Hunting Big on Small Tracts

There is no doubt when it comes to hunting acreage, the more the better. A whitetail deer has a home range of roughly one square mile (640 acres). The eastern wild turkey and black bear mirror the whitetail in range size. Knowing these numbers, it may seem nearly impossible to hunt smaller acreages and consistently experience results suitable to your liking. For right now, let’s refer to smaller tracts of hunting land as 100 acres or less.

There are many things that can influence some of the aforementioned wildlife’s home range sizes, but by implementing a well-designed management plan you can provide, let’s say a whitetail buck, the majority of what he needs on an annual basis on your property. This may limit his excursions away from your property, or draw them to your property. Each animal is different and their home ranges vary by each particular animal, but by understanding what a specific wildlife species desires year around, you can do your best to provide that and increase the activity on your property.

A perfect example is a 20 acre hunting property in Edgecombe County, North Carolina. I have spent numerous hours over the past two years there and have seen great success. Below is a video of all the trail camera images I religiously filed away along with a few successful hunting photos with family and friends. We’ve harvested a couple gobblers, one bearded hen, four bucks whose age was more impressive than their antlers, and five does. We’ve been blessed enough to have experienced great hunting in just two years. Just an overview:

  • 20 Acres
  • 3 Treestands
  • 1 Ground Blind
  • 2 Trail Cameras (Moved seasonally)
  • 2 Mineral Sites
  • Property is 2/3rds Timber with an adjacent agricultural field

To sum it up, don’t underestimate the power of a properly managed smaller tract of hunting land. If you are interested in finding affordable hunting land in areas known for great hunting and or implementing a professionally-designed wildlife and land management plan, give me a call. Lastly, keep those trail cameras out year around and save your photos. They will provide insight and assist you in your future management endeavors.

For more info on wildlife and land management tips and techniques to enhance your property, contact Andrew Walters at 252-904-3184 or email awalters@mossyoakproperties.com.