Someone asked earlier if anyone has compared the nation seed brands to Kester's and I can say I have. My friends and I all received some free samples of Biologic and that other brand that Foxworthy advertises for. The sample plots did not do as well as my Kester plots and the Kester seed was a lot cheaper. In all fairness, all of them grew fairly desent and we did not try every combination from each company. I didn't see any reason not to buy locally based on performance and customer service.
Since this thread is about land management, what about the management on DNR public hunting grounds? What can we do about cash crops being planted and harvested on public hunting grounds? I can point out at least 2 public hunting grounds in Winnebago County that were planted with soy beans and harvested in October. Both sites were at least 75% planted beans and after the harvest 75% of both grounds are bare dirt with no food left for the deer to survive winter on. To drive the last nail in the coffin, these deer are forced on to private land only to be slaughtered with Ag tags. Many of the other public grounds in Winnebago county are planted with CRP grasses. I think we could do much better for our public lands.
Now I've only been hunting on public land for the past few years and have been very dissapointed with the grounds in Winnebago County. I wonder how much more of this is going on accross the state? From what I've seen, the poor management of these properties in combination with Ag Tags is one of the major reasons why our deer population is so low and why deer harvest on public land is so pathetic.
When you start putting the pieces of the puzzle together, the management of public hunting grounds goes right a long with the crazy idea that Fish mentioned about restricting food plots. Who ever is behind this, (I pointing my finger at the Dept. of Agriculture) seems to be wagering biologic war fair on our deer herd. Starve the deer out, get hunters to kill as many deer as possible then kill off the rest by starvation and Ag Tags. Whether it's a conspiracy or just coincidence, then end result is the same and we must correct this problem.
I'm not a biologist but I'm also not stupid. If these 2 bean fields were left unharvested or planted with a more natural and healthy habitat, the farmers wouldn't have so much wildlife crop damage and would not have to kill off so many deer turkeys, geese and so on. It's a perfect agricultural plan to wipe out the deer and other wildlife and we should do something about it.
American by birth, hunter by choice.