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What to plant to attract game.

Discussion in 'Hunting' started by Readyrod, Jan 9, 2013.

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  1. Kachok

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    We never could keep those dang rabbits out of mom's prize winning day lilies, we tried everything you could imagine, dogs, guns, fences, every night they would tear them apart. Don't know if that is much of a food plot but they sure loved those flowers.
    I imagine rabbits would eat anything you would grow in a home garden, as well as clover and grass crops, we saw thousands of them in the blackberry bushes too, that was their daytime hangout.
     
  2. buck460XVR

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    I like plantin' a .177 pellet right between their eyes. Dang rodents destroy one or more of my blueberry bushes every winter. While I put out food for the birds and squirrels, and plant and mange the land to attract other forms of wildlife, rabbits are always on my "hit" list.
     
  3. Readyrod

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    How about attracting deer.
     
  4. gp911

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    Hostas. They'll stare at you through the window while munching on your hostas, IMO.
     
  5. Sav .250

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    No property and lots of ideas. Have you tried google? Ask your question on Food plots for what ever game you have in mind. Save you money and time.

    I do remember your "first" question. You didn`t know what to do then either. :)
     
  6. Readyrod

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    I've checked lots a places. It's called brainstorming dude. If you don't like it you should find another thread to be rude on.
     
  7. Dr. A

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    Depending on the season I am hunting, (rifle vs. Bow), I plant rye, oats, and Austrian winter peas with red clover topping it all off. It attracts virtually everything, deer, turkey, quail, pheasant and all the predators. I planted early Sept. This year, and it got a bit too long, but was perfect for bow season. The peas and clover sometimes survive the winter, and if the rye is mowed (oats die off), will grow till the moisture or heat gets to them in the summertime. Rye naturally repels weeds, and will leave N in the soil when it dies, which is unlike what and oats that totally waste anything left over. The N fixers (peas and clover, will give a positive n balance, decreasing needed fertilizer and the occasional lyme supplementation. To avoid acidic soil. Its hard to screw up like most other things.

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  8. Readyrod

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    Nice pix Dr. A. Thanks for the views. How big is the field?
     
  9. Dr. A

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    One is 3 acres and one is about 1 acre. On the other side of the farm I've got 5 others and they range from 1.2 to about 4 acres.
     
  10. Readyrod

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    Which field do you think is the best and why? That"s nice thick fodder you have in the last picture. What do you use to keep the fields trim?
     
  11. Dr. A

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    The animals themselves keep them trimmed. During our last snow, the browse was a little shaggy, but they've grazed it down tight. Looks tall where my hand is, but it goes down right now! Swampy area is best in the drouth, but the upper areas are well drained and are best the rest of the time. You can just barely make out in the 1st pic the CRP field it is up next too. With normal rainy year, that grass is 7 feet tall. Its great to have for cover. There are also trees surrounding the area, and this cover is really why the deer like this place. We've got all sorts of wheat, milo, corn and bean fields around us. They may be chosen over us for particular reasons. Its usually related to what tastes best now. Here is a pheasant with that crp field in the back. These plots are actually extensions of that.

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    This is the swamp. Have reeds etc. invasive into my plantings, but its a deer favorite.

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    More of the 3 acre upper field:

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  12. MCgunner

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    Both my places have really crappy sandy soil. I don't have the equipment anyway, just sayin'. Be nice if I could groom a couple of acres like that. I think on one of my places, I want a tank, not so much for the deer as the ducks. I could have my own private duck pond. :D Ducks land there, anyway, when it's really wet.
     
  13. Sav .250

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    Hey Dude:

    You asked the question.. I gave you an answer. Not rude at all. You just didn`t like my answer. That`s life ..........................DUDE.
     
  14. Readyrod

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    Hey Dr. A, do you have livestock on those fields also?
     
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    It would seem to me that simply allowing indigenous plants to flourish would attract whatever wildlife is already around, since the presence of those plants is by and large the reason why they are around.

    Anything you cultivate might attract one sort of beast but repel another.
     
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    All the suggestions are great, even Google, but the suggestions are pretty meaningless without specific contextual information. What you can plant, that will survive, and that will be good to attract intended game is going to depend on environmental conditions of geography, geology, and climate, not to mention regional preferences of some animals. What works in BC certainly may not be ideal or even necessarily a good suggestion for Manitoba and may not work at all in New Foundland. That which works down on the coast may not work in the mountains. Ideal plants for sandy soil may not do well in blacklands, clays, or volcanic soils.

    What to plant to attract game, aside from "food" is really location specific.

    Readyrod, are you planning on moving to a particular area of Canada?
     
  17. Readyrod

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    I totally agree, but on the other hand there are always some general principles that apply to any area. The cover thing for instance. The grass seed mix may be different in Tennessee but a good local specific grass seed mix will still attract the game somewhere else. That's what I'm looking for, generic and specific knowledge. Also it's just cool to learn what works in different places. Dr. A's pix are kinda nice. Personally I'm thinking of relocating on Vancouver Island, near Comox. That's tentative tho cause western Alberta looks good too. So does the BC interior. Those Rocky mountains sure are pretty and there is some rangeland in there as well.
    Sorry if I'm not too specific. I'm still trying to escape Japan. Nice place but dang those gun laws.
     
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    Winter wheat doesn't require a lot of fertilizer to be lush. Persimmons are big draw for all kinds of game. There are dozens of wild persimmons on my property. I always approach the area around a persimmon tree very cautiously, quite often there is a deer around there.
     
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