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    feeder/webcam setup

    so after much though i finally convinced my grandmother to let me setup a deer feeder and a IP Camera to stream to a website so anyone in family or friends can watch the feeder anytime anywhere with any device.

    im getting kinda excited about this project and got 400$ to work with on this, already picked up my feeder.
    moultrie deer feeder 30gallon, going to buy the solar panel kit and rechargable 6v battery for it, that way no one has to be around the feeder for it to stay running, ill probably just setup for now 1 time a day to feed about 1-2lbs of corn till spring time and i might bump it to 2 times a day.
    going to run a underground cat5 cable from house to where i want the webcam setup to be located at, and do a Point of Entry kit for power to run threw the ethernet cord as well to cam, burry the line and setup a post and a nice box around the cam to protect it from the elements as much as possiable. be about 200-300 ft away from home.

    down where she lives in kentucky she use to have about 10 deer and multiple turkey around but since my grandfather passed away she stopped feeding them regularly and they kinda have moved more into the woods, so im hopeing this way i can get the deer back to there house and keep them healthy and setup myself for a good hunt next year :)

    also behind the barn (600ft away from the house) is a small 2 acher plot that i might experiment with a food plot of clovers or something, any suggestions on what kind of seed i should plant back there for a food plot?

    any and all suggestes i greatly appreciate !

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    Well sounds like you have put some thought and work into this project, good to hear and look forward to seeing in up and running, wish I could set one up at where I hunt
    as for suggestions for a food plot
    well clover is a good idea, as it grows well and last fairly long, BUT it does need come TLC to stay prime, like weed control, mowing a few times a yr, will make it last longer, as will treating it by sprating it for weeds, as if not every yr, or even in one yr, the weeds will over take the plot, and choke out the clover
    another good plant, is chichory, it can also be mixed with the clover seed and make for a good mixed crop plot, chichory, tends to last longer /staying greener better after a few front, where clover will pucker up after them, and then the plot will be more attractive later into hunting season, by planting both
    best advice is, do it right, do a soil test, add whqt's the test say is needed to get soil at right PH and base line to grow seeds well
    kill/burn down the sight well before seeding/too, to help kill as many weed seeds as you Can
    be glad to explain how better if you like, but clover/chichory blend would be my suggestion for a plot

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    well the ground in question is a old tabacco field at a small cove between 2 mountains and a creek that runs along the side of one hill side and works its way back to the back, thick woods at far back and up both moutain sides, i was thinking of doing maybe a 100ft by 100ft patch or something kinda in the middle instead of doing the whole field, i was thinking next trip i would head down and till up the land with the tractor and let it sit for a few months, then repeat the process before planting, as for burning it off only thing that is back there at this point is just grass and any seeds that would of fallen around from the trees and such, so thinking chemical killing? round up? i was trying NOT to use chemicals but dont have access to a torch, only other option would be gas and a lighter :)

    as for seeds , i guess ill be limited to buying clover/chichory online?

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    ok sounds like you have a plan of sorts
    100x100 ft(69 yrds x69 yrds-'s an acre)
    OK so that size is about a 1/3 an acre or so
    turning it over now is a great idea, BUT better idea is doing a soil test first, reason being is, if you do a soil test now, it will tell you what lime it needs, lime is what makes or breaks the soil PH level's, but lime has to be worked into the soil to work and that takes time
    so if you do a soil test, find out say it needs 1,000 lbs of lime per acre(330 lbs then for your site)
    adding the lime before you till it/turn it over will save you from needed to do that a second or third time
    so if possible that is step #1, that should be done
    next, as for things in the field, Grass /weeds are the number one plot killer, they are the fastest growing and hardest thing to get rid of or keep from taking/off in a plot
    number one problem , weeds/grass
    its not just killing what you see, its the fact there are millions of seeds in the gfround every where, once you turn it over, you will in return be exposing all sorts of new seeds to sun light which in return will cause more new weeds to grow
    My best advice or found ways to work this out is this on site prep, planting plots
    soil test#1
    2-add needed lime(NOT fertilizer yet, just lime)
    3- turn plot over mixing lime in good
    4- let site sit for a few weeks5-6 weeks, let green up start yo happen,
    5- turn ste over again
    6- 4-5 weeks later now into green up, Spray plot to kill everything that just came up, to try to kill every new seed and any old one's that re grew
    wait 2-3 weeks, check on any new weeds coming up, spot spray to kill them to
    7- watch weather, wait for a rain storm coming soon, , closer to actual rain the better
    8- now this site is still soft from the 2 turn over, should now be very weed free, from weeed control steps
    rain is on its way, or hell even lightly raining
    NOW add fertilizer, and seeds, let the rain cover and plant the seeds after you just broadcast them on the site
    if you do this, you should have a great site, untill all the rest of the weeds in your area come to seed up, and then , as the wind blows, it will blow weed seeds int your new plot, nature of the beast, sadly, no way to stop this, closer you are to weeds, more seeds you get, I have found bunring down a border 4-5 ft wide around my plots help slow some, but??? the wind is hard to stop LOL
    which brings to plot up keeping, this comes in forms of either spraying to maintain plots, and or mowing
    mowing works, key here is to stay ahead of seedheads forming, if you can mow before the seeds on the weeds/grasses seedhead, mowing works great
    the BETTER you prep the site and plant the seeds/AKA th better the take of the desired seeds(clover/chichory) the stronger the faster it grows, the thicker it gets, the harder it is for weeds to grow, as they need to start from the ground up, clover and chichory makes a broader leaf plant and a Thick plot will make a lot of shade, helping prevent weed seeds n to grow from the ground up, as they need sunlight to grow, more shade, less ability for new wind blown seeds to take off!
    chemical control, works better if you ask me, as you will always have weed in a plot, spraying helps Kill any that came up at same time as your desired plot plant
    spraying can be some what easy and cheap, but it can also get expensive if you really do it right and or need to do it several times
    not to sound negative, cause it not my goal,
    just being honest
    you can use off brand names chemicals and even seeds and save a BUNCH of cash, they do work too, its what I use and have for yrs, so there are savings that can be done, it comes down to doing research to find ways to make plots last and being at prices you can live with, just I don't want folks to think you just turn ground over and seed and all is a big buck killing gold mine
    doesn't work that way
    like most things in life, you get what you put into things out of them
    sorry if long winded, but trying to help with best info I can

    can explain more if you want too, have more than 20+ yrs now of planting food plots

    as for seeds,brand name is fine, but so are off brand names, find your local AG storte near where you plan to plant, ask about buying seeds by the LB, clover comes in many types(red /white/ ladino, etc.)
    so price's vary based on what type, also, some grow wider taller or???, all clover, deer will eat!
    chichory also, has a few different types, but no where near as many
    but buying from a AG stor(like AG way)
    will save you a ton of money, NO 1/3 acre plot will make small bucks huge, so no big name seed is needed, that claims to make "X" amount more protien than brand "X" does
    that's a lot of hype
    in a perfect senario, over time it can help maybe, MAYBE make bigger bucks, stronger healthier herds, but any plot will attract deer

    any plot is better than NONE! hands down, you will pull new deer, you will make your hunting lands more attractive to all sorts of wildlife, and it will amke hunting easier (when done right and hunted right)

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    ill post a arial shot of the field or fields in question tonight so i can get more input esp for hunting purposes, i would hate to do all this work and find out i cant hunt this field cause i have no access to it.

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    Yea. All of thAt sounds like a really good idea. Challenging but a cool idea. As far as food plot I would add in some stuff that will bring the deer in during the winter when food is scarce. Keep us updated as you go
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    with only a third or so of an acre, I wouldn't worry about trying to plant a later season crop,in the mix, like a trunip or brassicia, or??, its just not going to last very long, and I assume you are in SW ohio/KY with this planting, and as such, a clover/chichory plot will hold deer till lat oct or longer, as long as there isn't many frosts
    and chichory will last even longer in the plot as well as the clover
    clover will grow yr after yr and proviode the best and most food for the most months, over anything else really
    Sure there are better fall hunting plot seeds, but this is the best overall thing for attracting and holding deer the most most and not having to plant every yr
    you can try just mixing in some seeds of brasicia/trunips come say late Aug, and HOPE some make it
    but its not the best way to make a hunting plot
    a second plot else where or next to this one planted in late summer is a much better option!

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    the plot would be area 1, back in the valley, the feeder is going to be setup somewhere around point 2, i do also own the land to the north of that creek that i drew and also to the south on that hilltop but that is a pain in the butt to get access to it. they will come from up there, farther up that valley, and the hills to the north.

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    forgot to mention, that is in middle eastern Kentucky inside Daniel Boon nation forest super close to cave run lake.

    and looking at this closer, i think ill be forced to do 50ft wide by 150ft long. cause the shape of the land.

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