Why Mulching Doesn’t Create Good Deer Habitat

By GrowingDeer,

 

While working in South Carolina, Grant found this area where forestry mulching was used. As you can see in this video, the mulch did not kill the hardwoods. Mulching makes it look good for a year or two but stumps will sprout creating unproductive whitetail habitat.  See more information in this short video on where you could use mulching and where/why not to mulch for longterm productive whitetail habitat improvements.

Now That’s a Pinch Point!

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Daniel was recently assisting a landowner in Georgia when they found a heavy deer trail. Deer were traveling past the end of an old fence and actually walking into the creek to go around rather than jumping. These types of bottlenecks can be great hunting (and trapping) locations if a hunter can approach and hunt the location without alerting deer.

 

 

Bucks! Bachelor Groups in May

By GrowingDeer,

Yesterday afternoon, the rain passed and we spotted a bachelor group of bucks browsing native vegetation! Not only are the native species providing high quality browse but also cover. These bucks seem secure and calm!

Summer is a great time to observe bucks in bachelor groups.  Bucks will be feeding in food plots and areas of native vegetation.  Grab your Burris binoculars and check out the bucks as the velvet comes on – it’s a great way to enjoy creation!

Broadcasting Seed Into Small “Hidey Hole” Food Plots

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Braden and Josh helped broadcast several hidey hole food plots yesterday before the rain. They broadcasted Green Cover Seed Browse Pressure Release at twice the drilling rate. This higher rate ensures a good stand!

We often broadcast seed into standing vegetation but spread at least twice the seed as normal and then realize there may not be a great stand. For good success the seed needs to make seed to soil contact.  There will be a low survival rate if the seeds land on vegetation, etc., rather than directly on soil.  It’s best to broadcast the seed just before or during a rain!  This will help by splashing dirt and covering the seed and insuring there’s adequate soil moisture.

Sometimes we create a firebreak around the plot and burn the existing vegetation when it’s dry/dead and then broadcast the seed.  This is a good technique that still increases the amount of organic matter as it doesn’t harm the roots, but does create a clean seed bed and often a very good stand of forage! This technique was used successfully by Danny and Bradley in this video.

For more in-depth tips on how to use hand tools or a broadcast spreader to create a small food plot, check out this video.

2 Food Plot Planting Tips: Calibrating and Seed Depth

By GrowingDeer,

Planting tips:

Seed size will vary from year to year due to the growing conditions. To ensure you plant at the correct rate, calibrate your drill before each planting season.

Calibrate drill based on seed size

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stop the tractor and check seed depth. Soil moisture can vary from plot to plot and change throughout the day. We get off the tractor multiple times while planting each plot.

Planting tip: Stop the tractor and check seed depth. Soil moisture can vary from plot to plot and change throughout the day. We get off the tractor multiple times while planting each plot.

 

 

 

Rabbit Hunt in the Snow

By GrowingDeer,

Team member Danny Naugle took the beagles out during the weekend and enjoyed a great rabbit hunt!