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post #1 of 25 (permalink) Old 05-01-2019, 04:18 PM Thread Starter
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My neighbor and I just put in a dove plot. See pics below. The 1st is my daily driver at the field edge with the neighbors tractor behind. The 2nd shows the millet, sunflower seeds and fertilizer (10,10,20).

The field is 34yds by 73yds. I mowed it first then we tilled and seeded. 3rd pic is my neighbor working the broadcaster followed by our compaction method. We were trying not to bury the millet too deep. We’re not sure if the millet or sunflowers are going to come up first. Hopefully the limited amount of sunflowers won’t choke out the millet. Now for some rain...
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So this is what happens to to all the Dove I feed all winter. As fat as they are when they leave here You are just wasting Your time trying to feed them, just shoot them and thank the guy in South Florida for all the fat doves.
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Diller Killer. LOL. This VA resident appreciates the kind and benevolent actions from our good neighbors to the south! 😀

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post #4 of 25 (permalink) Old 07-26-2019, 09:51 AM Thread Starter
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Default Dove plot update.

The food plot is doing well. Millet around waist high in places. Note to self. Self....if you intermix corn, sunflowers and millet, the millet will grow faster and choke out the other crops.

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In a couple weeks, we’ll mow a section or two and put some seed on the ground.

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can't do any better than that. great job.
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I’ve mowed several laps around the edges. Man, that millet is thick. Waist high and makes a thick layer on the ground after mowing. Is this a problem? Tons of little seeds, just not laying exposed in the open.

My partner in this endeavor is worried as we haven’t spotted any doves though we’re seeing lots of other birds and critters. One guy suggested we burn the whole field which seems somewhat drastic, not to mention the news headlines of “Dove hunters start forest fire”.

Any thoughts? Hay rake? Chill and get more ammo and decoys? Declare defeat and try sunflowers next year?

Anyone seeing doves this far north? Maybe our good neighbors to the south have fed those doves so much, they are too fat and lazy to come visit.

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Yep, Control burn. Then disc it.

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I am in Oklahoma I have seen a few but I do hear a lot of them calling for a mate and one was in my drive getting gravel

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The Ohio season opens on the 1st of September. I am seeing a lot more doves but maybe I'm just looking forward to the season. We hunt in mid-Ohio near Coshocton on state wildlife land. The state does a good job of mowing the fields prior to the season. I was at the trap range yesterday knocking the rust off of my shooting.

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When we held dove shoots , we would take a hay- rake after mowing and win-row it . Then hope it dosent rain and sprout the seed .
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