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Just wanting to show off what I’ve been doing to increase wildlife numbers on my place. Habitat manipulation for deer is very popular, but everything I do has small game in mind as well. I leave lots of brush piles and try to get the stem count up in my woods. I plant some of the fields in corn and cowpeas, the rabbits love that.
 

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Looks very good, one of the best ways to make deer and especially RABBIT habitat is to cut the trees 3-4 feet up the trunk and let them fall over with out separating from the tree trunk. This way the tree is still alive and while laying on the ground limbs will continue to grow for ground cover. You can cut so they lay over each other. Learned that from a habitat specialist. JMO
 

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I’ve hinge cut about half acre on my place and it holds rabbits year round
I hinge, leave tops, throw salt in the brush piles. I leave multifora rose which many people hate, but I see a lot of deer browse on it and the rabbits like it. I don’t shoot many rabbits on our farm at all. I leave them for the kids and the hounds. It all seems to help. I have a lot of bobcats which are protected in Indiana still. I cannot wait to trap them. They get their share of the turkeys and rabbits it seems. I take their affinity to our place as a compliment, but I’m very much looking forward to adding a couple to my own personal field museum. I just wish I didn’t live 3 hours away. I grew up having thousands of acres to hunt close to home, have basically none now. Solas has been kind enough to share some running ground with me.
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