The 1 Acre Project

A lot of hunters think you need all of this land.. But what If you only had 1 Acre?

The One Acre | S1

Most Whitetail Hunter’s claim you need a big tract of land to harvest deer on… But what if you had 1 Acre?… Actually let’s take it one step further. What if I told you that one acre was in Michigan? As a lot of outdoorsmen and women know Michigan isn’t a hotbed for Whitetail hunting. In fact, Michigan has been in the top 10 for worst states to Whitetail hunt in, and they are in the top 5 for number of hunters alongside Texas, PA, Wisconsin and Minnesota… So, I guess What I say is… challenge accepted. – AB

Arron Bleise

Stihl Chainsaw: MS-194 T

3 Benefits Of Hinge Cutting

"I’m the guy who squeaks when he walks"

Building On a Budget:

Lets just say I’m the guy who squeaks when he walks… What I mean by that is, I’m cheap. When I go into a project it doesn’t matter what it is. I research anyway possible to save a dollar. This project was no different. I went into this with a goal. That goal was to create a barrier for deer to feel safe in a food plot in daylight hours. Then I thought to myself how can I save money but still reach my goal. I borrowed a tractor and tiller. I didn’t take a soil test. I bought my nitrogen off a buddy that had leftovers from his plots so I could get a deal. Lastly we got hot and ready for food because hot and readys are the best pizza for the price hands down. With all that being said you have to be precise with your process even though you’re trying to do this on a budget.  What I mean is, even though I’m not taking a soil test I’m planting this either while it’s raining or when I know it’s going to rain shortly after. Also I’m researching what the plant is that I’m growing needs to reach potential and in this case I needed full sunlight for 8 to 10 hours a day and I knew I would get that. So don’t just think you can plant seed in the ground anywhere and it gets to its full potential, do your homework.

The Secret Sauce:


  • Compact Tractor
  • 4’ tiller
  • Hard tined rake
  • 1 bag of Egyptian Wheat Mix
  • 1 hand seed spreader
  • 1 bag of 46-0-0 Nitrogen
  • 3 hours of your time
  • 1 Hot and Ready From Little Caesars


  • Tilled the ground twice
  • Planted the Seed
  • Ate The Hot & Ready
  • Raked seed in with Hard tined rake
  • Prayed for rain (Which we got the next morning a ¼ inch to be exact)

Dollars Spent:

  • Egyptian Wheat Seed – $49.99
  • 5LB Urea Nitrogen – $21.95
  • Little Caesars Hot and Ready – $6.00

Total: $77.94

HBC: Rotary Hand Spreader

Banks Outdoors: Water System


Everyone knows water is crucial for animals when it comes to surviving in the wild. In the summer months deer require roughly 96 ounces of water per day. To put that into perspective that’s almost 5 Yeti tumblers. So, water is pretty critical. 

Let’s go back to the beginning and my current situation. Each year we as whitetail hunters / managers rack our brains on how we can improve our spots. Well, I’m no different. In my case with the 1 acre farm I started with looking from an aerial perspective. I didn’t only look at the my farm, I looked at the square mile surrounding my farm and tried to figure out what the area was lacking and what the deer needed most. Once I identified what I was missing I tried figuring out what I could physically change and the first thing that I identified was water.

Deer needed water and the square mile around me didn’t have any. So, that’s when I started with the Wild Water System from Banks, that I had access to and asked the question “how can I utilize those tools to solve my problem”. My thought process was to put it in an area where it was easily accessible by me with an atv and not shock the deer. For me, being in a high pressure state like Michigan deer can get very spooky when you place new things into their world, it almost shocks them and I’ve actually seen deer not return to that area for a while. So I knew placement was going to be key. From the aerial and my access points to the property I chose to put it on the edge of a corn field where I knew deer yarded up together. I figured once a couple deer got used to the water system others would join and..It worked. It didn’t take long and every deer in the area seemed like they were using it. I even thought I was attracting new deer to the area just due to the sheer number of trail cam pics of multiple deer in the same picture that I was getting.

So long story short, water is crucial to your herd. Any way you can get a water source to your area and solve the problem it can reap huge benefits. If your goals are to attract more deer, this could be a good solution. If you’re looking to make your herd healthier, this is a great solution. Either way a water source is a win win for whitetail hunters and managers.

The Fall Podcast

EP 39 | Planning For Your Food Plots With Jeff Nelson Of Advanced Habitat Solutions

Todays episode finds us sitting down with Jeff Nelson of Advanced Habitat Solutions to talk about planning for your food plots. Jeff is from Wisconsin and he brings some really useful tips to the table when it comes to food plotting. Enjoy!!!

"Created a 13’ barrier for only $77 dollars"

"I tripped into a good 3.5 year old buck the first time out."

Pros and cons to using a decoy In Michigan

I want to start by saying I’m not an expert when it comes to using a decoy, but I’ve had good success using one in Michigan. I started using a decoy in 2012 only taking what I learned from TV and magazine articles. Wouldn’t you know it, I tripped into a good 3.5 year old buck the first time out.

I won’t lie, I learned a lot that night. I learned that you can almost get away with murder in the tree when a buck is locked on to the decoy. I also learned to not put the decoy too close to your tree. More often than not, bucks will approach the decoy head on, and when they do you don’t want them sitting at the base of your tree presenting you with no shot. But, it all worked out.

Fast forward a bit I will tell you that I have learned the majority of what I now know about using a decoy just by trial and error experience. I want to list out some of the pros and cons that I’ve experienced first hand…

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