-By Rich Miller
This has been one hectic week. In addition to it being the last week of turkey season I have been trying to get all of my gear packed for a bear hunt next week. Normally when I am going on a hunt I have an enclosed trailer tagging along behind my pickup. This gives me plenty of room so I don’t have to worry about weight or how many bags I can carry. If I think I might need something I throw it in the trailer. Well on this trip I am flying and am not going to have the luxury of the trailer. For the last three nights I have been packing, unpacking, and weighing my gear. I think I have finally got it where it needs to be. It is the hardest thing in the world to get everything I might need on a hunt in the middle of the wilderness in a bag that can’t weigh but fifty pounds. I swear my backpack that I am carrying on board weighs as much as my other bags. All I can say is thank god for the Moultrie Digital Game Scale.
Other than packing I have been trying to put one last tag on a gobbler’s leg before I leave for Canada. The only thing is I don’t think the turkeys got the notice because they are keeping their mouths shut and staying well hid. This week I noticed that all of my clover plots have grass in them. This isn’t the worse problem to have in my clover plots but I don’t like my clover having to compete with the grass. So every spring when the grass starts to really take off in these food plots I spray them with a brand of chemical called Post. It will kill all of the grasses, but it wont harm any of my chicory or clovers. You can find the Post brand at most farm and garden stores. The bad thing is that it is pretty expensive because it only comes in two-gallon containers. There is another alternative for those who only have a small area to spray. This is called Vantage and it comes in smaller portions so that it is more affordable for the managers of smaller areas.
You can get away with not spraying your food plots but if you do it will help prevent your plants from competing against non-desirable ones. In the long run it help make your plants stronger and more productive. The main thing is that it will help these plots last longer so they will not need to be replanted every year. That is a good thing because over a four or five year period that will save us lots of money in food plot supplies.