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Wildlife feed plots
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Ludwig    Posted 09-25-2002 at 17:32:59       [Reply]  [No Email]
I saw the post on the other page about feed plots, what does anybody put into one?
I've got about 100 acres of farm in Northern Maine that isn't rented anymore and Dad and I talked about planting some feed crops because the state will give us a cut on our taxes if we do.
We don't have wild turkeys that I'm aware of in northern Maine yet, they are in the southern part of the state though, its only a matter of time.
For now it'll be to feed the bears and the deer. If you knew of anything that would drive off the moose I'd like that too. I'd rather have deer than moose.
We thought winter rye in the winter and maybe some corn and small grain like oats in the summer. Usually wherever the oat fields get left you'll see bears and I've seen deer terrorize a corn patch, and especially if you cut the patch of corn.
I wonder what partrage(sp) like?

Of course I need to get some sort of harrow before I can really plant, but I'm workin on it.


Mike in Carolina    Posted 09-27-2002 at 05:01:40       [Reply]  [No Email]
Dont know if they serve Mine but try the following web address www.penningtonseed.com They sell a bunch of different blends of seed just for wildlife plantings. YOu can also try soybeans or field peas ( cowpeas) during the warmer months-deer gobble them up-dont know about moose-we dont get many of them down here.


U.P Pete    Posted 09-26-2002 at 04:16:39       [Reply]  [No Email]
Ludwig,
Up in the U.P of Michigan I got into a program
with the Conservation Dept. which helped with
planting food plots by cost sharing. Their program
involved cutting and spraying (Roundup) of
existing field and planting a clover/timothy mix
with oats as a nurse crop. This was planted by the
end of August and the oats were left to mature to
keep the deer from attacking the clover before it
really got a chance to grow. This spring the
clover came back up and after a couple of cuttings
looks great and the deer love it. Also, as you
mentioned, when the oats were in so were the bear.
U.P. Pete


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