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You Can Hear It Growing At Night

June 15, 2011 - Travis Hunt
My best friend Gary often tells me that his dad always said that you “can hear the corn growing at night.” Our first ever planting of corn is in at HuntHavens Ranch ( The sunburst corn is an early corn with a 60 day pick time and the kandy corn is a late corn with an 81 day pick time. The corn is in and jutting above the ground. The corn is joined by rows of watermelon and cantaloupe. These are people crops. How about the deer crops?

I am a big fan of my deer and feed them well throughout the year. In March my ½ acre clover food plot was frost seeded. In April I spread an additional seeding of Giant White, Red and Ladino Clover. Needless to say, with all the early weeks of rain my little food plot is busting out of the ground. Last weekend the trusty red tractor subjected the food plot to the first brush hogging. However, a week later it is back to where it was before cutting. I think I can hear this food plot growing at night.

A few months will past and in August the second food plot will go in. This will be a winter food plot laced with turnip greens, chicory and clover. The red balls of turnips are always popular with the family as well as the deer. As the black earth turns to frozen tundra the deer will pull the turnips out and eat them. The uneaten parts will speckle the ground like red polka dots throughout the winter.

Everyone needs to eat, mom, dad, kids, does, bucks and fawns. Did you plant a food plot this year? If so tell us where you are located, what seed you used and the size of your plot.

Greetings from the woods of Ohio….let me know what you think. Travis R. Hunt, OVO Magazine Pro Staffer & Member of the Outdoor Writers of Ohio


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