Wildlife Management, is defined as  “the science and art of managing wildlife and its habitat, for the benefit of the soil, vegetation and animals, including humans”.

Southeastern can assist with the following services:

Wildlife Management Plans  
Field Prep & Seed Planting
Game & Non Game Management Plans
Prescribed Fire Management Plans
Resource Extraction Consulting

Properly Maintained Woodland for Wildlife Management Tall Tree canopy

Wildlife Management Plans  

We see a Wildlife Management Plan as a playbook for your property. It specifically highlights the strengths and weaknesses of a property and allows the owner to adjust their management strategy for the many seasonal, cyclical and surprise variations of weather. 

Site Analysis and Inventory

A very pivotal process in managing anything, is to make a complete list of what it is you actually have. Collecting data on everything; this can help you identify your priorities. In-depth site planning and mapping will begin your analysis, leading you into the underlying goal of managing your wildlife.

This playbook will reference numerous professional journals and scientific resources in the field of wildlife management. Essentially, the wildlife management plan will take a little time to create.

Essentially we can help you create a map to establish what your property has. Once you can highlight these areas with maps, you can use this play book to fill in your own data. 

Overhead Satellite view of property with red property line demarcation

These specific types of habitat will be color coded to each area. Aerial imagery can be used to help find where these habitat areas start to mix together. Good management starts with knowing what exists on your property.

Some additional considerations should include herd management and forest management.

Field Prep & Seed Planting

Managing old-fields and other open areas are critical to the available forbs and broadleaf herbaceous plants that are available. Based on our research endeavours, we believe it to be one of the important management tools.  Concentrating your management efforts into at a percentage of 70/30 ; 70% on Old field Management 30% Food Plots —  

Woodland Clearing for Wildlife hunting

Food Plot Program

Once you have an idea of what kind of soil you are working with, it can help you select what seeds to use. It is a good idea to scale the size of your food plots based on the size of your property. We definitely understand every piece of property will have its own specific sets of needs. 

Woodland Clearing for wildlife hunting with equipment

We can begin the initial stages of preparing your fields for planting, and assist all the way through completion.

Crafting a budget for these endeavors is also an important step, this is done closely with you, and starts with selecting the right seed mixture, and properly preparing the beds, and develops into a fertilizer and pest management plan.   

Game & Non Game Management Plans

Setting goals for various species of flora and fauna is a critical task as a Land manager.

Coyote with Deer Hind Leg in its mouth red flesh exposed

Using your site analysis and all the knowledge of the property. We can strategically plan our wildlife management needs. Whether it’s planning for migratory waterfowl or even invasive coyotes, having a plan in place is unbelievably important. 

Wild Turkey and White Tail Deer

The same goes for invasive plant species.  Having too many of certain types of invasive plants can negatively impact how wildlife get their nutrition. 

Prescribed Fire Management Plans

What is prescribed fire management?  QDMA says using prescribed fire as a management tool is the single best management practice to utilize on your property, it’s also the cheapest. 

Fire extinguisher canister on leaf covered ground with smoke in the background

‘Prescribed fire is a planned fire; it is also sometimes called a “controlled burn” or “prescribed burn,” and is used to meet management objectives. A prescription is a set of conditions that considers the safety of the public and fire staff, weather, and probability of meeting the burn objectives’ (NPS).  https://www.nps.gov/articles/what-is-a-prescribed-fire.htm

Grassy Woodland scene with sparse tall trees

Planning your burn areas

Selecting smaller blocks of wood can increase your effective capabilities as a forestry manager. Rotating these blocks to burn every 3-5 years is also help get into a cycle. 

SC Forestry commision can help you with your management plans – http://trees.sc.gov/services.pdf