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#3361942 - 09/16/13 08:40 PM Re: Turkeys [Re: DeerWhisperer]
drrxnupe
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I would suggest disking or dragging instead of cultipacking cereal grains. They can certainly tolerate being deeper into the soil. Smaller legume seeds should be cultipacked.
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#3361985 - 09/16/13 09:14 PM Re: Turkeys [Re: drrxnupe]
Wompuscat
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A few bags of corn may slow them down on your seed til it is established. Extra seed in 1 spot may help also. I have done this and it did help some.
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#3362681 - 09/17/13 11:21 AM Re: Turkeys [Re: Wompuscat]
Shooter77
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I feel your pain! I took my 3 y/o with me last month and we worked up a small 1/8 food plot on the back side of my property for ML/Gun season. I spent 2 hours cleaning and seeding then covering it the best I could with my hand tools. set up a trail cam, showed us leaving at 12:58 and at 1:28, I had 17 turkeys in it eating my seed. As it started growing, it got to about 4" tall and i had 5 come in and scratch up a lot of areas the size of basketballs in the plot. I"m going to try to go back and over seed before another rain.

Last year I did one about 1/4 acre, the next 5 days (2-4 times a day) i had up to 40 turkeys in it eating my seed. I had to over seed it 3 times and ended up with about 4 yard x 7 yard long strip of winter wheat come up.

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#3365950 - 09/19/13 01:02 PM Re: Turkeys [Re: Shooter77]
Hunter 257W
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I'm starting to think turkeys may be the reason for my poor Fall plot results this year. I found several scrached up areas in the dirt about a foot or a bit more in diameter that look like something has been scratching around in the dirt. Is that turkeys? I know very little about them.

No matter what the reason, my plots haven't come up very well. I'm planning to reseed some of my Winter Pea plots Friday afternoon to take advantage of the rain that's supposed to come Saturday. Will most likely reseed the NoPlow plots too.

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#3368259 - 09/21/13 08:27 AM Re: Turkeys [Re: Hunter 257W]
AROD
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I put plastic bags around my plot after reading this post the other day and haven't seen any more turkeys. Must be working.
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#3368665 - 09/21/13 01:32 PM Re: Turkeys [Re: AROD]
bigtex
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 Originally Posted By: AROD
I put plastic bags around my plot after reading this post the other day and haven't seen any more turkeys. Must be working.

Glad I could help, lol. Sometimes the simple things work best.
As you probably know, turkeys are very "skittish" and anything out of the ordinary will scare them off, especially if it is something that moves.
They will in time get accustomed to anything, it wouldn't hurt to move those bags around in a few days. Your seed should be sprouted by then and hopefully they will leave it alone.
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#3369004 - 09/21/13 05:41 PM Re: Turkeys [Re: bigtex]
AROD
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So far it's working. But I will change them around it can't hurt. Really was a great idea I know how skittish they are but didnt even think of that. Thanks
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#3370944 - 09/23/13 10:26 AM Re: Turkeys [Re: DeerWhisperer]
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Update- Due to the forecasted rain coming into the area this past weekend, rushed home Friday to get some overseeding on the plots before the rain hit.

Arrive at the first plot, 17 turkeys in the plot, 2 actually in full strut. Reseeded in the rain, place several white trash bags in the limbs surrounding the plots.

Reseeded other 2, no turkeys.

Went back yesterday afternoon to see how the plots handeld the rain, we had heavy rains all night Friday night in Hickman county. Arrived to first plot, 9 turkeys in the field in fronto the tree with the white trash bags blowing in the wind.

I only hope the rains Friday got the seeds the dirt enough to save some.

I give up, I think I am inviting some friends out Saturday for an archery turkey shoot
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#3373011 - 09/24/13 07:46 PM Re: Turkeys [Re: drrxnupe]
drrxnupe
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 Originally Posted By: drrxnupe
LOL...sorry about your frustration. Honestly I kinda wish I had that problem for my plots in Mississippi.

Are you broadcasting or drilling? If broadcasting, are you lightly disking or dragging afterwards to cover the seed? At this point, there's probably not a lot that you could do because they know that seed is there. They'll probably dig and scratch searching for seed all the time...until you kill a few.


So I planted 2 plots on Sunday. One plot wheat, oats, and red clover, the other (shown below) with ladino and brassicas. After wishing I had your problem, I got this pic texted from my HCO Panda cam...



Unfortunately I can't use the plastic bag trick because my farm is 4 1/2 hours away

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#3373524 - 09/25/13 08:17 AM Re: Turkeys [Re: drrxnupe]
AROD
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Don't worry about the bags. Turkeys are back in my plot but its starting to grow good now.
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