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Hunting With Pantyhose
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No, I don't mean wearing the pantyhose while hunting, but they're great to keep in your pack because they can be put to good use in a variety of situations.
Tick Talk Too
By Synthia Wilson, Staff Writer and Prostaff, Kansas
In this article I will provide the need-to-know facts about ticks so your hunting and fishing experiences can be less painful. Most of the information was gathered from the Lyme Association. This article will include the following:
Hunting Tips: Deer Thoroughfares"Ms. Outdoors" Sheila Ogle
Did you ever notice that the active deer trails you set out to find on a new hunting property usually elude your search? I would like to suggest a new way to find success when searching for deer thoroughfares...
Place food plots at pinch points along travel routes. Consider stand locations, prevailing winds, direction and amount of sunlight, and terrain features such as swamps or hills that create funnels or corridors.
If you are carving a plot out of woods, you may need to hire out since most of us ladies seldom have bulldozers or backhoes. Once your plot is cleared of trees and brush, your next steps are--
1. Weeding. Spray with a Roundup or Glystar type herbicide and wait a week. In the meantime, clear out rocks and branches.
2. Disking. Before you can take a Ph reading, and to break up the soil, heavy disking is needed. If you don't have a disk, hire out. Get a Ph kit from any outdoor or farm store.
3. Sweetening. If your soil is too acid, add pelletized lime. Spread the lime and fertilizer, and disk both into the soil. Lime can take six months to work, so plan for that. If you cannot disk, do a deep drag harrow (see photo).
4. Flattening and Preparing. Disking leaves soil very rough. Use the deep tine side and drag harrow the plot in a cross-hatch pattern six times. Do the deep harrow right before you plant so the moisture in the soil keeps the dust down.
Next: What When How
As you start out, keep in mind that this is a slow process. Enjoy each aspect of it. The tools of the trade can be simple or over the top. Presently, I am somewhere in between. My grandpa was a farmer and had all the “stuff”. But I am not farming hundreds of acres. I am farming a total of 6 acres in five locations in the woods for 10 years. In the photo at right, left to right, you can see--
I started with a hand-held spreader for fertilizer and seed, and a reversible drag for harrowing - to deep harrow before planting, and then shallow harrow to get seeds into the soil.
This year I may be buying a girl-sized tractor, and it’s nearly for sure I will buy a one-row planter for corn and beans. I have been doing my own food plots alone and if I can do it, any of you ladies can do it. The three basics you really need most to do a food plot effectively are--
You can effectively plant a small plot with just these basic tools. A reversible drag harrow costs $150 or less at an implement dealer.
The fourth thing on your “must-have” list is a flip-over disk for the ATV. These range from $500 to $800. Just Google “flip-over disk” to find them.
An ATV cart/trailer is helpful to lug chain saws, seed, tools, spreader, supplies, etc. to and from your plots.
The seed spread runs less than $100 at farm stores. Right now I have all the things in the photo, plus I bought a 16 gallon ATV mounted sprayer ($135) this year and have that tractor and one-row planter on my wish list. Farming food plots a great for fitness too! Next column will be “picking sites to plant and preparing them”.
Next: Sites—Selecting and Prepping
For many hunters, summertime finds us camping, boating, fishing and doing a myriad of other outdoor activities with our friends and families. It’s easy to fall out of our regular shooting habits by assuming we have plenty of time to pick up our bows or guns before hunting season this fall. Truth is, hunting season usually surprises us all by arriving quite suddenly, and hunters often do the “last minute” scramble to assemble their gear, tune up their bows and sight-in their guns. Don’t get caught trying to play “catch up” at the end of August! Plan now to shoot regularly all summer.
Make it priority this summer to maintain a regular shooting schedule which will enable you to be more relaxed and confident when season opens in the fall. Whether your calendar allows for weekly sessions or daily outings, commit yourself to the task now. Better yet, get the entire family involved! Doing so will almost certainly guarantee you’ll stick to the schedule while creating some great family time together. Shoot in your backyard or woods; attend 3D shoots, sign up for summer shooting leagues or simply visit the local gun range regularly. Unless you’re shooting at a large tournament, most of your shooting can easily be finished in an hour or two, leaving the rest of the day for other summer activities. For a fun outing, consider inviting other friends and families who hunt and make a day of it with some shooting followed by a picnic at the park or beach.
By shooting regularly throughout the summer, not only will you see your consistency improve, you’ll see improvement in shot placement and judging distances. Both your form and strength will be enhanced; also a good reason to bring young or new hunters along. This is a great time to help build confidence in new hunters and prepare them for the fall. Shooting is a great time to discuss shot placement, shot distances and to instruct others on when the best time to execute a shot is. Use this time to instruct new hunters on what to do after the shot also. What to watch for, how to “mark” where the animal was standing at the time of the shot, how to record what direction the animal went after the shot, whether or not to take a follow up shot, and to begin teaching them about tracking an animal and recovering an animal. It’s a great time to review safety procedures so they become second-nature by the time season opens.
Remember to check your gear each time you shoot. Keep your hunting tools in top shape by keeping them clean, doing maintenance checks and promptly repairing any parts that appear worn or faulty. The off season is a wonderful time to teach maintenance and cleaning routines to new hunters also. You have more time to do so now and it teaches them essential procedures they will remember and use for life.
Taking action now to guarantee your shooting skills remain sharp will translate into a hunting season full of anticipation and confidence, and hopefully, a freezer full of game.
Good Luck and Happy Hunting!
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