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HOW TO USE

Preferred crop types

By knowing what crops are used for food and cover by the game your hunting, you can identify specific WIHA tracts that you may want to hunt.

The diet of most game species in the fall consist of crop seed and by knowing which crops are planted where will lead you to the right place.  

Be efficient 

Our ground trothed information can help you scout quickly and hunt WIHA land more successfully!

Use the built in navigation feature to identify 

certain crop types near your location.

Determine what region of the state you want to hunt.

Narrow down those spots on the map with a strategic plan for success!

 

Setting up basecamp in an area with ample opportunity to find productive WIHA fields can determine how much time you spend in the field. 

How to read the map

We’ve outlined some scouting tips below to help you take full advantage of this informational data layer.

Fields are reviewed during late summer so that we can provide the most accurate information possible. Some fields may undergo a tillage or haying practice that would remove or alter the existing cover after our team has surveyed the area.

CRP fields may have comments that relate to current management practices such as haying and grazing. In drought years when forage is limited you will often see CRP grass utilized in this manor to help ranchers with supplemental feed. Typically haying only occurs on a partial field scale so some grass may be left standing.

Crop identification is marked with a location marker. When a marker is selected details will appear related to what crop is planted in that area. You will notice that the Crop View layer is color-coded. Fields labeled as wheat could either be wheat stubble or new crop winter wheat depending on when the hunter arrives on site. It is common practice in some regions for farmers to plant back-to-back crops of wheat in Kansas.

In some cases, there may be more details about the field in the comment section. Often this is will state that the field was planted to wheat and it may be noted as stripped, resulting in a much taller stubble height than conventional harvesting methods. Or it could be in reference to a wheat field where the stubble has been disked under or tilled in preparation for new crop planting of winter wheat. When you see a field ID listed as Ideal, this means that the ground was not planted to a crop at the time of review. These fields will lack essential cover needed by wildlife to avoid predators and maybe an area you too should avoid unless neighboring fields on the property provide coverts worth investigating.

Forage sorghum or Feed fields can be planted to what may appear to be excellent cover, but at some point, it will likely be harvested and baled up, limiting the amount of cover left behind.

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