Deer Recovery / Habitat

Gerry Lavigne
  • Habitat
    • Deer Wintering Area Protection
    • Other Habitat Management
  • Hunting
    • Deer Harvest Management
    • Wintering Feeding
    • Road Kill Management
    • Illegal Kill

Herbaceous Seeding for Wildlife

Grassy fields and small clearings, where grasses and clover predominate are habitat types often lacking in the extensive forests of the unorganized townships. These areas provide nutritious forage for, deer, bear, grouse and many other wildlife species, often at times when high quality feed is lacking. Woodcock also use open fields for breeding and roosting, a vital habitat component. The establishment of grasses in forest clearings will also slow forest succession on the site and serve to maintain this open habitat for a longer time. Herbaceous seeding is also used to reduce soil loss on erodable sites.

Winter roads and log landings disturbed by forest operations are good sites for herbaceous seeding, especially those adjacent to deer, wintering areas or, stream crossings. Wunz (1987) gives a good review of various techniques used for creating herbaceous clearings. He also evaluates costs, recommends seeding mixes and discusses how to select sites. Some of his sites remained in herbaceous vegetation for fourteen years.
Read more here!

Here is a chart comparing different seed mixtures and costs.
Seed Mix Evaluation

Update from IFW coyote effort thru October.

Predation Management Map
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