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#663946 - 03/16/08 12:22 PM Dove Fields: Who plants their own?
Chaneylake
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i have been planting my own sunflower fields for about 10 years, going to no-til all of them this year, about 35 acres total in 5 different locations, did my burn down this past wednesday
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#663968 - 03/16/08 12:42 PM Re: Dove Fields: Who plants their own? [Re: Chaneylake]
8 POINTS OR BETTER
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Can I hunt with you? LOL. 35 acres

Edited by 8 POINTS OR BETTER (03/16/08 12:44 PM)
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#663981 - 03/16/08 12:50 PM Re: Dove Fields: Who plants their own? [Re: 8 POINTS OR BETTER]
Chaneylake
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 Originally Posted By: 8 POINTS OR BETTER
Can I hunt with you? LOL. 35 acres


sure, it will have to be after labor day, have to many commitments at first of season, after labor day its just usually 4 or 5 of us guys, we are all retired 57-63 years old, will not miss a single day of any of the 3 seasons if we have birds
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#664579 - 03/16/08 10:46 PM Re: Dove Fields: Who plants their own? [Re: Chaneylake]
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I would like to make one this year!!!
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#664613 - 03/16/08 11:11 PM Re: Dove Fields: Who plants their own? [Re: spitndrum]
Trapper John
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One small, 3/4 acre plot planted with millet, buckwheat, and sunflowers. A small pond 200 yards away. Bordered on three sides by woods.

Makes for one extremely fast shooting opening day. The following weeks are typically steady too. Come November and December the quail take over what's left of the seed.

The only reason we keep the plot small is because all of our other open areas are prepped and ready for our deer food plots by the time dove season comes around. Plus there are only two of us that hunt there. The doves still fly and we have plenty of room.

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#665355 - 03/17/08 07:10 PM Re: Dove Fields: Who plants their own? [Re: Trapper John]
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 Originally Posted By: Trapper John
One small, 3/4 acre plot planted with millet, buckwheat, and sunflowers. A small pond 200 yards away. Bordered on three sides by woods.

Makes for one extremely fast shooting opening day. The following weeks are typically steady too. Come November and December the quail take over what's left of the seed.

The only reason we keep the plot small is because all of our other open areas are prepped and ready for our deer food plots by the time dove season comes around. Plus there are only two of us that hunt there. The doves still fly and we have plenty of room.


the quail word got my attention, are there plenty of quail in your area, there are basically none in the haywood county area, some blame it on the chemicals that the farmers are using these days, according to street talk, ames plantation is not having real good success on their 18,000 acres raising quail.
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#665397 - 03/17/08 07:32 PM Re: Dove Fields: Who plants their own? [Re: Chaneylake]
Trapper John
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We have several coveys that seem to do fine. I never managed for them on purpose but I began leaving more standing cover and planting more millet and other seed bearing plants. They seem to like it. It's no big deal to bump a covey or two just walking around.

We're in Decatur County. Just got lucky I guess.

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#665448 - 03/17/08 07:56 PM Re: Dove Fields: Who plants their own? [Re: Trapper John]
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all of the veteran die hard bird hunters in my area have quit bird hunting because of no birds, some are hopeing that the gov funded conservation strips will eventually help in our area, some are saying that no-til is also starting to help on small game, around here the farmers want to plant cotton from fence post to fence post
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#680668 - 03/28/08 12:09 PM Re: Dove Fields: Who plants their own? [Re: Chaneylake]
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Planting 10 foot wide strips of WGF sorghum, quail haven soybeans, pearl millet with a little corn and they (quail) will not only eat there, they will raise broods in the strips.
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#715497 - 04/25/08 07:45 AM Re: Dove Fields: Who plants their own? [Re: TNTony]
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I just fertilized ours yesterday with Prowl mixed in for weed control. Burnt it down last Wednesday and planted the next day.
Got to get an early start on dove fields.

Seven small fields right together totals about 30 ac. with tree lines between every one, roosting trees, dead trees, locus and cedar. complete with a pond.

We are going to build a pavilion to eat under, gravel the road in to the eating area. slope the pond banks and gravel them.
set a few power poles and hang a wire on it for them to sit on.

Looking forward to Sept. one.

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