Owning your own land can be a lot of hard work, specially the first few years, getting everything in shape like you want it. I have had my own property for almost a year now and I am starting to reap some of the rewards for my sweat and labor.
I am still working on the Grand Plan for my property, but I do have a pretty good idea of where I want things to end up. So far I have plowed up an overgrown hay/weed field and planted a few food plots that the deer love. It has really been neat seeing them go from bare dirt to flourishing food plots in a matter weeks.
Starting out with bare dirt.
After a few days the plants start to show themselves.
Food plots looking pretty good.
The food plots are already paying big dividends. I see deer in them almost every time I hunt near them.
The deer really like what I have planted for them.
I know the deer are getting good nutrition from them and it will help the health of my herd. Plus it keeps the deer on my land so the neighbors won’t have an opportunity to kill them. And I have the benefit of being able to watch them and learn which ones I want to target during my hunts.
I am in the process of turning my CRP field, which is mostly Fescue right now, into a Native Warm Season Grass Prairie. This should be well established by next fall.
My rewards have come in the way of 4 deer harvested, I have taken a doe and a buck so far off of my new ground.
The first deer taken on my new farm.
My first buck buck harvest there.
And a friend has taken 2 does. I plan on taking a few more does given the opportunity and will save my last buck tag for a special buck if he presents me with a shot.
This is who I am saving my last buck tag for.