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ADAM: Deer season is just a few weeks away and we’re continuing to prepare as we’re planting our fall food plots and sorting out our hit list.
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ADAM: A big wide strip from the Redneck straight up that lane.
GRANT: I’m all about that. Yeah. (Inaudible)
ADAM: (Inaudible) There he goes.
GRANT: We’re working for you.
ADAM: (Inaudible) What’s the best way of doing this, ya think?
GRANT: Yeah. I have found that it’s just easier to go ahead and get (Inaudible).
DANIEL: I’ll say this. Last night I got home about 8:30 and the last thing I wanted to do was run, but I did. (Chuckling)
GRANT: Proud of ya. You won’t have to run tonight, I’ll bet.
GRANT: Go over your shoulder here. Yeah and you kind of get where it’s held up high and you, you learn to get that where you’re not bumping yourself. You kinda – you, you’ll figure it out pretty quick.
DANIEL: Either that or you can watch westerns. The gatling guns.
ADAM: Every year we get asked if you can plant a fall food plot by simply broadcasting seed on the ground. The answer is yes, but there’s a lot variables you need to consider. And most importantly – rain. If no rain is in the forecast, it’s better to hold off and wait until a rain is forecasted. During the time the seed’s gonna lay on the ground with no rain, there’s a good chance the heat could damage it or animals and birds could carry it off.
ADAM: Finding the right seed blend is also important. We use Eagle Seed Broadside blend because it provides four different plants and each one of those plants becomes attractive to deer at various times during the hunting season.
ADAM: Several of our food plots had a great stand of soybeans, but to ensure we had a great cover crop, we just walked right through the beans and broadcasted our Broadside. It’s important to note that when you’re broadcasting larger seeds like wheat and soybeans, you need to double your normal seeding rate.
ADAM: Another reason why we want to plant those crops in the fall is to have a cover crop throughout the winter.
GRANT: The combination of the Broadside growing up, the pods on these beans will make an incredibly good food source throughout the winter and prepare the soil for next spring. You notice we haven’t said anything about adding fertilizer. Because we use a no-till system, you can still see duff on the ground rotting from last fall’s crop and look at all the nodules this soybean is producing. These are nitrogen or legume fixing nodules. These plants are taking nitrogen out of the air, putting it to soil. And now wheat, the radishes and brassicas we’re planting will suck up that great source of nitrogen, turn it back up, deer will consume it and that’s what we call mining or recycling nutrients and it’s a huge savings to have a good system like this versus adding fertilizer.
GRANT: This is an area that’s really shaded. It’s about ideal for a clover food plot. Right next to a creek and during the flood this summer, it got up and washed out; put some gravel in an area that’s clover food plot. So, this rainy day is a great day to replant this area.
GRANT: There’s very few weeds in here, so I’ve got some clover seed. I’m just gonna broadcast it; let the rain come down and actually splash up dirt, cover these very small seeds and let it grow throughout the fall.
ADAM: We planted until the rain stopped that day, but the next day we had totally different circumstances so we had to use a different practice.
ADAM: Today, we’ve got a bluebird day – bright sun. We’re gonna do things a little bit differently. Our number one goal when we’re planting food plots is great seed to soil contact. And with the next couple of days being hot and sunny, we know that broadcasting is not our best bet, so we’re gonna start up the tractor and plant it with a no-till drill.
ADAM: With rain falling only a few days after planting, we’re excited to get back up there and see how much the broadside has grown.
ADAM: This year we’ll be headed to central Kansas, so this past weekend, Adam Brooke and myself packed up the Summit stands and headed to Kansas.
ADAM: With only a day and a half to hang stands, it was all hands on deck so we could ensure we had plenty of sets to hunt this fall.
ADAM: Tell me you love it. We scouted and hung stands as fast as we could work and we found some great locations.
ADAM: Basically, they come through here. Well, it goes right there. They cut it and they go right to that corner too.
ADAM: I found probably my new favorite spot – a lot of trails intersecting. There’s a lot of blow downs. There’s a couple of old mounds where it looks like they’ve done some dirt work and it’s bottlenecked the deer all right in front of this one hackberry tree. We’re gonna get it up and see what the view looks like from up top.
ADAM: Whoo! Adam, you getting this?
BROOKE: I was.
ADAM: Holy cow. You’re gonna love this. I can shoot – as soon as we get that one hackberry down, we can shoot almost all the way across. Every stand we’ve hung – the first one was my favorite. Then I hung the next one, I was like, “Whoo. This is a good one.” But this one – it’s my new favorite.
ADAM: A great time to scout every year is just after hunting season during the late winter and early spring. The rubs, the scrapes, the trails are all very visible. But if you’re like us and you weren’t able to do so, there’s one thing we can still be looking for.
ADAM: One more stand down – my new favorite. We’ve got intersections of trails right out in front of us, right over here to our side. Tons of sign in here. Got a few more stands to hang, so we’re gonna get out of here. We’ll be back this October.
ADAM: We scouted and hung stands all day and to say we’re excited to get back out there this fall is a huge understatement.
GRANT: 20, 30 yards away and he still looks great.
ADAM: We’ve been keeping tabs of all the bucks that have been living on the property throughout the summer, but by late August, we have a pretty good idea of who’s making the hit list.
ADAM: Early in the spring, Chainsaw showed up on the property and he’s been the highlight of the show this summer. He’s a big mainframe ten with lots of stickers. We believe he’s at least four and a half years old and the weird thing about Chainsaw is we don’t believe we’ve had any past history of him. He just showed up out of nowhere. We don’t know where he’s been or where he was. We’re just glad he’s here.
ADAM: Two Face is my favorite deer on the entire property. Through years of Reconyx images and video, we believe he’s over ten years old and his rack sure shows it. He doesn’t have much for antler size, but he’s still a trophy to us. Two Face has traveled around a lot through the past years and it makes it pretty hard to pin him down. But hopefully this year his home range has shrunk down and we can get a pattern on him.
ADAM: Handy is a great buck that just got added to the hit list this year. He’s four and a half years old and if you remember, I had a great encounter with him last gun season. Since he was only three and a half years old, I gave him the pass. Hopefully, that will pay off for one of us this year and we can get an up close look at all those sticker points.
ADAM: No matter what you’re doing this week – if you’re planting fall food plots or building your hit list, remember to do it all in the glory of God. Thanks for watching GrowingDeer.tv.
GRANT: 3-2-1. Singing in the rain. I am singing in the rain.
ADAM: That’s nutrients and minerals pulling it up – okay – I’ll get it this time.
ADAM: Next spring, they’re gonna be readily available for those spring food plots. All right.