Long ago, Mother Nature and native Americans actively burned the southern forest. The result was succulent plant growth, which provided quail protection from predators, and the reduction of an undesirable understory, improving visibility and mobility for hunting. On the Cabin Bluff quail courses, we mimic Mother Nature, by setting fire under controlled conditions, to provide ideal habitat and a safe hunting experience.
To enhance the diversity, we burn small areas in a checker board pattern. This pattern creates a patchwork of vegetation throughout the quail courses. Every acre does not get burned every year. The result is a diverse patchwork of vegetation throughout the quail course.
Other benefits of fire include reduction of leaves and pinestraw that could become fuel for an uncontrollable wildfire. Burning also speeds the decomposition of leaves, limbs and stumps, returning nutrients to the soil to support new and tender growth. In turn, deer utilize the new green growth in the spring for antler growth and fawn development. Burned areas also expose seeds and insects for wild turkeys and other birds to feed on.
While burned areas, may not look attractive in the short term, rest assured that when spring arrives those same charred areas will be flush with fresh green growth and continue growing throughout the summer months, creating ideal hunting conditions this fall.