Spring and Walleyes go together like ice cream and apple pie, but spring also goes together with food plots and deer hunting. If you, or your hunting party have ever thought about improving your hunting land with food plots, or enhancing your woodland trails, now is the time to make those improvements happen.
Why Now? Spring time soils are more workable if you plan on doing any tilling, or working of the dirt. Trails, two track roads, woodland openings and small fields have not completely been overgrown with summertime foliage making it much easier than waiting until later in the year. Spring time is also when you would want to get into the ground any type of crop which needs time to germinate and reach maturity. Many different types of corn, whether it is sweet corn, or field corn have maturity dates which run from seventy to ninety five or more days, so timing is critical. Spring time is also the time of year when the full time farmers are out in the fields with their big equipment preparing the fields and planting this year’s crop.
If you are fortunate enough to have an agricultural field on your hunting property and there is a small area that is not in production, even a field or farm road, ask the farmer if this area can be worked up for a food plot. These small openings next to larger crop fields make great areas to plant late summer, early fall rye which will stay green and healthy right through the hunting season till it’s covered up by snow. These green areas also make great strutting areas for next year’s spring turkeys.
If your hunting property is made up of woods and trails, food plots are still an easy option. If you have any established roads, two tracks, or even a trail, by doing some simple roughing up of the soils, you should be able to over-seed the trail or road with a great red or white clover mixture which will be a great attractant to all types of wildlife. This over-seeding of woodland roads is a practice many foresters use when any logging operation is done on woodland grounds. It is amazing how quickly this application greens up, and remains hearty even if the road or two-track continues to be used by light recreational vehicle use.
Equipment needs for planting spring food plots can be as simple as a garden hoe and a hand spreader for fertilizer and your choice of a seed mixture. It seems that the equipment of choice right now are four wheelers, or side by sides equipped with attachments which will disc the soil, and drag the soil smooth. Drills used for seeding, or a mounted broadcast spreader for planting are other must have attachments. Other available attachments for four wheelers or side by sides include pressurized water tanks which can be used for weed management or watering maintenance of your plot. Another choice is to find some bargain priced older farm equipment. This option is great for bigger jobs, and the equipment and any attachment imaginable is available if you are willing to spend some time scouring the back woodlots of the local farms and making a deal, or by attending some farm auction.
Even though the calendar says its spring, and the walleye bite is just starting to heat up, spending a little time at your fall hunting property will pay huge dividends in the fall. Come up with a plan to put in some easy to plant food plots and see how your green thumb produces.