Well it’s good news across the board so far this fall when it comes to food in the whitetail woods. My food plot is coming up great, the acorns are falling in droves and the corn is already being harvested! All signs are pointing in the right direction for an awesome beginning to the 2010 season and I’m loving it.
Last week I was able to get my Whitetail Institute No Plow seed down just before we got hit by a three day rainy spell and my timing couldn’t have been any better. With the help of the rain and the perfect blend of fertilizer, my plot has sprung up out of the ground in record time! I definitely credit some of this success to the fact that I took the time to get a soil test and then follow the recommendations. After getting my test results back from Whitetail Institute I knew exactly what kind of treatment my soil needed and I’m sure glad I stuck to that. The results speak for themselves. As you can see in these pictures, the clovers and rye seems to have a great start. I haven’t seen much in the way of rape yet, but I’m sure that will come along shortly. The deer seem to be impressed with the work of my green thumb as well because I’ve already got trailcam pics of several does munching on my clover! It’s only a matter of time before this food plot becomes a killin plot. I can’t wait.
– Hunting Food Plot Tip: I mentioned in a previous post that you should “sweeten” your plot just before hunting season with fertilizer. I just ran across food plot expert, Ed Spinazzola’s recommendations on this practice. For food plots of straight legumes (clover, beans,alfalfa) you should broadcast 50 lbs/acre of Urea (46-0-0). If your plot consists of a blend with brassicas or grains, you should broadcast 100 lbs/acre instead.
On another note, many of you have probably noticed the recent trends in acorns and corn as well. From what I’ve seen and heard, acorns have been dropping like crazy all over the midwest and this certainly will effect deer movements for Sept and early October hunts. With most soybeans already turning, deer are moving away from the beans and instead feeding on oak flats and ridges. Keep this in mind when determining your best stands for the early season.
As mentioned above, corn is already starting to get harvested in many areas and this without a doubt will also have an impact on hunting conditions. Increased deer activity within the timber will definitely be noticed as corn is knocked down across the country and deer seek new cover.
All this being said, it looks like this season could be off to a very good start for a lot of hunters across the country. Hopefully me included!