starting to get the itch

Discussion in 'Deer Hunting' started by camclo01, Jul 5, 2019.

  1. camclo01

    camclo01 6 pointer

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    went to the farm today to cut the Clover and Alfalfa field and start prepping my other field for my fall food plot.


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    Two above are my Clover an Alpha plot after cutting. wish i could have left it longer but had to work with what i had. Planted this last fall and this was my first time cutting

    Pic below is from my area that will be my fall plot. field was check high grass and weeds when i started
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    While i was there i went ahead and pulled my camera on my feeder and mineral lick. Was pretty excited to get 1 really nice buck and a couple more good ones.
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  2. littlebear

    littlebear 12 pointer

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    Good bucks. Won’t be long season will be here.
     
  3. Drahts

    Drahts 10 pointer

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    Good Bucks. How tall was your clover/alfalfa before you mowed it? As a rule of thumb I never cut more than 40% because of the stunt to the plant. Just curious.
     
  4. Genesis 27:3

    Genesis 27:3 10 pointer

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    Nice looking spot and bucks.
     
  5. ojibwa62

    ojibwa62 12 pointer

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    There is that and this time of year you run the risk of burning in up if we don't get rain within a few days..
     
  6. ojibwa62

    ojibwa62 12 pointer

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    Property looks great,

    I use this rule , most of the time..:rolleyes::oops:

    "It’s a myth that you have to mow in order to have a nutritious clover plot, Thats just wrong. If the clover is doing well in May and June and deer are eating it, let them eat it. Don’t mow it! The nutritive value of a perennial clover leaf that is 4 weeks old compared to one that is 8 weeks old during this time is negligible for white-tailed deer. You worked hard to produce 4,000 pounds per acre of high-quality clover and chicory. Why wake up one Saturday morning in June and mow down three-quarters of it? It doesn’t make sense! Wait until after the forages produce seed before you mow. Unfortunately, many people mow because they want to get outside and do something to manage the land. If they would redirect their effort to other management activities, they would be much more successful in reaching their habitat management objectives for deer."
     
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  7. KYH5N1

    KYH5N1 10 pointer

    You mow clover and alfalfa to control weeds and to sustain the plot. You should mow when the plot is around 20% in bloom. If not, nutrients in the plant are used up in reproduction which hurts the viability of the plot. The nutrients available are negligible yes, but the deer prefer "new" growth and will utilize the plot more when it is mowed regularly.
     
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  8. ojibwa62

    ojibwa62 12 pointer

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    I agree for the most part , I do like to mow mine if it gets too leggy, I normally mow more then then once a year, but seldom more then two or three times.
    Like many I probably spend too much time on the tractor..
     
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  9. Bubbles

    Bubbles 8 pointer

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    I need to mow mine but the only thing I am mowing is my yard. I hate this time of year with the heat and humidity. I have been on vacation all week and have been going through 3 changes of clothes every day working around the house.
     
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  10. 1wildcatfan

    1wildcatfan 12 pointer

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    Some good ones.
     
  11. camclo01

    camclo01 6 pointer

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    Guys i really appreciate the feedback and constructive criticism. I honestly have no clue what to do when it comes to farming / planting. so knowing now to mow in the future when there are seeds is great as well as the other ideas. I will use these going forward to hope that i can keep this plot alive for a couple of years more.
     

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