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#5426064 - 11/17/14 10:04 AM Aerial spray for cactus and mesquite- repel deer??
ChadTRG42 Offline
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Registered: 09/16/09
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Loc: Lewisville, TX
We've had some slow hunts the last few weeks, and I was informed that our place had recently been aerial sprayed to kill/reduce the cactus and mesquite growth. I have no idea what chemicals are used in this process. Would this effect the attractiveness of our property to deer and other animals? Or effect the growth of other vegetation?
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#5426085 - 11/17/14 10:13 AM Re: Aerial spray for cactus and mesquite- repel deer?? [Re: ChadTRG42]
ddmm Offline
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Registered: 10/29/10
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Loc: Haslet
I don't know, but if you find out what they were spraying with, let me know....we need to 'carpet bomb' our place with that stuff!!

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#5426094 - 11/17/14 10:17 AM Re: Aerial spray for cactus and mesquite- repel deer?? [Re: ChadTRG42]
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My landowner did a test plot of 200 acres, his theory is to kill and defoliate the mesquite to allow grass to grow for the cattle. He is hoping that the dead standing mesquite will still bring some habitat value (no nutritional value) as opposed to root plow.

I would imagine that the deer wouldn't find browse with chemical on it very appealing nor would they be attracted to dead or dying browse if more desirable is nearby.

My landowner is not going to blanket the whole place, he plans on rotating sections of pastures just as if he were root plowing and if he achieves the desired results. As of now, aerial spraying is cheaper than root plow.
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#5426100 - 11/17/14 10:19 AM Re: Aerial spray for cactus and mesquite- repel deer?? [Re: ChadTRG42]
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Chad,

I do not know the short term affects of that. My LO and I have discussed this. I do know that cattle have to come off the property for at least a year. Long term, the results will be great. I have a friend who did this on his 400 acre ranch and the ground cover, forbes and native browse are much better for both wildlife habitat and cattle.

I hope my LO decides to do it cause I have too many pears.

4W
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#5426116 - 11/17/14 10:23 AM Re: Aerial spray for cactus and mesquite- repel deer?? [Re: ChadTRG42]
QuitShootinYoungBucks Offline
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Registered: 11/01/12
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Loc: Lubbock, TX
I can't imagine it's cost effective to aerial spray for cactus. $$$$$
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#5426327 - 11/17/14 11:35 AM Re: Aerial spray for cactus and mesquite- repel deer?? [Re: ChadTRG42]
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Most of those chemicals are mixed with diesel fuel, so I'd suspect that it's left a bad taste on everything.

I hunted a place out of Eden that did this. It was very effective in ridding the ranch of both mesquite and cactus. It was also effective in ridding the place of deer for a while.
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#5426329 - 11/17/14 11:35 AM Re: Aerial spray for cactus and mesquite- repel deer?? [Re: ChadTRG42]
Mathp Offline
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Registered: 03/16/12
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LO on my lease uses it for cactus and mesquite as well. Can't remember what it's called. We have seen plenty of deer the last two years and this year as well. It just keeps the cactus and Mesquite in check to some degree. With the draught there are some areas on the lease that look like a moon scape below the treeline. Some pastures more than others. Near Breckenridge.
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#5426361 - 11/17/14 11:50 AM Re: Aerial spray for cactus and mesquite- repel deer?? [Re: ChadTRG42]
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Registered: 03/06/09
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Loc: San Angelo
it kills the small weeds and winter grasses that deer like to eat. once these come back the deer will be back. doesnt take long for these to regrow

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#5426749 - 11/17/14 03:31 PM Re: Aerial spray for cactus and mesquite- repel deer?? [Re: ChadTRG42]
ChadTRG42 Offline
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Loc: Lewisville, TX
They sprayed the week after opening weekend. So, the timing kind of sucks! No one is seeing much activity right now. I'm not too happy about it. I can't imagine it be an attractant.
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#5426844 - 11/17/14 04:02 PM Re: Aerial spray for cactus and mesquite- repel deer?? [Re: ChadTRG42]
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Yeah Chad, I have heard that needs to be sprayed in March or April. Timing of that sucks number 1 and may be ill timed for it to really work by my understanding.
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#5426882 - 11/17/14 04:09 PM Re: Aerial spray for cactus and mesquite- repel deer?? [Re: ChadTRG42]
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Registered: 09/27/12
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Are the deer safe to eat?? Like 4Weight stated " I do know that cattle have to come off the property for at least a year"
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#5426949 - 11/17/14 04:30 PM Re: Aerial spray for cactus and mesquite- repel deer?? [Re: ChadTRG42]
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#5426956 - 11/17/14 04:33 PM Re: Aerial spray for cactus and mesquite- repel deer?? [Re: ChadTRG42]
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#5427013 - 11/17/14 04:50 PM Re: Aerial spray for cactus and mesquite- repel deer?? [Re: 4Weight]
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Many parts of west Texas didn't have white tails till mexican cattle were grazed up here and transplanted mesquites. The area around big lake didn't have mesquites (and almost no whitetail deer) until mesquites took hold.

The most important thing mesquite provide is cover and shade. There are more deer and quail now than ever in many regions thanks to mesquites.

Roller chopping strips is a much better option.


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#5427027 - 11/17/14 04:55 PM Re: Aerial spray for cactus and mesquite- repel deer?? [Re: therancher]
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Originally Posted By: therancher
Many parts of west Texas didn't have white tails till mexican cattle were grazed up here and transplanted mesquites. The area around big lake didn't have mesquites (and almost no whitetail deer) until mesquites took hold.

The most important thing mesquite provide is cover and shade. There are more deer and quail now than ever in many regions thanks to mesquites.

Roller chopping strips is a much better option.

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The OP is talking about Cactus not spraying mesquites. Trust me, my place is 98% mesquite and I mean heavy cover so I like mesquites. Its the cactus that don't allow native grasses to take hold.
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