Fall plot ready.......

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  1. SteveR

    SteveR 8 pointer

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    [​IMG]With rain in the forecast it was time to get my fall food plot planted. I killed off the ryegrass and clover plot I planted in the Spring last month and cut me a wider path to my plot so I could get some heavier equipment back to it. I cleaned up some stumps, tilled in six 30 lb bags of pelletized lime and then sowed it with Plotspike Forage Oats topped with fertilizer. It cleaned up better than I expected and I'm hoping for some decent results.

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  2. K9trapper

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    Looks great! Only challenge this fall will be leaf cover. It should get a good chance with all the acorns falling.


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  3. SteveR

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    Good point K9. I hadn't even thought about or considered the falling leaves soon to come. There is an abundance of acorns falling on my place so hopefully it will get a good start and be beneficial for both the deer and myself come late November, December this year. Anyway, its been a challenging and fun learning experience.

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  4. tmayn031

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    Looking good... Best of luck this fall with it producing!
     
  5. SteveR

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    This is day 10. The Oats are coming up but seem to be thin in places. Will it fill in or should I try to over seed it again? I have about 25 lbs of seed left over.


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  6. SteveR

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    Filling in nice I think. Not much deer sign in it, but I think they are still feasting on the acorns around here. Even the activity at my feeder has stopped. I've only gotten two pictures of deer in the last week....???????

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  7. mustanginky

    mustanginky 6 pointer

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    Looking good. Mine needs some rain badly
     
  8. FranciscoJ

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    You REALLY need to put a nice tree-stand in there. Buy some climbing sticks to make in/out easy. But yeah, it'll be a killing-field when acorns thin out...
     
  9. maintenancetech

    maintenancetech 6 pointer

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    One thing you may try once leafs fall is to take a leaf blower in there and blow them off. We done this to a small clover field last year and it really seemed to help.
     
  10. SteveR

    SteveR 8 pointer

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    He's not much, but considering this deer actually has a rack on his head I'm happy. First time I've got this deer on camera...Nothing but spikes and a four point all summer long.

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  11. SteveR

    SteveR 8 pointer

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    If nothing else, I think it's pretty to look at. LOL The night time pictures have increased in the last week or so, but I only have one daytime picture of a small 8 point feeding in the oats so far. It's really green and the plants are reaching maturity so I am still optimistic that when the cold weather finally gets here to stay and the food sources dry up that the deer will be well aware of this little plot and make it a habit to visit it daily. Keeping my fingers crossed!
     

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  12. sacmarata

    sacmarata 10 pointer

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    Thats the spot there! Nice looking plot opened up in hardwoods. Yer gonna get a lot of action when the acorns dry up and come hard freeze.
     
  13. deerpox

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    instead of trying to remove the leaves you could just mow it. that would just turn the leaves to natural fertilizer and it might help with your undergrowth.
     

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