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#5410869 - 11/10/14 01:00 PM Grass too tall
deedeetaylor Offline
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Registered: 05/05/10
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Loc: Ft. Worth, TX
I got my lease real late this year and I'm hunting a hayfied. Evidently it ain't gonna get baled and the grass only got higher after the recent rain. I did have some good action this past weekend, but was aggravated some by the tall grass, some of it 4 foot high. I need to smash down a 1/2 acre or so to improve my visual field, but I don't have access to a tractor. After my morning hunt Saturday, I dragged a 8 inch by 8 foot log, about 100 pounds, behind my pickup, and it put down some of the weeds, but much of it just bounced back up. I got out the old yo-yo and whacked some, but ran out of oomph pretty quickly. The grass stalks are real thick and I don't think my yard weed whacker would do much good. Any short cuts out there?
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#5410886 - 11/10/14 01:05 PM Re: Grass too tall [Re: deedeetaylor]
MoBettaHuntR Offline
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Get your stand higher. Maybe cut some small trails that would give deer a better route and you way to see them.
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#5410902 - 11/10/14 01:11 PM Re: Grass too tall [Re: deedeetaylor]
Jimbo Offline
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I've had to deal with a similar problem, and tried dragging a railroad tie and had a section of chain link fence attached to it with similar results.
A heavy duty weed whacker will work but the only real remedy is a tractor and brush mower.

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#5410929 - 11/10/14 01:20 PM Re: Grass too tall [Re: deedeetaylor]
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The lazy approach is feed it heavy with corn and the deer/hogs will knock it down. Getting your stand higher is another good option.

You said a 1/2 acre, that isn't very big at all. Throw your push mower in the bed of the truck and you can do it in a few hours. You will be surprised what it will cut.
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#5410942 - 11/10/14 01:25 PM Re: Grass too tall [Re: redchevy]
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I've cut areas with my push mower and it is slow going with that high stuff. It takes a lot of time and effort but it's much better afterwards. Put in a few hard hours and you can enjoy the rest of the season. You'll be glad you did.

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#5410949 - 11/10/14 01:28 PM Re: Grass too tall [Re: deedeetaylor]
Mavric Offline
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Registered: 01/14/11
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Yeah talk to the locals where your lease is....there's usually a guy who does bush hog work and most are reasonable.

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#5410953 - 11/10/14 01:30 PM Re: Grass too tall [Re: Mavric]
MoBettaHuntR Offline
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Originally Posted By: Mavric
Yeah talk to the locals where your lease is....there's usually a guy who does bush hog work and most are reasonable.


Very true and if it is somewhat decent hay somonel will come cut it if you let them keep it.
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#5410959 - 11/10/14 01:32 PM Re: Grass too tall [Re: deedeetaylor]
JRJ6 Offline
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I would go with the push mower. Clear out a piece and you are good to go

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#5410977 - 11/10/14 01:38 PM Re: Grass too tall [Re: deedeetaylor]
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I've dragged a cattle panel before with decent results. Put big rocks, spare tires, logs, etc. on it for additional weight and ballast.
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#5410984 - 11/10/14 01:40 PM Re: Grass too tall [Re: deedeetaylor]
stxranchman Offline
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I hope the landowner don't bill your for hay you ruined peep
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#5410990 - 11/10/14 01:44 PM Re: Grass too tall [Re: stxranchman]
redchevy Offline
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Originally Posted By: stxranchman
I hope the landowner don't bill your for hay you ruined peep


Very true, on a lease I would pass all options other than feeding heavy and letting the animals tear it up with the owner.
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#5411025 - 11/10/14 01:52 PM Re: Grass too tall [Re: redchevy]
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Originally Posted By: redchevy
Originally Posted By: stxranchman
I hope the landowner don't bill your for hay you ruined peep


Very true, on a lease I would pass all options other than feeding heavy and letting the animals tear it up with the owner.


Ditto. Speak with the landowner, he may come shred it or give you the go ahead. You can rent a tractor if need be and do it in a couple hours and never look back.
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#5411625 - 11/10/14 05:50 PM Re: Grass too tall [Re: deedeetaylor]
deedeetaylor Offline
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Registered: 05/05/10
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Loc: Ft. Worth, TX
I did ask the landowwner about the hay the day I signed the lease...about 3 weeks ago...he said he hadn't heard from the "hay guy" and did not think it was gonna be cut and baled. The landowner said he'd be surprise if I see the hay guy or him until after the deer season. It's 65 acres so if it becomes a problem, I'm prepared to work a solution on the 1/2 acres I'm trying to flatten.
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#5411669 - 11/10/14 06:12 PM Re: Grass too tall [Re: deedeetaylor]
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I should knock over a lot easier if you get a good freeze first.

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