The biggest factor of food plot design is having your food in the right location. This plot is on the south side of the wood edge which makes it very huntable with any predominant north wind. This weekend we knocked down a 40 yard patch to shoot with the bow from an elevated blind and made a path down the middle for 2 reasons. To see the deer coming from across the plot and to funnel them right to the stand. Every deer that came from behind the food plot took that lane right down to us presenting a broadside shot, including this tank of a buck. If you would like to put together a plan for your hunting property let me know. I would love to help you out!
This week I went down to our farm outside of Chatfield, MN. I wanted to walk the property during the spring thaw that we were in the middle of. I know that in late March or early April in MN that spring thaw can go at a moments notice. I went to the farm to plan my yearly activity of spring plantings. Each year I plant a number of trees and native bushes at the farm. I also plant a few food plots as well. What a great morning I had! The pond was almost thawed completely, my native grass stood tall for the winter and the wildlife was very active. I could hear the turkeys gobbling off in the distance, which is reassuring for my up and coming turkey season.
The river that runs through the property was flowing at a good pace, but not rushing this year like some years in the past. As I wondered around the farm I found a deer shed along the river and thought I can’t wait for this fall, I hope to get a chance to meet this big fella.
There are a few reasons I make a plan each year for the farm. I know that if I keep planting habitat the wildlife will continue to populate my farm.
I like to plant a number of different kinds of trees, some for heat units, some for grazing purposes after the nuts become available, and some for making the farm thick with cover. I also like to plant native grass because it grows fast and stands tall through winter nicely. Wildlife love tall grass because it gives plenty of cover and warmth. I cant tell you how many deer have “disappeared” in our tall grass during the fall hunting season, just to reappear an hour later. It has really become a great addition to our farm.
Let me know if you have any questions about my “plan” for the spring planting season.
Did you know an IRS Code 1031 Exchange can be used to purchase land?
Land is an income producing piece of real estate in most cases. If you have an apartment complex, rental property, or commercial property that has increased in value it may be a great opportunity to sell and exchange tax deferred into a hunting farm or tillable land investment. The exchange between commercial income producing property and land can be the same, as they can both be viewed as “income producing, non homestead, Real Estate.” Well what about land that doesn’t have any income through buildings, CRP or tillable acres you might ask. Land that doesn’t have any income today may very well have long term income opportunities in timber or other sources and the property doesn’t have to necessarily be income producing at the time to be exchangeable. The 1031 Exchange has long been one of the best opportunities to buy and sell Real Estate tax deferred and the real estate that you own can be enjoyed in many different ways, whether you get enjoyment from fixing a broken pipe or having to hang that darn deer stand is a choice you will have to make for yourself!
The first thing you need to do is locate a gobbler. That means either roosting them the night before, finding them roosted first thing in the morning or finding them in their strut zones glassing. Either way, once you have found them I like to get as close to them as I can before I start calling. It makes it a lot easier to convince a longbeard to commit and come to your calls if you are nearby.
The biggest key to success while turkey hunting is always being mobile. One of the best assets I have in the turkey woods is a good turkey pack. It allows you to set up in seconds with or without a tree while being comfortable and in great shooting position. If you are set up on a tom but they are being stubborn. Don’t be afraid to be quiet for 15-20 minutes and then make a move on them to get closer, or just to add some movement to your call. Even if you move away from the turkey you can still add that movement and end up pulling those stubborn birds in for a shot. If you can’t get that turkey to commit that day, leave them be and don’t push them too much. If you have the luxury of hunting a large tract of land or other property, let that turkey be and go try and find another one that is more active and use that bird as an option another day when he’s feeling more aggressive or possibly not hen’d up.
Don’t Over Call
Once you get the longbeard to start responding to your calls and you hear him getting closer, ease up on your calling. The worst thing you can do is over call. The turkey will be much more likely to hang up out of range and make you (the hen) come to him. Once I know the tom is committed to coming I quit calling, even when he continues to gobble I will rarely call back to make him come looking.
Enjoy the Moment
Once the longbeard is in your effective range, then it’s time to hit him hard with the calls if you can. There is nothing I love more than to get a turkey hammering at 10-20 yards in your face. As long as he’s being calm I like to sit back and enjoy the show they put on. Once you can’t take it any more its time to click the safety off or clip on your release, take aim and take him!
I hope that this quick read will help you this turkey season!
Located in Mower County, Minnesota, this 160 acre parcel is the classic flat, black and square tillable tract. The property has CPI’s in the mid 80’s, drains well and features patterned tile throughout the entirety. The property is located just a few minutes southeast of Blooming Prairie and is located just off of a blacktop road with an access road that goes to the middle of the property for easy access. The property is currently not rented out and is farmed by the owners.
Come on down to Forestville State Park at 5:30 tonight for a field day. We will be learning about “Using Fire for Vegetation Management” which will include topics like comparing a regularly burned woodland with one that has not, evaluating the benefits burning has on local wildlife, and creating a firebreak and understand the permitting process. There will be a light supper served before hand as well!