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Habitat Project

Well, purchased a seed mix of my own research that i think will work. Mostly Sainfoin with some yellow sweet clover and small Burnet. The 5-7 acre plot has a creek running through it and critters are there. Just want to keep them there longer. Grass is thick and plan to till up the best we can to get a 50/50 mix after mowing/tilling and planting. We will do a fall late summer re plant depending on out the success. I think the turkeys are going to give us problems when the seeds pop. So, will have to thin some of them out. Elk and deer use it until August, but with the good food that should be growing it may keep them there until rut and first frost. Small Burnett will attract then through winter and they will dig to find it. Sweet clover will probably pop first and do better first year. Sainfoin when established is palatable and elk and deer prefer it over alphalfa. It is non bloating.Keep you all posted!!

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Are these food plots mostly

Are these food plots mostly for elk? You don't see much on this and I wonder if elk will really use a food plot consistently. Should be interesting--keep us posted.

I got a couple of kids looking to hunt turkeys that would be happy to help you thin the flock.Big smile

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Yes, sounds great!  I would

Yes, sounds great!  I would very much be interested in an update on how your food plot does.  I did 3 small plots of white clover at the Ohio farm last year and they seemed to do well.  I'm going to try some soybeans this year.

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These damn Turkeys get caught in the fence in the back yard, especially in the fall. Can't figure out just to fly over it. Plus you can shoot either sex in the fall and it is an open area and not a draw. I will run it by the landowner. They are kid friendly though. My daughter will hunt bear and turkey there this year. One heck of an apple tree the bears just fall out of when you open the door!!!lol. Elk love Sainfoin because it is non bloating unlike alfalfa. Suppose to make the best Honey as well, a real light colored honey. But with all the bears we would have to do a hoist method in between trees and not sure of our success!!! Also guy's get your kids to put in for turkey points in Spring and fall. They get 2 points a year. My 12 year old has 5 already and then we go otc.

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What's your reason for these

What's your reason for these food plots?

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Still Hunter wrote:

What's your reason for these food plots?

Since most of these plants will be utilized in spring and Summer it is important for Fawns and Bucks to put on some good food early. Some Ranches up where we are doing this have high fenced their alfalfa and deer numbers have fallen. Never been more then 30 or so Elk seen in the valley. I am sure the Deer and Elk will hit it at night pretty heavy and move on. The turkeys will be around all the time, since there seems to be a 100 around every corner, just not in the field now because of the broam. Trail cam pic's have proven the movements, until they were stolen. I imagine if I was an archer I could sit in a tree and use the food plot to hunt deer. But it is only 5-7 acres. We have access to a large ranch nearby to hunt deer. There will be new trail cams in place giving real time photo's straight to the computer as they enjoy watching the wildlife on their property. Small burnett grows in the pinion Juniper forests, so there should be a little more for them to have at there disposal as well. We did get a nice Gray Fox on film before it was stolen. Hope this answers your Question SH.

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I'm sure you know it's

Oops! Double post.

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I'm sure you know it's

I'm sure you know it's illegal to have food plots in Colorado if that's where you're doing this? Even if they're not hunted over. It's illegal to feed wild animals. You really need a better reason to have a food plot than to feed them. You should be harvesting what you plant.

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Still Hunter wrote:

I'm sure you know it's illegal to have food plots in Colorado if that's where you're doing this? Even if they're not hunted over. It's illegal to feed wild animals. You really need a better reason to have a food plot than to feed them. You should be harvesting what you plant.

 

Still Hunter are you refering to # 21 in the reg book under illegal activities? It won't really matter because I can't cut until 2nd year and then put the Burrow out there to browse. A bear got the goat, which could be baiting as well. Food plots are used throughout Colorado for Pheasants and Quail . I understand and I am a proponent of not feeding animals through grain troughs as I see all day long in Estes Park. These Legumes and Forbs are natural and no dumping of grains, minerals and body parts will be happening. Apples fall from trees naturally, no reason not to hunt near the apple tree.

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You can put any twist you

You can put any twist you want on it, but wardens have heard them all.

Maybe you should call the DOW, and tell them what you're doing, and see what they say.

Just a friendly warning. One of my friends is the local warden. Over the years i've asked him every question you can imagine. Everything isn't in the brochure.

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You could ask 10 and get 5 different answers. They all interpret the laws a little different. But if I am pasturing an animal or 2 on some ground they will be hard pressed to find anything wrong. Especially when I hunt 8 miles up the road.

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