along as we grow a new food plot in 2004
5 , 2003
17 , 2004
Before we go into our 2004 planting, let's evaluate our Long
Term History of the Bowsite.com Food Plot
||New planting of Imperial Whitetail, did fairly well despite heavy grazing
in summer and fall. No noticeable weed or grass intrusion.
||Unbelievable second year results. The plot was as good as it could ever
get. Deer really browsed it down in fall but held up well.
||Weed and grass growth took over plot. Imperial Clover all but gone.
||Had to plow under, installed Imperial whitetail again, but the weeds
and grass took over quickly. Had to plow under in late summer and installed
buck forage oats. Had marginal success with growth.
||We decided to spend the entire spring/summer spraying roundup and killing
existing vegetation. We planted peas in the fall but the deer over-browsed
and killed it.
||We planted Imperial No-Plow. The Rape came up in abundance, but the
deer never touched it during archery season. Our plot was a failure despite
a successful growth of rape.
After last year's successful
growth of Imperial No-Plow, and the complete lack of utilization by deer
during the archery season, we decided to switch to a new food plot seed
company and start over fresh.
May 1st Planting - new installation
like to hear from you - Discuss our conclusions, 2004 choices,
and perhaps other recommendations?