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  • fitch270
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    Originally posted by country road View Post
    I just finished planting four acres of iron and clay peas---got rained on as I was finishing the last row. Now, three days later, they are already sprouting. I still have two more plots to plant, but we have had so much rain that, even though I can easily get the tractor and implements to the plots, I won't be able to get back up the slippery hills. That won't work.


    The only mowing I'm doing is purely cosmetic along the main roads since anything I cut now will be right back in a couple of weeks. I won't be planting my winter plots until October, or maybe even early November, depending on rainfall. Summer gets here early and stays late in SW AL. Fawns won't drop until August.
    Saw my first fawn if the year this morning. Our weather is always a crap shoot, plant too soon and it matures early with good conditions, wait too long it’s too dry to get started and then gets cold just as the plots come on. Trying a few different things this year to hedge my bets.

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  • fitch270
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    Originally posted by FirstBubba View Post
    Since I lost the "Pecan Grove", I've got two spots to work with.
    One will have a wheat pasture in place, the other is a spot on the edge of another wheat pasture.
    I've got to get time to go down there first! About a 60 mile roundtrip!
    Bum deal about the pecan grove, some things are too good to last.

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  • fitch270
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    Originally posted by Ontario Honker Hunter View Post
    Fitch, are you still coming up this summer?
    Still planning on it at this point, looks to be the end of August but I’m not sure of the exact dates just yet. Will let you know. Thunder Bay only adds about an hour or so to the trip and is about 2/3’s the way there so staying there for a layover would be a better idea with only two drivers this time. Had 5 drivers plus the boy last trip.

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  • Outlaw
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    Been scouting every chance I get. That’s about as much prep as I can do down here other than shooting practice

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  • Treestand
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    Originally posted by country road View Post
    I just finished planting four acres of iron and clay peas---got rained on as I was finishing the last row. Now, three days later, they are already sprouting. I still have two more plots to plant, but we have had so much rain that, even though I can easily get the tractor and implements to the plots, I won't be able to get back up the slippery hills. That won't work.


    The only mowing I'm doing is purely cosmetic along the main roads since anything I cut now will be right back in a couple of weeks. I won't be planting my winter plots until October, or maybe even early November, depending on rainfall. Summer gets here early and stays late in SW AL. Fawns won't drop until August.
    We tried our hand with Iron & Clay Peas ---They do come up fast and the deer eat them just as fast before they sprout, Don't know any one who had any luck with them. Much luck to you Country!! Weir sticking with Alfalfa & Red Clover.

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  • rockhound
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    Sowed 1/1/2 acre of soybeans and sunflower mixed. Will add gain sorghum to the plot this weekend. The beans and flowers are already at the 2 leaf stage.

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  • Ontario Honker Hunter
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    Fitch, are you still coming up this summer?

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  • Ontario Honker Hunter
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    Picked up a 360 Chrysler engine for my cabin cruiser a couple of weeks ago and need to pull the shot 318 out before salmon start to run. Right now I'm finishing up remodelling an old bedroom into showroom for my daughter's taxidermy business. An awful job! Three layers of wallpaper plus a couple of paint in between to peel off before I can put up new stuff and wainscoting. The main wall is barn board and already done. It will provide a darker background to make the mounts stand out more. Also helps absorb shadows from the spot lights. The other walls will be same wallpaper as adjacent living room (see attached image). Because the wall separating them is not supporting, I will eventually tear it out when Jessie's business gets established and moved elsewhere. Eliminating tht wall will double the size of my tiny living room. So I'm now putting up the same wallpaper/wainscoting motif the showroom to minimize remodelling in the future. Anyway, I'm very tied up for a while. Contemplating buying an O/U since I seem to be shooting a borrowed SKB very well at trap and clays. Not sure I need to kill more birds though. Having trouble getting the stuff from last year consumed. Some old folks at church may be getting care packages tomorrow morning.
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  • country road
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    I just finished planting four acres of iron and clay peas---got rained on as I was finishing the last row. Now, three days later, they are already sprouting. I still have two more plots to plant, but we have had so much rain that, even though I can easily get the tractor and implements to the plots, I won't be able to get back up the slippery hills. That won't work.


    The only mowing I'm doing is purely cosmetic along the main roads since anything I cut now will be right back in a couple of weeks. I won't be planting my winter plots until October, or maybe even early November, depending on rainfall. Summer gets here early and stays late in SW AL. Fawns won't drop until August.

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  • Red Angus
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    Originally posted by Red Angus View Post
    I'll start this weekend if I get time. The seed I'd ordered for a buffer strip was delivered this afternoon.
    The goal of the buffer is to enhance the cover and provide a variety of food sources around the edge of the field so the wildlife eats less of the cash crop. So it is a food plot of sorts, but easier to justify :-)
    You're gonna have the deer spoiled with a buffet like that!

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  • FirstBubba
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    Since I lost the "Pecan Grove", I've got two spots to work with.
    One will have a wheat pasture in place, the other is a spot on the edge of another wheat pasture.
    I've got to get time to go down there first! About a 60 mile roundtrip!

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  • jhjimbo
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    Originally posted by Red Angus View Post
    I'll start this weekend if I get time. The seed I'd ordered for a buffer strip was delivered this afternoon.
    The goal of the buffer is to enhance the cover and provide a variety of food sources around the edge of the field so the wildlife eats less of the cash crop. So it is a food plot of sorts, but easier to justify :-)
    I am going to cut shooting lanes with a walk behind brush cutter. Field brush is about as high as an average deer so time to knock it down.

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  • Treestand
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    We just finished Tilling all the food plots, our growing season is in August for our Mid ~ September Bow season. We put bump feeders out on the Fire Road to keep the Hogs out of the food plots.

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  • fitch270
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    Originally posted by Red Angus View Post
    I'll start this weekend if I get time. The seed I'd ordered for a buffer strip was delivered this afternoon.
    The goal of the buffer is to enhance the cover and provide a variety of food sources around the edge of the field so the wildlife eats less of the cash crop. So it is a food plot of sorts, but easier to justify :-)
    We did Green Patch Plus in one, one of clover and oats and another of oats and sunflowers. Will do some winter peas later, maybe something else as well.
    Have a bunch of leftover garden seed that might get mixed in just because it’s getting old.

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  • Red Angus
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    Originally posted by Red Angus View Post
    I'll start this weekend if I get time. The seed I'd ordered for a buffer strip was delivered this afternoon.
    The goal of the buffer is to enhance the cover and provide a variety of food sources around the edge of the field so the wildlife eats less of the cash crop. So it is a food plot of sorts, but easier to justify :-)
    The ingredients of the mix: Egyptian wheat, sunflowers, watermelon blend, and remix. The remix being a combination of "oops" mixes, spills, busted bags, and mis- communication.

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