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#355189 - 08/20/07 09:29 PM Polk Weed
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Anybody know how to make Polk Weed spread? The deer are hitting it really hard around here and it's about the only thing that appears to have any moisture at all in it. Can I plant the berries that come up on it or what?
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#355820 - 08/21/07 08:09 AM Re: Polk Weed [Re: ]
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It is spread by birds that eat the seeds and poop them out in other areas. I don't know if the seed passing through a birds digestive system helps germination or not (like persimmon seeds are scarified by passing through a coyote's/deer's/coon's/opossum's digestive system).
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#355864 - 08/21/07 08:24 AM Re: Polk Weed [Re: BSK]
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I thought you could eat the leaves. many peopleuse it like a salad green.
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#355967 - 08/21/07 09:17 AM Re: Polk Weed [Re: Darkthirty II]
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Yes, polk salad is made from Polkweed. But perhaps boiling the leaves removes any toxins.
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#356010 - 08/21/07 09:37 AM Re: Polk Weed [Re: Darkthirty II]
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 Originally Posted By: Darkthirty II
I thought you could eat the leaves. many peopleuse it like a salad green.

For humans to eat it. You pick the leaves from newly sprouted plants in the spring time. Put em in a pot of boiling water.Boil em several minites. Strain the leaves discard the water. Put the leaves in another fresh pot of boiling water.
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#356290 - 08/21/07 11:23 AM Re: Polk Weed [Re: 156p&y]
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 Originally Posted By: 156p&y
The deer are hitting it really hard around here

Interesting! I've never known deer to eat it up here in PA

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#356395 - 08/21/07 12:33 PM Re: Polk Weed [Re: grundsow]
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 Originally Posted By: grundsow
 Originally Posted By: 156p&y
The deer are hitting it really hard around here

Interesting! I've never known deer to eat it up here in PA


Polk is one the primary late-summer food sources of deer in the Southeast. Not only is it highly nutritious and easy to digest, it contains a lot of water.
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#356678 - 08/21/07 02:09 PM Re: Polk Weed [Re: BSK]
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Anyone got a picture of this stuff, does it have purple seeds?
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#356860 - 08/21/07 03:42 PM Re: Polk Weed [Re: wlt]
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 Originally Posted By: wlt
Anyone got a picture of this stuff, does it have purple seeds?


Yes it has the purple seeds that will stain the crap out of your clothing.
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#356862 - 08/21/07 03:43 PM Re: Polk Weed [Re: BSK]
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 Originally Posted By: BSK
 Originally Posted By: grundsow
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The deer are hitting it really hard around here

Interesting! I've never known deer to eat it up here in PA


Polk is one the primary late-summer food sources of deer in the Southeast. Not only is it highly nutritious and easy to digest, it contains a lot of water.


We are also in a serious drought here grundsow, so without food plots and water this plant is really getting munched down to the ground around here.
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#356925 - 08/21/07 04:12 PM Re: Polk Weed [Re: 156p&y]
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Polk stands I located earlier have already been taken down by the deer..... I am like 156p&y Wish the big companies would develope a type of seed that would germinate and grow!! Noticed the honeysuckle is destroyed too!
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#356931 - 08/21/07 04:14 PM Re: Polk Weed [Re: backstraps]
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If you control your deer density and have lots of small openings or field edges, polk and honeysuckle will be everywhere.
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#357110 - 08/21/07 06:26 PM Re: Polk Weed [Re: BSK]
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seen some last year that were all striped of leaves an partly eaton deer tracks every were
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#357272 - 08/21/07 07:49 PM Re: Polk Weed [Re: pety221]
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the funny thing about is you can buy pokeweed seed ........
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#357346 - 08/21/07 08:16 PM Re: Polk Weed [Re: BSK]
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 Originally Posted By: BSK
If you control your deer density and have lots of small openings or field edges, polk and honeysuckle will be everywhere.


Controling the density is my problem. The neighbors to one track land I have, will not shoot a doe!! Myself, my daughter and a couple buddies cannot legally harvest enough does to put a dent in the problem. Since there isnt any crops being damaged, I would suppose I couldnt get any additional permits from TWRA.

Unit L guys have it made when it comes to attempting to control deer density, and create a ideal buck to doe ratio. Unit L guys can harvest in one day, what I am allowed throughout archery season...
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#357893 - 08/22/07 07:12 AM Re: Polk Weed [Re: backstraps]
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The deer are hitting it pretty hard around clearcuts in the mountains of Cherokee NF.
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#358054 - 08/22/07 08:19 AM Re: Polk Weed [Re: backstraps]
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 Originally Posted By: backstraps
 Originally Posted By: BSK
If you control your deer density and have lots of small openings or field edges, polk and honeysuckle will be everywhere.


Controling the density is my problem. The neighbors to one track land I have, will not shoot a doe!! Myself, my daughter and a couple buddies cannot legally harvest enough does to put a dent in the problem. Since there isnt any crops being damaged, I would suppose I couldnt get any additional permits from TWRA.

Unit L guys have it made when it comes to attempting to control deer density, and create a ideal buck to doe ratio. Unit L guys can harvest in one day, what I am allowed throughout archery season...


That is a problem backstrap. But don't think we Unit L hunters have it easy. We suffer from the same "neighbor syndrome." We can kill does until the cows come home, yet by the following season, our places are completely restocked with does immigrating in from our neighbors that won't shoot does properties. It's a never ending battle. It can literally be true that the more does you shoot, the more you have the following year.
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#361715 - 08/23/07 06:00 PM Re: Polk Weed [Re: BSK]
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 Originally Posted By: BSK
 Originally Posted By: backstraps
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If you control your deer density and have lots of small openings or field edges, polk and honeysuckle will be everywhere.


Controling the density is my problem. The neighbors to one track land I have, will not shoot a doe!! Myself, my daughter and a couple buddies cannot legally harvest enough does to put a dent in the problem. Since there isnt any crops being damaged, I would suppose I couldnt get any additional permits from TWRA.

Unit L guys have it made when it comes to attempting to control deer density, and create a ideal buck to doe ratio. Unit L guys can harvest in one day, what I am allowed throughout archery season...


That is a problem backstrap. But don't think we Unit L hunters have it easy. We suffer from the same "neighbor syndrome." We can kill does until the cows come home, yet by the following season, our places are completely restocked with does immigrating in from our neighbors that won't shoot does properties. It's a never ending battle. It can literally be true that the more does you shoot, the more you have the following year.


Yep doe harvest becomes "work".
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#361741 - 08/23/07 06:07 PM Re: Polk Weed [Re: 156p&y]
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http://waynesword.palomar.edu/ecoph24.htm
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pokeweed
http://www.vet.purdue.edu/depts/addl/toxic/plant40.htm
I think this is what yer looking for POKE not POLK.
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#361780 - 08/23/07 06:18 PM Re: Polk Weed [Re: WestTn Huntin'man]
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Yup, my spelling mistake.
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#362136 - 08/23/07 08:43 PM Re: Polk Weed [Re: 156p&y]
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That is a problem backstrap. But don't think we Unit L hunters have it easy. We suffer from the same "neighbor syndrome." We can kill does until the cows come home, yet by the following season, our places are completely restocked with does immigrating in from our neighbors that won't shoot does properties. It's a never ending battle. It can literally be true that the more does you shoot, the more you have the following year.[/quote]


Yeah I understand 156 I see your probelm.... I guess if you have it worse...becasue I would become quiet frustrated if I had harvested an X amount of does, and only have as many or more the following year.....

Yep doe harvest becomes "work". [/quote]
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