Bread Tray Hill Preserve
LOCATION: Well located about 6 miles south of Union Springs. Access is directly off of Highway 223 and also Ivy Road. This property is in the heart of Alabama’s famous Black Belt region. This area has consistently produced quality whitetails and wonderful turkey hunting. Surrounded predominantly by large landowners with like-minded conservation and trophy buck management practices that contribute to the great hunting in this area and specifically on this property.
AMENITIES: 4 ponds, with the largest just over 5 acres. Approximately 17 food plots in place. Old storage barn in back of the home place. Extensive internal road system. Duck hole on the eastern edge that is next to Little Conecuh River. Water and power are on site making it easy to continue using the old cabin/home place or build a new modern cabin/lodge.
HABITAT/WOODS: This property is very diverse. Timber has been methodically harvested over the years in (2002, 2012, and 2016). Some of the land was replanted in pine plantation, but most was allowed to regenerate naturally. The huge oaks that dot this property have not been touched and continue to produce acorns for the game. Please see the article below from Kip Adams that helps explain why this property is such an outstanding hunting tract.
Below is an excerpt from a Quality Deer Management Association blog, written by renowned Wildlife Biologist, Kip Adams. This blog had 3 items mentioned that help improve habitat for the deer and this, More Young Forest” was the NUMBER 1 management practice to improve the deer hunting.
HABITAT #1 – More Young Forest
I no longer believe mature forests are the most important component of deer habitat. Many hunters in heavily forested areas think forests are necessary for healthy deer herds. However, many of those same folks consider South Texas and Kansas as exceptional places to hunt deer. I agree, and both states provide great deer hunting in areas with few or no overstory trees. Deer in extreme northern environments need overstory coniferous cover to survive winter, but in most cases, we can provide for higher quality forage and cover by replacing some portion of mature forests with young forests anywhere older forest dominates the landscape.
Mature forests only provide 50 to 100 pounds of browse per acre, while young forests provide superior cover and 500 to 1,400 pounds of browse per acre depending on management technique and intensity. That means young forests provide five to 28 times more food per acre than mature forests. This is a monumental difference, and it’s why each year I work to convert more acres of mature forest to young forest on our property to maintain a diversity of forest ages.
HISTORY: This property has been in the same family for over 130 years. The home place was built by the owner’s Grandmother Ruby. It was built out of wood milled at Stuckey’s Tanyard which is located only about 12 miles south of the property. While no one lives in the house now it is still in use as a hunting cabin. The “Big Lake” was the largest lake in the area in the 1920s. The lake was built by the owner’s Grandfather with a mule and plow! There are also remnants of an old wagon trail that run near the “Big Lake” and continue up to the old home place.
Property does not come up for sale very often in this part of the Black Belt. So here is your chance to own an outstanding hunting property in a great area at an affordable price. Please call me, Eric Leisy, to schedule a tour today. 334-657-6707.
WHY BUY LAND?
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