Do you have any suggestions to improve our lease in the Appalachian Mountains in Virginia?

By Grant Woods,

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My family has a lease in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains in Virginia. It’s logging country. The owner of the land has been clear cutting a few hundred acres each year. The clear cut provides good browse and bedding for the deer. The landscape, as we have known it, though is changing. Do you have any recommendations on how to improve the land for the years to come?

Thanks for everything you do!

– Patrick


Will the landowner allow the establishment of food plots on the logging decks and skid trails?  If so, this could be a significant improve to the lease!  

Could you create a few hidey hole plots in the clear cuts next to the mature timber?  Deer often travel the edge between different aged timber stands.  Establishing hidey hole plots near this edge could make tremendous stand/blind locations!

Enjoy creation,


November 12, 2015