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Old 11-18-2012, 08:49 PM   #101
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Old 11-20-2012, 03:48 PM   #102
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Old 11-22-2012, 08:50 AM   #103
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Unclefish, when do you plan on tilling up the winter plots and working on the spring/summer ones? Wondering when we need to have the tractor working by.
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Old 11-22-2012, 07:40 PM   #104
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I will mow the radishes in Feb and let the tubers decompose in the soil....if there are any left. It adds great organic matter to the soil. Then till it in March for planting.

My clover plot I'll just let it grow and mow it in the spring to about 3-4 inches tall. It should last about 3-4 years with just a little maintenance. The annual clovers will reseed and the perennial clovers will come back on their own.

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Old 11-26-2012, 12:03 PM   #105
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I went to my place this weekend and the radishes are destroyed. Never seen a plot so torn up. They have eaten most all of the tops of them. They haven't eaten the tuber yet but that should come with a freeze. I'll try to post up some pics next time I'm out there.

Need a rain bad....everything is wilting pretty good....but they are still hitting it.

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Old 11-26-2012, 12:46 PM   #106
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I went to my place this weekend and the radishes are destroyed. Never seen a plot so torn up. They have eaten most all of the tops of them. They haven't eaten the tuber yet but that should come with a freeze. I'll try to post up some pics next time I'm out there.

Need a rain bad....everything is wilting pretty good....but they are still hitting it.
I'm looking forward to seeing the pictures!
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Old 12-08-2012, 04:23 PM   #108
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Update on the plots. The deer and insects really ate alot of the tops when I was there 2 weeks ago. The lack of rain had them looking really brown and destroyed...but we got a little bit of rain (1/4") and they have perked back up.



Most of the radish plants were over a foot tall a month ago but none of them seem to be over a foot now.....deer are keeping the tops mowed.





They have also started to eat the winter peas...

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Old 12-08-2012, 04:29 PM   #109
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Here is a wider view.

Oats and peas on the left...radishes on the right. We are expecting our first hard freeze monday night so I suspect the radish tubers will get annihilated. We need a slow soaker. They are keeping the oats mowed to half an inch.



Clover is holding its own despite the lack of rain.


Its always nice having a good helper with the feeders!!
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Old 12-08-2012, 09:50 PM   #110
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Looks great!
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Old 12-09-2012, 12:25 AM   #111
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Given the lack of rain, it looks pretty good.
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Old 12-11-2012, 11:39 AM   #112
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You're detailed journal provides a lot of good info for us working up our food plot schemes. Thanks and congrats on your first buck out there.
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Old 12-11-2012, 02:51 PM   #113
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Awesome thread!
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Old 12-11-2012, 03:00 PM   #114
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Did you plant any alfalfa?
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Old 12-11-2012, 03:21 PM   #115
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Thank you guys.

I never did plant any alfalfa. I really wanted to though. The seed alone costs about $200/acre to plant and the soil pH has the be close to 7. Mine is not quite there yet but I keep adding lime to it every year.

Its on my food plot bucket list.
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Old 12-14-2012, 08:39 AM   #116
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I'm not familiar with gly is that a weed inhibitor? If so how do you apply, when, and in what quantities?
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Old 12-14-2012, 08:52 AM   #117
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Gly is short for glyphosate/Round Up.
You can buy generic gly cheaper than round up. The 41% concentrate is the most common and works great. You have to dilute it from there.

I usually mix about 2quarts of gly with 25 gallons of water/ acre and get a great kill.

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Old 12-27-2012, 05:22 PM   #118
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Great thread and great work unclefish. That sure is a nice buck and a just reward for all that hard work.
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Old 12-27-2012, 11:24 PM   #119
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Great thread and great work unclefish. That sure is a nice buck and a just reward for all that hard work.
Thank you Austin.
I was out there today checking things out. The oats and clover are eaten to the ground.



The radish tops are still getting eaten but so far not much eating on the tubers. We've had 4 good hard freezes so we will see if they eventually eat them or not.

Radish tops destroyed.

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Old 12-29-2012, 07:18 PM   #120
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I got my buck skull back and decided to mount it on some wood.



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Old 01-08-2013, 09:43 PM   #121
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another great thread unclefish, awesome info and congrats on the buck.
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Old 01-08-2013, 09:45 PM   #122
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Skull looks great!
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Old 01-08-2013, 10:18 PM   #123
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Great thread, thanks for taking us along!
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Old 01-16-2013, 03:20 AM   #124
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keep posting uncle fish! This thread was awesome.

Thanks for taking the time to update it!

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Old 01-16-2013, 07:12 AM   #125
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I hope mine do half as good as yours
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Old 01-16-2013, 11:41 AM   #126
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What are you planting this spring and when?
This all looks great! Thanks for the info.
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Old 01-16-2013, 12:07 PM   #127
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thx for update, looks good
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Old 01-16-2013, 12:08 PM   #128
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What are you planting this spring and when?
This all looks great! Thanks for the info.
With all this rain we've had I'm anxious to get back out there and check it out. Its been 3 weeks and I'm Jonesing to see it.

I'm going to leave the oats/clover section alone and see how well the Durana Clover does into the early part of summer. Its supposed to be the best drought resistant white clovers....we will see how well it does.

The other section I will plant cowpeas, Eagle soybeans (if I can get my hands on some), and milo to help the beans withstand browse pressure. There are no local dealers near me that carry Eagle Beans but there is one close to Longview. If I can't get it I will plant some regular forage soybeans. I'll plant when the soil temps hit around 60-65 degrees....hopefully early/mid April.

I've also got some plans for a visual screen for the food plots. I ordered 500 virginia pines but they will take 3-4 years to get big enough to screen. So in the mean time I will plant some red top forage sorghum (gets 6-7 feet tall) to help with the screen.

You will get alot more daylight visits to your plots if its screened off from view and the deer feel safe there. I also want to screen off where I enter and exit from so I don't spook deer when getting into and out of the stand. That's the goal for me.

I've also got chestnut tree seedlings growing at home right now that I will plant when they are ready. I just ordered 25 Chinkapin Oak (white oak) seedlings to plant in the spring as well. Its one of the sweetest acorns that exists and deer flock to them. The sawtooth oaks I planted last year were and epic failure....drought killed them.

Lots of stuff planned this year! Oh and I also just got a new Husqvarna chain saw to help thicken up some bedding areas with hinge cutting trees.

I certainly have alot more to learn by trying all this stuff but its alot of fun to me (almost as much as actually hunting . Hopefully someone can learn from my mistakes! Sorry for rambling on......

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Old 01-16-2013, 01:10 PM   #129
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Awesome!
I'm with you. I enjoy working on the ranch and improving the habitat/hunting opportunities so much I'm almost bummed when hunting season comes around and I can't work anymore...almost.
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Old 01-16-2013, 05:14 PM   #130
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Nice Mount
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Old 01-17-2013, 07:02 PM   #131
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OK my next project just came in .....

500 Virginia Pine Seedlings


Nice bare root seedlings...


Not too bad for $35 plus shipping!
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Old 01-18-2013, 09:39 AM   #132
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You've got to be kidding?
$35 each or all together?
How in the world does someone make money off that much work for 35 bucks!

Great for you though. Now the work begins. At least they're not 5 galloners...
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Old 01-18-2013, 10:32 AM   #133
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This is a great thread! This kind of stuff is fun work.
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Old 01-18-2013, 11:33 AM   #134
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Stopped to take a break. Got 35 in the ground so far. Im doing a triple layer of them in case of some dying. The drill auger works great except the batteries don't last long. My dad is coming with reinforcements though.

Food plots are green but literally eaten to the ground.
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The oats and clover are maybe half an inch high....they are really pounding them. The radish top are eaten but still not the tubers....go figure.


Yes it was $35 for 500. I ordered way too many...lol.



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Water hole is full too...I ran 2 does off when I got drove up to the plot.
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Old 01-18-2013, 11:53 AM   #136
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Really like what you are doing. You are several years ahead of me, so I enjoy following along for now.

Where did you order your white oaks from?
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Man I wish I had a place to do this on. I'll continue to follow this thread! Congrats on a nice buck!
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Old 01-18-2013, 12:56 PM   #138
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Unclefish, how many plots did you plant? I see a lot of your photos seem to have come from the one big plot. Did you have any others?
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Why did you choose pines?
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Old 01-18-2013, 02:29 PM   #140
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Mine is down to the dirt, turned the cows in
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I ordered the chinkapin oaks from the Texas Forestry Site. They probably wont ship til Feb.

I choose virginia pines for the screen because cedars were way more expensive and they suck up alot more water than pines. Virginia pines also make great christmas trees so we will have some ready in 4 years. They are a lower growing thicker variety than loblolly or long leaf. They really fill in nicely for a screen.

We got about 150 in today before I had to leave for my sons basketball game. Will keep the rest in the fridge until we can plant again.

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good going on the pines
you have made some great improvements
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I have 37acres and only one plot. The theory behind it is to get the deer feeding in one central location instead of a main plot and a kill plot. Somewhere they know food will be available pretty much year round.
As long as it is secluded and screened from view....you will see more deer during daylight hours.

This is my second year to have a plot in this location and the activity this year was much better than last year.

I'm trying to screen it better so I can get in and out easier when hunting without getting busted. I try to hunt just off the plot and not right on it....although I do have some stands on it that I hunt with a good wind.

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Can you list the websites you purchased the bare roots at?
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I have 37acres and only one plot. The theory behind it is to get the deer feeding in one central location instead of a main plot and a kill plot. Somewhere they know food will be available pretty much year round.
As long as it is secluded and screened from view....you will see more deer during daylight hours.

This is my second year to have a plot in this location and the activity this year was much better than last year.

I'm trying to screen it better so I can get in and out easier when hunting without getting busted. I try to hunt just off the plot and not right on it....although I do have some stands on it that I hunt with a good wind.

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thank you! that is very good info. I plan on one day buying a piece of property and I'm thinking it'll be somewhere around 50 acres. Keep up the good work!
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Can you list the websites you purchased the bare roots at?
Texas Seedling Store
https://tfsapps.tamu.edu/wtn/StoreFront/index.aspx

NC Seedling Store
http://nc-forestry.stores.yahoo.net/cupl.html
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Planted about 75 more virginia pines today to screen off my plot better.

I got a new 18" Husqvarna chainsaw and put it to work and some dead bull mesquites and some smaller dead oaks.

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I took my trail cams off my feeders and put them on my plots. I got some good deer pics in the plot...I'll post them up when I get home.

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This is one of my favorite threads on tbh ever because this is about land management and hard work. Looks like its paying off. Thx for sharin everything with us.
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Old 01-21-2013, 04:11 PM   #149
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Thank you stickinpigs.

Here are a few trail cam pics on the plot. I ran a 5 point out of the radishes this morning. These pics are all on the radish side of the plot.







I set the cams up on the plot 3 days ago. I had all night pictures....screens will help that!!
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Unclefish,
Great thread! If you can get your hands a hold of a dibble bar it sure would make quick work of the pine saplings.
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