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    Default 175 acres.. what to do?

    Hello all,

    Our family recently purchased 175 acres of land in eastern Iowa with the intent to enroll as much as possible in different programs. The only focus of this property will be for pheasants.

    A creek winds through the entire property and there are only about 50 acres or so not considered to be in the flood plain. Along the creek, there is plenty of very thick shrubs/iron weeds/slough grass etc. I don't think that there is any lack of wintering cover, but outside of that, everything else has been in crop ground. My thought is that nesting cover is where our primary focus needs to be. There are a few birds on the property right now, which will be good for seed.

    My question is, where would you start with a property like this? Is there a way to try and get the hens to nest on the parts of the property that don't typically flood? IF so, what would be the best way to go about doing so?

    There are also a number of trees on the property that look like ideal spots for predators to perch. Would it be worthwhile spending some time with the chainsaw and knocking down these trees? Where would you start with this?

    Thanks for any input, I am interested to see what we can do!

    Here is the google map image, the white lines indicate the borders, the west side border is the road

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    Last edited by cyclonenation10; 11-28-2017 at 12:09 PM.

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    Missouri Department of Conservation has some pretty good information.


    http://mdc.mo.gov/property/improve-my-property

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    Join Pheasants Forever if you haven't already and contact the regional biologist/habitat specialist to help put a plan together. They help with applications to USDA/NRCS also. Big help for my project.

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    Let's say that there are roughly a dozen birds currently using this 175 property. It really lacks quality nesting cover, and over half of the property is picked corn. Their is ample winter cover already on the property. With proper management, and current crop ground put into quality grasses, how quickly could you expect to see that number increase?

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    Can you get us a google earth pic to start off of? Might help. Also, where is this ground located? What is the soil like?
    Trust the dog!

    Troy Smith

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    updated post

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    Most enrollment in CRP is closed. Look into a conservation easement with the DNR can be permanent or 30 year.

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    Would I be correct to say that you're surrounded by row crop fields?
    Trust the dog!

    Troy Smith

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    That is correct!

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    come on clone, can't be blacking out the road names. we need to do a physical inspection of the place to give you our advice lol. I would look at native grasses (crp enrollment), 10% for food plots, cut trees that may be used by perched predators for a start. good luck with your habitat improvements and may the birds be plentiful from a fellow clone/former Iowan/current iowa land owner.

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