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What and when to plant for dove fields #2753988
03/05/19 12:41 PM
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I have talked about planting a few strips maybe 1000 yds long and each about two tractor widths wide with rows of CRP in between the strips for dove hunting this coming season. I grew up in south Georgia and we had plenty of birds to hunt over peanut fields, but I was thinking of planting Sunflowers, grain sorghum and maybe millet. Anyone have any suggestions on what to plant and when I need to plant it in order to have it ready for dove season. I just don't want to let that window of opportunity slip by me this year. Any other suggestions are also welcome.


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Re: What and when to plant for dove fields [Re: muzziehead] #2754844
03/06/19 01:00 PM
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I'd plant 3 strips of millet 20 days apart. by the time you plant the 3rd row the 1st row will be ready to bush hog. 20 days later cut the 2nd row and disc and replant the 1st row. 20 days later cut the third row and disc and plant the 2nd row..... this way there is always seed on the ground and standing crop I'd start 2 months minimum preferably 3 months before season.

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Re: What and when to plant for dove fields [Re: muzziehead] #2755770
03/07/19 02:51 PM
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We usually start planting in May then stagger a few more in thru June. Brow top, Proso millet and sorghum work the best for us. Deer eat the sunflowers to quick. Whole kernel corn is too large for our birds. Plant in strips and keep the unplanted strips bare. Doves like to land on clean ground where they can see.


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Re: What and when to plant for dove fields [Re: GKelly] #2759187
03/11/19 09:29 PM
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Originally Posted by GKelly
I'd plant 3 strips of millet 20 days apart. by the time you plant the 3rd row the 1st row will be ready to bush hog. 20 days later cut the 2nd row and disc and replant the 1st row. 20 days later cut the third row and disc and plant the 2nd row..... this way there is always seed on the ground and standing crop I'd start 2 months minimum preferably 3 months before season.


I’m going to try this on two of our food plots this year since we don’t plant until the end of October.

Re: What and when to plant for dove fields [Re: muzziehead] #2759235
03/11/19 10:11 PM
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Proso millet is the way to go. It’s a bigger hardier seed. It’s white also and I believe birds pick it up better.


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Re: What and when to plant for dove fields [Re: muzziehead] #2759508
03/12/19 10:53 AM
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I've got the same question. Have access to about a 3-4 acre field in Baldwin County. was wondering how much, what, and when would I need to plant to have something for 5-6 people to hunt, but not too big that it wouldn't work for 2-3 people.

Re: What and when to plant for dove fields [Re: muzziehead] #2762410
03/15/19 08:54 AM
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Proso Millet is the best

Re: What and when to plant for dove fields [Re: muzziehead] #2763028
03/15/19 09:50 PM
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Top-Sew Wheat on Plowed Ground in September/October.......much more economical....

Re: What and when to plant for dove fields [Re: Festus] #2763808
03/16/19 08:52 PM
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Originally Posted by Festus
Top-Sew Wheat on Plowed Ground in September/October.......much more economical....


It works. Til it rains.


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Re: What and when to plant for dove fields [Re: muzziehead] #2764069
03/17/19 09:04 AM
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Crabgrass is often overlooked. I know in the corn fields I have hunted in the past the dove key in on the crabgrass.

I grew pumpkins one year and the only grass growing was crabgrass, we had a heck of a shoot for several weekends.

Our best field of planted stuff was a several row rotation of corn, peas, several millets and sorghum. Planted early and started by bush hogging the millets and leaving the corn standing for cover.

Re: What and when to plant for dove fields [Re: 257wbymag] #2764440
03/17/19 07:09 PM
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Should your top-sewn wheat get rained on.....when it dries enough....get back out there and disk it again....put out fresh wheat. Wheat is CHEAP...

Re: What and when to plant for dove fields [Re: Festus] #2768286
03/22/19 09:54 AM
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Originally Posted by Festus
Should your top-sewn wheat get rained on.....when it dries enough....get back out there and disk it again....put out fresh wheat. Wheat is CHEAP...


I'm not trying to be Debbie Downer, but that's not legal, per state law.

Re: What and when to plant for dove fields [Re: muzziehead] #2768318
03/22/19 10:52 AM
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I like the roasted wheat George Kelly in Faunsdale sells..

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