First Steps To Create A New Food Plot (Episode 222 Transcript)

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ADAM: I head west this week to try and get my eyes on some of those giant Kansas whitetails; come back and do some of our off season management projects.

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ADAM: You may remember a few weeks ago, AJ and I came out scouting the southern part of The Proving Grounds to see what management projects we could stir up.

ADAM: We have a heck of a deer trail back there behind the truck…

ADAM: We found this nice bottom field that we’re gonna try and transition into a food plot but we noticed one problem. This area is a nice bottom field and it’s starting to be invaded with honey locusts. So, before it gets out of hand, we’re gonna head in and eliminate the problem.

ADAM: First, we’re using our traditional hack-n-squirt method. We’re taking a sharp hatchet hitting the tree at a 45 degree angle, opening it up just enough to get inside the bark. Just inside the bark is a cambium layer, or the living part of the tree, and that’s where the nutrients are transferred up and down the tree and where we want to get the herbicide.

ADAM: Unlike treatments in the past where we used glyphosate, honey locust is a little tougher to kill, so we’re gonna use Pathway herbicide to get a higher kill rate. And a good rule of thumb is for every three inches in diameter of the tree you give it one hack. So since this is under three inches in diameter, it gets one hack. Over three inches in diameter and I’m gonna give it two hacks on both sides of the tree. Give it squirt.

ADAM: Another common name for Pathway herbicide is Tordon RTU – Ready to Use.

ADAM: The second technique we’re using is the cut stump treatment. We’re using this technique on the interior of the field because we want to cut the tree and get it off the field as quick as possible because we plan on planting a food plot there this spring and honey locusts are notorious for giving flat tires. We’re gonna give it approximately one squirt or 1 milliliter of herbicide and treat the stump. A quick tip for treating our stumps is using a foam brush. This helps us use our herbicide more efficiently.

ADAM: When doing management practices like this, it’s always important to use the correct herbicide to avoid major problems. With these honey locusts out of the field, we’re one step closer to having a tremendous food plot in the future.

ADAM: Earlier this week, we received a phone call from our friend out in Kansas. He told us he’s been seeing a lot of deer routinely using his standing Eagle Seed beans. I didn’t hesitate. I packed my gear and headed west.

ADAM: As we approached the field, there were probably 100+ turkeys in the beans and I had to start fighting back those daydreams of spring turkey season.

ADAM: As the evening progressed, more and more deer started making their way to the beans.

ADAM: As we watched these deer feed around in the beans, we noticed they were nervous about something. Suddenly the deer all threw their heads in the air and began to run.

ADAM: These coyotes made their way through the field and into the tall grass as if they were just teasing the deer. This is a great example of how the presence of coyotes can affect a deer herd – especially this late in the winter with temperature, weather and many other variables having the deer rundown and stressed.

ADAM: Watching all this unfold stoked my fire at the importance of predator control.

ADAM: It can be expensive to buy new traps year after year, but if you give these the proper maintenance, you can have ‘em last for years to come. Once we’ve brought ‘em in from the field, we’re gonna spend a little time with a steel brush or some steel wool and scrub on ‘em a little bit and try to remove as much rust and paint chips as possible.

ADAM: We like to use a white rust preventative paint. It helps eliminate rust in the future and also adds a curiosity factor for predators.

ADAM: Another important thing to do is, like, on these Duke #4’s – our coyote traps – is remove as much dirt, junk from the trap as possible because that will cause rust in no time. We’re trying to get as many years and as life out of the trap as possible. Once we finish knocking all the dirt and other debris out of this trap, unlike our Duke dog proofs where we paint ‘em, these will be dipped in wax, hung on the wall and ready for next season.

ADAM: Hopefully, the polar vortex will give you a break this week and you can get out and ease your cabin fever. Maybe you can find a shed or two. But more importantly, remember to do it all in the glory of God. Thanks for watching

ADAM: If you want to keep up with us throughout the off season as we start checking off a few more management projects, go over and check out our Facebook and Twitter page.

ADAM: Some of you may be wondering what happens with the herbicide once it’s placed in the tree or stump…How was I gonna say that? As quick as possible because uh… once… nope, I don’t want to do that.