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Old 04-18-2017, 05:52 PM   #1
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I ordered 2 bags of browntop millet today to broadcast in my 2acre fall food plot of elbon rye. The rye is over waist high so I should have great cover when I mow it.

I have never tried this method before, so I will update as I go. This will also be my first Dove plot. I plan to put the seed out May 6th. My goal is to have a legal dove plot in September. I also plan to feed milo from a spin feeder until 1st of August to keep the dove in the area.
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Old 04-18-2017, 08:17 PM   #2
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Do not plant to early. I planted 12 acres of browntop in South Texas in mid-June and it was perfect timing to hunt in Sept in the South Zone. I did not plant it near that heavy though. The dove hunting was fantastic to say the least. Rained in June and first week of July then not again till early Sept. so it stay short and the browntop never really got over 18" tall due to the later planting date and rainfall timing. It was easy to hunt it and find birds without having it to thick. I planted with an offset disc that had a seeder box on it.
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Old 04-19-2017, 08:26 AM   #3
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Our opening day is on September 1st. Hoping the seed is mature by 1-2 week of August so I can mow and disc strips mid August. Then mow the rest of the field a couple days before the opener.
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Old 04-19-2017, 10:28 AM   #4
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Our opening day is on September 1st. Hoping the seed is mature by 1-2 week of August so I can mow and disc strips mid August. Then mow the rest of the field a couple days before the opener.
I would mow strips as the season progresses. Mow a strip every couple of weeks.
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Old 04-19-2017, 11:22 AM   #5
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I would do that, but this plot will turn into my fall deer plot late September. I am only looking to get a weekend or two of hunting from this plot.
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Old 04-19-2017, 01:49 PM   #6
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I would do that, but this plot will turn into my fall deer plot late September. I am only looking to get a weekend or two of hunting from this plot.
Sounds like a plan.
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Old 05-04-2017, 05:34 PM   #7
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Going out tomorrow and Saturday to plant my browntop millet, set up Milo feeder, and install a fake power line over the food plot.
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Old 05-04-2017, 07:06 PM   #8
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Man I don't know... with 2 acres, unless you are using an electric fence the deer will destroy 2 acres before it ever even gets a chance to take off. Good luck tho.
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Old 05-07-2017, 08:01 PM   #9
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I got everything done. My phone died after getting the fake power line installed. The field looked really good after mowing. Headed back in a month and will update.
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Old 05-07-2017, 08:03 PM   #10
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Line going across the front of field. Hard to see but about a 350' crossing.
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Old 05-07-2017, 08:09 PM   #11
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I like your thinking! Looking forward to your results.

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Old 05-07-2017, 09:57 PM   #12
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What is the purpose of the line?
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What is the purpose of the line?
A place for the dove to loath on before dropping down in the field.
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Old 05-19-2017, 10:40 AM   #14
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A guy drove through the lease today and sent me this pic.
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Old 05-21-2017, 11:44 AM   #15
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Old 06-06-2017, 09:47 AM   #16
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If the entire field looked like this I would be in business. It is pretty thin throughout the field. I am not very impressed with the throw and mow method. To be fair, one thing that hurt me is after seeding I received .25" of rain and nothing else for 1.5-2 weeks. If I would have received 2-3" of rain I think I would have had better results. I don't think I had enough rain to push the seed into the ground before germinating.
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Old 06-10-2017, 04:34 PM   #17
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I have been doing some research and I think a great option for me is to plant native sunflowers in the fall with my cereal rye food plot. When the elbon starts to mature and dry up the native sunflowers should take off and be ready for the fall. Has anyone had luck with this approach?

I am really leaning towards that route. I wish I had 5-10 acreas to plant but I am fortunate the timber company gave me 2 acres for a food plot when they clear cut this area a few years ago.
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Old 07-27-2017, 05:35 AM   #18
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What size wire did you use? Thinking about putting one up in my dove field.
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Old 07-27-2017, 06:51 AM   #19
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I have been doing some research and I think a great option for me is to plant native sunflowers in the fall with my cereal rye food plot. When the elbon starts to mature and dry up the native sunflowers should take off and be ready for the fall. Has anyone had luck with this approach?

I am really leaning towards that route. I wish I had 5-10 acreas to plant but I am fortunate the timber company gave me 2 acres for a food plot when they clear cut this area a few years ago.
I think this is a good idea, but think the plot needs to be disced in the sprig for the native sunflowers to germinate. Maybe someone with experience will chime in, but think the native seed does best when the soil is disturbed in the spring.
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