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BY Mark W. Thomas on Jan. 13, 2011

Give Yourself An Edge

Successful Whitetail Edges and Ecotones

The Problem

When evaluating properties and making recommendations to landowners, I am often confronted with a situation that is common to many older, well-established food plots. With the sunlight able to penetrate the edges have closed in over time, and are so thick with brush, blackberry, and many non-native species like Chinese privet, that it impedes whitetail deer and other wildlife from entering.  In some instances, the only access to a food plot is via the road system utilized by equipment; the edges of the food plot are impassible.  In other cases, there may be one or two access trails for an entire food plot. 

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