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Black-Oil Sunflowers: My Top Crop for Dove Season
If I could only plant only one crop for doves it would be black-oil sunflowers. Dove fields throughout the Southeast are traditionally planted with grain crops. When the right conditions exist, especially in the Southeast, dove fields can be the most productive if planted with sunflowers.
Turkey Season Prep to Protect Chufa
Once turkeys locate my chufa patches and about two months before the season opens, I roll out a 15' x 300' mesh wire out on the patch and then remove it the week before the season begins. Doing this saves some nuts so the turkeys are more likely to stay on our property for the entire 30-day turkey hunting season.
Encourage & Protect Soft Mast Production
Protecting and encouraging the growth of soft mast-producing trees such as persimmons should be a top priority on your hunting property. A greater diversity of wildlife will be found on properties that feature a greater variety of food and cover.