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#535086 - 12/20/07 12:50 PM Kudzu - Good or Bad?
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I have researched the value of Kudzu on the internet, and have asked some wildlife biologists the benefits of Kudzu. The topic is all over the board, and surprisingly, little biological information is available on the plant off the internet, because basically, it is consider a devil plant.

My question, is Kudzu on some of the properties you guys are hunting, and if it is, do the deer heavily use this plant?

As a deer manager, would it be a logical decision to try and incorporate it into the deer woods on our place, or are we asking for a huge problem?

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#535096 - 12/20/07 12:58 PM Re: Kudzu - Good or Bad? [Re: Highland]
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I think your asking for a problem. Kudzu will give you cover and it will provide browse in the spring but once you get it started it's nearly impossible to get rid of. Cut some timber and let the laps lay. It will give you the same thing except browse year round. Kudzu shades out EVERYTHING under it.
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#535106 - 12/20/07 01:10 PM Re: Kudzu - Good or Bad? [Re: TAS]
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I would much rather promote honeysuckle than plant kudzu.
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#535112 - 12/20/07 01:13 PM Re: Kudzu - Good or Bad? [Re: BSK]
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We have tried honeysuckle transplanting and have not been successful. We have some areas that are naturally growing honeysuckle and have opened those areas up from the tree canopy. They have exploded, but we have not had much luck transplanting it to other areas. Any suggestions?
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#535124 - 12/20/07 01:22 PM Re: Kudzu - Good or Bad? [Re: Highland]
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You may have to protect areas where you are trying to establish honesuckle. Deer have a bad habit of eating the newly transplanted sections. I try to cover transplanted sections under a "tent" of chicken-wire. This allows deer to eat what grows beyond the wire but always protects the stock near the ground.
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#535142 - 12/20/07 01:39 PM Re: Kudzu - Good or Bad? [Re: BSK]
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 Originally Posted By: BSK
You may have to protect areas where you are trying to establish honesuckle. Deer have a bad habit of eating the newly transplanted sections. I try to cover transplanted sections under a "tent" of chicken-wire. This allows deer to eat what grows beyond the wire but always protects the stock near the ground.


Yep and tree laps work great for that also. By the time the laps rot the honeysuckle is well established.
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#535230 - 12/20/07 03:05 PM Re: Kudzu - Good or Bad? [Re: TAS]
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no kudzu!!!
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#535282 - 12/20/07 03:59 PM Re: Kudzu - Good or Bad? [Re: Football Hunter]
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Football Hunter - bad experience with kudzu?
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#535327 - 12/20/07 04:55 PM Re: Kudzu - Good or Bad? [Re: Highland]
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I would definitely not transplant kudzu. It is very very invasive.
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#535538 - 12/20/07 07:43 PM Re: Kudzu - Good or Bad? [Re: smstone22]
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We have kudzu on our place, and i do see the deer grazing on it at times, and believe they even bed down in the stuff. BUT, it is a losing battle during the summer trying to keep the stuff cut back. It takes over everything. I would not recommend planting it.
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