Best Implement for New Plot in Clearcut - Uneven Ground

Discussion in 'Food Plots & Habitat Improvement' started by John The Hunter, Dec 27, 2016.

  1. John The Hunter

    John The Hunter Newb

    Joined:
    Dec 15, 2012
    Posts:
    42
    Likes Received:
    1
    Dislikes Received:
    0
    Hope everyone had a Merry Christmas.

    About 14 acres of my 40 acre woods in northern WI was clearcut last winter. Presents some opportunities, I think.

    I'm looking for suggestions on the best implement to use behind my Polaris Sportsman 570 to break up virgin ground in fairly uneven terrain. I'll have to do a lot of "cleaning up" by hand - logging is messy.

    Chisel plow? Disc? Kolpin's 3-point system? Groundhog Max? I don't see many Youtube videos of implements working in less than ideal conditions.

    Suggestions, please. And let's play nice - all opinions are just that. :lol:

    Thanks in advance!
     
  2. elkguide

    elkguide Grizzled Veteran

    Joined:
    Jan 9, 2012
    Posts:
    5,475
    Likes Received:
    3,550
    Dislikes Received:
    3
    Location:
    Vermont
    If you can afford it, the best investment that you could make now for the long run, would be to have someone come in with an excavator and stump the area so that you can actually work the plot fro year to come. Without the stumps removed, before you know it brush will grow up and you'll have a difficult time working it. While they are stumping it, you could have them spend a couple hours "roughing it in" so that any of the above mentioned tools would be able to help you start and maintain your food plot.
     
  3. Gator Dale

    Gator Dale Weekend Warrior

    Joined:
    Mar 10, 2016
    Posts:
    245
    Likes Received:
    9
    Dislikes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Rockford il
    Best food plots we got to grow rented a three point Rototiller best money spent and half time messing with little disk and block weights. Just a thought nice seed bed after we were done
     
  4. pastorandrew

    pastorandrew Weekend Warrior

    Joined:
    Aug 3, 2011
    Posts:
    949
    Likes Received:
    254
    Dislikes Received:
    1
    Location:
    USA
    if your not removing stumps cut them off flush with ground level, let everything green up good in spring, spray with glysophate mid to late May. Then again first week of July. the gly will kill off everything. then I spread lime and fertilizer and use a pull behind flip over disk. works excellent, the disk will pull over the top of stumps.
     
  5. Sota

    Sota Legendary Woodsman

    Joined:
    Jun 28, 2014
    Posts:
    23,897
    Likes Received:
    13,433
    Dislikes Received:
    72
    Location:
    Minnesota
    I would not go in and make all 14 acres a food plot. I would do 2-3 with prevailing wind a consideration. Let brush regenerate around the plots, it is nice to have some thick stuff around the plots.
     
  6. Holt

    Holt Grizzled Veteran

    Joined:
    Dec 13, 2012
    Posts:
    4,934
    Likes Received:
    8,821
    Dislikes Received:
    10
    Location:
    MD
    I would agree with elkguide. Hire someone for a day to run a dozer and stump it out. Most operators then can back grade with the dozer and should be able to get a smooth grade good enough for you to start plotting right away. The money would be well worth the time to get it done in a day in my opinion.
     

Share This Page