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Old 07-01-2017, 12:15 PM   #251
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You weren't worried about hitting any fawns?

And would it not be more advantageous to leave it nutrition wise as opposed to killing the entire plot?
Yes, I was, but I mowed it in second gear while watching the ground on the inside all the time. That won't guarantee anything, but I could see the ground pretty well. The main thing was, I waited until about 1:30/2:00 pm to mow, and it's been my experience that when it's this hot, the does move their babies into the shade. That didn't keep me from thinking about it though !

As to the peas, I have more peas and clover than the deer can eat, especially in a good moisture year like this. There was only about half of the upper plot that I mowed. About a quarter acre maybe. My place is only 217 acres, and I have roughly five acres of peas and clover, plus lots of honeysuckle, greenbriar, blackberries, etc. Good browse !
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Old 07-12-2017, 10:38 AM   #252
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I'm looking to plant something in the next month to try and keep these bucks around and give a better chance for kill opportunity October 1..

My goal is to plant something in early August that is semi drought tolerant but will sprout up and provide immediate attraction to deer. I'll still come in 2nd week of October and plant my fall plot.

What would y'all try and plant in this situation???
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Old 07-13-2017, 07:18 AM   #253
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I'm looking to plant something in the next month to try and keep these bucks around and give a better chance for kill opportunity October 1..

My goal is to plant something in early August that is semi drought tolerant but will sprout up and provide immediate attraction to deer. I'll still come in 2nd week of October and plant my fall plot.

What would y'all try and plant in this situation???
Wheat, oats, and rye grain are most attractive and palatable to deer during the early stages of growth. I don't double crop so I have no experience with that, but wheat and Austrian winter peas have been my go-to crop for the last few years. Planted in the first half of September should be prime for bow season. It seems to be working for me.
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Old 07-13-2017, 05:18 PM   #254
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Looks like the deer are enjoying my peas, ( or is it "their" peas) !
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Old 07-13-2017, 05:21 PM   #255
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These are the peas I mowed because of the pigweed. Looks like all the moisture has them regenerating. I ran five does and one fawn out of this plot at high noon yesterday as I was leaving my place.
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Old 07-13-2017, 06:41 PM   #256
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Nice tractor and disc setup!
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Old 07-15-2017, 03:08 PM   #257
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Don't know what changed at my place this year. Deer have just walked through spring /summer plots and barely touched anything
Only thing I did different this year is mix some black oil (nobody had perodovic) sunflower seed in with the peas




Looks like I will be expanding my plots as they are wearing what I have planted out

Never knew they liked sunflowers so much either. Quick scan while shredding pasture earlier I saw no flowers or leaves, just bare stems. Pea vines still have some leaves on them
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Old 07-15-2017, 07:41 PM   #258
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Looks to me like they've about eaten it up ! Of course that's what we plant it for, but we would like to see it last through summer at least. They will probably put on some more leaves if you get some rain.
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Old 07-15-2017, 11:19 PM   #259
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I planted 4 bags of black oil sunflowers over about 8 acres (various plots located throughout the lease). I went out today and I don't have a single sunflower growing. What happened do you think?
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Old 07-16-2017, 05:47 AM   #260
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Here's Milo and sun hemp with beans mixed in



Couple acres of black oil sunflowers and beans. These have had decent pressure too with 6-10 deer a night eating in them


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Old 07-16-2017, 12:39 PM   #261
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I planted 4 bags of black oil sunflowers over about 8 acres (various plots located throughout the lease). I went out today and I don't have a single sunflower growing. What happened do you think?
No sign of anything?

How deep did you plant?

Sounds like planted too deep to me or you have a high deer density and they ate them as soon as they came up

I had no idea they would eat mine like they did. But I do have the bare stalks
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Not sure if this is the Browntop Millet I planted or it's weeds, but we are growing something! This is a virgin ground food plot so exciting to see something popping up.

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Old 07-22-2017, 04:49 PM   #263
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So, by looking at this exclusion cage, do you think these deer are getting enough to eat ?
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Old 07-22-2017, 08:57 PM   #264
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So, by looking at this exclusion cage, do you think these deer are getting enough to eat ?
Maybe
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Old 07-23-2017, 04:12 PM   #265
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For those who have been following this thread, my plots in Trinity Co. failed miserably this year. Started out slow, but I got good germination so the only thing I can think is that since this was the second year for spring plots, the deer were ready for me. All I have now is a really good stand of weeds and grasses.

I reached out to elgato and he gave me some ideas to put in effect for not only my kill plot this fall, but the two acre nutrition plot as well. So needless to say, I'll be trying this and see if I can outrun those hungry suckers. Thanks Rusty !
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Old 08-06-2017, 09:11 PM   #266
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Remember these peas ?
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Old 08-06-2017, 09:13 PM   #267
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Well, they're still there, mostly laying on the ground in little brown pellets !
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Old 08-06-2017, 10:23 PM   #268
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Enjoying this thread. Can't wait to plant for fall.
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Old 08-07-2017, 12:28 PM   #269
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Well, they're still there, mostly laying on the ground in little brown pellets !
haha looks like they wiped you out as well. I checked mine 2 weeks ago and they were knee high, checked them yesterday looked just like yours. Oh well, that is why we plant it right
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Old 08-07-2017, 02:04 PM   #270
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haha looks like they wiped you out as well. I checked mine 2 weeks ago and they were knee high, checked them yesterday looked just like yours. Oh well, that is why we plant it right
Who knows why they browse them lightly for two months and then devour them in two weeks, but I think that their natural browse may be getting woody, dry, and tough. They turn to the peas then or whatever else you have, but you're right, that's exactly why we plant. Contrast that pic with this one on my place near Mt. Enterprise taken about the same time. In fact I saw this plot this morning and it looks the same. I'm thinking I will try a throw and mow on this plot if it continues to have lots of leaves by September.
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What's the best soil test kit? I need to get my done before my Fall plant.


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What's the best soil test kit? I need to get my done before my Fall plant.


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I use Whitetail Institute just because I always have. They send you everything you need except your dirt. When you send it in, you'll get emailed results within a week. They will also send recommendations on fertilizer specific to what you are planting. Cost is around $15 per test. Lots of guys use the county agency, but I would rather use someone who deals in deer plots and not ag.
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Old 08-16-2017, 01:15 PM   #273
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Here's Milo and sun hemp with beans mixed in



Couple acres of black oil sunflowers and beans. These have had decent pressure too with 6-10 deer a night eating in them


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You should have 1 heck of a dove plot for the opener in a few weeks.
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Old 08-16-2017, 02:42 PM   #274
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You should have 1 heck of a dove plot for the opener in a few weeks.


Pretty good. We mowed it about 3 weeks ago. They are just starting to find it


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