Supplemental food plots
About 20% of the overall property has been allocated to the production
of various types of food-plots and warm weather native grasses. This
will to provide the much needed protein and minerals necessary for
any wildlife management plan. Attracting wildlife is one thing but
providing the crucial nutrients year round is a must to build a healthy
Total Quality Deer Management
Supplemental high protein food plots promote antler growth, a
higher degree of minerals for nursing fawns. Whitetail deer have
been successfully managed for about 10 years. The first 6 or 7
years were primarily focused on reducing the number of inferior
bucks and trying to establish an acceptable buck/Doe ratio. Once
those ratio's were in place and inferior bucks eliminated we've
been able to implement a policy to harvest only deer based on
size and doe capacity. The result is a much healthier deer herd
and larger racked bucks.
Mike Huffine is an authority on
TQDM. Click on the link above
to have Mike speak to your group
She thinks her tractors sexy
Addie & Daddy planting a food
plot in the spring of 2007.
13 pointer shot (on film)
by David Thoni. David also
shoots wedding's and
Don't forget to sight your shotgun in before the hunt. Down load your targets
here and enjoy the season
Turkey's migrate to food plot's for additional protein
in winter months when the population of insects are gone.
Turkeys also prefer the open areas of food-plots because it
gives them greater use of the greatest predator detector, their
Somewhere someone has got to get the end of turkey season coordinated with other world shattering events: like Mother's day and
Pentecost. This year, the last day of turkey season coincided with one of Hallmark's favorite money makers and the birth of the Christian
church. Who in their right mind other than the motherless would have the guts to go turkey hunting on Mother's day and also not go to
church? With this in mind and also a teenager with bronchitis/pneumonia, I was limited to a couple of afternoon turkey hunts when I could
slip away ffrom work. What occurred were two of the more eventful hunts of my life:
Thursday afternoon: Back to Chuck Bean's TrophyBassLake farm. Having only the afternoon,
I decided to set up on a planted powerline that I knew was a feeding site and also strutting
zone for Chuck's turkeys. This late in the season when birds can be a little call shy and gobbling
is at a minimum, I elected to just sit quitely, throw out an occasional yelp, and beat the ground
with my turkey wing. My Ameristeps Chairblind is perfect for this type of hunting. Sitting in a nice
camp chair in the shade beats being on the ground anytime! About an hour into my hunt/sit, I was
checking e-mail when I looked down the power line and saw a hen approaching. I slowly
brought my binoculars up to take a closer look and noticed she had a pretty long beard for
a hen. I also noticed something shiny on her leg which turned out to be a band . Normally I would
not shoot a bearded hen(they are legal in Tennessee) but the chance to take a banded bird
sealed the deal. At 27 yards, My Primos Jellyhead choke and Hevi-Shot #4's folded the big hen. When I got to her, I measured her beard at 7
inches. More importantly was the Dixie Chapter of the NWTF band with the #389 and the date 3/10/01. If this turkey was captured as a
juvenile, this made her age about 8 years old - an Old hen!. What an unusual trophy!
Friday afternoon: Thursday worked so well that fellow Turkey Guy, Bradley "Bad Boy Buggie" Dickens and I tried to do it again. We had just
arrived at the farm and were working our way down a farm road that parallels the power line. Brad is a great with a diaphragm and he was
yelping and cutting as we cruised down the road. As we neared its end and started to make a right turn toward the power line, his yelping
was answered by multiple gobbles from multiple gobblers and they were on the power line and they were close! Brad and I quickly tucked
ourselves in the shade of a large tree and began to call. It was quickly apparent that these gobblers
would answer just about anything we threw at them: cutts, purrs, yelps, scratching, wing beats,.... I
bet they would have even gobbled at a Boy George album... but they were not leaving that power line.
Brad whispered, "Do you think we can move closer?" From knowing the lay of the land, I knew we were
toast unless those turkeys moved down the power line about 50 yards. I whispered back to Brad, "Lets
be quiet for a minute and see what they do." After a few minutes, Brad threw out a couple of yelps. The
gobbles returned but from about 75 yards from where they were before. We were in business! We quietly
creeped down the road until we were about 20 yards from the power line, Through the undergrowth and
foliage, we could see the turkeys moving away from us. Brad quickly jumped all over them with a rapid
series of cuts and they quickly did a 180 degree turned and headed back at us. We barely had time to
slowly sink to the ground on the side of the road. Sitting side by side, we noticed an opening in the foliage
that the toms would have to walk through. Brad whispered, "We'll shoot when we've got 2 heads up. Slowly
he Toms worked their way back toward us gobbling as they came. One passed by the opening and than
2 heads appeared. We whispered, "One, two, three, BOOM!" Jelly Headed Hevi-Shot did the job and the
2 birds were flopping. Getting a double with one of your favorite hunting buddies is hard to beat but what
we discovered next was even better. My bird had a green tag attached to each wing with the #3 on it!
Chuck Bean had seen these birds several times and had photographed them. There was also another tom in the group with a green #6.
Two hunts and 2 birds with bands/tags! I stopped by the Dickson Sportsman Store to check the birds in as they are a local TWRA big game
check in station. The Sportsman Store is a great place for turkey gear and one of their knowledgable employees, T.J. Rayburn, knew the
scoop on the bands and tags. The local chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation was responsible for the hen's band. The local TWRA
officer, Mitch Bailey, had been running a gobbler tagging program for a number of years. Mitch is also known as the founder of Buckthorn
Camo; an up and coming camo pattern. The green tag let us know that the bird was 3 years old(tagged as a jake) and the #3 was his
indentifier. I'll try to do a future blog on Mitch and his program. After relaying the bird's measurements to T.J, it was off to Nashville and the
end of another turkey season.
Well, 4 states and 4 birds later, it has been quite a ride. We'll continue to post blog articles from hunts in our northern states but I'm done. I
also do an article about end of year storage so all of your gear will be in great shape for next year.
Keys to the hunt:
1. Chairblinds are great for afternoon hunts where waiting over food plots, travel lanes, and strutting zones can take hours. Bring a book.
2. I am really impressed with the performance of my Primos Jellyhead choke combined with #4 Hevi-Shot. Every Tom I harvested this year
was taken from 25 to 35 yards and they were hammered.
3. Cutting yelps and purrs can really turn a Tom's head in a hurry if you know what you're doing.
4. Again, scouting was the key to our taking those Toms. By knowing where they had to move before we moved, we were able to close the
distance and seal the deal.
We have successfully managed this property for about 15 years. The property is now a great natural resource of Deer,
Turkey, Ducks, Squirrel, Rabbit, Geese, Dove and Quail. With the reintroduction of native grasses and grain; We are
proud to say that the quail population, that was almost extinct, is now flourishing. We also now have a very large
population of Turkey and max out our tag limit each year. With the recent addition of the 8 acre lake, we now have a
complete hunting and fishing paradise. Ducks and Geese have responded well to the lake as if it had been a normal