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#6507499 - 10/23/16 11:40 AM Already thinking about next year
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So as I am sitting in my stand I started thinking about what I need to do differently for next year. I am thinking of a food plot. In the picture you can see red is the perimeter, blue is creek and pond, yellow is my stand, green is feeder and the dark red circle is the clears I am thinking about removing to put a plot in. I was going to go all the way up to where the hardwoods start along the creek bed but they are mostly hackberry. Should I leave all the hackberry trees? Do you think the food plot will be good size, it will be about 150yards by 50 yards. Give me advice guys. I was hoping to have this done by this year but it seems like something new is constantly taking priority with owning land.
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#6507725 - 10/23/16 03:20 PM Re: Already thinking about next year [Re: jsplinter]
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I wouldn't cut any hackberry down for a food plot.

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#6507737 - 10/23/16 03:28 PM Re: Already thinking about next year [Re: txbobcat]
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Originally Posted By: txbobcat
I wouldn't cut any hackberry down for a food plot.


This. And I wouldn't hunt over plot. Put it in the opposite corner from blind, where it is already thin.

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#6507784 - 10/23/16 04:22 PM Re: Already thinking about next year [Re: jsplinter]
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That spot may be thin because the soil is not worth a crap. May not grow a plot.
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#6507869 - 10/23/16 05:44 PM Re: Already thinking about next year [Re: jsplinter]
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The spot you are referring too is all rock, I think you are talking about the top left corner where it looks white inbetween the trees? Everywhere else is good soil. I thought everyone hunts over a plot if they can?
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#6507893 - 10/23/16 06:03 PM Re: Already thinking about next year [Re: jsplinter]
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Definitely do a food plot. You know where the good soil is, utilize it. I've got a place I hunt that's pretty much the same as yours. Food plot helped tremendously.


Edited by Erathkid (10/23/16 06:03 PM)
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#6507935 - 10/23/16 06:41 PM Re: Already thinking about next year [Re: jsplinter]
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Erathkid, how big did you make your food plot?
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#6508057 - 10/23/16 07:48 PM Re: Already thinking about next year [Re: jsplinter]
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A food plot will help you more than anything else you can do. And I have had food plots that I hunted over and plots that I did not just to give the deer a safe haven........I was stupid.....hunt the plot with a feeder half way down one side next to the hardwoods. You are going to kick your butt for not doing it this year.
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#6508097 - 10/23/16 08:13 PM Re: Already thinking about next year [Re: jsplinter]
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I know Mr. T but I want to hunt this year so I don't want to make too much commotion with cutting trees and planting. First year ownership, got to take year by year. I want to do the food plot and get me a spot in the woods for next year
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#6508131 - 10/23/16 08:27 PM Re: Already thinking about next year [Re: jsplinter]
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By you some ryegrass and spread it around the feeder and blind for this year. Ryegrass will grow just about anywhere if you get enough rain on it.
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#6508145 - 10/23/16 08:33 PM Re: Already thinking about next year [Re: jsplinter]
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Just throw it on top of the ground or do I need to till it?
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#6508154 - 10/23/16 08:37 PM Re: Already thinking about next year [Re: jsplinter]
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Throw it on top of the ground. I did it in the Hill Country on very rocky soil and it grew well if it rained. Plant it thick right before a rain if you can.
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#6508155 - 10/23/16 08:37 PM Re: Already thinking about next year [Re: jsplinter]
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Dang it's raining tonight, would have been a good time for it
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#6508159 - 10/23/16 08:38 PM Re: Already thinking about next year [Re: jsplinter]
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If it is still more rain in the forecast for this week do it one evening. Really better it soil is wet and then gets another rain on top of the seed.
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#6508173 - 10/23/16 08:45 PM Re: Already thinking about next year [Re: jsplinter]
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No more until the 3rd of November then it looks like we will get a few days in a row. I can wait till then. Do you recommend just regular rye grass seed or something like this. http://www.tractorsupply.com/tsc/product/evolved-harvest-throw-gro-5-lb?cm_vc=-10005

Same company has oats, radish and clover bags. All no till
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