The land is flat other than the creek that runs through it. The land was select cut 15 years ago and is made up of thick slash, a few oaks, and tall pine trees. To the west is a big section of woods that does not have much for hunting pressure. To the north and south there are more hunters during rifle season but I don't hear much shooting. The east boarder is all ag fields that the deer feed on. Other than the areas around my stands, I do not enter the thick bedding area unless it is to track a deer. I leave the middle of the land alone for bedding.
We try to hunt the few open areas where you can put stands and see more than 50 yards. In the past, I have cut trails and raked them for the deer to use. I have also blocked trails with brush to redirect deer movement. Both of these things have helped but I am looking for more.
My question is, what can be done on a 40 acre to improve my hunting on this 40?
Owning land is so much easier than leased ground with restrictions. There's also the reality that you spend a lot of time and effort to improve the property for hunting and someone leases it out from under you, or a family member has you kicked off. Personally, I would never put the time and effort I do into leased ground. Its just not worth it.