Millions of Americans visit Corps of Engineers lakes to hunt game along our lakes and streams, in our upland forest, prairies and high chaparral. Waterfowl, wild turkey and white tailed deer attract the biggest percentage of our visitors, but others come for rabbit, bobwhite quail, squirrel and other game.
Corps Lakes follow age-old wildlife conservation techniques that provide native animals with a high-quality sustainable habitat. These techniques include selectively thinning trees and opening up the nutrient-rich early successional forest that attracts the most popular game such as deer and wild turkey. Sometimes wildlife biologists will conduct prescribed burns of these clearings, which burn away leaves and tree litter, encouraging the seeds that are locked in this organic material to germinate.
Corps wildlife biologists partner with hunting organizations such as Ducks Unlimited and the National Wild Turkey Federation. These organizations work with the Corps to promote conservation practices such as forest thinning and encouraging new vegetative growth to supplement existing food sources and attract wildlife.