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#487476 - 11/10/07 07:22 AM Clover is getting ate to the ground
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Hard to beleive but all that clover is now ate down to the dirt.
They are starting on the chickory now.
Food plots are doing there job now I have to do mine.
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#487618 - 11/10/07 09:58 AM Re: Clover is getting ate to the ground [Re: BigGame]
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YEP, MY PLOTS ARE WORN OUT
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#488040 - 11/10/07 05:40 PM Re: Clover is getting ate to the ground [Re: LA man]
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They just started hitting mine this week. I hope they start hitting them hard during the rut. I've got some beginning hunters that have a hard time getting on deer in the woods.
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#488127 - 11/10/07 06:32 PM Re: Clover is getting ate to the ground [Re: 156p&y]
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They're not hitting mine anywhere near as hard as I thought they would be.

A doe we killed was full of soybean beans. She must be working over the nearby harvested fields at night.
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#488340 - 11/10/07 08:15 PM Re: Clover is getting ate to the ground [Re: BSK]
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The deer are hitting our plots hard everywhere!
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#489885 - 11/12/07 07:57 AM Re: Clover is getting ate to the ground [Re: Boone 58]
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Two weekends ago I walked through two of my plots (DER, turnips, BF oats) and although they weren't really tall because of late planting and the dry weather we've had, there was not much evidence of usage. By this past Saturday, one plot was eaten to essentially bare ground, and the other one was not too much better. This is about 1 1/2 acres between the two plots. A third plot that I had let grow up all summer with weeds and such and then just broadcast wheat into is being used some, but not to the extent the others are.

I have never had my plots go from basically no utilization to being bare in a week's time before. I was hoping to use the plots to shoot a few does off of during gun season, but I doubt they will be using them much by next weekend. I may still try throwing down a couple hundred pounds of nitrogen in the next week or two to see if I can coax some growth out of the roots and stems that are left.

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#490068 - 11/12/07 10:27 AM Re: Clover is getting ate to the ground [Re: BigGame]
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im glad we are not the only ones.....
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#490133 - 11/12/07 11:44 AM Re: Clover is getting ate to the ground [Re: JoeDeer]
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As of last Friday they were hardly touching our plots. The does we have taken were full of browse. All of our logging roads are full with honeysuckle and greenbriar right now. I read somewhere that from a management standpoint having your plots not worn to the gound is a good thing. That the plots should act as a supplement to natural browse mainly late summer and late winter providing the necessary protein. However it is nice to see all of your hard work pay off when you come back to find your plot looks like a carpet.
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#490235 - 11/12/07 12:45 PM Re: Clover is getting ate to the ground [Re: hambone]
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Plots eaten the ground--especially in early to mid-November--are a very bad thing. It means you don't have enough food resources for the current deer density.
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#491407 - 11/13/07 08:00 AM Re: Clover is getting ate to the ground [Re: BSK]
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That's what I would think too, but there is no evidence of overbrowsing in the understory and field edges. There is still plenty of honeysuckle and other browse available, and there certainly is no evidence of a browse line anywhere I've looked. I haven't had any discernable acorn crop this year either.

The deer really didn't seem to utilize the plots essentially at all, and I didn't even see deer wandering through them (or catch just an occasional picture) until after we had the first real cold snap. Since then it's like the deer have camped out in the food plots and mowed them down to the exclusion of browsing where they have been. There were literally between 3 to 9 does / fawns rotating in and out in the food plots constantly this past Saturday and Sunday from about 8:00 AM until dark.

I hope to do something about the doe density after gun season opens!

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