Habitat tour in Michigan
I recently attended a habitat workshop in Lenawee Co.( SE Michigan), hosted by Jake Ehlinger. Jake is the owner of Habitat Solutions 360LLC. He provides long and short term habitat plans to property owners of the Midwest. His property is 67 ac., of which, approx. 10 ac. or so is standing water swamp. He has been very successful in killing 4 and 5yr. olds the past 10 yrs or so. The most interesting part of the tour for me was how big the property hunts. After walking the 55 or so huntable acres, it felt like we toured a property of 200+ acres. He has achieved this through complete compartmentalization of his farm (which he has been working on for the last 30 some years). He uses NWSG,Hybrid Sorghum, Miscanthus grasses, planted conifers, and tons of hinge cuts to screen his access and creates a lot of separation between the doe family groups and bucks that reside on the property. He uses a ton of licking branches (existing branches and vines he attaches to span wires between two trees or he wires them to branches that are too high, or horizontal). He also likes to plant perennials in his hinge cut bedding areas and escape trails throughout bedding trails. He has a bunch of micro-plots within cover and two destination plots, mostly in the front of the property. I was also surprised with how close he was getting mature bucks to bed with relation to does (30-40 yards with in some instances) with great hinge cut screening. I had seen his property and story in “quality whitetails magazine” and also on his online videos. Jake was a great down-to-earth guy and the property was great to see in person. Nothing ground breaking but you get a different perspective seeing it up close.