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  1. Whitetail Deer Habitat
    I am on my third year of planting food plots, and still figuring out the best process. I'm working with sandy soil, and have been mostly planting in August. My plots typically consist of a rye/clover/pea/oat combo. In the spring, I typically have some rye and clover from fall planting, and some...
  2. Whitetail Deer Habitat
    The last couple of years, I have planted buckwheat in early June to help improve my soil. I drag the soil with a drag harrow, broadcast the seed (40 lbs/acre), drag an old spring mattress over it to get the seed down a bit, and then roll with a lawn roller. It barely germinates/takes, and when...
  3. Whitetail Deer Habitat
    I've heard of this but never seen a video or had it explained so well. Maybe some of you have already viewed this as it is a few years old. From Mississippi State University, who put out a ton of whitetail info. Very interesting, IMO.
  4. Whitetail Deer Habitat
    So I watched this Jeff Sturgis video the other day thinking it was going to be all about saving your burned up plot with cereal rye. It was for the most part. But Jeff threw another bone out there and said to plant tillage radish first. Then cereal rye later. I've been following his plan pretty...
  5. Whitetail Deer Habitat
    Aside from the obvious needs like full sunlight and cross-pollination, how do you choose the location for your apple trees? Middle of your food plot? Within bow shooting distance? In the middle of the woods as a destination? Right now, I am thinking I will plant them along the edge of my long...
  6. Tractors, Implements, Farm Equipment
    Like new - garage kept - original manuals 3-in-1 Food Plot implement with 18” cultipacker, adjustable disks, and seeder. Details are available here. https://greenbay.craigslist.org/grd/d/washington-island-firminator-3-in-1/7039784802.html If interested PM me. Ask - $7000
  7. Whitetail Deer Habitat
    Hey all, I am starting a brand new food plot, and would like help choosing seed mixes to build my soil while attracting deer. pH is about a 6.1, and incredibly sandy (soil test attached). I know there are plenty of articles / books out there on what to plant, but I want your guys' input so...
  8. Whitetail Deer Habitat
    I have been planting very micro-plots (quarter acre or less) using an atv, metal mattress drag, hand broadcaster, handheld sprayer for gly, and a lawn roller. I am looking at increasing my plotting size to a couple of 0.5 to 0.75 acres, and wondering if I should upgrade any of my equipment to...
  9. Whitetail Deer Habitat
    What is the standard gun blind to food plot distance? I am talking shooting with a 30-06. I know the closer the higher chances, but I am trying to reduce my exposure....what is the furthest you would position a permanent raised blind from a plot where you expect them to be? I have a great spot...
  10. Whitetail Deer Habitat
    Hey guys, I have a property near Scottville, MI that has mildly acidic, sandy soil. I have been growing less than mediocre food plots, which attract deer in the late summer, but not in the fall. As the acorns fall, that is all they are attracted to. I am looking at planting fruit/nut trees as a...
  11. Whitetail Deer Habitat
    Food Plot Day to us is kind of like Christmas morning and opening day all rolled into one. Visualizing how the deer will use the plot, maneuver through the mowed trails. The absolute perfect tree to place your stand. Yup, there's nothing like food plot day!
  12. Whitetail Deer Habitat
    I got to try out my new tractor and new-to-me tiller tilling several gardens and a food plot. Had a fun day tilling, didn't really run into any significant issues, and even finished ahead of schedule! I have a John Deere 3046r and Frontier RT1173 tiller. Thanks for watching! Click Here to...
  13. Hunting Articles
    As the buck my 3 year old son had nicknamed "Puppa" sprinted twenty yards into the thicket I hoped my shot had been as true as it appeared when I let it go. Within a second or two I heard the unmistakable sound of a deer hitting the ground and I knew we had finally accomplished our goals. The...
  14. Hunting Articles
    We've moved through winter, made it past the initial spring green up and have started running our trail cameras. The weather is warming, the velvet is starting to grow and food plot work is in full swing. It's the rush of the summer "off season" and I can really feel it starting to drive me...
  15. Hunting Articles
    As I sit and write this we have put three full weeks of the 2012 deer season behind us already. Holy cow, that's the first time I've looked at it that way and it's actually a bit depressing!! It seems like it just got started and now we're nearly through the first month of the season already...
  16. Hunting Articles
    So many guys are planting food plots nowadays. Its crazy the level of interest and it is a very good thing. The quality of forage in deer habitat today is incredible! I love the craze...and I love when my neighbors get into planting plots! Its hard not to notice some hunters experiencing great...
  17. Hunting Articles
    This picture is looking North from the middle of the 150 yard, long narrow plot. I rarely hunt over a food plot, but this is a good one, and in the most true sense of the term, is an actual "hunting plot". On the north end there is a stand in an oak tree. A doe family group beds in the golden...
  18. Hunting Articles
    It's been a slow couple of weeks for me in terms of deer hunting related activities. Since winter finally decided to show up I actually managed to get out snowmobiling two weekends in a row. It's hard to believe that the last two weekends were my first, and only, snowmobile trips of the winter...
  19. Hunting Articles
    *www.whitetailhabitatsolutions.com In 2005 I made a major blunder on a very important planting on our WI Lease. It was a brassica planting and before some of you bemoan brassica plantings, consider it was not the variety of seed that was the problem. On our lease we have an incredible SW leg...
  20. Hunting Articles
    Last week I set a plan that, based on what I had seen the weekend before, should have been money in the bank. The deer had been coming to rattling the weekend before so I was going to deploy a deer decoy in a food plot this weekend to further entice the bucks to enter the plot as they responded...
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