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#3304894 - 07/28/13 05:36 PM Milo?
Wes Parrish
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Decided to get a "head start" on some fall plots, by planting some milo during the summer. Mainly just planting some strips along one or two sides of existing plots (so there will be reduced acreage to plant come September).

Anyone want to share their experiences with milo (commonly referred to as sorghum around here) as a fall deer attractant?

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#3306518 - 07/30/13 12:47 PM Re: Milo? [Re: Wes Parrish]
Wes Parrish
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Nobody ever planted any milo? \:D
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#3306524 - 07/30/13 12:49 PM Re: Milo? [Re: Wes Parrish]
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I was interested in reading the replies after seeing your post. Milo is one thing I've never tried and was interested in learning so come on folks! lol
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#3306536 - 07/30/13 12:59 PM Re: Milo? [Re: Hollar Hunter]
WestTn Huntin'man
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In La. the deer love it. Many farms that grow it leave some in the corners and edges to help out whoever has the hunting lease. If it will grow in La. red clay it should do fine in Tn. red clay.
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#3306564 - 07/30/13 01:19 PM Re: Milo? [Re: WestTn Huntin'man]
Wes Parrish
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It was one of the few things I could come up with, ideal to plant in July (and with minimal soil prep), that would provide Winter forage. Way I'm looking at it, can just get a "head start" on fall plots simply by planting portions in milo during the summer?

Planted milo on Saturday and Monday ---- and a good rain is falling now (Tuesday) ---- even had about 1/8" rainfall Saturday evening on what was planted Saturday ---- so hopefully this "milo test" is off to a good start.

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#3306640 - 07/30/13 02:22 PM Re: Milo? [Re: Wes Parrish]
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Well, I didn't know until now that milo was sorghum, so "Yes" I have grown milo. It is one component of the Pennington Rackmaster Spring/Summer Deer Mix. I've also grown it one time in a dove mix. Both times birds consumed every bit of the grain long before it could be hunted over. The dove field was eaten completely by flocks of starlings and "cow" birds. If you could keep that from happening, I'm sure deer would eat it during cold weather but since I would think they would only consume the grain head, it is more in the way of cover than feed to me. In the Pennington deer mix I mentioned it is included mainly to provide structure for the vine beans to grow up on. Sunflowers are also in the mix for the same purpose.
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#3306648 - 07/30/13 02:27 PM Re: Milo? [Re: Hunter 257W]
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Never planted it, but it is popular in KS for deer. You should be able to do some online searches for it.
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#3307243 - 07/31/13 06:12 AM Re: Milo? [Re: Hunter 257W]
Wes Parrish
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 Originally Posted By: Hunter 257W
. . . . . birds consumed every bit of the grain long before it could be hunted over. The dove field was eaten completely by flocks of starlings and "cow" birds. If you could keep that from happening, I'm sure deer would eat it during cold weather but since I would think they would only consume the grain head . . . . .

Since these are generally 1/8 to 3/4-acre plots surrounded by woods and/or heavy cover, I'm hoping large flocks of nuisance birds will not be very attracted to them. I can see how having milo (sorghum) in a large grain field could attract huge flocks of black birds.

My intent is more in providing another winter food source rather than a spot to hunt over, as well as getting a head start on planting "fall" plots.

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#3309373 - 08/01/13 11:13 PM Re: Milo? [Re: Wes Parrish]
RS
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Wes,
I planted it a few times several years ago at my Humphreys County farm, but I guess I had too many deer. They ate all the heads off the stalks before they completely matured. They never made it to archery season.

The area I hunt in Kansas is nothing but milo and the deer love it.

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#3309594 - 08/02/13 08:34 AM Re: Milo? [Re: RS]
Wes Parrish
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Thanks, RS!
I'm hoping the deer will not find this attractive until after the acorns start falling, and will maybe leave it alone until later, since it was planted in late July.

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