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Author Topic: Inaugural Bush-hogging!  (Read 644 times)

Offline Madgomer

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Re: Inaugural Bush-hogging!
« Reply #15 on: March 23, 2018, 08:10:53 PM »
Ben, at our old house the neighbor behind me had about ten acres of prairie grass that I'd help him burn off every other spring.  Our local volunteer fire department used to come over and help, they used it as a training event for their newbies, might be something to check into.  Also, in the fall he'd make a couple of bush hog passes around the perimeter, mowing it really short, as those areas got some green growth early in the spring, they served as a pretty good buffer zone when we'd burn.  Still have to backburn and respect the wind, but helps reduce the risk considerably.  I have some small patches here (less than 2 acres) that I've done myself with that approach but it's always good to have more help.
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Offline treefarmer

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Re: Inaugural Bush-hogging!
« Reply #16 on: March 23, 2018, 09:08:20 PM »
We always disk up fire breaks around what we intend to burn, then start the fire on the down wind side.  After it has burned into the wind for a while we usually go set fire on the up wind side and watch the fires run together.
Here's a few pictures from a couple of seasons back.
1st pic should show the beginning of the burn.
2nd should be the controlled burn picking up speed.
3rd should be the finished product.
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Offline Madgomer

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Re: Inaugural Bush-hogging!
« Reply #17 on: March 23, 2018, 10:00:30 PM »
Ha - Treefarmer it looks like you're using the same patented firestarter that I use.  My neighbor used to laugh at me with my torch duct taped to an old axe handle but it worked pretty nicely.  He always borrowed one of the drip torches from our local soil & water conservation office, but seemed like he ended up spending a lot of time getting it adjusted right.  My torch on a stick never lets me down unless I ran outta propane.
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Re: Inaugural Bush-hogging!
« Reply #18 on: March 24, 2018, 06:02:03 AM »
Thanks for the info PJ.  Looks like you hit it on the head for what I will be doing.

I would love to burn the fields, but honestly I'm just too scared of it getting away from me.

Forgot one thing, Eastern NC Coastal plains sand is low in magnesium.
Here I use Dolomitic lime.  Itís calcium magnesium carbonate. It has about 50% calcium carbonate and 40% magnesium carbonate, giving approximately 22% calcium and at least 11% magnesium.  Dolomite is an anhydrous carbonate mineral composed of calcium magnesium carbonate, ideally CaMg(CO₃)₂.


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Re: Inaugural Bush-hogging!
« Reply #19 on: March 24, 2018, 06:47:28 AM »
Ben - Are you going to put a tower stand at the end of the food plot? If so, what distances are you talking about for a possible shot?
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Offline King Ben

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Re: Inaugural Bush-hogging!
« Reply #20 on: March 24, 2018, 07:39:24 AM »
OK, I am convinced I need a fire, but still need to mull it over a bit.

PJ - A soil sample will be performed soon.

Bo - Yes, the previous owner left one very nice Redneck blind and I plan on putting up another tower blind or two.  The food plot is going to be 1/2 acre.  We will probably put up a 15' ladder stand in a tree surrounding it for bow hunting.  It currently is criss-crossed with trails everywhere.  I will get before and after pictures of it prior to plot installation.

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Re: Inaugural Bush-hogging!
« Reply #21 on: April 02, 2018, 01:01:23 PM »
Beautiful place King and yes you need a backhoe!!!
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