Thanks to Matt, a.k.a. Flatlander, for this progress report on the work he’s been doing in his deer woods, very impressive:
Mike: Remember the hinge cutting we did on our little 4-acre timber last winter? Well, it's shaping up. We have opened up the south end to daylight to grow some food adjacent to the bedding cover we created.
I nicknamed it the "Arena" since sitting in the stand above this plot gives you the feel of a place that was built to watch beasts do battle. Come November we expect just that--hopefully bucks will be cruising the south end of this bedding cover to wind a hot doe.
Every detail has been thought out and taken into consideration--the length of plot (50 yards) with bow sighted to 55 yards; wind direction (it will be best hunted for NW to SW wind); there’s even a tree trunk left standing and notched out for a canister of my favorite Code Blue scent. Also, a few hardwoods were left to provide partial shade and a place to mount trail cams.
The food plot has everything deer love--sorghum/milo for cover/bed/food…a mix of soybeans/oats/Austrian winter peas… brassicas/radish/turnips…and a clover patch. They will love this spot, there is water on the west edge and crop fields on East and South.
I will report back as the Arena progresses and pass along what we learn. I hope for success but learn from failures too. But it should be interesting. Thanks, Flatlander
Learn from Matt’s work because this is a good example of how you build a practical, affordable and top-notch hunting spot. There’s a good variety of food (clover, etc. for early hunting and brassicas, etc. for late season) cover, edge and water. The Arena is well thought out for its proximity to crop fields, as well as the best winds and stand placement for hunting. I expect Matt to do well here and we look forward to more progress reports and pictures--especially the one in November when whacks a good buck in the Arena. comment