Cornerstones of Conservation
Featured Guests: Pat Reeve, Gregg Ritz, Mac McKeever
(Photo courtesy of "The Revolution with Jim & Trav")
Thriving wildlife populations and the habitats they call home are not a product of nature alone, but also a testament to the resolve of outdoorsmen and women who volunteer their time and open their wallets to fund conservation efforts. Tune in to The Revolution the week as we talk about cultivating quality habitat as well as bolstering wildlife health, and numbers, across all species and landscapes. Joining us will be Gregg Ritz host of Hunt Masters, Pat Reeve of Driven with Pat & Nicole and Mac McKeever with L.L.Bean and L.L.Bean Guide to the Outdoors. Tune in for helpful habitat tips and advice, plus a look at the value of ongoing conservation efforts. The Revolution is presented by Outdoor Channel, Sportsman Channel, World Fishing Network and MyOutdoorTV.
As property owners, hunters often focus their efforts solely on food to draw deer to their property. And while it is true that deer need to eat, Pat Reeve, co-host of Driven with Pat & Nicole on Outdoor Channel, says that water should also be a top priority. Pat joins The Revolution this week to talk habitat essentials. Pat tells Jim and Trav that he has done a lot of seminars on the how-to’s of implementing water sources in your hunting areas. He says that deer, especially bucks during the rut, can go without food for a while – however water is a must-have several times a day. By intentionally creating water holes in and around your food sources, bedding areas and other locations where deer feel relatively safe on your property, you’ll create a large draw to your hunting area. When it comes to food plots, a lot of thought needs to go into placement. Pat tells Jim and Trav that hunters need to pinpoint a location that is remote, away from roads and where deer feel comfortable and unpressured. Plot placement should also take stand location into consideration – hunters will need a place to hunt that plot from, and a location that won’t alert or bump deer that frequent the area. When thinking about size, Pat says that small food plots may need to be protected. Small plots can be grazed off before they get a chance to mature if there are a lot of deer in the area, and Pat will explain how to protect those food sources until you are ready to expose them to the deer. Tune in for an informational look at creating food and water sources on your hunting property.
Habitat management is multi-faceted and Gregg Ritz host of Hunt Masters on Outdoor Channel, joins The Revolution this week with a two-part interview covering the high points of property management for whitetails. Gregg tells Jim and Trav that when it comes to whitetails – food, cover and water are the absolute essentials. Gregg begins with Timber Stand Improvement (TSI). Timber provides deer with cover and security as well as food. Gregg says a large percentage of what deer consume comes from within the timber, like natural browse and forbs. For these reasons, proper management of timber on your property is crucial. He’ll discuss hinge-cutting for immediate and effective cover. He’ll also talk selective logging to strategically thin out your timber, let light in and also get paid for the value of the timber you are removing. Next, Gregg will talk food plots and how he creates a combination of sanctuary plots and kill plots. Listen in to find out how Gregg divides individual fields using different crops and incorporates clover borders and adjoining warm season grasses to give deer not only food, but thermal cover and security. By dividing plots with standing corn, Gregg explains how you can reduce social stress on deer and the benefits not only for them, but for the hunter, too. Finally, tune in as Gregg talks about the role that trail cameras play on his properties. Operating trail cameras year-round gives Gregg a unique opportunity to observe the deer and how they use his property. Keeping a journal, he is able to keep track of when bucks start to shed, pinpoint when fawns start to drop, find out how much time deer spend in the food sources he provides, as well as the timber he manages. Listen in for some serious food for thought from Gregg Ritz before diving into your property management projects this season.
More than 100 years ago, the iconic outdoor brand, L.L.Bean was born. Founder and President, Leon Bean was an outdoorsman who turned his passion into a successful business making products for fellow outdoor adventurers. This week Mac McKeever, with L.L.Bean, gives us a brief history of the successful brand and also discusses their commitment to and support of conservation organizations. As a company with their roots founded in the outdoors, Mac tells Jim and Trav that from the very beginning they have worked with conservation groups to ensure the future of the outdoors for generations to come. Check out L.L.Bean Guide to the Outdoors on Outdoor Channel and listen to The Revolution this week for an inside look at one of America’s more iconic outdoor brands.
The Revolution with Jim & Trav - 2/22/2018