Pay Dirt

  • Pay Dirt
    2 seasons

    Pay Dirt

    2 seasons

    Tips from Midwest Whitetail's Bill Winke, Realtree farm manager Roger Culpepper, and more. Your questions. Their answers. Get the most out of your hunting land.

  • How to: Creating Fire Breaks for Controlled Burn

    S2.E3. Realtree Farm Manager Roger Culpepper shows how to create a fire break before he control burns. He also discusses the the importance of having a proper break as well as other benefits.

  • How to Hunt Coons with Coon Dogs

    S2.E2. Ever wanted to know what it takes to hunt coons with dogs? Roger Culpepper tags along with coon hunter Michael Phillips to learn the ins and outs of this long-held tradition. Don't miss this crazy, fast-paced action. It gets wild.

  • Trapping: How to Manage Predators on Your Property

    S2.E1. Realtree farm manager Roger Culpepper and trapper Earl Thompson discuss the when, where, why and how of predator control. If you aren't implementing this practice on your property, start now.

  • Creating Poor Man Food Plots

    S1.E22. Bill Winke teaches us how he creates small food plots using only hands tools and sweat. It's certainly an attainable feat and definitely has its place as a great practice in the world of food plotting. Get the info you need right here.

  • Increasing Property Value with Small Plots

    S1.E21. Adding small hunting food plots to your recreational farm can really improve its overall value. This is true both now and when it comes time to sell. Learn what you need to know in this episode of Pay Dirt.

  • Dig Deeper: How to Select the Best Deer Hunting Property

    S1.E20. Bill Winke discusses the top three land features he looks for in a great deer hunting property. Some properties might not check every box, but it's better when they do. Look for the tracts that have everything a deer (and deer hunter) needs. Here is what you need to know.

  • Managing Multi-Use Properties

    S1.E19. Own land? If so, it needs to create value and produce cash. Depending on the tract, it could be crammed with potential, and a property that has many different uses can be extremely beneficial when buying or selling a property.

  • Dig Deeper: Benefits of Cutting Timber

    S1.E18. Roger Culpepper and Shawn Morman explain how cutting timber on your property is beneficial. Managing a forest is like anything else. If you don't do it properly, things go array. Plus, it doesn't hurt to help the wildlife and make some quality cash, right?

  • Cutting Your Pine Forest

    S1. E18. We join Realtree Farms' Roger Culpepper as he dives into the process of managing different age classes of pine stands. This is a crucial aspect of properly maintaining habitat and ensuring a healthy forest, and healthy wildlife.

  • Managing Your Timber for Deer Habitat and Profit

    S1.E19: David Blanton discusses habitat management via timber improvement with Realtree Land Pro Travis Hamele. New growth after a timber harvest provides outstanding food and cover—while the harvest itself can help pay the note on your land.

  • How to Get Paid for Creating Upland Habitat Buffer Strips

    S1.E18: Slade visits with Tondo Waldron, and they look at some CP-33 upland habitat buffer strips. Waldron explains the steps landowners can take to receive federal grant money for maintaining these strips, which provide good travel corridors for whitetails, and excellent ground cover for quail, ...

  • Dig Deeper: Hybrid Tiger Bass for Small Lakes

    S1.E16: Roger and Blair Barbaree pull bass from the lake at Realtree Farm to check their condition and reset the lake's management plan. Plus, they discuss hybrid Tiger bass, which have a Florida-strain's fast-growing tendencies with a northern-strain largemouth's aggressive nature.

  • Small Lake Management Tips for Trophy Largemouth Bass

    S1.E15: If you want a healthy pond, it's important to know what's swimming around. Shocking your lake a couple times per year helps keep tabs on both bass and baitfish populations. Plus, Slade gives tips for prepping your hunting property ahead of the sale, and teases a 223-acre farm listing in K...

  • Dig Deeper: How to Convert Fallow Ground and Make Money

    S1.E14: Owen Reigler says converting fallow ground can the best way to improve the ROI on your farm. But there are things to know, like how tough it'll be to clear it, and whether the soil is suitable for planting. Here, Reigler explains the general steps that he's used to be successful.

  • Make Your Land Pay for Itself with Crops

    S1.E13: Crop fields produce income and will usually attract more wildlife than fallow fields full of low-value grass. Owen Reigler discusses converting fields to productive ground for corn and soybeans

  • Dig Deeper: Saving Food Plots with Portable Irrigation

    S1.E12: During a drought year like this one, planting much of anything can be risky, but the success of a hunting season—and the value of a property—can at the same time hinge on quality food plots. Roger Culpepper shows how he uses portable irrigation to save food plots on Realtree Farms.

  • How to Select a Killer Food Plot Location

    Roger Culpepper has a favorite food plot, called the 185 Field, on Realtree Farms. What makes it so good? It's fertile for one. But it's also secluded, and Culpepper says deer just feel comfortable using it during daylight. And the layout, particularly the topography, is such that you can scout i...

  • Dig Deeper: Planting Oaks from Acorns

    S1.E10: Bill Winke takes a look back at a 2007 project, and explains how to establish new oak seedlings from acorns

  • 3 Ways to Establish Oak Trees

    S1.E9: You bought every acre and every acre should produce value. This week, we discuss three methods for establishing oak trees on marginal acres within your property.

  • Dig Deeper: Need To Get Rid of Sweetgum Trees? Watch This.

    S1.E8: Sweetgum trees are of little value to wildlife, and they grow extremely fast. Roger Culpepper shows how they control sweetgum trees at Realtree Farms.

  • Poor Man's Food Plots, Plus Benefits of Auctions for Land Sales

    S1.E11: With just a backpack sprayer and a hand seeder, you can plant a food plot in a hard-to-reach area without breaking ground. Roger Culpepper explains how.

  • Dig Deeper: Trapping Hogs with Remote Control Traps

    S1.E6: Hogs aren't native, and having them on your property will cause your deer, turkeys, small game, browse and mast to suffer. Plus, they'll dig up your food plots. Who wants that? The best way to control hogs is by trapping entire sounders at once, and for that, nothing is more effective than...

  • Economical Hog Trapping Strategies

    S1.E5: It's difficult to eradicate wild hogs from your property, but with smart trapping strategies, you can stay mobile, save money, and keep pig numbers in check