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    Food plots and Hinge cutting

    I just bought a property that borders mine and it and it has this little grass field on it that I plan to do a fall food plot in. I hauled in a bunch of pellatized lime to spread on it. the only way to access it is by going thru this tunnel underneath the highway that splits my properties. The deer really use the tunnel and it makes for a good pinch point.

    After liming I decided to do some hinge cutting. My bedding area/ sanctuary is starting to get too much overhead canopy and the deer have browsed what did grow over the summer down. I cut alot of trees down and some were pretty big. I felt bad sawing them down but I kept telling myself other than today I never step foot in that 20 acres so I won't miss them.

    I wish I had more free time for land improvements but I work too much. Today was the first time I was home during daylight in the last 3 weeks. Another project I plan to do is plant pine seedlings along one of the roads that borders my property.
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    deer actually go threw that tunnel? Don't get me wrong, I believe yah. Thats cool, put up a trail camera. That would be some good pics.
    what goes around, comes around. (I sure do hope so)!!

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    stuck a camera up. Insane amount of deer go thru the tunnelClick image for larger version. 

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    Quote Originally Posted by JMax510 View Post
    stuck a camera up. Insane amount of deer go thru the tunnelClick image for larger version. 

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    Now thats about as good as a funnel that you will ever find.
    what goes around, comes around. (I sure do hope so)!!

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    Boy, missed this post somehow!! Always great to see what others are doing to improve their property!! That tunnel/culvert is pretty awesome in the fact that they actually DO use it like that! My thinking would be not to hunt too close to it as they could abandon something like that quickly if they think it's a death trap. Love the little field, could really see bucks hanging out in something like that!! I am the same way when it comes to cutting trees JMax510, kinda makes you wonder if you're throwing money away but at the same time you KNOW it will benefit the deer. When we are able to down on our farm that is my intention to go into a couple areas and hinge cut a few trees just to get that canopy down and put something on the ground instead of wide open woods.

    Excellent post!!
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    cool pic's
    here we have tons of tunnels going under the new hi ways they built in the past 15-20 yrs, seperating many of the local deer normal patterns
    and there not big enough to drive a tractor through, ATv sure, the deer took right to them from day one
    over the yrs I have seen bears use them to hybernate too, typically much smaller one's but they will go in about anything if they fit!
    I would be keeping a camera over that all the time, just way cool pic's , plus a great way to keep tabs on what deer are in the area, talk about a pinch point travel route LOl

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    Big buck like the tunnel too!Click image for larger version. 

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    how do you turn over your plots i am using a walk behind tiller how deep do i need to go with it

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    An inch or so is all that is needed for most seeds, many can just sit on top of dirt and grow, but best to cover them with some if you can

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    well i posted this on the wrong thread but thanks for your answer mrbb gonna get soil test tuesday and maybe i can start it by the weekend

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