First Attempt at a Food Plot

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  1. sycamoretwitch

    sycamoretwitch Die Hard Bowhunter

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    Want to thank you all for your help. We have managed to get some pretty good rain the last month or so and pretty good sunshine. I would say that I've got some pretty good growth for my first attempt at a food plot. Hopefully by the first couple weeks of October it will be much greener. See pictures below!


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  2. pastorandrew

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    looks great! congrats and welcome to the addiction of food plottin!
     
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    sycamoretwitch Die Hard Bowhunter

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    Got an updated photo today - looking pretty good!

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    Very nice! Have you learned anything that you can share from your experience?
     
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    sycamoretwitch Die Hard Bowhunter

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    A few things.

    Be patient to get your food plot in. Had I rushed and tried to get the plot planted in June or July I likely would have lost everything because of the drought here in the MidWest. Some of it depends on what you hope to accomplish, personally I wanted a ealry to mid season kill plot to hunt over.

    I actually doubled broadcasted seed on this plot. I broadcast seed once in mid August and then came back and broadcast again (in places that had limited growth) in early September. It seemed to work as I did both prior to hard rainfall.

    Tough to grow much of anything in the shad. Either pick a spot that is going to get plenty of sun or pick a seed that doesn't need much in the way of sun - execpt not sure what seed that would be.

    I'm pretty happy with the way the plot turned out. Probably not much I will do different next year. Again, the biggest thing was me missing the drought by planting late. Some of that was good planning and a lot of luck involved!
     
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    Good stuff Sycamoretwich!
    I have good luck with clover growing in partial shade! nice work, I pray you get the reward of enjoying the plot all hunting season and big bucks!
     
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    sycamoretwitch Die Hard Bowhunter

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    Thank you sir! I start tonight - although good chance for rain might keep me out of the woods. Amazing how we prayed for rain all summer and didn't get much and now it rains a few days a week!!
     
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    Satisfaction! 8 pointer feeding in my food plot on opening day of Bow season!

     
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    Did you shoot him? Hahah
     
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    Looks like a good buck!!!
     
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    sycamoretwitch Die Hard Bowhunter

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    Nope passed on him - not the buck I am after. That's probably a 2 year old buck. Woulda been a great first bow buck, but I'm not ready to take a 2 year old buck on opening day.
     

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