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#6439438 - 09/05/16 07:05 PM wheat fields?
kweber Offline
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Registered: 09/03/15
Posts: 196
we combine our wheat in May/early June...
nothing left now, in fact most are plowed by July...
so why all the fuss over wheat fields?
heck we combined milo in July and any lost grain sprouted after the first rains(wet year and unusual)

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#6440092 - 09/06/16 07:45 AM Re: wheat fields? [Re: kweber]
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Registered: 09/02/04
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Leave it unplowed and burn it in August. Best dove field there is...a burnt wheat field.
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#6440109 - 09/06/16 08:04 AM Re: wheat fields? [Re: Gamblinman]
kweber Offline
Woodsman

Registered: 09/03/15
Posts: 196
if it gets burned around here, it's june.
even corn that was picked only in mid aug has already sprouted from the rain...
but I have 30ac of teaweed for Oct... gonna need shredding cuz ragweeds have gotten out of hand due to all the rain here W of SA..
and there's a sesame field we'll have access to in dec...

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#6440479 - 09/06/16 12:19 PM Re: wheat fields? [Re: kweber]
Dirt Offline
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Registered: 09/16/10
Posts: 311
Loc: Round Rock TX
I thought the same thing. But got invited to hunt
N of Throckmorton Sat & Sun on a place with aprox
800 to 1000 acres of wheat which was cut back in
June I am guessing. Just stubble left in the pastures.
Then I looked hard and saw plenty of wheat heads here
and there and almost every bird was stuffed with wheat.
There were thousands of birds. Like a dream where flock
after flock were lifting and swarming your position
over and over. I'll never forget the weekends hunt.
It's going to be difficult to come close to the experience
of it ever again I think.


Edited by Dirt (09/06/16 12:20 PM)
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#6440490 - 09/06/16 12:25 PM Re: wheat fields? [Re: kweber]
texas wetlands Offline
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Registered: 01/08/13
Posts: 238
We hunted wheat fields that had either hail damage or just didn't make a good crop and the birds were great. The farmers will plow them by the first of Oct. and we will adjust accordingly. But for now tons of birds.

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#6440496 - 09/06/16 12:29 PM Re: wheat fields? [Re: kweber]
Herbie Hancock Offline
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Registered: 08/23/16
Posts: 458
Loc: Cypress, Texas
Be careful not to knock any wheat down that is currently growing. The only reason I say that is my brother in law was hunting a milo field that was harvested weeks ago and was talking to the GW who was walking around. He said even though it has been harvested there are still some that weren't cut and also new growth since we have had all this rain. GW's will write you a ticket for baiting if you are in a field knocking that new growth down even if you're looking for a dead bird!

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#6440518 - 09/06/16 12:53 PM Re: wheat fields? [Re: kweber]
woodduckhunter Offline
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Registered: 04/25/11
Posts: 212
are they possibly referring to hunting freshly planted winter wheat fields that haven't germinated yet? and herbie, I guess theoretically they could write you a ticket for that(they CAN write one for almost anything), but if it got serious it would not hold up if you fought it very hard.

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#6440535 - 09/06/16 01:02 PM Re: wheat fields? [Re: woodduckhunter]
Herbie Hancock Offline
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Registered: 08/23/16
Posts: 458
Loc: Cypress, Texas
Originally Posted By: woodduckhunter
are they possibly referring to hunting freshly planted winter wheat fields that haven't germinated yet? and herbie, I guess theoretically they could write you a ticket for that(they CAN write one for almost anything), but if it got serious it would not hold up if you fought it very hard.


My brother in law ran into a guy early last week while scouting some public land north of Winnie and the property was a rice field in years past. The guy was telling him the GW's would write tickets to people and dog owners if they weren't going straight up a row. So apparently knocking down rice while retrieving is baiting as well, then also I can see that is also lost crop to the owner. However, the farmer is taking a chance on that happening since the rice is still in the field not yet harvested. It's somewhat of a gray area to me and yeah I could see stuff like that being thrown out if fought.

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#6440540 - 09/06/16 01:05 PM Re: wheat fields? [Re: kweber]
Stompy Offline
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Registered: 06/13/10
Posts: 3873
Loc: Breckenridge Tx
I plant my wheat field late Sept every year. We hunt over it as soon as I drill it, GW comes out every year and never had a problem. Normal Agriculture Practice.
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#6440568 - 09/06/16 01:25 PM Re: wheat fields? [Re: kweber]
BradyBuck Offline
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Registered: 10/18/07
Posts: 5124
Loc: Abilene, TX
The two best fields I've ever seen were wheat fields. One was a wheat field that was unable to be harvested due to wet conditions. Sunflowers came up around the wheat. You had wheat underneath 6-7 feet of sunflowers. Landowner took his time shredding it little by little through the season. Crazy numbers

Second was another wheat field that a friend of mine bought. The previous owner didn't harvest the wheat and it was unbelievable as well.

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#6440778 - 09/06/16 04:03 PM Re: wheat fields? [Re: kweber]
TXAg08 Offline
Light Foot

Registered: 10/20/14
Posts: 24
Loc: College Station, Texas
I hunted in Throckmorton this past weekend on a wheat field and it was the best Dove hunting I have every seen. We also used 2 Mojo Doves.

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#6440784 - 09/06/16 04:08 PM Re: wheat fields? [Re: kweber]
8pointdrop Online   sleepy
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Registered: 12/16/11
Posts: 4715
Loc: My favorite place TEXAS
Hunt harvested wheat stubble every year and do well. The harvesters won't get everything and not all of it sprouts after rains....craws are loaded with wheat. Same in harvested Milo or corn.

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#6440823 - 09/06/16 04:37 PM Re: wheat fields? [Re: Herbie Hancock]
huntwest Offline
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Registered: 09/17/10
Posts: 1752
Loc: Albany
Originally Posted By: Herbie Hancock
Be careful not to knock any wheat down that is currently growing. The only reason I say that is my brother in law was hunting a milo field that was harvested weeks ago and was talking to the GW who was walking around. He said even though it has been harvested there are still some that weren't cut and also new growth since we have had all this rain. GW's will write you a ticket for baiting if you are in a field knocking that new growth down even if you're looking for a dead bird!


There was a big thread on here about a month ago and I thought the same thing. Was told it was not illegal to hunt over crops and it was even ok to shred them. I argued not but was wrong. Talked to game warden and he said that shredding milo and wheat was fine for dove just not waterfowl.
Anyone else remember his?

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#6440826 - 09/06/16 04:39 PM Re: wheat fields? [Re: huntwest]
RiverRunner Offline
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Registered: 10/29/04
Posts: 360
Loc: Texas
Originally Posted By: huntwest
Originally Posted By: Herbie Hancock
Be careful not to knock any wheat down that is currently growing. The only reason I say that is my brother in law was hunting a milo field that was harvested weeks ago and was talking to the GW who was walking around. He said even though it has been harvested there are still some that weren't cut and also new growth since we have had all this rain. GW's will write you a ticket for baiting if you are in a field knocking that new growth down even if you're looking for a dead bird!


There was a big thread on here about a month ago and I thought the same thing. Was told it was not illegal to hunt over crops and it was even ok to shred them. I argued not but was wrong. Talked to game warden and he said that shredding milo and wheat was fine for dove just not waterfowl.
Anyone else remember his?


That is correct. Fields can be manipulated for Doves, but not waterfowl. For waterfowl it has to be a part of 'normal ag practices'.

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#6440898 - 09/06/16 05:21 PM Re: wheat fields? [Re: kweber]
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Registered: 09/02/04
Posts: 629
Loc: Yantis, TX
Just curious...what part of shredding a wheat field for baling is not a normal agricultural practice? We've hunted geese for years on wheat and head feed fields that were shredded and baled.
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