As the summer months approach, Family Wild is neck-deep in renovating our new/old Back Acres hunting property. With 68 acres of hardwoods, cedar, highlands, swamp Red Osier Dogwood as well as 9 buildings filled with waist-high trash and treasures (mostly trash) from the former owner, we have our work cut out for us.
First on the agenda is the repair and replacement of the plumbing. As the former owner has been deceased for 4 years and the pump and plumbing longer than that, we (Kim and Courtney) determined that a working toilet comes before hinge-cutting and food plots.
However, I’m not sure anyone other than the members of the new hunting camp have much interest in the plumbing project. Although let me digress and say I hope the inventor of Pex resides on a tropical island with all the amenities they desire. I’m currently studying the food plot recommendations of Jeff Sturgis of Whitetails by Design.
A former resident of both peninsula’s of Michigan, Jeff’s casual writing and YouTube presentation style make him easy to read, watch, listen to and most important understand. Even better, he works with hundreds of clients to help them create productive whitetail herds and properties.
A QDMA award-winning deer manager, Jeff has multiple books available including the one I’m reading “Food Plot Success by Design.” In addition, he offers over 200 short videos on YouTube under his White Habitat Solutions.
What I enjoy most about Mr. Sturgis is many of his recommendations are financially friendly albeit requiring sweat equity. Further, he’s not a proponent of the latest “pretty graphics magic beans in a bag” solution for your property. He explains that many of his properties are actually less than 40-60 acres in size.
I highly recommend you check out his YouTube series and if you like his philosophy then invest in his books. I believe you’ll enjoy the fruits of his recommendations while bring your relatives together to get Family Wild!
Check out Jeff’s website at: https://www.whitetailhabitatsolutions.com/