I have 400 acres we hunt on out in Comanche and am considering 2 things this spring but both will cost a little money, I think more than I anticipate. and am wondering based off experience if any of you could tell me yay or nay based on cost and actual results.
1) sunflower plot for doves- I have a ton of deer on the property and hear that
a) the deer will get to it
b) doing a quick plant method like I would (I work Monday-Friday 7am-7pm, and lack of equipment) I heard it doesn't yield the best results
meaning if I don't dig up ground perfectly, have 15 different fertilizers and baby it etc because I can't stay out there more than 2 days, and also monitor it
2) pondseal- a product to spread on bottom of my duck pond to make it hold more water. probably cost around $300 for the amount I would need or maybe more. not sure if anyone has had any luck with this stuff, it's basically bentonite with an expansion type agent in it.
I'm only 24 and know some of you have been doing this stuff a lot longer and wanted some feedback on what you think.
I'm far from an expert on food plots so take this or leave it....
My grandpa attempted food plots (for deer/doves) the past three years, each year he purchased materials from Gore Bros (in comanche) he is exactly 9 miles from the square.
All 3 years he used a disc, planted via spreader, watered (used tractor with watering tank) tended to it every day (if there is such a thing) and all 3 years I never saw anything for birds or deer to eat?? Maybe it was the seed, maybe he doesn't know what he's doing...I know he spent a bunch of money with little result.
AS for the pondseal,
we used some bentonite (sp?) got it from the guys in town (forgot the name) in 2011 to seal the bottom of his big tank, (I personally think they made a half @ss effort) they pulled a disc across, dumped bentonite in, and disced across a few times.
It's still bone dry, was completely full at one point (rain of OCT 2011) but all leaked out just as fast (or faster) than before. I think they made several mistakes on that job, I was supposed to help (had some words with AG guy, and several "pond master types" out that way). But he got in a hurry and I was stuck on a project at real work for 9 months.
Do your homework, and talk to people in that part of the country before you start spending money is all I have to offer on both.
I will say a good friend of mine used to do some killer food plots 7 miles from our ranch in BROWN county I never asked him anything concerning details but I saw a LOT of pictures of mature bucks eating during the fall months.