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Scott Bestul

Are Soybeans the Preferred Food Crop All the Time?


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As most farm country deer hunters know, soybeans are one of the whitetail’s favorite food sources. But the plant is preferred by deer only in certain stages, and early fall can be one of the most challenging times to hunt a buck over beans. But by following this week’s tip, it’s still possible to shoot […]

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Scott Bestul

Nuclear Weed Control


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They resemble a weed-farm designed to cultivate nettles, thistles, ragweed, lamb’s quarter and a whole lot of species I couldn’t name on a bet. If I plan to grow anything on those plots this summer, waiting to control weeds is not a good option. Mowing only makes them mad and more determined to grow, so […]

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Scott Bestul

Mowing Clover


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But like all things worth enjoying, the plot needs maintenance. As winter was giving way to spring I frost-seeded the plot, scattering seed to fill in bare spots. The melting snow drove the seed into the ground, showing me that Nature can sow as well as any machinery. Later, after snow-melt, I spread 100 pounds […]

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Scott Bestul

Tiny Plots Are Terrific – Version II


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  So here’s what you do. Do not plant immediately after tilling. Give things a rest for a week or two. Then return with Roundup and absolutely nuke the place, because weeds will be sprouting, and the absolute best time to destroy a weed is when it’s getting its first head of steam. If I’m […]

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Scott Bestul

Tiny Plots Are Terrific, Part I


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Even better, small plots also serve as excellent hunting sites. In fact, many land managers I know refer to smaller parcels as “kill plots” because of the shooting opportunities they create. Here are a few thoughts on creating and maintain tiny plots as part of your hunting plan. *Muck it out: I have grubbed up […]

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