published May 30, 2017 by David Faulk

Wildlife Tip #1 Brush Piles

Summer is here, and it’s a great time to get out on your property or lease and make improvements. Many people will be entering the woods to clean up shooting lanes, build new stands/blinds, clear timber holes, and construct new food plots. As you create new clearings on your property or mange current ones, here is a quick tip to keep in mind.

Brush piles make excellent cover for a variety of wildlife including; rabbits, amphibians, reptiles, birds, etc. When clearing an area of your property, gather the logs and/or limbs into piles for use by wildlife. Many people chip or burn brush, when instead, placed in a pile, they will provide years of habitat to many species.

When making brush piles, it is important to place larger logs and limbs on the bottom, then adding smaller, thicker brush on top.  This makes it easier for wildlife to escape into the cover, and provides a thicker top for protection from the elements. These brush piles are great when located a few feet in from an “edge”.  These piles provide cover to wildlife escaping from a clearing and also serve as a staging area before entering the opening.  On my personal property, I have noticed through the years how much wildlife truly use these brush piles. Turkeys, quail, and deer often quickly move from the openings and stage on the edge near these piles.  These piles serve as a buffer between them and the “threat”.


Hopefully this tip provides you a new idea for wildlife management on your property this summer. Leave a comment if you already make piles on your property or if you plan to this summer.


About the Author

David Faulk
Owner of Arkansas Outdoors Online. Christian. Outdoors enthusiast, with years of experience hunting and fishing across the Natural State. Mississippi State Wildlife Biology Graduate.

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