Habitat Practices

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Land Planning for Wildlife

Effective habitat improvement begins with evaluating your land for wildlife potential. Find out how to develop a management plan to bolster wildlife on your property.

Prescribed Fire

The careful use of prescribed fire can actually improve your Missouri woods and wildlife habitat, as well as protect life and property. 

Applying Herbicides

Without disturbance, both warm-season and cool-season grassland fields often become dominated by dense sod or a single species of grass (monotype).

Creating Escape Cover

Nearly all animals need cover so they can escape from predators, rest in safety, nest, and raise their young.

Establishing Food Plots

Food plots will supplement natural forage, serving as a reserve for wildlife when other food supplies run short.

Developing Wetlands

Many areas in Missouri could be developed into productive wetlands with little expense. In fact, many wetland areas need only be identified, preserved, and protected.

Disking for Wildlife

Improve your Missouri farm's wildlife habitat by disking strips through a field during fall or spring.

Grazing with Wildlife Management

For optimal livestock gains, plant 20–30 percent of grazing land to native warm-season grasses.

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