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Deer Hunting in Northeast Louisiana

natural foods

I used to mow my clover foodplots. Then i found these weeds, i call them butterfly weeds because they make purple flowers that butterfliesitdieslol like. After the flowers fell off the deer started eating them. They now look like mini bonzai trees. Also these what we call salt bushes seemed to have no interest from deer. Then i learned to mash them down so the deer could reach them and look how they love them now. Not much grows green in winter here.
November 13, 2012 at 7:37pm
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Posted November 14, 2012 at 1:25pm
DEER

Thats pretty cool to be able to watch deer outside your door and be able to sit in your lounge chair! I see that the water lillies still have not moved out. If it ever does, it should be some good sac-a-lat fishing. Hope you and the Mrs are doing good!

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Posted November 14, 2012 at 1:39pm
yep

Hey Ron, u know how it is in the sanctuary.lol Actually they fooled me and thats why i dont like the early youth hunt, before i can get a good idea how many, if any, we need to kill. Hadnt seen a deer all summer, decided to put out some rice bran, now their there day and night. 6 big does and 2 yearlings. Like i told u earlier, we lost half our fawns this year, yet to see a doe with 2 fawns. Seems to be the buck fawns mostly. The reast of the area is not like this, the neighbors have just about wiped them out around us.Good hunting to ya'll, i know them killa's are chomping at the bit.lol

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Posted November 18, 2012 at 9:14pm
winter food

Dewberry briars and leftover french mulberry.

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Posted July 31, 2013 at 9:08pm
natural foods

The only thing more important than food to deer is water. The last several years drought this pond was dry, and I had to feed a lot and they nearly killed my clover plots. With the great rains we been having you couldn't get them to eat in a dry foodplot. The second is my clover grown up with butterfly weed which will flower soon. Then it can be mowed. right now is great hiding cover for fawns. Also the weed cover keeps the clover cooler and wetter so it grows better.

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Posted August 01, 2013 at 8:00pm
plant id

Lots of people have been looking for a perennial plant that grows like a weed, deer love but cant eat it up and grows in poor soil. Well here it is if someone can id what it is please. Its growing in a low area that floods then dries out, about 50/50 sunlight and poor whiteclay soil. This is in an area with very few deer and in a blacktop road ditch so they must love it. You can see some taller new plants but when they nip them they bush out.

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Posted August 01, 2013 at 8:30pm
Plants

Your 1st pic what you are calling 'butterfly weed' is Brazilian vervain (Verbena brasiliense). Its an exotic invasive, but an excellent all around wildlife plant from butterflies to deer.

Saltbush (Baccharis halimifolia) is a low preference browse plant but deer will hit it as a young plant or when overpopulation occurs

Can't tell from teh last pics what plant you are referring to specifically, too many of them in one pic, got any close up pics?

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Posted August 01, 2013 at 8:57pm
plants

Thanks, how would it have got there? instead of cutting that saltbush I pushed over so they could reach it. This tactic is akin to chaining mesquite, it creates great habitat from nuisance plant, see my post on this. This tactic, that I invented, is taking tensas crp/wrp by storm. How about these pics?

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Posted August 01, 2013 at 9:17pm
hmm

that plant pic isn't ringing a bell to me, difficult to tell, I could definitely id it with it in the field, sorry

Brazilian vervain got here by the plant trade like many of our invasives. Once it got established it took over, wind will carry those seeds, birds, floods, etc. Fun fact about invasives - We all know Chinese tallowtree, people call it chicken tree also, but its everywhere in Louisiana. Ben Franklin actually brought that to the colonies with the note 'I bring to you the Chinese Tallowtree, it is a most useful tree'. Wish he would have told us how to use it!

You bring up a good point with that saltbush also. Deer can only reach so high, so if you set back natural succession by whatever means (prescribed fire or bushhogging) it knocks down those tall plants/shrubs and when they resprout they are available for the deer

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Posted August 01, 2013 at 9:36pm
how?

How did you read my mind, my next post was gonna be on plant secession. Yeah I used to work in the nursery for Anderson tully and I know most plants, plus as you know deer will eat everything that grows they can reach. My herd ratio, 500 acres, 10 bucks 41/2 to 71/2 yrs old, about 10 21/2-31/2 yrs old, 10 young bucks, about 25 31/2+ yr old does and about 25 last years yearlings. I've maintained this ratio since '02.

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Posted August 01, 2013 at 9:41pm
asteraceae

Its in the family Asteraceae and I almost want to say narrowleaf sunflower (Helianthus angustifolius). It would definitely grow there and its a late summer bloomer so its getting time for it to come out. Need to see some flower heads to be sure though.

post some pics when it blooms please, i am a plant nerd!

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Posted August 02, 2013 at 12:17pm
Yesss!!!

Thanks, googled it, u are right.Ever had a eureka moment? In 2005 my neighbor told me he had planted a 1/4 plot of whitetail clover. Since they only have about 10 deer on 1,000 acres, I was very surprised he found 4 sheds in it. Checking on this convinced me and that's what use now. Another was when I started farming saltbushes. Third was wheat and now this narrowleaf sunflower will change everything in habitat plots.

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Posted August 02, 2013 at 8:42pm
tooth ache tree

tooth ache tree

aaaaawww!!!!

Must see pic, even if you don't hunt. What kind of plant with yellow flowers?

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Posted August 03, 2013 at 3:59pm
Your plant

Partridge Pea (Chamaechrista fasciculata)

an excellent all around wildlife plant

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Posted August 07, 2013 at 11:42am
Verbena

Kind of hard to tell from the pic but check Verbena it has a square stem. I know the deer love it down south

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