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Greetings from the salad bowl
October 12, 2010 - Travis Hunt
The 2010-2011 Ohio deer hunting season is underway. With that said, I have only been out three times. Now, for a guy with five kids a pregnant goat and a new house under construction, that is not too bad. I am pleased to see that both of my food plots are doing well…. actually better than I ever dreamed. My clover plot plays host to a parade of does every evening. One guest to the ranch harvested a nice doe last Thursday as she meandered around in the greens. I have not hunted the brassica mix plot yet. However, during a jaunt on the mule, I saw two doe grazing the brassicas at about 6:30 PM Sunday.
My food plots are both very different…. different to plant, different to tend and different to hunt. Let me explain.... the first plot I planted was an acre of clovers. The clovers are perennials that will return for 3-5 years. The clover plot must be mowed multiple times during the spring, summer and early fall to keep the weeds at bay. Clover is an early season favorite of deer and is my choice of location for early season hunts. On the other hand, my brassica plot consists of rape and tunipes mixed with about 25% clover and winter wheat. The rape and turnips are starchy bitter plants that the deer do not like to eat. However, as soon as they are subject to a good frost everything changes. That is the inside of the brassica changes from starch to sugar. Then the deer lounge in these plots like a kid in a candy store.
I walked on the edge of the brassica plot yesterday and studied the plot in amazement. The growth was almost knee high and the leaves were broad, brilliant green and pretty as a picture. I was joined by my friend Gary, who is the Mayor of Broadacre. He sad that he could bring his Paul Newman’s salad dressing to the food plot and have dinner. So we have dubbed the brassica plot the “salad bowl.” As I watch the clover plot and the salad bowl, my hopes are high. Yesterday the thermometer hit 80 but I know as the days march forward the temperatures will begin to drop and then the time will be right.
Greeting from the salad bowl…. let me know what you think Travis R. Hunt, OVO Pro Staffer http://www/hunthavensranch.com
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