Wet land/swamp food plot or preparation

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Wet land/swamp food plot or preparation

Postby Ostermann » Sat Sep 03, 2011 5:39 pm

Okay, I have 20 acres in central Wisconsin. About 10 acres of pine/hardwoods. The other 10 acres can be wetland depending on the amount of rain. To the north is a seasonal stream that can be deep if there is enough rain/snow. There is a mix of redwood, solitary pine trees, and small clumps of brush every so often.

What I would like to do is plant something in the wetland. It is not easily accessible except through a 200-300 yard piece of land so I can't get a vehicle in. I was thinking of clearing out a piece of the pines in about 2 acres of pines I have. Since I have about a 3 acre swampy field to the south, I figured cutting out about a 100 foot by 100 foot section of pines, trees, and brush. I would plant some fast growing clover in there (No Plow, Throw and Grow, etc.). This would allow the sunlight to hit it. However, I want to make use of the swampy land. Hauling in more dirt by hand will take forever. To improve the value for deer hunting, I was thinking of planting some trees that can handle some flooding or wet conditions.

Any suggestions would be appreciated.

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Re: Wet land/swamp food plot or preparation

Postby ranwin33 » Wed Sep 28, 2011 9:17 am

I do not think I would plant anything. Rather I would do some hinge cutting of existing trees, open up the ground to sunlight and let it become as scrubby and brushy as possible to create a deer sanctuary where I could hunt the borders.
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Re: Wet land/swamp food plot or preparation

Postby Ostermann » Sun Oct 09, 2011 11:02 pm

I might do that. I have a basically a few fragments of woods. I think if I can get some type of cover in that I could create a funnel from one block of timber to another.

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Re: Wet land/swamp food plot or preparation

Postby eberhaar863828 » Mon Oct 10, 2011 6:45 pm

Ostermann wrote:Hauling in more dirt by hand will take forever.


Not to mention illegal.
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Re: Wet land/swamp food plot or preparation

Postby Ostermann » Sun Oct 16, 2011 1:12 pm

I meant from one spot to another. I have a few small spots that I can grab some dirt from and build up some of the other areas to elevate the areas to plant trees or food plots. These spots are a few hundred yards away and not exactly on the best type of terrain.

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Re: Wet land/swamp food plot or preparation

Postby SwampLife » Sun Oct 16, 2011 4:48 pm

I am with ranwin... make it as thick and nasty as possible and never go in there unless you are pulling a deer out. Big Bucks will be in heavy cover during shooting hours. Shelter is no.1 for deer during the day, once there is hunting pressure, food can wait til dark.
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Re: Wet land/swamp food plot or preparation

Postby Ostermann » Sun Oct 16, 2011 6:15 pm

That is part of the issue I have about cover and food. If you looked from the air it kind of is the shape of an "m" for how the property is. Imagine the swamp grass/stream above the "m" and the "m" as the pines/oaks/birch trees.

I have a 50 yard wide to about 500 yard long patch of swamp grass/seasonal stream that runs east to west on the north side of my property.

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Re: Wet land/swamp food plot or preparation

Postby Oakarver » Mon Oct 24, 2011 7:17 pm

Tamaracks here and there is what I did..along with some cedars. Love those Tamaracks..and both give the bucks something to rub against. It's cool seeing them shredding what you planted :D Whole rub lines can be created even.

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Re: Wet land/swamp food plot or preparation

Postby Ostermann » Fri Oct 28, 2011 7:11 pm

I might have to try that!!!

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Re: Wet land/swamp food plot or preparation

Postby Oakarver » Sun Oct 30, 2011 8:32 pm

I should point out I went with American Tamarack/Larch and other "native" species.


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