SPRING TURKEY PLOTS
SPRING TURKEY PLOTS!
Well with some sunshine today and a hint of warmer weather on the horizon the questions for food plotting have started! With the Gobbler season closing in, the #1 question is "what do we plant for Turkey plots?"
Spring Turkey season plots can be difficult depending on your location of the country , specifically due to the weather. So over the years of both planting and hunting in the North & South, there is always one specific plot blend that is a WINNER in both areas of the country and guaranteed to draw birds to your plots.
(Forage Oats with clover)
Spring oats is the classic selection for a turkey plot, especially if you're going to turn it back under in the fall. However, I am not an advocate of planting just one item if possible, I will always recommend putting something else in with it, especially if you won't have time or don't want to go back and turn things under to redo it in the fall! I personally like my plantings to be "one & done" so I always plant my gobbler plots with oats mixed with either clover, alfalfa, or the all-time turkey favorite... Chufa (which doesn't mature until later and you need fairly loose soil).
Now with this said, not everyone lives where they hunt so the lack of time and weather play huge factors on what they can do. So here are my two recommendations: Option #1, time and weather permitting, get on those fields BEFORE green-up if possible (save on having to spray), till the ground, plant and pack it in 1-1/2 to 2 weeks prior to the turkey season start dates (TIMING IS KEY). This will allow for germination and cause thousands upon thousand of beautiful little green tips of lush nutrition, this coupled with fresh turned dirt, turkeys can't resist it.
Option #2, Lets say that the weather just isn't cooperating or its been way too wet, or timing isn't working out right, or maybe you just don't have the right equipment? Here is something to consider, but you will need a mower to accomplish germination. Use oats, wheat, or rye, coupled with your perennials and spread it through the existing vegetation (tall grass, golden rod, weeds, etc) and then mow the vegetation down as tight as possible to cover the seed, hold moisture in, and keep sunlight off . This is what we call a "Throw-N-Mow" process and it's fairly effective in both the spring and fall, but there must be existing vegetation for this to work!
"Throw-N-Mow" plot done with: wheat,rye,oats, and peas. (Real World's "Harvest Salad" blend)
Start getting prepared now, it will be here before you know it! Hope this helps, and if there are any questions that we can help with, please send them our way and we'll do our best to help.