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Join Date: Feb 2001
Location: Cumberland County 5A
Not really, Curly? Just noting that there are likely lots of "wintering complexes" already in existence, here and there. No real efforts needed to improve them if they're already there to one degree or another?
What I described was an example of one man's efforts, but he didn't have thousands of pines planted on a whim. Much of the land he acquired back then, was overgrown farmland. Very little of that ground was still being cultivated, especially the steeper parts that he cleared and planted pines on. Some had been logged off when he bought it, then planted with pines and larches because it was an eyesore.
The biggest patch where the springs are and critters tend to congregate in during harsh winters, was directly up the hill behind his house and the equipment dealership. The planting was his effort to improve what he had to look at every day, while he lived and worked there. That it eventually provided great wildlife cover, was an additional benefit that he probably never envisioned?
Other side of he valley where my camp is, has lots of hemlocks on the ridges up behind me. My adjoining neighbor's woods (about 40 acres) up in back of me is mostly hemlocks now, since he's had it timbered multiple times over the past 50 years. Some areas that were mostly hardwoods that long ago, are now grown up almost completely in hemlocks.
I have killed several deer there in bad weather, when deer get back in those thick patches of hemlocks for some shelter. The year we had a severe sleet storm on opening day of doe, was one of those times that worked out well for me.
Noticed in buck season that one large patch of thick hemlocks partially surrounded by a regenerating clear cut, had a trail beaten thru some green briar and into the hemlocks. Crawled in thru that trail in the briars and found deer bedded in there under the trees during the sleet storm. Darker'n the inside of a boot under there, got lucky and popped a doe that I could barely see, as she got up to flee. I've also still hunted above another thick area of hemlocks up in there and shot deer that were down in there below me, taking shelter.
When I could still do lots of walking, got to liking "wintering complexes" during crappy weather in deer seasons.
Played cat and mouse in the second week last year, with a dozen doe that came down out of one such hemlock patch almost every evening, into a small pasture area below the thick stuff. Wherever I set up, they'd come out in a different place and so it went for several evenings. Finally got in the right place and they didn't come out until about five minutes after legal quitting time. Why we call it "hunting". ;o)
Some folks' learnin' curves just look like circles...3A Camp/also hunt 4B
Last edited by DennyF; 11-07-2016 at 09:06 AM.