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Logging activity
« on: August 22, 2017, 03:59:51 PM »
Out scouting today and found a potentially good spot in the CNF but there seemed to be quite a bit of active logging activity.  Anyone know if logging happens year round and how much that will move deer around.  I'm guessing they're just thinning out trees and will be done come Oct.  OnX maps says it was thinned last in 2014 if that means anything.


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Re: Logging activity
« Reply #1 on: August 22, 2017, 05:02:32 PM »
I've seen some of my biggest bucks in patches that have just been logged. 

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Re: Logging activity
« Reply #2 on: August 22, 2017, 05:14:07 PM »
I've seen some of my biggest bucks in patches that have just been logged.
That's my hope


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Re: Logging activity
« Reply #3 on: August 22, 2017, 09:11:05 PM »
There's several different treatments that they might be doing now and/or what has been done in the past:

 - Release treatment - going through and removing unwanted/competing small trees and tall brush from a young stand so the crop trees can maximize early growth

- Precommercial thinning - removal of remaining unwanted/poorly performing trees to achieve desired number of trees/acre for the immediate future

- Commercial thinning - removing crop trees from the stand to take to market, allowing the remaining trees to increase growth rate.

- Harvest - you've got yourself a new clearcut or other radically changed environment.

If that area was commercially thinned in 2014, they're likely working in a different area - perhaps they're just next door.  On the west side, once thinned, I would guess it would be a minimum 15 years, probably 20 before they go back into that stand again for a second thinning or perhaps a total harvest.  I'm guessing that the numbers are even higher on the dry side.

The deer normally won't go far while they're working out there (to my knowledge).  They might stick a lot tighter to their core zones, or find new ones until the activity stops though.  It might be a good idea to inquire from one of the crew or truckers how long they'll be working in that area.  You can plan your season accordingly.
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Re: Logging activity
« Reply #4 on: August 24, 2017, 10:36:52 AM »
They'll start back up once the fire restrictions are lowered, there's some big sales on the CNF.
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Re: Logging activity
« Reply #5 on: August 24, 2017, 10:56:27 AM »
Them deer are in there every night browsing away,but most logging operations won't allow you to hunt in there unit while there working.Maybe there's some older thining,or logging units close by that are huntable. :dunno:
Two birds in the Bush is always better than one in the hand-that way you can always go to the Bush and hunt another day .conservation=Better hunting.
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Re: Logging activity
« Reply #6 on: August 24, 2017, 10:59:45 AM »
They'll start back up once the fire restrictions are lowered, there's some big sales on the CNF.
I have notice that state land in the northeast has had a lot of timber sales also , in one area I hunt has been doghair thick for years,now it's opened up so hope there's better hunting this year in there.
Two birds in the Bush is always better than one in the hand-that way you can always go to the Bush and hunt another day .conservation=Better hunting.
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Re: Logging activity
« Reply #7 on: August 24, 2017, 11:17:20 AM »
I know in my experience logging creates browse for the deer and attracts them because they enjoy eating the soft new growth off the tops of brush and trees that the logging has knocked down. In blacktail country logged areas can be premium hunting spots as well.

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Re: Logging activity
« Reply #8 on: August 24, 2017, 11:25:25 AM »
If you are concerned weather they will be out of there when you hunt contact the land owner and ask them or go to the logging company and ask. I do that with Weyerhaeuser and they are more than helpful.

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Re: Logging activity
« Reply #9 on: August 24, 2017, 11:32:05 AM »
Out scouting today and found a potentially good spot in the CNF but there seemed to be quite a bit of active logging activity.  Anyone know if logging happens year round and how much that will move deer around.  I'm guessing they're just thinning out trees and will be done come Oct.  OnX maps says it was thinned last in 2014 if that means anything.


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Back in NH, the loggers always carried their rifles during hunting season and usually tagged out during the day.  :dunno:
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