Opened up some smaller openings throughout the rest of the areas in spots that where fairly level. First with the chain saw, then a weed wacker with brush blade, and then with a rough cut walk behind mower. I then connected all of them with trails, It's been quite the project over the last few months but they are already bedding in them. It also extracted a pound of flesh. Maybe another 5 or 6 days of work to complete the 3 of them
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Those walk behind brush mowers can be rough on the operator. They do a good job though.

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