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#503053 - 11/21/07 10:47 PM Re: food plots in wooded areas [Re: kholmes]
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there is a fiew deer but what I'm trying to do is .I've only got 25 acres but every piece of land joining me no one is allowed to hunt so if I could get them to pass through more often it could be great!!!
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#503427 - 11/22/07 12:14 PM Re: food plots in wooded areas [Re: Loggerhead]
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I love the little hidey hole woodland plots. I'd always find me an opening in the woods and rake it clean, throw the tiller to it, and plant wheat/oats/clover mostly. It didn't make like an open plot but would be enough to draw a few deer.
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#503432 - 11/22/07 12:19 PM Re: food plots in wooded areas [Re: Loggerhead]
Daryl P.
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I bought a fully wooded 53 acre tract last year. The first of this year I brought in a dozier and semi-cleared about 6 acres and had a pond dug. I left all the oak trees and a few hickory's for the squirrels. The tract probably averages 4 hours of direct sunlight daily. I sent a soil sample to Biologic Labs to determine how much lime and fertilizer I needed to grow the plants they recommended. Most of what I used was the Clover Patch Plus, but I'd recommend you talk to one of their specialist. I had the local Co-op come in mid-July and spread the lime. Then I had them come back late August to spread the fertilizer. I immediately disc the ground and spread the seed (I never plowed it). I went back over it with a cultipacker before it rained. The first rain it immediately starting coming up. Today it stands an average of 12" tall and the deer are mowing it down. I've seen as high as 19 deer with 4 bucks in the field at one time...and that was an afternoon hunt. I believe the biggest key is proper ground preparation. I had great success on a tract that had always been completely wooded. Good luck with your food plot! I'll never go another season without one!
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#504090 - 11/22/07 11:46 PM Re: food plots in wooded areas [Re: Daryl P.]
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you can try a poor man's approach. Pick out your spot, say 1/3 acre and 'girdle' all of the cull trees (non-valuable). Girdling with a chain saw circumcises the cambium on the tree and kills it without the felling. You can go in there in the Spring and do some of the other recommendations that folks have given here with the plantings or you can take nature's route. The trees will eventually drop limbs and fall within 5 years. This will create browse jungle, which would probably provide the most bang for the buck. Without having to do much in the way of soil conditioning and seeding. Deer LOVE native broad leaf weeds and browse. you could do this in one or two afternoons with very little expense.
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#504342 - 11/23/07 12:35 PM Re: food plots in wooded areas [Re: kholmes]
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I really appreciate all the feed back I've been hunting 22 years but this is the first property I've owned I've always wanted to try food plots and I like alot of these ideas (Keep em coming)
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#509786 - 11/27/07 06:31 PM Re: food plots in wooded areas [Re: Loggerhead]
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Is the area deciduous? if it is i would recomend an annual because of the fall of the leaves, the most shade tolerant type of plot i know of is sub-clover this along with any clover, particularly white clover will be a good bet. if leaves are a problem, then a grain (oats, wheat or rye) along with austrian winter peas should do nicely. also try brassicas or rye grass as both of these persist in very unforgiving conditions
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