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Food Plot Pics

PostPosted: Fri Jun 17, 2005 8:13 am
by gtk
I think it might be interesting if the next time ya'll go look at your food plots, snap a pic of it, and post it here.

the next time I check my corn, i'm going to shoot a pic of if, and my clover.

PostPosted: Fri Jun 17, 2005 8:25 am
by iveygun3
good idea. I'll try to get some for viewing eventhough their just starting.

PostPosted: Fri Jun 17, 2005 2:32 pm
by bt58
If I get a chance this weekend I'll take some pics of some real food plots... :D The deer are just killing some of our cotton right now, the never used to eat cotton but they have progressively gotten worse over the last few years. I've heard some ideas such as the roundup ready cotton has a salty taste?? The biggest thing I can think of is that they frequent the cotton fields because all the pesticides that are sprayed there keep the bugs off of them. Ya'll have any ideas???

PostPosted: Mon Jun 27, 2005 8:15 pm
by bt58
Forgot my camera this weekend...maybe I'll remember one day this week when I'm going to the farm....Nobody have an idea on why the deer are eating so much of the cotton??

PostPosted: Tue Jun 28, 2005 9:54 am
by gtk
bt58, i wish I knew the answer. Is the deer population overcrowded in your area ? This time of year, it supposed to be real hard on deer. All the browse is either drying up, or maturing to where it doesnt offer much nutritionally. I've always heard but dont know if its true or not, that deer eat cotton when they get hungry.

You may need to post that question on the biologist forum over at Then let us know what they say. I'm interested in knowing.

PostPosted: Tue Jun 28, 2005 2:21 pm
by nobucks
I understand that a lot of the roundup ready and new types of cotten has a lot of minnerals like salt and thats whay they are eating it like thay are.Seen a post on it at primos.I will try and find it if I can. :)

PostPosted: Tue Jun 28, 2005 2:41 pm
by bt58
I'll see what the biologist on the mdwfp's website can tell me. The area that they are eating the hardest has the hunting rights leased out on it so it is hard for me to say how overcrowded they are. My uncle says that he's gonna give the leaseholder's this hunting season to shoot some more does or he's gonna get a depradation permit next year and cut me loose on them...

PostPosted: Wed Jun 29, 2005 10:46 am
by nobucks
Here's a pic of 3 of mine.
this one is my honey hole.



PostPosted: Wed Jun 29, 2005 11:26 am
by gtk
ok, i'm embarresed to post mine now :P I took some of my corn yesterday, and its burning up !

Good looking plot, nobucks.

PostPosted: Wed Jun 29, 2005 1:33 pm
by nobucks
The Lord has blessed me with the rain at the right time. :) :wink:

PostPosted: Wed Jun 29, 2005 4:11 pm
by bt58
Very Nice Plots, Nobucks

PostPosted: Fri Jul 01, 2005 3:45 pm
by bt58
Here's what the biologist had to say about our little cotton problem...


This seems to be the case in central Mississipp more and more. I think there are propbably many factors causing this: 1) there are more deer in the area now than in the past, 2) with Round-Up ready cotton, there is no other plants in these fields for the deer to browse on (this can be a real problem if there are food plots planted in these areas in the fall because the deer come to these areas to feed), and 3) a combination of these factors allong with increased fertilizer applications.

Contact the Metro District office at 601-432-2400 and ask to speak to the District Captain if you are interested in depredation permit to harrass the deer in an attempt to protect the remaining cotton.

Chad Dacus
Wildlife Biologist

PostPosted: Fri Jul 01, 2005 6:39 pm
by gtk
thx for sharing bt58. I didnt think about round-up ready corn, killing all the browse in the field.. of course, you would think there is plenty of browse along fence rows.

In the late winter, can you see a definate browse line in your woods ? Its very noticeable in a couple places I have hunted. In late Jan/Feb, you will not see anything edible 6' and lower in these overpopulated woods..

Do you think you will try and get a depredation permit ?

PostPosted: Sun Jul 03, 2005 1:28 pm
by bt58
My uncle says no depradation permit for this year, he wants to give the hunting leaseholder one more year to up their harvest numbers, but if the damage is this bad next year we will get a permit.

PostPosted: Thu Jul 14, 2005 7:55 pm
by gtk
Here's my corn from a couple weeks ago.. Its really grown now. I'll have to get a new pic..