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How To Create Instant Screens and Barriers

How To Create Instant Screens and Barriers

Hinge Cut ScreenHow many times have you walked to your stand and jumped deer on the way in?

I hate it when that happens.

I used to think if I got to my stand without hearing deer run off, then I probably got in undetected.

Yeah right.

One morning on Nov 3, I was walking down a fence row along a picked corn field to my stand a 1/4 mile back off the road and was prepared to sit all day.

Once I got settled into my treesaddle about an hour before daylight, I noticed the wind was stronger and colder than I thought.

It was going to be a long cold day.

I reached into my pack to pull out my fleece ski mask hoodie and immediately realized I left it in my truck.

There’s no way I was going to make it through the whole day without becoming a frozen popsicle in a tree.

So I bit the bullet and decided to climb down and go back to my truck to grab my fleece mask even though it would be light outside by the time I got back up the tree.

On my way back to the truck in the same spot along the field edge, I smelled it again….the strong odor of a rutting buck.

You know that odor….very musky.

I looked around while still walking at a fast pace.

I grabbed my fleece and headed back the same way to my tree.

This is now the 3rd time walking by that strong odor. I couldn’t help myself. I had to stop at the spot of the odor and look in the brush.

As soon as I took one step off my trail toward the brushy fence row, a heavy racked 8 point jumped up from only 15 feet away and high-tailed it outta there.

He had been there the whole time since my first time through.

The brushy fence row was just enough of a screen between us that he was okay with staying put as I went by 15 feet away.

I watched that buck run across the property line onto the neighbor’s property where there are visible treestands and shooting shacks.

Not a good scenario.

That’s why creating lots of screening on your property is so important.

Screening and barriers offer a lot of different advantages besides providing a visual screen to enter and exit stands such as:
Screens for deer– screening deer from each other
– screening from poachers and shiners
– redirecting deer travel routes
– forces bucks to walk around more to keep tabs on other deer
– keeps deer out of an area you don’t want them moving through
– makes small properties seem much larger and diverse
– deer simply feel safer with shorter lines of sight

Our more popular screens and barriers are done by hinge cutting trees at different heights depending on its purpose.

This is where a lot of beginners mess up their property by hinge cutting the wrong way.

There are several videos inside the member’s area that show in detail how to hinge cut correctly for every different purpose.

But you can also create screens by planting tall growing plants like corn, sorghum, milo, and egyptian wheat in wide open spaces.

You can create a screen with a chainsaw in less than an hour, and tall growing plants will reach  8 feet in just a few months.

Here’s a video with a few different types of screening.

Next time, how to segment your property into specific uses for deer so you know where the deer are at different times of the day which makes your property a lot more “huntable.”

Here’s to seeing more bucks and better hunting through plan and design.

Jake and Randy

PS. I forgot to mention the kind of willows we transplanted in one of our videos. Depending how and where you plant them, can quickly become a dense screen, travel corridor, or a bedding area.

You won’t ever see that on TV.