Just looking to talk some food plot ideas - What do you guys have the best luck with for a late season plot? Do you do anything special for fall plot preps? How about some pictures of bucks taken off kill plots? 137 days till archery opener...
Fall food plot
In mid-July I broadcasted 3 different types of brassicas into last falls standing Cereal rye, rolled the rye flat, sprayed with 2qts/acre gly and then prayed for rain which has been below average in my area. I just overseeded all my plots with cereal rye and it is coming in nicely wherever the brassicas were thin and the rye will continue to fill in as brassicas get nipped off.
I did the no-till on 3 plots and I disked 1 plot. The disked plot took off faster but the no-tills have now caught up as I believe the rye thatch holds more moisture for longer.
All 4 acres of my plots are 2nd year plots cut out of heavy aspen slashing but they are doing great.
Finally did soil samples in April. Spread 1700lbs of lime and pot ash over 4 plots Memorial Day weekend. Mow the plots down in late July and sprayed them. Came back 2 was later and tilled and planted and rolled them. The 3 brassica plots look pretty good. The deer or pounding them. The clover plant was not plant well and had large empty strips. Here r the 3 brassicas. What no til is that? It looks awesome!
If you have red osier dogwood on your property you can take cuttings from those and propagate them. I’ve had good success propagating them on my property. Check out some videos on YouTube. Very easy to do and I’d say 50-75% of the cuttings I’ve transplanted are doing good. They love wet feet so swamp edges are great.
The deer love the stuff. At certain times of the year, the deer hit the natural browse like RO dogwood more than food plots.
5 red dosier plants today at Menards...5.00 a plant....IAM slowly learning from you guys and reaching out things..
Also I found dosier in the land need to trim it down to deer high from them it's about 7 to 8 feet tall.. Can't thank you guys for all the information you have given me .. I am getting great information from your blood sweat and tears..
Willow, popple, red dosier, box elder...before any pine or oak. Prolific growers like the listed are your best bet if you are looking for "natural" food.
Besides the buds and ends, oaks you'll never see an acorn for a min of 15 years and that's best case. probably looking at 20+ especially if they are browsing em.
Took the Boss (wife) up last weekend cause she wanted to see what I and the boys have been doing plus she wants to make a plan for tree plantings..
She would like to get some oaks going and some blue spruce and maybe some juniper..She and I would like to see natural food source also then just food plot..
Food plot was growing some in just a week. She and I were surprised how much green was starting.. Guess I did something right but I think winter rye will grow anywhere.. heading back up in 2 weeks and then I will broadcast some more winter rye. Would have taken pictures but it was raining pretty good Saturday... I guess I am pretty lucky she likes to hunt and fish.
Got my food plot work done last Thursday. I did what I described several posts back. Saturday through today has seen 1.3” of gradual soaking rain with a little more yet to come today. Mostly temperatures in the 70’s for several days should get some good germination of the winter rye and activate the fertilizer. Should see some results in a week or so. We will see.
Thanks you for the help and information..The more I read about food plots the more I like clover mix and maybe buckwheat in spring then clover nock buckwheat down in late summer and seed cereal and winter rye... Looking at mix from Dalton seed company in Clinton.. lots of work to do... Thanks you again.. Good luck and be safe this hunting season..
Eyesman, your plan for WR sounds solid. Buy more than you think you'll need, I won't hurt to put down at a min 50lbs in a 1/3 acre right now. If we get the few days of rain like they are talking your plot will be great. I wouldn't worry about the tilling, not needed. If you do some dragging like you said, it's all you can do. some will grow, some won't. fast rain will be a huge help.