Borrowed Acres is several hundred acres of forest and pasture land located in central Alabama. Situated in the foothills of the southern tip of the Appalachian Mountains, this privately-owned property serves as a testing ground for modern-day land and wildlife management practices to enhance deer and turkey hunting. The property got its name from the owner, who said the land is merely borrowed from God. Not previously managed, its “makeover” began in 2013.
Follow along as editor Mark Olis brings in expert advice and know-how to show other landowners and hunting-lease operators the best tried-and-true methods for growing mature bucks and fostering a healthy wild turkey population. He’ll cover everything from habitat enhancement to predator control.
One of the best ways to get quality trail camera photos of local bucks is to utilize feeders to draw them in. If you live an hour or more away from your hunting property, you might want to utilize automatic feeders to help build your hit list this season.
Summit’s new Vine Series treestands reduce the use of straight lines to help hunters stay hidden better. Check out the new Vine Single Ladder stand that the guys recently placed at Borrowed Acres.
As you’re planning this year’s food plots for deer, consider the pros and cons of annuals verses perennials.
There are dozens of baits and lures for trapping predators. In this video Mark Olis will show you the specific baits and lures he uses when targeting coyotes in the summer.
If you don’t have or don’t want food plots on your property, there are other habitat improvements you can make that will keep deer hanging around and improve your chances in hunting season.
We add summer food plots to the wildlife menu at Borrowed Acres this season. The guys plant grain sorghum and lablab for a summer-through-fall food plot that not only attracts and holds deer and turkeys, but gives them vital nutrients during the summer months.
Shooting houses are nice for keeping the weather off of you when hunting, but if they have properly fitting windows they can also help contain your scent. Here’s a look at some easy-to-install custom windows for your next shooting house.
Trail camera surveys are a great way to see how many does and bucks (especially what type of bucks) are on your property just before season starts. Here are a few products that can help with this important chore.