collapse
Quality Hunts for over 30 Years A lightweight orange vest that complements your technical hunting apparel!

Author Topic: considering a food plot in the Teannaway.  (Read 841 times)

Offline bearpaw

  • Family, Friends, Outdoors
  • Administrator
  • Trade Count: (+3)
  • Legend
  • *****
  • Join Date: Apr 2009
  • Posts: 29231
  • Location: Colville
  • "Rather Be Cougar Huntin"
    • http://www.facebook.com/DaleDenney
    • Bearpaw Outfitters
  • Groups: WFW, WSTA, WSB, WPHA, FWM, NRA, SCI, RMEF, NAHC, IOGA, MOGA, CCOC, BBB
Re: considering a food plot in the Teannaway.
« Reply #15 on: May 16, 2018, 08:06:42 PM »
weeds  :bash:

That's the toughest thing to deal with. The easiest thing is to buy the right herbicides for the problems you encounter and spray as needed. There are sprays for just about any situation.
Americans are systematically advocating, legislating, and voting away each others rights. Support all user groups & quit losing opportunity!

http://trophymaps.com "Do-It-Yourself" Hunting Maps" 
http://bearpawoutfitters.com Guided, Semi-Guided, Unguided, and Drop Camp Hunts in Idaho, Montana, Utah, and Washington. Hunts with tags available (no draw) spring bear, fall bear, buffalo, cougar, elk, mule deer, turkey, whitetail, wolf!

Offline runamuk

  • Trade Count: (+1)
  • Explorer
  • ******
  • Join Date: Jan 2008
  • Posts: 17698
  • Location: Dayton or somewhere in the Blues.
  • "I'm bored play with me"
Re: considering a food plot in the Teannaway.
« Reply #16 on: May 16, 2018, 08:19:23 PM »
I would go native and natural not invasive and agricultural.  These are wild animals not beef cattle, they do best on their natural forage.  Increase that.  And in the teanaway the cultivated food is so readily available that it seems kinda silly to plant hay crops you wont be haying. :dunno:
Sent from a fairy ring

benchleg

Offline time2hunt

  • Washington For Wildlife
  • Trade Count: (0)
  • Sourdough
  • *
  • Join Date: Jul 2010
  • Posts: 1073
  • Location: Ellensburg
Re: considering a food plot in the Teannaway.
« Reply #17 on: May 16, 2018, 08:37:58 PM »
Local 3482

Offline KFhunter

  • Global Moderator
  • Trade Count: (0)
  • Explorer
  • *****
  • Join Date: Jan 2011
  • Posts: 15894
  • Location: The Wedge
  • My posts do not reflect an official opinion of HW
Re: considering a food plot in the Teannaway.
« Reply #18 on: May 16, 2018, 08:43:39 PM »
Hard to go wrong with a good clover alfalfa mix. I've planted straight alfalfas and clovers of various varieties, the advantage of a mix is that the variety that adapts best to each part of the area planted will grow best. Annual clovers will grow fast until the perennial clovers and alfalfa get going. We have a plot with some different clover planted in each part of it as a test, last year everything but one blend did well and we may have planted that blend too late. This year planted some alfa rack plus in a section and some Durana clover in a section of the same plot with the clovers from last year, both new plantings are doing very well so far. So far the deer are eating some of all of it, the last year clovers and this year's plantings, we can't say for sure there is a favorite yet.

https://www.cabelas.com/product/hunting/trail-cameras-feeders/food-plots/pc/104791680/c/104767380/sc/106630380/whitetail-institute-imperial-alfa-rack-plus-seed-northern/742347.uts?slotId=3

https://www.cabelas.com/product/hunting/trail-cameras-feeders/food-plots/pc/104791680/c/104767380/sc/106630380/pennington-rackmaster-durana-white-clover/2538119.uts?slotId=0

If you would rather buy some bulk seed and make your own mix you could mix some red clover, white clover, alfalfa, and oats. Be sure you get varieties that are winter hardy. It's best to test ph, but I've never done that where I'm at, most land around here will grow alfalfa, clover, or grains so I didn't bother. Everything I've planted has done fairly well except some sainfoin which I think was in too shady of an area or it may have needed some lime. We recently planted more sanfoin in a sunnier area that has had other crops in the past, it should sprout any day, I'm anxious to see if it grows. If it won't grow I'll just plant something else in the future, I don't want to have to be adding lime and fertilizer all the time, I want plots that are easy maintenance. If the plants look yellow and weak add some fertilizer, they will green right up and grow faster.

I've got some new fangled new zealand clover to try but haven't got it planted yet.

It's really fun growing food plots and seeing positive results!

 spread on some borated gypsum and look out!  This whole area is low on boron, and it'll really help your apples if you have those.


Don't overlook trees in your plot too

Offline danderson

  • Hunter Education Instructor
  • Trade Count: (+2)
  • Sourdough
  • *****
  • Join Date: Nov 2010
  • Posts: 1564
  • Location: Central Wash
Re: considering a food plot in the Teannaway.
« Reply #19 on: May 16, 2018, 08:53:08 PM »
I live in the Teanaway, been here 40 years best advise for anyone that wants to improve deer fawn survival is put out a good mineral salt block, I use the Trophy rock brand, old mill in Ellensburg has them. most folks dont realize deer like to eat native plants, they need cover and space as well as Habitat, and without all three will not thrive.

Offline Special T

  • Truth the new Hate Speech.
  • Washington For Wildlife
  • Trade Count: (+12)
  • Explorer
  • *
  • Join Date: Aug 2009
  • Posts: 18496
  • Location: Skagit Valley
  • Wake me when you need me.
    • Silver Arrow Bowmen
Re: considering a food plot in the Teannaway.
« Reply #20 on: May 17, 2018, 07:32:23 AM »
My property has a Swale, it looks natural and holds so much water after the snow melt it's insane. We cant even get machinery down there till about this time of year as the soil is so wet. I'll look into some resources as far as soil testing.

Thanks for all the input everyone.

Sent from my Pixel using Tapatalk
With the way water rights are going in this state installing a swale  now  is a good investment. What you going to do when they start metering wells? If done properly a swale should be a one time infrastructure investment.

Sent from my SAMSUNG-SM-G930A using Tapatalk

The Truth is like Poetry, and most people hate Poetry

Offline MonstroMuley

  • Virtual Campfire
  • Trade Count: (0)
  • Pilgrim
  • *
  • Join Date: Oct 2016
  • Posts: 30
  • Location: Kent WA
Re: considering a food plot in the Teannaway.
« Reply #21 on: May 23, 2018, 10:43:06 PM »
... if have water rights and right gravity flow (or powered from the Swale) ... at minimal cost, build the "Himalayan Ice Stupa".
Like building your own Artificial Glacier(s).

« Last Edit: May 23, 2018, 10:59:23 PM by MonstroMuley »
"My Dinner is Still in the Woods" - Unknown

 

* Recent Topics

Who drew by spoonman
[Today at 06:34:18 PM]


Drew bumping river goat tag by kselkhunter
[Today at 06:33:29 PM]


2018 Special Permits: Drawing Results by DeerThug
[Today at 06:31:02 PM]


Chiwawa Quality Muzzy by The scout
[Today at 06:30:43 PM]


Learning to Call by The scout
[Today at 06:29:03 PM]


IT'S ON WDFW!!!!!! NO CONFIRMATION EMAIL!!!!!! REDRAW!!!! by Broker
[Today at 06:28:49 PM]


Chewuch Quailty Buck by h2ofowlr
[Today at 06:28:30 PM]


Nooksack quality elk archery help. by BB11b
[Today at 06:21:12 PM]


Lucky Dog by bobcat
[Today at 06:20:38 PM]


White river archery elk tag 653 by highside74
[Today at 06:10:28 PM]


Observatory Archery Quality Elk by Mfowl
[Today at 06:09:04 PM]


Did the Eastside get Screwed?? by highside74
[Today at 05:59:07 PM]


Mt Spokane South Moose tag by gasman
[Today at 05:58:58 PM]


Anterless elk by Nice Racks
[Today at 05:54:50 PM]


Haha! The things a guy finds in his center console. by yorketransport
[Today at 05:53:13 PM]


Chilliwist quality deer by Muleycrazy01
[Today at 05:52:29 PM]


Wall pedestal whitetail (The Shed Taxidermy Studio) by Stein
[Today at 05:51:34 PM]


washington draw by 7MMSTW36
[Today at 05:46:52 PM]


north chelan goat and licoln cliff sheep tag holders contact me by Stein
[Today at 05:44:37 PM]


Slide Ridge Selected!!!! by bowhunterforever
[Today at 05:42:37 PM]