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Habitat Management through CPWMA

In our constant efforts to help landowners, CPWMA has helped develop soil and water conservation efforts by providing advice/suggestions and labor from members about how to have more deer through developing cover (bedding areas), water (spring developments and “guzzlers”) and food plots.

Some landowners want to have bigger buck deer on their land and others want help in reducing damage to crops by deer and other wildlife. CPWMA has several options which can help in both of those areas. Contact any of the CPWMA officers and we can work out a plan for your property with the help of a Game Biologist familiar with Eastern Washington and its environments.

Many of the landowners, volunteers and several of our association members have offered the use of their equipment for CPWMA projects. With this equipment, we are able to complete many of our projects in less time.

Previous Significant Projects:


        SP1 Lease Habitat Improvement

· Applied herbicide

· Condition soil

· Planted food plot area with clovers, brassica and other seed mixes for deer, elk and turkeys.

We have a trailer that will be able to water these plantings if the summer gets hot and dry as it has for the past 2 or 3 summers. Cheney Water Treatment Plant will provide the non-potable water for this work.


    Habitat Improvement (with support from the Spokane Chapter of the Mule Deer Foundation)

Phase 1-

            Hauling Brush          

· Construct PVC roost structure

· Haul brush and branches

· Strategically placed a brush pile for deer bedding area

Phase 2-

· Place brush around PVC structures

· Tilled 4 small food plot areas near the Well House

· Planted with a variety of deer food seeds

· Condition soil in large pasture area

· Planted with rye, wheat, alfalfa, chicory and two types of soybeans

· Install bluebird nest boxes

· Install signs

The vegetation that was planted will provide forage and cover for the wildlife (esp. deer, elk and turkey). The structures and brush piles were placed to take advantage of the afternoon shade from the pine trees which will provide the wildlife on the property with isolated hiding and isolation cover.

    SP1 Lease Habitat Improvement (with support from the Inland NW Wildlife Council)

Phase 1-

· Clear rocks and stumps from the meadows chosen containing good soil and moisture content

Phase 2-

· Condition soil

· Seed

· Fertilize

During this project we had the pleasure of seeing wild turkeys; 1 hen with 9 small poults, and 2 small groups of gobblers. The trail cameras that have been on this property are showing wild turkeys, does/fawns and small bucks.

    Fencing Project

In conjunction with Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge, we used New Zealand electric fencing to keep elk out of a landowner’s haystack.

Update: The elk have attempted to jump the fence and have bent fence posts and broken wire. It was decided to place wolf and cougar urine around the fence to keep them away. Reports have indicated that this is working.

    December 2012 - Inland Empire Chapter of the Safari Club International purchased two game cameras for our use

We will use the trail cameras generously donated by the Inland Empire Chapter of the SCI for several duties-

· Population surveys on CPWMA leases

· Buck/Doe ratios

· Doe/Fawn ratios

· Deer population trends

· Document elk movements year round but this will not be a population estimate.

When we receive a damage complaint on any of our leased properties, we can use the cameras to assess the number of animals causing the damage to crops and fences.

A great job has been completed with the help from board members, association members, and many volunteers who have all had the muscle and energy to get the job done.