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Tools of the Trade => Management Practices & Food Plots => Topic started by: MI_Bowhunter on March 28, 2017, 07:55:30 AM

Title: How small is too small?
Post by: [Blocked] on March 28, 2017, 07:55:30 AM
I've never put in a plot so I am kind of new to this.  I have a couple hunting spots up at my cabin that I have considered trying to put a plot around.    I do not have a lot of room , maybe part of an old logging road that passes by and whatever I can till up around the trees near the blind.    Is it worth it?  is there a minimum size that is normally considered to small for the returns?

I do not have a tractor so I am not able to do a lot of clearing and pulling of stumps, just an ATV.
Title: Re: How small is too small?
Post by: [Blocked] on March 28, 2017, 07:59:27 AM
our smallest (and busiest plot) is about  the size of a McDonalds. Maybe not even that big. Its a small clearing in some cedars. if you can get it to grow, they will eat it..
Title: Re: How small is too small?
Post by: [Blocked] on March 28, 2017, 08:13:53 AM
I have done very small area like 20 feet by 30 feet it worked great
Title: Re: How small is too small?
Post by: [Blocked] on March 28, 2017, 08:18:28 AM
With your small plots are they open or intermixed around existing trees?
Title: Re: How small is too small?
Post by: [Blocked] on March 28, 2017, 11:16:01 AM
open. its hard to get anything to grow directly under trees. we have planted around stumps though...
Title: Re: How small is too small?
Post by: [Blocked] on March 28, 2017, 11:59:35 AM
open area
Title: Re: How small is too small?
Post by: [Blocked] on March 28, 2017, 12:21:52 PM
I planted 6 20x20 spots with no plow one year, just put in the sunny spots down in a big bottom. Worked great.
Title: Re: How small is too small?
Post by: [Blocked] on March 28, 2017, 12:31:00 PM
On a small plot to hunt over, timing is everything. In just a few evenings a few deer can totally wipe out a small patch of something they really enjoy. The old logging road might be an ideal plot, long and narrow.  It might not concentrate the deer as a small plot tends to do. Something to consider ##$%#1119.
Treefarmer
Title: Re: How small is too small?
Post by: [Blocked] on March 28, 2017, 01:48:27 PM
I can cut some to let light in, i just have no easy way to clear the ground. 
Title: Re: How small is too small?
Post by: [Blocked] on March 28, 2017, 04:53:34 PM
the key is sunlight. they need southern exposure. if the spot will grow grass, it should grow a plot. anything is better than nothing
Title: Re: How small is too small?
Post by: [Blocked] on March 28, 2017, 06:17:22 PM
the key is sunlight. they need southern exposure. if the spot will grow grass, it should grow a plot. anything is better than nothing
Agreed, start small and expand it every year until you have something that lasts to hunting season.
Title: Re: How small is too small?
Post by: [Blocked] on March 28, 2017, 10:11:44 PM
When I started doing plots all I had was a backpack sprayer, an atv, and a 4 foot drag section that we would take turns riding on to weigh it down and tear it up more.  Planted two plots about 1/8 of an acre each. Worked great, planted secret spot in both as both were shaded and it still grew just fine, grew better where it was a touch more open though.  Have fun with them.
Title: Re: How small is too small?
Post by: [Blocked] on March 29, 2017, 05:38:43 AM
I like having a number of smaller plots, as long as you have enough sun, you can get plots to grow.
Title: Re: How small is too small?
Post by: [Blocked] on March 29, 2017, 04:37:59 PM
i believe you have the same soil as i do at the cabin. if so, it's very acidic. remember to lime liberally.
Title: Re: How small is too small?
Post by: [Blocked] on April 02, 2017, 07:20:35 PM
i believe you have the same soil as i do at the cabin. if so, it's very acidic. remember to lime liberally.
Definitelyy. I have not tried to plant  there yet but some others did very unseccessfullt for a few years before actually getting the soil sampled.

I appreciate the feedback. As soon as the roads are clear of snow and water I plan to head up and assess the area bases on what I have learned and go from there.
Title: Re: How small is too small?
Post by: [Blocked] on April 02, 2017, 08:18:06 PM
i believe you have the same soil as i do at the cabin. if so, it's very acidic. remember to lime liberally.
Definitelyy. I have not tried to plant  there yet but some others did very unseccessfullt for a few years before actually getting the soil sampled.

I appreciate the feedback. As soon as the roads are clear of snow and water I plan to head up and assess the area bases on what I have learned and go from there.

i think i'm trying this weekend. if nothing else, get the battery in the tractor and some chainsaw work. probably too muddy for much else

good luck