Photo Essay: Habitat Maintenance at Greystone Castle

Written by: Jennifer Miller, Greystone Castle

Greystone Castle started burning the hunt fields as soon as the 2014-15 season wrapped up.
Photos courtesy Greystone Castle

Editor’s note: Jennifer Miller—who works at Greystone Castle Sporting Club, in Mingus, Texas—sent in these cool photos that show how such an operation maintains its habitat in the off season. Great bird hunting doesn’t really happen by accident; it’s the result of a lot of work and careful planning. Maybe that’s why Greystone Castle is 2015 Orvis-Endorsed Wingshooting Lodge of the Year.

The food plots from last year helped provide natural fire breaks that helped control the blaze.

Smoke filled the sky on a beautiful Texas day.

The day after the burn the fields are ready to be plowed and planted.

A very successful burn! Controlled to burn exact areas to promote optimum habitat for next season.

Three weeks after the burn and new growth is already well established. New food plots have been plowed and planted. With a little rain we will be well on our way to great cover for 2015-16!

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