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#6330196 - 06/10/16 09:36 AM Do you mow your pastures before season or not?
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With all the rain, the grass is high at my hunting property. Do you like the grass to be high or low for deer habitat? Do you mow before the season or leave it high?
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#6330206 - 06/10/16 09:41 AM Re: Do you mow your pastures before season or not? [Re: AndrewOSpencer]
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Before. Especially roads. Catalytic converters scare me

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#6330211 - 06/10/16 09:46 AM Re: Do you mow your pastures before season or not? [Re: AndrewOSpencer]
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I mow all I can.. especially feeding areas that will be plots
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#6330234 - 06/10/16 10:01 AM Re: Do you mow your pastures before season or not? [Re: AndrewOSpencer]
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I mow all I can frequently to prevent or at least lessen damage caused by wildfires.
I keep roads, fence lines, feeder, blind / all areas near & around structures mowed short year around.

Nothing scares me more than acres & acres of knee high tall or more dry grass/brush come mid to late summer.

Over the years I've lost far too much from wildfires even when keeping the above mowed to let anyplace I own or lease to grow wild.

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#6330242 - 06/10/16 10:09 AM Re: Do you mow your pastures before season or not? [Re: AndrewOSpencer]
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The cattle I put on between March - August do a pretty decent job of keeping the grass down.

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#6330324 - 06/10/16 11:29 AM Re: Do you mow your pastures before season or not? [Re: AndrewOSpencer]
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We mow everything we can. I like everything to be aesthetically pleasing... and I think the deer appreciate it as well lol.
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#6330329 - 06/10/16 11:33 AM Re: Do you mow your pastures before season or not? [Re: AndrewOSpencer]
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Well, yea I understand the fire risk and the way it looks really nice. But I'm wondering if the deer prefer high grass to short.
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#6330333 - 06/10/16 11:37 AM Re: Do you mow your pastures before season or not? [Re: AndrewOSpencer]
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They prefer edges.... Were you have plenty of both.. Thicker bedding area to thicker grass to more grazing tolerable open areas.. I like keeping a good medium not to much not to little.
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#6330399 - 06/10/16 12:35 PM Re: Do you mow your pastures before season or not? [Re: AndrewOSpencer]
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I have noticed more deer movements on my place with knee high to thigh high grass as opposed to lower than that. The additional amount and nature of brush cover will contribute to that as well.

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#6330430 - 06/10/16 12:53 PM Re: Do you mow your pastures before season or not? [Re: AndrewOSpencer]
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When I think about it in October, I'll shred some wide shooting lanes in the deer field at our place, mainly so any guest or young 'un can see the shoulder of a deer plainly.

The lease is in the Chihuahuan desert - no mowing required.
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#6331918 - 06/12/16 07:10 AM Re: Do you mow your pastures before season or not? [Re: AndrewOSpencer]
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Mow early before the season. The deer will have more fall Forbes to eat and be more comfortable eating there. High grass and weeds are easy for predators to hide and stalk in.
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#6331952 - 06/12/16 07:42 AM Re: Do you mow your pastures before season or not? [Re: Pitchfork Predator]
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Originally Posted By: Pitchfork Predator
Mow early before the season. The deer will have more fall Forbes to eat and be more comfortable eating there. High grass and weeds are easy for predators to hide and stalk in.


My thinking as well, though I leave "edges". Deer are attracted to cut areas for the new growth, plus the added exposure to sun can help weedy forbes to grow, one reason you see deer at night on road berms that are mowed.
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#6333320 - 06/13/16 08:38 AM Re: Do you mow your pastures before season or not? [Re: AndrewOSpencer]
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I mow around my food plot so it's the same year round. I think change affects the animals. If it goes from tall to short, they don't show up for awhile. I've also found that they travel on my trails if I keep them mowed. In my opinion, their tracks show a preference to walking in areas that are mowed. You can see their tracks following the mowed areas.

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#6333858 - 06/13/16 04:03 PM Re: Do you mow your pastures before season or not? [Re: AndrewOSpencer]
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The deer in East Texas will graze in my food plots after I mow them, which I suspect is because the grass closer to the ground carries a better taste and more nutrients. For that reason, I mow them in the early summer and again about a month before spraying prior to disking and planting. I also mow just to keep the roads and trails more passable when checking on things.

Everything else is left alone.
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#6334020 - 06/13/16 06:22 PM Re: Do you mow your pastures before season or not? [Re: AndrewOSpencer]
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