Archive for August, 2012

Outback Outdoors Team Enhancing Our Land For Wildlife

Monday, August 6th, 2012

Everyone familiar with Team Outback Outdoors knows full well that we are all passionate about hunting, fishing and just the whole outdoor lifestyle. Sure we all love to hunt year round if possible and look forward to bringing these hunts to our viewers every month. But a big part of what we do is also take care of the wildlife and the environment they live in. How do we do this you might ask? Well this short blog will show just how much work we put into the land that we hunt and cherish.

I am fortunate enough to work on a beautiful ranch in Colorado every summer and a big part of what I do pertains to helping the wild life survive as well as flourish throughout the year. I do this by enhancing their food sources and water so in the event like this year with record drought all over the West they might have a better chance to survive a cold harsh winter.A big reason for the drop in deer and elk numbers in some parts of the country is due to the fact that over the winter and in early spring the animals come out of it in such bad shape that they don’t produce young.

In the spring and early summer I assist in mapping out exactly where we will place and grow beneficial food sources for all wild life as well as maintain existing ones that we have on the ranch.

I get to use an array of equipment from a huge Hydro-axe, to a large tractor with a brush hog attachment as well as a mower that is pulled by an atv. I also use old fashion elbow grease and a little manual labor to assist in these tasks. I prefer the motorized version as it is much quicker and more efficient.

Some areas get cleared of all brush and sage as well as the thick oak brush that grows out here. Other spots just get mowed and sprayed for invasive weeds and then planted annually. This with a little bit of timely rain helps keep our animals healthy during the spring calving or fawning season. It is also beneficial to the young as they have a good food source to grow quickly on. When the peak of the breeding season kicks in most males will stop eating all together and concentrate on other things. After the ritual is over they will need to replenish lost weight and get ready to survive the usual cold and harsh elements of the Western high country.

With a little planning and hard work you too can help out your wild life not just the deer and elk. Having a good balanced ecosystem is a win win for all involved. Even at 10,000 feet you can grow good groceries for the animals who reside there.