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No Food Plots #8659384 08/08/22 03:47 PM
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I know planting food plots is a major tactic that many do to kill deer. I have even done it myself in the past. But who all just mows shooting lanes through the woods or mows power lines and hunts the shooting lanes? No food plots planted just shunt shooting lanes?

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Pretty sure a lot of people do that in southern texas….

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I’m in the pineywoods and haven’t planted anything yet. Had plenty of doe come out to gravity feeders on some trimmed up lanes. The guy that’s been on the lease the longest (going on 40 years) and always gets the biggest bucks plants and swears by it. I’m planting on a couple lanes this year but also going to spend more time inside the woods looking for bucks this year


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I've had many a buck....and doe, walk past my corn feeder and into the food plot.


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Originally Posted by LanceH
I know planting food plots is a major tactic that many do to kill deer. I have even done it myself in the past. But who all just mows shooting lanes through the woods or mows power lines and hunts the shooting lanes? No food plots planted just shunt shooting lanes?

With this drought, nearly everyone. They might have planted but the poor plot is gone.


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Drought? What Drought?? smirk

Man, I'd love to send you guys some of the rain we've been getting at our pine tree plantation lease here in S.E. Louisiana. Our roads are so sloppy from daily rain that you can't even drive them with an ATV. Last Saturday we wanted to bush hog a few plots but the roads were too soft for the tractor. One of the guys decided his 4-wheel drive Mule would make it down the main road. Wrong. Took us over an hour to retrieve it.


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Originally Posted by BayouGuy
Drought? What Drought?? smirk

Man, I'd love to send you guys some of the rain we've been getting at our pine tree plantation lease here in S.E. Louisiana. Our roads are so sloppy from daily rain that you can't even drive them with an ATV. Last Saturday we wanted to bush hog a few plots but the roads were too soft for the tractor. One of the guys decided his 4-wheel drive Mule would make it down the main road. Wrong. Took us over an hour to retrieve it.

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Originally Posted by Texas buckeye
Pretty sure a lot of people do that in southern texas….


Wouldn't exactly call it the same thing......

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right now in most of Texas, the only thing mowing will get you is a grass fire! flame

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Originally Posted by Texas buckeye
Pretty sure a lot of people do that in southern texas….


I'm in East Texas close to Shreveport.

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Originally Posted by LanceH
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Pretty sure a lot of people do that in southern texas….


I'm in East Texas close to Shreveport.


East Texas is very different than south Texas. I’m in the Pineywoods as well and you’ll be fine chasing doe on hunting lanes. Gravity feeders work really well for me for doe, as long as they know they’re there


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Our spring plots didn't make it thru June this year. Just too dang dry.

We will put in oats this fall, maybe some winter peas if it looks like we'll get the moisture to support them. It's just a good bit of expense with seed, fertilizer, and lime only to watch it all die from drought. Oats are cheap, will grow about anywhere, and can be reseeded easily if necessary.

We are somewhat obligated to try plots spring and fall with the wildlife tax exemption we have. Feeding protein has been a never-ending battle this year. The deer are not straying far from the protein pen.

But yes, just mowing to give them fresh growth to browse works better than not doing anything at all


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Originally Posted by BayouGuy
Drought? What Drought?? smirk

Man, I'd love to send you guys some of the rain we've been getting at our pine tree plantation lease here in S.E. Louisiana. Our roads are so sloppy from daily rain that you can't even drive them with an ATV. Last Saturday we wanted to bush hog a few plots but the roads were too soft for the tractor. One of the guys decided his 4-wheel drive Mule would make it down the main road. Wrong. Took us over an hour to retrieve it.

I'm with ya. We're in the middle of monsoon season here...we've probably received 20" in the last three days. Wish I could push some to my Texas friends and the ranchito.


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Originally Posted by DukeCigars
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Pretty sure a lot of people do that in southern texas….


I'm in East Texas close to Shreveport.


East Texas is very different than south Texas. I’m in the Pineywoods as well and you’ll be fine chasing doe on hunting lanes. Gravity feeders work really well for me for doe, as long as they know they’re there

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LanceH, during the rut the bucks will be chasing the does. If you have an area that is frequented by a lot of does, the bucks will show up.
If you have mowed high line right-of-ways, get a hand seeder and spread out a couple bags of Throw & Grow.

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Originally Posted by LanceH
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Pretty sure a lot of people do that in southern texas….


I'm in East Texas close to Shreveport.


If you are operating small scale.....this fall go to the grocery store and buy a few bags of peas and throw them out.


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Originally Posted by LanceH
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Pretty sure a lot of people do that in southern texas….


I'm in East Texas close to Shreveport.


East Texas is very different than south Texas. I’m in the Pineywoods as well and you’ll be fine chasing doe on hunting lanes. Gravity feeders work really well for me for doe, as long as they know they’re there

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I hunt in Marion and Cass county in east TX and food plots are the way to go. We use feeders as well and the deer will hit them occasionally but we see many deer more in the food plots. Feeders attract pigs and they deer don't like being around pigs. Our biggest challenge with the deer is their becoming nocturnal, especially the big bucks. Our only chance of seeing a big one is during the rut sometime from opening day of rifle season to Thanksgiving.


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Originally Posted by Old Rabbit
LanceH, during the rut the bucks will be chasing the does. If you have an area that is frequented by a lot of does, the bucks will show up.
If you have mowed high line right-of-ways, get a hand seeder and spread out a couple bags of Throw & Grow.


Thanks, I will try this.

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