Before And After
Lots of Small Bucks
Two Videos of Deer Eating Sunnhemp
The last of our summer food plots have been planted. I finished this acre and a half planting of soybeans and sunn hemp last week. You know about soybeans but you might not know about Sunn Hemp.
Sunn Hemp is a new crop we are trying this year in our food plots and as a summer cover crop. The seed look like small butter-bean seed (above). Everything I have read about it is positive: 1. It adds up to 5000 pounds of organic matter to the acre. 2. It can add up to 120 pounds of nitrogen to the acre, 10 pounds of phosphorus, and 80 pounds of potash. 3. It grows in a soil pH of 5-7. 4. The plant foliage has about 30% protein. 5. You will not have to add fertilizer to your fall plantings. 6. Deer love it.
This all sounded good to us so we decided to try it this year.
This field has grown to about 4 feet. It is at our house and we are using it as a cover crop for strawberries.
In this field the tallest plant is about 12 inches. It is in one of our wildlife openings. We planted about an acre and a half here and the deer have mowed it down. This is what most of our plots look like. We will see what 30% protein will do for our deer herd.
This plot has done the best. In the winter we had seven different bucks photographed here.
For more information go to this website: http://www.petcherseeds.com/about-sunn-hemp/sunn-hemp-for-deer/33-2/
Chufa for Turkeys
STRANGE OCCURRENCE TO BUCKS
My brother harvested this deer yesterday off of our property. It was a nine pointer, probably 3 1/2 years old with a 19 inch spread. The significance of this harvest is where the deer came from.
In the past two years every buck we have harvested has come from areas where we have planted longleaf pines. Most of the bucks we have harvested in the last eight years since we started planting longleaf pines have come from where we planted these pines. I can only speak for the Piedmont area of our state but I can definitely say this is a major benefit to planting longleaf pines in the range of the Mountain Longleaf Pines.
You don't hear of this much in the promotion of planting longleaf pines but it is a major reason we have started planting in harvested areas with longleaf pines, deer love the habitat. I can't say for Coastal Longleaf but here in the Piedmont there is a definite advantage. The management of these trees produce most everything a deer wants and needs as far as habitat.
Fall Food Plots
We are planting winter crops in openings with wheat, ryegrass, clover, turnips, and oats. These are to add a supplement to the summer crops we have left in the fields. There are many seed on the ground for the turkeys. As our pines have grown we have a need to supplement some areas more than others because we only burn every 2 to 3 years on an area and we need more browse for the deer.
Deer Fawn Predators
Summer Food Plots
Summer Wildlife Food Plots Are Doing Well