Three Decades of Deer Habitat Management – Jake Ehlinger Tells His Story of Property Transformation

Habitat SolutionsImproving deer habitat 30 years ago was a rare concept for owners of deer hunting property.Jake Ehlinger was a whitetail habitat pioneer in SE MI starting in the early 80′s when there were only a handful of deer in his area.
Through hard work and trial and error, Jake now has multiple mature bucks living on his property.Even though there are no fences on his property, his hunting neighbors rarely see the big bucks that live there due to the way he has designed his small 67 acre property.
Jake passes dozens of bucks every bow season and now only shoots 4.5 year old and older big bucks.
His property is only the third property in MI to be designated as a “Legacy Lands” by the QDMA.

For the last few years, Jake has become a highly sought-after deer habitat consultant to design and create habitat plans for landowners around the Midwest because of his innovative ideas and the amount of service and value he brings to his clients.

It’s not enough to replicate the same old rehashed strategies of big food plots and bedding areas.
In high hunting pressured states like Michigan, it takes out-of-the-box habitat planning and a correct knowledge of whitetail behavior to consistently see and shoot mature bucks every year.

Here’s a recent interview of Jake explaining how he got to this point today.


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  1. Anthony Chapman
    86 days ago

    Love your passion Jake and the sharing of your journey. After watching several of your segments on hinge cutting I conducted my first hinge cut last weekend. For 3 years we’ve been conducting TSI on our farm but all of it was removal to release oaks. After watching your video at the QDMA convention and then joining AWS, I really got into the whole hinging idea for bedding and putting sunlight on the floor. The more I hinged the better it looked!

    Thanks for sharing!

  2. Steve Bishop
    321 days ago

    Hey Jake,

    great history an account of your many years learning and implementing. I really enjoyed the
    review. I certainly wish you many successes as the future unfolds.

    Your good friend, Steve Bishop

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