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#48547 - 01/20/07 10:10 PM Food Plots
.280win
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I have a two hundred acre farm that needs to be bushhogged and planted with food plots at various locations. I am looking at planting some food plots for the deer and need some help as to what to plant early for antler growth and what to plant later on to hold the deer in the area. When should everything be planted? Right now the deer are bedding on the property but are leaving the property during the day to eat and bed elsewhere. The bulk of the deer sighting are morning only. Any suggestions would help.
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#48548 - 01/21/07 01:53 PM Re: Food Plots
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To hold deer you need some diverse habitat so I would not bushog it all. I dont know how the lay out is but they need thick areas to bed and feel secure, they also need different stages of growth to supply different foods. I would try bushhogging small two to three acre plots for two hundred acres maybe five or six and bushhog the rest in rotating years and let some come up in timber. As far as what to plant I like the combo of clover and rye grass but you have to keep it mowed, that will do well untill you get some hard frost, for that I top sow wheat and tunips in August. Also you might try some trophy rocks. The deer will use them all year long to get much needed minerals. Hope this helps.
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#48549 - 01/22/07 03:52 PM Re: Food Plots
tap.emtp
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biggame when u say top sow,do u just throw the seed over the exsitisting clover without disking or anything(not much farming experiance,can u tell)?
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#48550 - 01/22/07 06:17 PM Re: Food Plots
.280win
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Thanks BigGame thats what I needed to know.
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#48551 - 01/23/07 10:42 PM Re: Food Plots
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hey 280 we use the imperial whitetail clover and it is awesome!!!! the stuff is a little high(25lb bag is 129.00 at the co-op) but if you cut it fertilize it and try to spray some herbicide for the weeds it will do wonders. i can send you pics of ours from this year if you like, oh the stuff will come back for at least 3 years maybe 4 if maintained. YOU WILL NOT BE SORRY IF YOU PLANT IT!!!!! if you have any ? email me.
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#48552 - 01/29/07 02:56 PM Re: Food Plots
TNTony
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 Quote:
Originally posted by .280win:
I have a two hundred acre farm that needs to be bushhogged and planted with food plots at various locations.
Most food plot advocates indicate 2-4% of a managed property should be in food plots. In this case 4-8 acres total would be a good start. Consideration should also be given to herd density and other food sources in the area, in other words, If there are too many hungry deer your food plots amy never get off the ground due to being eaten to the ground.
Next, food plotting isn't easy if you plan on spending $ on a project, you'll want to do it right the first time.
My general prescription would be to cut, burn, spray if possible to clear those areas. Then spray again, cause you gotta knock back the weeds and weed seed bank. Then lime, fertilize and plant.
Most typical food plot seeds require 4 hours of sunlight daily. You'll also have to consider what equipment you have available to work that much ground. Additionally, depending on whether you get the soil tested, you'll have another major indicator of potential costs (lime and fert.) as well as what would likely grow best in those type soil areas.
In short, there is no catch all answer. Doing it right will take some time and $$$
The first step I would take would be clear the areas you want to plant first, then soil test. You'll know more about where to go after this.

Its possible, since I'm in your area that I have the time and equipment to help, if so I'd be happy to come and look.

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#48553 - 02/11/07 11:39 PM Re: Food Plots
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AHhhhhhh....what TN Tony said.
Good post.
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#48554 - 02/11/07 11:42 PM Re: Food Plots
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Then spray again, cause you gotta knock back the weeds and weed seed bank

This is one of the most important parts of TN Tony direction. Kill the seed bank. If you turn the soil after numerous sprayings you have only reintroduced the seed bank.
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#48555 - 02/18/07 08:38 PM Re: Food Plots
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This my first time to this forum.I hunt an old strip pit ,that has plenty of deer on it.But there is no big bucks on it.I mean there are nice 8,but no gaints bucks what can i do to increase antler growth? This place has plenty of cover,three ponds on it.
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#171060 - 03/01/07 11:47 AM Re: Food Plots [Re: DHELTON]
BigGame
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You really cant plant anything to promote antler growth. The bucks just move to much and eat along the way. The best thing you can do for antler growth is let them walk when they are young, even then only a very small pecentage will get to be big or giant as you put it.
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