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Foodplot question

Postby centifanto » Wed May 19, 2010 7:28 pm

Does anyone know if its legal to plant a foodplot on public land. just going and throwing some no plow out.
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Re: Foodplot question

Postby BigRic » Wed May 19, 2010 7:29 pm

as long as you don't get caught..lol
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Re: Foodplot question

Postby centifanto » Wed May 19, 2010 7:33 pm

Ive been looken for answers on the state website it dosnt say anything about it. but thats what i figured.
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Re: Foodplot question

Postby saddaddykiller » Wed May 19, 2010 7:40 pm

be better off just bringing some fertilizer in and doing certain trees that u want to produce better
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Re: Foodplot question

Postby FireCloud » Wed May 19, 2010 8:13 pm

centifanto wrote:Does anyone know if its legal to plant a foodplot on public land. just going and throwing some no plow out.


Regardless of the legality, there are a few things to consider about the wisdom of trying to attract deer with a small, no plow food plot created with a sack or two of seeds. I have tried it and did not get good results.

"No till" or other throw and go seeds usually do very poorly in unprepared ground that is neither limed nor fertilized properly. I have tried several different varieties and gotten miserable results from all of them, despite their advertisements. The rye grass seed in the mix is about the only thing that ever really grows vigorously. If you only want rye grass to grow, you can buy rye grass seeds way cheaper than in the no till mix.

You also have to plant at a very heavy rate to get anything from no till mixtures. Because they are not well covered with soil, many of the seeds get eaten by wildlife, wash away in heavy rains, don't make good soil contact, or just don't germinate at all. This is costly.

And if you don't plant about an acre or more, the deer will mow everything down to the ground within a couple of weeks while the plants are young, tender, and very small. They won't ever let the plants grow enough to get established. You cannot fence them out in a public land situation. Thus, even if something does grow, you will likely have to replant about every 2 to 4 weeks in order to keep something germinating. Its an endless cycle. You plant, deer hit the plot hard as soon as food comes up, and you have to replant again.

And of course, on public land if anyone else discovers your little honey hole, you may find other hunters in stands killing the deer you hoped to hunt! This can produce serious arguements when you find another hunter taking up regular residence over the plot you created.

Finally, public land typically gets enough hunting pressure that the deer simply feed in your food plot at night. So yeah, if anything grows, it will attract deer. But you may not get much chance to shoot them. Research shows that the vast majority of deer activity during hunting season takes place nocturnally. I think the overall level of work and cost is hardly worth doing on a small scale.

But here is an idea, why not approach the public land authorities and see if they would be interested in some volunteer labor and free seed furnished by you or other interested hunters to create enough food plots of large enough size to do some good? That way you avoid some of the other issues. And you may get the authorities to do proper soil testing, liming, fertilizing, etc. at the right times. Often you can get them to contribute good farming equipment that lets you clear the area, till properly, plant seeds well, and even spray when needed for weed control.

Good luck. Hope it works for you!
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Re: Foodplot question

Postby gtk » Thu May 20, 2010 8:46 am

several good points made above. I don't know the legality of it either.

I say find a good thick spot of browse that is "off the beaten track", and fertilize the mess out of it 8)
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