Protecting your food plots (Episode 29 Transcript)
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WOODS: I’ve got an elevator ridge coming down off the mountain right here, and one going up right here. Great transition zone right here. It’d be awesome to bring my dad or children here hunting, relatively short shot, if I had a good food supply come deer season. And the way to do that is erect a Gallagher fence, electric fence that will keep the deer from feeding on these soybeans.
So, we want to get the fence up soon before they get too accustomed to feeding in here and protect this crop and then remove it when we’re ready to hunt it. So, stay tuned and we’re going to go through how to protect the crop and create an ideal “honey hole” location.
WOODS: Well, we are excited about this. Literally, just what I said, my, this is a great little, that little inlet right there is a great place to put my dad or kids because the deer are kinda coming this way and they don’t see them.
WOODS: But, there’s no crop here to slow them down.
SANDY: Right. Right.
WOODS: You know, my 79 year-old dad is not moving like John Wayne out there, so I can put a little ground blind right back in that little cubby hole back there. You know, this is a great place, but if we could have a crop standing…
WOODS: …it would be incredible.
WOODS: So, that’s our whole objective right here.
TODD: We’re going to get maximum of it all the time.
WOODS: Okay. Rabbit vs. turtle means faster pulsing?
TODD: And then, when you want to turn it off, just turn it to zero.
WOODS: And we don’t have to touch anything else, jus turn that to zero.
WOODS: Okay. Well, we’ve got a completed fence now and we’re all tied up. We’ve tested the voltage. We know what we’re doing, so, tell me what we just did because I know we’re, we’re live and I gotta jump three feet tall to get out of here, now.
ERWIN: Well, technically, what we did is we built a psychological barrier to keep deer out of this food plot until you want to allow them in and the reason I said it’s a psychological barrier. That inside fence is only 24” tall. When they come up to this fence, they're going to be distorted on their orientation. They’ll touch the outside wire and we’ve had just incredible effectiveness in stopping deer in this application.
WOODS: And a couple of different universities have looked at this, so I’m convinced. I know I’ve been around it a little bit, but one thing you shared with me is, I’m a perfectionist, and you say, “Grant, don’t try to unroll the tape where it’s perfectly level.” You like all those helixes or twists in there. If you think about that, that’s just catching wind just like the feathers on our arrow shaft, causing, we’re in a bottom so there’s not much wind here, but causing that, that tape to, to do this all the time, so it’s moving. And we know deer hate movement. They just, it makes them nervous.
ERWIN: And the key is to have that helix on that outside tape so that we get some movement to it.
WOODS: Yeah, and we’re seeing a little bit of that going on. So, what we did, was leave a little barrier between here and the woods. You don’t want the tape right up against the wood line where deer come out – smack- they don’t have time to see it or acknowledge it or whatever.
ERWIN: No. Absolutely. We want to stay ten or twelve feet away from the tree line because when deer come out, they typically come out and they’ll stage. They’ll look left; they’ll look right. They’ll kind of scope things out and then they make a movement. We don’t want this outside fence tight against the trees so that they're in it before they see it.
WOODS: Yeah. And then, what we’re going to be able to see is these beans recover from the browse pressure they’ve had. This real small field, there’s some browsing going on. Outside, these are probably not going to recover. So, here in a few weeks, we should see some pretty dramatic results going on.
ERWIN: You should see some dramatic difference. Particularly if the weather gets dry, that should be eaten almost in the ground and you should have beans 18” tall inside.
WOODS: So, now, I just gotta keep my family from touring on this part of the ranch, because now there’s gonna be a fight for that tree right there behind the cameraman, who gets to hunt here, but, boy this looks great! And we’re gonna go do a couple more, so we can talk about this. But we did this whole process; we had some people helping us today, but 30 minutes or something like that.
ERWIN: Ah, we, we could easily, two people could easily do this in, yeah, 30 minutes; just a hair over 30 minutes.
WOODS: So, if you think about the cost you have of planting, you know, herbicide, diesel fuel, wear and tear on your equipment, all that stuff, and now you can protect this crop and you can reuse this time and time again.
ERWIN: Absolutely. It’s a one time investment. Ten, twelve year life expectancy out of the product.
WOODS: Yeah. This is going to be really fun and we’re only going to put these up where I want to hunt. Just don’t tell the rest of the family.
ERWIN: You got it.
WOODS: All right. All right, let’s go put a couple more up.
ERWIN: Okay. Let’s do it.
WOODS: Now, don’t get that on film. Because I don’t want other people to know I really worked. They might expect it out of me.
WOODS: Okay. Erwin, it is 12:30. You’ve cut into my lunch time. I, I kinda don’t like that.
ERWIN: Sorry about that.
WOODS: We’ve installed..you got here at nine. We rode around and looked a little bit. So, let’s say between 9:30 and 12:30, we’ve ridden over 2,000 acres and installed three food plot protector systems.
ERWIN: Plus did a lot of discussion and training.
WOODS: Yeah. Educating me about what’s going on, so, not that much to it, really. Pretty simple. Once you explain the basics and why we do this and that.
ERWIN: It’s extremely simple and it’s, it’s, it’s very fast to put in.
WOODS: Okay. So, what we’re going to see here. We just left just a little test zone. It’s 100 yards to the edge of the field of soybeans. And 150, 200 yards this way.
WOODS: And so, we’re gonna say that those are going to get tall and these probably won’t get a lot past where we are because we’ve done two things. We’ve excluded deer from that which put more pressure on this.
WOODS: We’re gonna save this for hunting season. This is a known bottleneck of my property anyway. See, you take a bottleneck plus waist tall soybeans come hunting season. That’s where I want to be.
ERWIN: That sounds like a good formula.
WOODS: Yeah. So, just a couple of things in review. We like the twist in, in the tape fence because that catches more wind and shimmies and shakes. And what we have is a 3-D from a deer’s point of view down here looking. We’re looking up on, we’re saying, well, “I can step over that.” But, of course, deer feed with their head down. Lot of times their heads are down. We’ve got, always the pictures you see of the artists’ rendition, a deer’s got his head up. But that’s not really the real world.
ERWIN: That’s not real world, no.
WOODS: Deer’s down. And when I got down earlier, I won’t do it now because I’m pretty sweaty. It’d probably be pretty ugly, but when I got down and looked at that angle, it’s a total different perspective to the fence.
ERWIN: And the fence changes. I mean from 18 to 30 inches as you move your head through that, that whole fence appears to change. In reality, that’s what we get out of the three dimensional.
WOODS: I noticed that when we looked down through here, I mean this thing’s as crooked as a snake typical of the Ozarks, but the beauty of this fence is that doesn’t matter.
ERWIN: Absolutely doesn’t matter.
WOODS: So, if your food plot isn’t square. You got the hour glass or whatever you're trying to bottleneck here in, this works fine with that.
ERWIN: It’s the perfect fence for that. Absolutely.
WOODS: So we’re June 1st. And we, you're gonna come back, hopefully during the summer?
ERWIN: Absolutely. Summertime.
WOODS: And we’re gonna do some checks and see how this is progressing.
ERWIN: Sounds great.
WOODS: Now, you come back all you want until about September 15th, when bow season starts and then I probably need to take the research over at that point.
ERWIN: I don't know. We’re gonna argue about that one.
WOODS: All right. All right. Well, thanks for helping me understand this and install it. And I look forward to following up with this because I’m super excited right now.
ERWIN: Well, we’re excited to see your results and the findings you have here, Grant.
ERWIN: And thanks for the opportunity. Appreciate it.
WOODS: Thanks for coming out today.
ERWIN: Thank you. All right.