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Heating Up for Hunting with Prescribed Fire

Heating Up for Hunting with Prescribed Fire

Pennsylvania Woodsman  / 

Posted on September 09, 2021

Show Notes

On this week’s episode we interview John Wakefield with the Pennsylvania Game Commission. John is the Fire Program Manager for the state and leads the agency in planning as well as being a “Burn Boss”. We begin the episode with tips and techniques to break down a tract of public land with a recent burn history or a plan to. Burn units are an extremely attractive area – both for game and for people! Use this to your advantage when concentrating your stand locations.

From here, we dive into all things fire. From the program start, why units are burned, and the goal of each burn unit. The benefits of burning 12 months out of the year greatly outweigh the drawbacks of vegetation loss during hunting season. Burns will be attractive soon after burns, and typically within 1 growing season will be lush with different browse and forbs. We discuss different habitat types and how each are managed – decide for yourself how to adapt your hunting strategy this fall!

Want to know more about prescribed fire in PA?

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