Every year, around September first, I spend one last long weekend off from work to put the finishing touches on my hunting grounds. This one last run at it is all about:
- Fall planted annual green food plots. I plant another and last round of fall planted greens each year around the end of August. This includes small food plots on edges of bigger fields, interior plots, and tilling in edges of bigger plots that got heavily browsed. I plant a mixture of brassicas, winter rye, and this year I am also trying cold tolerant peas. I hit the brassicas and rye with about 50 pounds per acre of nitrogen to give them a kick start.
- A couple last stands. Every year it seems like a corner here or a draw there has more action than in past years and needs a stand. Also, it’s not a bad idea to go to each stand one last time and clear away brush or sticks…maybe mow trails close to the ground with a brush mower…or even spray with glysophate to make a good clean and quiet path. This is the last time you can safely intrude like this until after the season.
- Cameras. I try to position my cameras in areas I feel could be a set up to take a good buck. I don’t run cameras over corn or mineral because it is illegal to hunt over this stuff any how (In Iowa baiting is illegal). I like putting cameras in spots where I can keep track of potential buck movement…interior plots, soybean plots, lanes leading out to exterior plots from interior plots, etc. I do not put cameras in areas that would require me to intrude into the woods to check them.
In short, this is the last and final push…the last time you can go where you need to and get the required work done before opener. Most work should already be done, this is just touching up on things to make it just right. NOW…stay out and only do long range scouting. Check cameras sparingly and only during mid day.