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Whitetail Management: Spring Habitat Strategies

Featured Guests: Matt Drury, Gordon Whittington, Steve Nessl

(Photo courtesy of "The Revolution with Jim & Trav") (Photo courtesy of "The Revolution with Jim & Trav")

By: The Revolution with Jim & Trav

The growing season is upon us and now is the time to think about habitat management. This week on The Revolution we’re focusing on effective habitat management tools and techniques that will improve your fall deer hunting seasons. Tune in as we discuss timber stand management, food plots, habitat, trail cameras, water sources and more. Joining us will be Matt Drury with Drury Outdoors, Gordon Whittington of North American Whitetail and Steve Nessl from Yamaha. Tune in for whitetail management strategies this week on The Revolution with Jim and Trav, presented by Outdoor Channel, Sportsman Channel, World Fishing Network and MyOutdoorTV.

Deer hunting isn’t just a fall pursuit, it’s a year-round effort that requires hunters to also wear the hats of land and wildlife managers. Quite possibly what sets the Drury’s apart from most other hunting related shows is that they not only showcase their successes, but they educate others as well. The content they produce is not only entertaining, but it helps other hunters learn and implement strategies that can make them successful too. The Drury’s are well versed in all things hunting and wildlife management and Matt Drury of Drury Outdoors joins us this week for an in-depth look at the effort that goes in to customizing and managing a piece of property to maximize wildlife and hunting potential. Matt will talk about some unique properties in Missouri that Mark and Terry purchased that they have showcased on DOD TV. Matt says it’s really about taking what you have and making it better, so he’ll discuss Mark and Terry’s approach to improving their properties. There are staple attributes that your property needs to have if you want to not only attract, but also hold deer – food, cover and water are essential. Matt will explain why thick and tangled vegetation, that may be tempting to clean up, is great for bedding, cover, and creating a safe haven for deer. Then find out how they go about selecting the placement of their food plots, maintenance of those plots, and their theory behind “food plot architecture”. Matt will convey his personal experience with food plots on his lease and the challenges that can come with trying to create a lush food source.

The Drury’s – Mark, Terry, Matt and Taylor, are widely seen on the popular television shows THIRTEEN and Bow Madness on Outdoor Channel, which will both return with new seasons this summer. In addition, Matt will talk about Critical Mass, their brand-new series set to debut this summer, as well. Matt says that this reality style show will be informative, entertaining, and will showcase hunting in a way that speaks to hunters and non-hunters alike. Tune in for this fun and informative two-part interview with Matt Drury of Drury Outdoors.

Water is a vital resource for all wildlife, and deer are no exception. So, the implementation of water sources on your property can play a large role in attracting deer. Gordon Whittington is the Editor-in-chief of North American Whitetail magazine as well as a charter team member and regular contributor to North American Whitetail TV on Sportsman Channel, and he’ll join us this week to talk water. Deer prefer some water sources more than others and Gordon explains why swiftly moving water isn’t usually their first choice. The noise created by the running water, and also the movement, can interfere with their senses making it more difficult to not only hear, but also to detect movement that could be a potential threat. Instead, deer tend to frequent water holes without as many disturbances, and this is where creating water sources on your property is not only a good management tool but can work to your advantage as huntable patterns are established en route to your water source. Gordon will talk about practical ways to create water sources that are stable and dependable including some artificial systems that are gravity fed and supply water as needed. Finally, Gordon will highlight the June issue of North American Whitetail with a special section on trail cameras as the growing season for deer starts to heat up.

There’s never a bad time to get outdoors and explore. There are 610 million acres of public land across the country and more than 100 million outdoor adventure seekers that look to those lands for a place to recreate. Public access is such an important issue as it affects the ability of citizens to get out and enjoy the outdoors in their individual pursuits of riding, camping, hunting, fishing and other outdoor activities. Yamaha has spent the last decade supporting access with their Yamaha Outdoor Access Initiative where they have awarded more than $3.5 million in funding to help improve access for safe and sustainable recreational use. Steve Nessl, Yamaha’s ATV and Side-by-Side Group Marketing Manager, joins The Revolution this week to talk about the extensive efforts that Yamaha is putting forward to help benefit all outdoorsmen and women.

In addition to supporting access measures, Steve tells Jim and Trav that they are also actively involved in keeping hunting and fishing heritage and traditions alive with their support of National Hunting and Fishing Day. This year, they will be giving away a brand new 2018 Wolverine X4 to one lucky winner that enters the sweepstakes, spoiler alert, this is definitely a prize you want to win!

Steve will fill us in on all the amazing features integrated into the Wolverine X4 that give it a great mixture of both sport and utility. The purchase of a side-by-side is a big deal and you want to be able to get the most out of it. Steve says that the X4 is meant to be used year-round as it can handle the changing seasons and conditions as much as it can tackle virtually any terrain you are covering. In addition, the Wolverine X4 is inviting to all drivers as is evident as Trav tells Steve that his wife has claimed their Wolverine X4 and calls it her SUV. The Wolverine X4 really meets that family need and even though it is plenty rugged and capable, it’s not too intimidating for the driver’s significant other to want to get behind the wheel. The confidence that drivers have in the Wolverine X4 can be contributed to a number of factors including – but not limited to – safety, comfort, smooth ride, capability and reliability. The drive-by wire throttle is a high point as it delivers smooth power delivery and cuts out the jerking or fluttering that can be experienced in other side-by-sides. That system also affords owners the ability to limit speeds to 25 mph with the speed management system that is accessed under the hood at the turn of a key. Another aspect that improves the ride quality of the Wolverine X4 is the lack of vibration. Steve will highlight what it takes to reduce the vibration and produce a smooth and quiet ride. He’ll also talk about the available accessories and how they have gone to great lengths to make installation easy and DIY friendly. Tune in for a fun and informative look at the 2018 Wolverine X4 with Steve Nessl, and also get some information on exciting and upcoming releases set for June from Yamaha.

The Revolution with Jim & Trav - 5/3/2018

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