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Deer Food Plots
« on: September 27, 2015, 08:41:44 am »
 

 
I subsoiled all of the deer food plots yesterday and got one disked and then a hydraulic hose let loose, as in busted.
I was hoping to get the seed in the ground before the forecast rain tomorrow & Tuesday.  Maybe I can finish later this week?
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Re: Deer Food Plots
« Reply #1 on: September 27, 2015, 11:47:24 am »
What are you going to plant?  Around here we've always had hard freezes before season, but alfalfa fields are usually good places to sit over if not covered in snow.  As far as the hydraulics, right now I feel your pain all to well, my 4840 needs brakes and I really need it so trying to limp it through silage cutting.  It's our packing tractor and don't use them much for that so hopefully....

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Re: Deer Food Plots
« Reply #2 on: September 27, 2015, 01:51:49 pm »
I will plant a mixture of Oats, Wheat, and Ryegrass.  Pellitized lime and triple 13 at planting and I will top dress with Nitrogen in a month.  I do a soil test about every 3 years.


 
Kinda like if it is too hot, too cold, too dry, or too wet, something will make it.  That plus I very heavily "overseed" because there will easily be 20 deer munching in a one acre food plot.  The main food source is acorns, but they seem to like a side salad of green grass.   :)
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Re: Deer Food Plots
« Reply #3 on: September 27, 2015, 02:27:21 pm »
My Grandson will be happy that the deer plot seed that he planted yesterday will get a soaking from the rain that the radar shows.  The subsoiling will still suck up the moisture on my unplanted food plots.  I will be OK.
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Re: Deer Food Plots
« Reply #4 on: September 28, 2015, 08:14:05 am »
Used to do them here, but it got to the point that the wild pigs tear up everything. >:( I would like to put foot to rear side of the fool that dropped off these wild pigs in my area. They are killing off our deer herd all together now. The kids are trying there best to shoot every one on sight that they see. Once it cools off some, I start baiting my traps for them. I give the meat to the food banks around me. A win win there.

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Re: Deer Food Plots
« Reply #5 on: September 30, 2015, 07:41:29 am »
Used to do them here, but it got to the point that the wild pigs tear up everything. >:( I would like to put foot to rear side of the fool that dropped off these wild pigs in my area. They are killing off our deer herd all together now. The kids are trying there best to shoot every one on sight that they see. Once it cools off some, I start baiting my traps for them. I give the meat to the food banks around me. A win win there.




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Re: Deer Food Plots
« Reply #6 on: September 30, 2015, 01:51:23 pm »
Interesting.  Perhaps the pigs are making havoc on habitat and available browse and the deer have moved on/away??

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Re: Deer Food Plots
« Reply #7 on: September 30, 2015, 02:39:56 pm »
I got two new hydraulic hoses so Marty and I are planning to disk and plant tomorrow.  It will be a long day.....but fun.   ;D
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Re: Deer Food Plots
« Reply #8 on: September 30, 2015, 08:15:33 pm »
Used to do them here, but it got to the point that the wild pigs tear up everything. >:( I would like to put foot to rear side of the fool that dropped off these wild pigs in my area. They are killing off our deer herd all together now. The kids are trying there best to shoot every one on sight that they see. Once it cools off some, I start baiting my traps for them. I give the meat to the food banks around me. A win win there.




Pigs will kill deer? new one on me.

Yes. they will kill a fawn in a heart beat. Turkey nest don't have a chance too! My place and the area is going to the -raper. >:(

MM, hope everything is good with the family. Been thinking and praying for y'all.

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Re: Deer Food Plots
« Reply #9 on: October 01, 2015, 09:38:30 pm »
Marty and I got-r-done today.  New hydraulic hoses on, disked, planted, & covered. 
 

 
 

  
We also had time to put sharp blades on the Bushhog, which is absolutely a two man job.
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Re: Deer Food Plots
« Reply #10 on: January 20, 2016, 04:40:01 pm »
Magicman, how did your food plots turn out? I'm guessing they got pretty tall due to all of the rain and warm temps we had earlier...

Here are a few pics of a small plot I planted by the house a couple years back...Imperial Whitetail Clover.

This is what it looked like the first Fall/Winter. Deer kept it eaten down pretty good.
 

 

This is what it looked like the following Spring. It really took off  8) 8) ;D :)
 

 

 

 

It lasted about 2 years with zero maintenance. I could have EASILY got 4-5 years out of it if I would have sprayed for grass and weeds and mowed occasionally...



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Re: Deer Food Plots
« Reply #11 on: January 20, 2016, 04:49:43 pm »
We have just patented a few more clover varieties at work...Pretty neat stuff.

Here is a ladino variety that we selected that has big leaves  ;D
 

 

And here is one of our "yield trial" plots. A different variety in each square. We measure many variables, drought tolerance, seed production, protein content, etc...
 

 

And here you can see where I took samples, all equal sample size, from each square for testing. Fun Stuff  8)
 

 
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Re: Deer Food Plots
« Reply #12 on: January 20, 2016, 06:03:50 pm »
They did OK, but the deer kept them mowed down.
 

 
I watched this 9 point cross the Straw Field on Dec. 28th.
 
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Re: Deer Food Plots
« Reply #13 on: January 20, 2016, 10:12:01 pm »
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Re: Deer Food Plots
« Reply #14 on: January 22, 2016, 08:22:49 am »
fun stuff working the ground and planting the plots, and watching the deer,  Deese, have you tried the Laredo soy bean?  It does well combined with the white clover, red too, they will keep it mowed down pretty close once they find it.
I tried the Maverick variety once, they did not like this one as much.
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Re: Deer Food Plots
« Reply #15 on: January 22, 2016, 11:59:31 am »
drobertson, I personally have never tried that variety. The company that I work for may have in the past. Not sure.
We use a Tyrone soybean variety in one of our current blends. It does pretty well. The blend contains tyrone soybeans, iron clay peas, lablab, sunflowers, and sun hemp.
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Re: Deer Food Plots
« Reply #16 on: January 22, 2016, 04:51:42 pm »
Any kind of bean or whatever else that I mix in gets nubbed off at the ground as soon as it comes out of the crook.  When sometimes 20+ deer are hitting a one acre plot, nothing survives.
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Re: Deer Food Plots
« Reply #17 on: January 22, 2016, 05:07:25 pm »
Any kind of bean or whatever else that I mix in gets nubbed off at the ground as soon as it comes out of the crook.  When sometimes 20+ deer are hitting a one acre plot, nothing survives.

With that many deer, agreed. We had a 5 acre plot planted with various things and in the Fall/Winter, there was nothing but appeared to be dirt. If you looked closely, you could see tiny sprouts where the deer kept it nibbled down. Sometimes I would put up small wire "exclusion cages" (basically tomato cages) staked into the ground and it would be a foot tall inside. Kinda neat. I'll try to find a pic. Not sure if I have one.
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« Reply #18 on: January 22, 2016, 05:17:33 pm »
Well, the stuff in this one wasn't 1' tall but it's the only one I have saved on my computer... :-\ :-\ :-\
 

 
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« Reply #19 on: January 22, 2016, 09:08:39 pm »
Many folks here will put a net wire "cage" in their food plots.  My only salvation is that the fields that my food plots are in originally held a good stand of fescue.  This comes back every year and provides a diversion for deer.  The fescue is visible behind the deer in the above picture.  Deer normally will feed on the fescue for a while before they go to the planted plots.
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