July and August are the months hunters enjoy and dread the most. Hunting season is so close yet so far away, and in the south it means working in the heat and prepping the blinds and sowing the fields.
Mobile GIS makes the hard work a little easier in the heat of the day. The first thing we accomplished was planning where to plant the Japanese millet, and recording where the millet from last year had reseeded itself. I drew out an area and filled it in orange of area the millet had reseeded itself. Then we began to seed the new millet across the dried pond, a swamp area, and around another pond area. This will allow us to keep notes on where the millet tends to grow better so we can improve the soil or how we fill the pond up before the season making sure that we get the most out of our crops for the wildlife in the area.
In this particular field we are focused on managing for waterfowl. Our next project after seeding the field or dried pond was to select a spot for the blind.
Wolf GIS Basic has a precise measuring tool that allowed us to measure the entire acreage of the pond, and then calculate which point would give us the greatest range of shooting the entire pond where the birds tend to land. After we got the exact spot we felt like gave us the best range of shooting we plotted our point and began building the blind. We measured a radius of 35-40 yards around the blind to maximize our best shooting. Typically you want birds to land at about 30 yards, but pass over shots can be fired at a long range of 45 yards.
In the next few months as we slowly flood the field and add more brush to our blind we will take notes on the millet crop growth, draw out the areas the ducks and geese land in most often, and add pictures of waterfowl species that frequent the pond.
The Wolf GIS Basic app is a scouting tool, a crop management tool, and planning tool that gives you an edge during the hunting season and makes you a smarter land manager as the years go on.
Mobile GIS is an excellent addition to building a conservation plan for your property. Being a good steward does not have to be hard, and your hunting buddies and animals that frequent your property will notice the difference in a well maintained wildlife property.