My Central Ky Habitat Addiction

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  1. Native Hunter

    Native Hunter Well-Known Member

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    Enjoyed the update, and the pics of the young hunters were really great. Keep up the good work!
     
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    Started mowing my oak tree plantations this weekend. Very happy with the livability so far

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    Been mowing around my young trees as well. Satisfying to see good growth on a large percentage of trees. Of the ones I grew in 2012 and planted jan 2013 I think I have a good 65 percent survival rate, and even much better in rich soil. One of my issues was pears in area too wet for them.
     
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    Those little baby oak trees seem to be thriving well. Your very hard work and dedication is paying off.
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    Got behind on mowing this year!!! Between the kids both playing ball and taking on a new position at work my farm projects are suffering greatly !!

    I did decided to bite the bullet and buy a 72 inch Dixie Chopper to leave at the farm so that I can take better care of them !!

    Very happy with that decision, Briers and other things had taken over some of my rows but you can flat pluck the trees out of the Briar patchs with a Dixie chopper I have learned

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    You are now going through what I did when I created my tree planting. Only difference is I didn't have a Dixie Chopper and still don't.;)

    At least you don't have the Sweet Gums. And that's good, because the briers are enough. Even though you mow the rows you will still have to clean out within the rows at a few places to keep those briers from holding down the little trees - unless yours aren't as thick as I have them.

    Great job, and I know you will be successful.
     
  7. CentralKyHunter

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    Hope all you guys are well. I’ve been away from the site for a while but was looking for an old deer pic and ended up on my old thread.
    Time has been hard to come by as I have changed careers but my habitat plans continue to grow and we continue to add acreage.

    Biggest news I guess going forward is I FINALLY got approved to put 50 acres in the CRP Pollinator program for 2021.

    here’s a few pics of this year

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    Hope your well and looking forward to catching up on your thread


    the fight has been relentless. A wet spring made some areas hard for me to access one of my bottom land plantings was completely overtaken by Sycamore’s. Not sure how I’m gonna get ahold of that area. It’s either going to be mechanical/hand or considering some sort of weed whipper on tractor bucket to apply herbicide to the Sycamore’s

    thoughts??
     
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    If possible, consider covering the trees you planted with garbage bags and spraying the sycamores. Don’t know how big the trees are so this may not work.

    You could also cut the sycamores with a chainsaw and stump treat with pure gly.

    Good to hear from you.
     
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  10. buckdeer1

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    I bet you can basal spray them,I would leave a few if you have turkeys
     
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  11. CentralKyHunter

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    Not habitat work but man oh man are we enjoying what we have been blessed with.
    I hosted a dozen kids and some great men for a pheasant hunt this weekend. I never touched a gun and It was an absolute blessing. The deeper I get into habitat the less I enjoy the hunt itself. I have turned my energy to people and sharing my blessings.

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    Had our first rabbit hunt of the year a few weeks ago also.

    My original habitat focus was on rabbit and quail. I knew if I could get it right everything else would fall into place. Year after year I have honestly been disappointed. I have build tons of brush piles for cover & roosting. Let’s 1000’s of feet of briar edges establish , and provided tons of food. Well this year it all fell into place. I knew populations were better but didn’t realize how good they were. We hunted a 10 acre patch and jumped 20 +- rabbits. Had multiple rabbits running at same time. Needless to say I was very happy!!

    and as for every hunt. We made sure to pile a few kids into the mix!!
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  13. buckdeer1

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    Looks great,seems like in Kansas the hawks have ate about all our small game and game birds.Do you have many hawks?
     
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    We got a ton of red tail and sparrow hawks. Farm has grown up a little worse than I prefer that last two years though so there’s a ton of food and cover. To the tune of 20+ acres of good transitional cover
     

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