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post #1 of 11 Old 07-17-2019, 09:17 PM Thread Starter
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Putting the Deere's to work

Got the 425 and GT235 out over the weekend to get food plots ready to plant. We mowed, sprayed, raked, spread lime, and disced the plots. These little tractors sure are workhorses.
Does anybody else use their Deere's for food plots for deer hunting?
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post #2 of 11 Old 07-17-2019, 10:05 PM
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Nice set up you have there!

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Most of the folks in our area use ATV's to manage their food plots for wildlife.

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Very cool! Sorry, what are food plots?
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Red, A food plot, in it's simplest terms, is an area, a plot, where wild game food is planted. The end use of this can vary. Some food plants are planted to attract wildlife for hunting. Others are planted to feed wildlife during the winter months. They're also planted for both, hunting and winter feeding after hunting season. Another use is to attract wildlife to a food plot so they stay away from certain areas, like YOUR food plot/garden! Various types of seed are planted depending on what you're trying to attract.

No matter what/why they're planted, they're VERY beneficial to wildlife. Too many people are taking over natural habitats for wildlife and the animals are literally starving. Bob
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I live in 1950s suburbia, being lots of about an acre each, lots of mature trees too. In the past 10 years, there are more and more deer here. Our neighborhood herd is likely to be about 20 or so, with the fawns just now losing spots.

No real food plots here, although my neighbor's garden plot looks a lot like Gitmo, what with all the electric fencing he's had to deploy.. They are selective on what trees they browse on but go right after my Hostas and Hydrangeas. The Hostas are about 3 inches high and the best I can get from the Hydrangeas is about 18 inches. Oh, they seem to enjoy the scent of all of the deer repellents that I've put out there.

Gee, maybe I should try the food plot route. But I think the neighbors would be at my door with torches and pitchforks.

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I live in 1950s suburbia, being lots of about an acre each, lots of mature trees too. In the past 10 years, there are more and more deer here. Our neighborhood herd is likely to be about 20 or so, with the fawns just now losing spots.

No real food plots here, although my neighbor's garden plot looks a lot like Gitmo, what with all the electric fencing he's had to deploy.. They are selective on what trees they browse on but go right after my Hostas and Hydrangeas. The Hostas are about 3 inches high and the best I can get from the Hydrangeas is about 18 inches. Oh, they seem to enjoy the scent of all of the deer repellents that I've put out there.

Gee, maybe I should try the food plot route. But I think the neighbors would be at my door with torches and pitchforks.
The deer have been nibbling on my Hostas as well as the lower buds on my two small apple trees.

Here’s a pic taken early this morning. Mom is standing near the Hostas surrounding my well head.
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My garden was their food plot 5 years ago. I had a doe and 3 fauns eating my corn and beans. Of course they aren't around during hunting season they just get hit on the road below me.

It would be great if I could just walk out back with my bow and get my meat.

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Thats a nice big food plot. Critters will love you.

Years ago I put in 2 acres of switchgrass I got the seed from Pheasants forever.

Never saw a single Pheasant in it but deer loved it.

I hired a guy to till it up but I used JD 318 to drag it, seed it and roll it.

Switch grass must be burned off to help it thrive and every time I would try burn it off. My neighbors called fire department and they came with a grass truck to put it out.

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Thanks for the comments guys, this food plot will be a mixture of rye, oats and brassica. The rye and oats will be great browsing in the fall for the deer and they can dig up the brassicas when it gets cold this winter. We do hunt over our plots but we care about the animals we hunt and do what we can to help them thrive, especially through hard times.
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Thanks for the comments guys, this food plot will be a mixture of rye, oats and brassica. The rye and oats will be great browsing in the fall for the deer and they can dig up the brassicas when it gets cold this winter. We do hunt over our plots but we care about the animals we hunt and do what we can to help them thrive, especially through hard times.

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