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Spring and summer plots?

Postby nobucks » Mon Jan 17, 2005 5:28 pm

I'm thinking about planting some food plots for the summer.What do you guys plant in the spring and summer.I looked at the bilogic brands.Thanks for the input. :)
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Postby gtk » Mon Jan 17, 2005 5:33 pm

nobucks..

here is a great link for foodplot information put out by MSU. Tons & Tons if information here. I've heard both good & bad things about biologic..

Main page= http://msucares.com/wildfish/wildlife/foodplots.html

more detail - http://msucares.com/pubs/publications/p2111.htm
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Postby nobucks » Mon Jan 17, 2005 5:35 pm

Thanks for the info.I have planted in the fall but never in the spring.I will do soil test and all so I dont want to wast my $$$.
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Postby gtk » Mon Jan 17, 2005 7:52 pm

nobucks..

I usually keep a clover plot planted on our place. That usually suffices for the spring anyway. Usually, there is so much browse in spring there is really no need for a plot.

Also, from what I gather from reading/talking, food plots really do not actually "help" the deer herd to any great extent, unless there is a severe over-population of deer. As one MS biologist put it, food plots are mostly a "harvest-tool" used to gather does, during deer season.

The two most stressfull times for deer are late winter (now) and late summer. This is when most browse for the deer is gone and food plots could actually help out some.. As it happens, my food plots are also about gone during these times.. I was noticing Fri while hunting, that the browse is really getting thin where I hunt.

I keep "meaning" to plant something for late-winter & later summer, but usually dont get around to it. Last year, I had about 2.5 acres of corn, and according to my trailcamera pics, the deer really appreciated it about late January.

Good luck.
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Postby littlesmacko89 » Tue Jan 18, 2005 9:01 am

we plant the rackmaster during summer make sure u put enough fertilizer out then you will see a tremendous change
we got 2 8-points and 3 9-points of our place and there were hardley any bucks out there so i think it helped cause we are going to do it again this year hope this helps
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Postby gtk » Tue Jan 18, 2005 9:36 am

I think its the rackmaster blend that the Dept WFP recommends. Isn't it supposed to provide year-round forage ?
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Postby Bayou » Fri Jan 21, 2005 8:10 pm

We plant soybeans and iron clay peas.The deer will make a mess of the peas,so plant a bunch.
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Postby gtk » Fri Jan 21, 2005 8:35 pm

bayou,

i've heard so much about iron clay peas lately, that I am wanting to try them. I hear they grow well in poor soils, and deer absolutely love them. When do they die back ? after the frost ? or are they winter-hardy ?

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Postby Bayou » Fri Jan 21, 2005 8:42 pm

Hey gtk,they usually die back before the first hard frost.Most of the time though they are eaten well before the cold weather gets here.It is amazing how fast the deer will go through the peas.I planted a 2 acre plot with peas and peanuts two years ago and withing 1 week the entire plot was destroyed.There pricey but well worth the money.
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Postby gtk » Fri Jan 21, 2005 8:49 pm

sounds like a good bowhunting plot to plant :D heck , i gave up bow hunting about three years ago. i've bow hunted 18 years and never took a deer. Missed several, and I'm a good shot too :? when I'd bow hunt, i'd never see deer close.. when i was gun hunting, they would come bed down under my stand :roll: oh well, hopefully this fall i will actually have time to bow hunt.. i see the need for a new mathews solocam bow. :)
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Postby cooper » Thu Jan 27, 2005 10:22 pm

We have 9000 acres with about 75-80 food plots, we have tried everything, our deer seem to love soybeans!!!!! The problem is that they destroy it before it can mature!! cooper
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Postby 14ReelFun » Sat Jan 29, 2005 4:06 pm

Can't go wrong with clay peas and soybeans. I planted the Rackmaster spring/summer mix last year and added some extra clay peas. The first thing the deer ate out of the mix was the buckwheat and sunflowers.
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Postby gtk » Sat Jan 29, 2005 5:43 pm

i've heard so much about the peas, that I will definately have to try them this fall !
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Postby nobucks » Sat Jan 29, 2005 5:46 pm

I think I'm going to try the rackmaster and claypeas.
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Postby Bayou » Sat Jan 29, 2005 8:48 pm

We will be planting several tracts of clay peas this year.
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Postby dnthomas » Mon Jan 31, 2005 9:52 pm

see the summer blend of Buckbsuters Seed at http://www.buckbustersseedcompany.com I have used the fall blend successfully for a couple of years. Check it out.
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