8 August 2008
To prepare your property for a safe hunt prior to opening day of the bow
season. These guidelines are simply that; there is no intent to
micro-manage your efforts. Accomplish the objective as you see fit. See the Heavy Maintenance Guidelines so that
efforts are not duplicated.
- Repair tree stands, check for
- Rotten Wood: replace wood as needed.
- Tighten or replace
- Protruding nails
and loose boards.
- Secure tree stands
to the ground with stakes.
- Trim branches from
tree at least 7’ above the platform for visibility.
- Replace tree stands
that are not repairable; new stands if available are located at Greene’s
- Relocate tree and
ground stands that are too close, recommend 100 yards separation unless
some natural barrier separates the stands, such as a hill.
- Placard and double
tape stand locations. Recommend
that the taping be done in he fall, since most of the tape is
- Shooting lanes
should be cleared or cut to give the hunter a chance to identify and size
the game before the shot.
- All nails driven
into trees for placarding shall b aluminum nails.
- Move tree stands
from dead trees to live ones.
- Clear roads of obstructions and
overhanging branches. The objective
is to allow the operator of a tractor bush hog easy access. Note:
the road crew will cut side growth from the roads 5 – 6’ in height.
- Clear stand trails
of obstructions, overhanging branches, and side growth. The objective is to widen these trails
to at lest 4 – 5’, allowing the operator of a 4 wheeler/portable bush hog
easy access. This will also
expedite removal of game. Placard
and single tape trails as needed.
Triple tape trail intersections as needed.
- Foot trails: clear foot trails of all growth and
obstructions, cut as needed to allow the hunter access to the stand. Placard and tape the trails as needed.
- Install bridges; repair existing as
- Cut small trees and brush as close to
the ground as possible with no sharp points for safety and ATV tires.
- Post the property on all sides unless
we lease the adjoining property.
Place a posted sign every 100 yards or less.
- Clear branches and vines away from
existing posted signs.
- Pick up trash on the way in and way
out. Keep the leased property
- Make a schedule and inform your
helpers of the schedule, time and place.
Give them the opportunity to work the required three days or more.
- Keep a record of attendance. Full day, half day, ect.
- Keep track of what is done and what
needs to be done.
- Project the number of stands that will
be needed for the next year.
- Make changes to your property map that
reflect a tree stand or ground stand, stands added or number change.
- The club has number projects that need
to be done. If you and your helpers
haven’t used the three full days, please let me know so that you can help
with other projects.
Reporting to the
- Request materials needed, tape, wire,
nails, lumber, placards, ect.
- Inform him of any situation you can’t
- Inform him when your property is ready
for the hunt.
- Turn in the corrected map, work party
attendance record, and projected number of stands needed prior to 15
October. This allows time to print
the most current and correct map for the fall season.
volunteering. Your efforts are