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Cut a shooting lane in the pine trees #7131500
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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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That took some work.
Looks great- did you hire one of the mulching machines?


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Re: Cut a shooting lane in the pine trees [Re: TX_LT230FH] #7131559
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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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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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Just wish I had a few trees like that to hang some tree stands in!


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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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Looks great. Do you have a before picture? The brush under the pines looks impenetrable.

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I look forward to pictures in November when it is full of deer!

Re: Cut a shooting lane in the pine trees [Re: Txduckman] #7131914
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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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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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Looks great. Is there any particular reason you did not make it wider and a bit longer?



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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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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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Eddie, thank you for the information. I'm going to look into how would be the best, (meaning easiest) way for me to get lime to my food plots.


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Eddie, thank you for the information. I'm going to look into how would be the best, (meaning easiest) way for me to get lime to my food plots.


I would bet your local fertilizer company has buggys you can pull behind any truck and you should be able to dump several tons of lime with one of those pretty easily. If not that, then you will need to buy bags of lime and spread yourself. That'll be a job but would go a lot easier if you had someone in the back of a pickup cutting and spreading bags while someone else drove around slowly.

I would call the local fertilizer company and see what they have to offer.

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So, does anyone have a name of a company that will spread the lime for me if I buy in bulk that will go near Hughes Springs. Otherwise, I guess I'll just spread it myself using the bags. But at my age, I'm trying not to do anymore heavy lifting than I have too.

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So, does anyone have a name of a company that will spread the lime for me if I buy in bulk that will go near Hughes Springs. Otherwise, I guess I'll just spread it myself using the bags. But at my age, I'm trying not to do anymore heavy lifting than I have too.


If they sell bulk lime, my guess is they will have a ground drive spreader you could use. Almost all fertilizer companies will have buggies you can use if you buy their fertilizer, so I would guess the same would be true with lime. Pull with a truck and you are good to go. Call your local fertilizer store and see if they do bulk lime. Then ask about buggy use. You shouldn't have to lift a bag...

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Thought about this as well. Been seeing this guy advertising Bio liquid Calcium that is supposedly better and saves money. scratch
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Find a farmer that is looking to pick up a little work between planting and harvesting

Hire somebody to apply the lime, then to take the smallest disk they have and run over it a few times. This should speed things up, and give you a better ground to seed later.

A friend does this near Palestine and he gets a pretty decent deal. A guy preps, fertilized, and plants his food plots for him.


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I have no idea how far North they go, but Lanes fertilizer on 69 just North of Lindale is where I was told to go by my neighbor, who uses them every year on his pastures.

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When I went there, they told me that they where already sold out of lime. My food plot is half an acre, so I wanted one ton to get the 2 tons per acre coverage. Buying sacks seemed expensive to me, so I started calling around and found a place in Gilmer that said they had a ton laying on the ground behind their building that I could buy for cheap. I forget what I paid, but it was worth the price to shovel it into the bed of my truck. I also forget where I got it, but it was some sort of lumber yard, maybe an Ace Hardware? That was ten years ago.

The following year, I sent in a soil analysis and was told that I needed a half ton of lime per acre and that I was very low on K, or Potassium. So I bought thirteen 40 pound sacks of lime and about the same number of 13-13-13 fertilizer, and then several sacks of something like 2-2-35 fertilizer. That's not exactly what I bought, but it's a good example of what I remember doing.

I had really good results from my food plot after that and haven't done another soil analysis since then. Now when my food plot begins to die when it gets hotter out, I spread ten sacks of lime and five or six sacks of 13-13-13 fertilizer over the area and disk it in. I've tried a few summer food plots, but it's just a waste of money. I've had some fun with wildflowers, but that had nothing to do with attracting the deer. This year, I'll probably just leave it bare and spray for weeds once or twice, then disk it up in September and plant once the heat breaks.

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Thanks a lot for the information. It's very helpful


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