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Frost Seeding Clover (Quick Notes)

Frost Seeding by definition is spreading seed on frozen ground and allowing the freeze and thaw cycle in early spring to provide good seed to soil contact. This makes for an easy and attractive way to plant clover plots throughout the Midwest where the freeze and thaw cycle typically begins February 15-March 15. Here are a few notes pertaining to frost seeding. *Frost seeding a current standing perennial clover plot is a great way to recharge your current plot! While many clover stands can last 3-5 years, frost seeding is a great way to add fresh, new growth to your current stand! *Frost seeding into a fall annual plot is a great way to establish a spring plot! With most...

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Hinge Cutting: To Hinge or Not To Hinge

Hinge Cutting Hinge cutting is somewhat considered the new ''sexy'' habitat strategy in the whitetail woods. With many hunters grabbing saws and aimlessly cutting any tree without any strategy involved, it has become a hot topic on internet forums. Here are a few tips and tricks we tend to share with our clients who ask about hinge cutting! Should I Hinge? The #1 question we receive when on a property visit is "Should I hinge cut?" I would say 50% of properties I see in northern Indiana could utilize hinge cutting. Here are some things we look for when deciding on hinge cuts: -Can you see all the way through your woods in January? If so, you clearly have a...

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Corn Conundrum: Mow It or Leave It

Corn Conundrum. Mow it or Leave it Corn is one of the most, if not the most, widely planted food plot crops across the US. Every year thousands and thousands of acres are planted by hopeful hunters trying to lure in a mature whitetail buck. There is little debate corn is a fantastic food plot species. However, there is some debate about what to do with the corn. When the fall finally arrives, and the time comes to hunt over the corn plot, is it better to leave the corn standing? Or mow it all down? I Stand with Corn Standing corn provides numerous benefits throughout the season. There are few other crops which attract deer during the late season...

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Rutcation Reflection

Rutcation Reflection During the last week of October and first week of November, my two brothers and I were able to spend 8 days hunting our family farm in central Minnesota. Although we have hunted many seasons together, this was the first year we were able to coordinate a “Rutcation”. What is a Rutcation? For those of you unfamiliar with the term “rutcation”, it is a combination of two words. Rut and vacation. Instead of going some place warm and relaxing for our vacation, we wanted to spend our time in frigid central Minnesota getting outsmarted by whitetails. Our hunting trip started on October 25th and went through November 3rd (two of us had to work the 28th and 28th...

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Should You Skip The Morning Hunts

There are few things I look forward to more than the opening morning sit each year in September.  Waiting and working all summer, letting the apprehension build each week as we get closer and closer to opening day. When opening day finally arrives, the last thing I want to do is wait another 10 hours to go hunting and skip the morning sit. But is that the smart move? Should you hunt mornings during the early season? No sugar coating it, popular opinion votes against morning hunts before mid-October (see articles here, here, and here). According to these articles, the main arguments against morning hunts during the early season is they put pressure on deer which negatively impacts the typically...

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