The Burning Question: Prescribed Burns Create Healthier Habitat and Deer

The Burning Question: Prescribed Burns Create Healthier Habitat and Deer

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As we drove through the night, the orange glows of numerous prescribed burns dotted the Kansas landscape. We had just finished a day of shed hunting, and a pretty successful one at that. It’s not often you can cover so much ground knowing that the sheds from many giant whitetails are hidden so close by. Any hunter who has ever been to Kansas has to sometimes wonder why?

Why is this the land of giant bucks, when so much of it seems to be open pasture? Sure, there’s a lot of great cropland, but a large portion is grazed by cattle. But that’s just it. The management of the landscape and habitat for optimum cattle grazing, including the use of prescribed…



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