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#7131500 - 04/03/18 02:21 PM Cut a shooting lane in the pine trees
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It took a while with all the rain, but finally got a shooting lane cut in the pine trees. I'm going to plant it in oats and peas this fall.
It's a little over 150 yards long and 25 yards wide.

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#7131527 - 04/03/18 02:47 PM Re: Cut a shooting lane in the pine trees [Re: Mr. T.]
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That took some work.
Looks great- did you hire one of the mulching machines?
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#7131541 - 04/03/18 02:58 PM Re: Cut a shooting lane in the pine trees [Re: Mr. T.]
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#7131559 - 04/03/18 03:13 PM Re: Cut a shooting lane in the pine trees [Re: TX_LT230FH]
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Originally Posted By: TX_LT230FH
That took some work.
Looks great- did you hire one of the mulching machines?

Yes I did, great guy, $115 an hour, works by himself. If interested I will send you his name.
He lives in Texarkana but traveled to Hughes Springs to do the work.


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#7131588 - 04/03/18 03:49 PM Re: Cut a shooting lane in the pine trees [Re: Mr. T.]
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What are you going to do with the stumps? OR did the process uproot the stumps?

My understanding of the mulching machines is they cut things to the ground level but don't do anything for stump or roots...maybe my understanding is a little off, I have no idea.

Looks good. Would love to hunt that in the fall with some good oats/wheat on it. Gonna have to lime some to get pH under control.

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#7131600 - 04/03/18 04:05 PM Re: Cut a shooting lane in the pine trees [Re: Mr. T.]
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Just wish I had a few trees like that to hang some tree stands in!
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#7131615 - 04/03/18 04:15 PM Re: Cut a shooting lane in the pine trees [Re: Mr. T.]
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Thats a big lane! Nice....we hired a guy like that to cut some spots at our place in some thick stuff we had a few years back.

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#7131862 - 04/03/18 08:38 PM Re: Cut a shooting lane in the pine trees [Re: Mr. T.]
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Looks great. Do you have a before picture? The brush under the pines looks impenetrable.

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#7131880 - 04/03/18 08:54 PM Re: Cut a shooting lane in the pine trees [Re: Mr. T.]
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I look forward to pictures in November when it is full of deer!

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#7131914 - 04/03/18 09:23 PM Re: Cut a shooting lane in the pine trees [Re: Txduckman]
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Originally Posted By: Txduckman
Looks great. Do you have a before picture? The brush under the pines looks impenetrable.

The before photo is me standing in front of some thick trees, (1st photo) the second photo is of the same place after the area was mulched.
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#7132070 - 04/04/18 07:16 AM Re: Cut a shooting lane in the pine trees [Re: Mr. T.]
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On another note, I have never planted a food plot in East Texas. I was told that clover will grow well in partial sun. I've always use oats and winter peas for my plots. Any suggestions on what has worked for you?
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#7132075 - 04/04/18 07:23 AM Re: Cut a shooting lane in the pine trees [Re: Mr. T.]
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#7132083 - 04/04/18 07:29 AM Re: Cut a shooting lane in the pine trees [Re: Mr. T.]
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Looks great. Is there any particular reason you did not make it wider and a bit longer?
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#7132100 - 04/04/18 07:48 AM Re: Cut a shooting lane in the pine trees [Re: stxranchman]
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Originally Posted By: stxranchman
Looks great. Is there any particular reason you did not make it wider and a bit longer?

It is actually longer if you take into account that it runs off one of my food plots. From where the stand will be placed, it will
be about 250 yards to the end of the lane. Why I did not make it wider is simply...money. I had a budget and made my self stay with in it.
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#7132156 - 04/04/18 08:36 AM Re: Cut a shooting lane in the pine trees [Re: Mr. T.]
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Congrats, that looks great. I'm in Tyler and my place was all pines when I bought it, but now I've opened up quite a bit of it.

First thing you need to do right away is get your PH down by spreading lime. Pines love acidic soil, so since you have pines, you have acidic soil. From what I've learned, average is two tons per acre, and you need about six months for it to accomplish anything. Then do a soil sample and send it off to see what you need to do after that. I wouldn't wast my time getting it tested now, it's going to be really bad and it's going to take years to get it where you want it, so hit it hard right away!!! Fertilize with 13-13-13 now too.

As for planting, I've been to just about every feed store in my area and the most common thing that people like to use is winter wheat. It doesn't seem to work for me, so who knows? Clover wont take off until after the season is over. My clover is thick and lush right now, but you couldn't find it back in November and December. If it stays warm, beans are really good, but they die off after the first freeze. Peas are also disappointing. I plant half of my plot in a mixture from Atwood's that seems to get hit just as hard as anything else I plant in the other half.

Corn works the best, but you have to keep the hogs out. My next big project will be to fence off my entire food plot. Once the hogs show up, they tell their friends, and it's a hog party all night long.

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