Pinetag's Plot - 43 acres in Virginia

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  1. pinetag

    pinetag Well-Known Member

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    Yea, we have some lower temps coming too. I hope it's early enough yet that it won't have a negative impact on them.

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    Did about 1-1/2 hours worth of work this morning. Mainly cut a few trees to open up canopy around the creek food plot, but I also caged my hazelnuts and threw down some ladino seeds on the old atv trail that parallels the creek.
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    A few hinged trees to provide cover along the edge...
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    And I opened up a little trail to direct them out of the food plot and toward my stand.
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    I also found a heavily used trail along the creek, headed away from the food plot and toward a different stand over near the pasture.

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    Got 10 persimmons and 10 crab apples delivered today that I will plant next weekend. What would everyone recommend as far as storage until then? Should I keep them in the box and sealed or remove them and just keep the roots wet? Store in a dark place or out in the sun?
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    Coolest place ya got! We have a root cellar that does the job for us when our trees arrive early.
     
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    Garage is probably the best place I got. Should I leave them sealed in the box?

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    I've seen a few trees arrive before that had drier roots than I would like to see. I suggest opening up the roots and wetting them with some water. Then keep some wet newspaper or something like that over them and turn them once a day to distribute the moisture. That's what I always do.
     
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    Will do, thanks Native.

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    Some healthy looking root systems, especially on the crabapples! Since they've started to leaf out I need to get them some sun periodically correct?
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    Looking good! I was hoping to find a few sheds in NC but no luck. Seems like most (maybe all) of my bucks leave in December. And...I saw 2 bucks holding antlers driving back to the house 2 days ago.


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    I've never had much luck looking for sheds either. I'll be curious to see if I actually find any this Sat since I've gotten some on camera that have dropped.

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  14. Chainsaw

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    Don't feel bad Pinetag; sheds for many of us are very difficult to find. I get lucky and find one here and there each year but have not in any way mastered the art of finding sheds at any level beyond random chances. Much of my shed searching time is spent in and around winter bedding areas and the trails that connect to them. When the snow melts here the "shed time" winter trails stand out and are easily distinguishable from the after shed time trails. Still it takes close to eight miles of walking on average to find each shed and that is just about what it takes to grid search ten acres here. And at the one buck per twenty acres that the cameras told us were here in December that leaves one antler per ten acres assuming the bucks stayed on the property. Thus the shed finding success rate here is no better than random searching might achieve. Still it is a week or so that I look forward to each winter. Good luck on your coming shed hunts.
     
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    Thanks Chainsaw! I have to admit, I've never spent a lot of time shed hunting in the past but I did find one that had some good mass years ago. It had already been chewed on by the critters though. Maybe I'll have more luck on my own place? There is a spot that I think holds promise as I've gotten multiple pics of bucks (some that had already dropped) using a distinct trail heading into the swampy area toward the center of my property. I am going to walk that trail this weekend.
     
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    Got a fair amount done today. First thing I worked on was planting 10 persimmons and 10 crabapples. I put a few of the crabs up by the cottage to help pollinate my enterprise apple tree. They're in the background, last year's pears in the foreground.
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    The persimmons and the rest of the crabs I put down around my two food plots. I tried to do some natural protection because I didn't have my fencing with me.

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    Took down a few of the remaining large trees around the new food plot and it seems to be letting in a decent amount of sunlight. I got germination already on the clover and oats which is a surprise as the soil temps have been fluctuating between 30's and 40's.
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    I took a ride down along the river and finished posting the western property line since I was unable to last year due to lack of access. I came across some Virginia Blue Bells popping as well as a pretty little, yellow flower that I'm not familiar with.
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    I also took a walk looking for sheds but didn't have any luck, but I do think I came across a native persimmon. Can anyone confirm?
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