Food Plot Soil Testing 101

Posted on by Tracy Breen in Food Plots

Putting in successful food plots is similar to baking cookies. If you want the cookies to turn out, a simple recipe must be followed. Cutting a corner by omitting a key ingredient often causes the quality of the cookie to suffer. A food plot is similar. For a food plot to turn out, a series of steps must be taken to ensure success. One way to increase the chances of having food plot success is by doing a soil test before you plant a food plot. A soil test is like having a recipe in your hand for success because once you receive the soil test results, you will know exactly which ingredients will be needed to ensure a lush green food plot.

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Posted on by Tracy Breen in Deer Hunting, Hunting Strategy, Shed Hunting

For many whitetail hunters, there isn’t an off season. When we’re not perched 20 feet in a tree waiting for Mr. Big to walk by, we are hanging stands, planting food plots or knocking on doors looking for the next great lease. Many deer hunters zero in on areas where big bucks live and look for shed antlers just to pass the days until deer season opens again. For some hunters, finding sheds during the offseason is a hobby; for others, it’s an obsession. Finding sheds is like going on an Easter egg hunt for whitetail addicts. They look behind every tree, under every log, and turn over leaves and brush in hopes of finding that hidden jewel that tells them a monster buck lives in those woods.

Roger Sigler from Antler Dog Kennels in Missouri has found his fair share of shed antlers over the years. Sigler doesn’t rely on his eyesight alone to find shed antlers; he relies on the nose of his K-9 companion. “I have spent several decades training dogs and other animals. I have trained dogs for police departments, for prisons, and have worked with people in California who train dogs for show business. Several years ago, I placed dogs in the care of prisoners. Many of the dogs were abused or abandoned dogs that needed care. The dogs had someone to look after them and the prisoners had someone to care for. The dogs lived with the prisoners 24 hours a day. It was a great program and I saw many prisoners’ attitudes change because of the dogs,” Sigler explained.

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Deer Blind Recommendations for a Bowhunter

Posted on by Tracy Breen in Deer Hunting, Hunting Strategy, Scent Control

In the last decade, many bowhunters are realizing there are many benefits to hunting deer from a deer blind.

Bill Winke from Midwest Whitetail TV knows all about hunting whitetails from a deer blind. Winke spends over 70 days a year chasing big bucks and although he enjoys hunting out of a treestand, he believes every hunter should have a deer hunting blind or two on their property.

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Posted on by Tracy Breen in Deer Hunting, Hunting Strategy

If you are a bowhunter and you have kids that you want to teach to hunt, you are always trying to figure out a way to take them hunting without them getting bored. The answer is a Redneck tower blind. There are two things that make a kid want to leave the stand early. The first reason is they get bored and want to go home because they can’t sit still for hours. The second reason most kids want to go home is because they get cold. The Redneck Tower blind solves both problems.

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Posted on by Tracy Breen in Deer Hunting, Hunting Strategy

Research shows that more than any other factor, lack of places to hunt is what is driving hunters and outdoorsmen away from outdoor sports like bowhunting. Many believe finding a good place to hunt on public land is nearly impossible. Many people don’t have the money to buy a large chunk of private property so since they can’t find a good place to hunt, they walk away from the sport. There is a third option which is leasing. Some people love leasing land; others hate the idea of paying to hunt land. One thing is certain: regardless if you love it or hate it, leasing is here to stay and is probably one of the most affordable ways to hunt and experience good hunting without hunting with an outfitter or buying your own land.

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Posted on by Tracy Breen in Press

There is one thing all Americans love: Labrador Retrievers. In fact, the lab is the most popular dog breed in America. Dogs in general seem to calm people. From a Grandma that lives alone to a blind person that needs help getting around, a dog can be a life saver ... literally. Scott Dewey from Iowa has spent much of his adult life training labs and knows how smart labs can be and what kind of impact they can have on a person’s life. Recently he took his love for dog training in a new direction. “My friend Charles Dwyer and I saw the need for trained dogs that could help veterans with post traumatic stress syndrome, children with autism and adults and children with diabetes,” Dewey said. “We started Retrieving Freedom to provide service dogs for people with these issues.”

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Posted on by Tracy Breen in Hunting Strategy

There are a million different places online to get information about land management, food plots and deer hunting, but we thought we would put together a cheat sheet for everyone that will make finding high quality information easier. Below is a list of some of the best sites on the web for people who have never managed land or planted food plots and those who have years of experience. The websites below will teach you about everything from the right type of seed to plant to have a lush green food plot to how to build buck beds and get rid of predators. 

Happy Reading from the Redneck Blinds Team!

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A Food Plot for Every Season

Posted on by Tracy Breen in Food Plots, Hunting Strategy

Food plot season is here. This is a busy time of year here at Redneck Farms because we are tilling the ground, planting food plots, building bedding areas and doing many other things to prepare our property for the fall hunting season. Planting food plots is a lot of work. As a result, many hunters and land managers only plant food plots once a year with the goal of hunting over that food plot during deer season. According to Dr. Grant Woods from GrowingDeer.TV, if hunters are going to go through the work of planting food plots, they should think about providing deer with a year around food sources. “Providing deer with food during every season helps keep the deer healthy and strong all year. Having something growing all the time is good for the soil. The crops will be pulling nutrients up through the soil year round, which is good for soil health. I haven’t had to add fertilizer to any of my plots in two years because when each crop dies off, it drops leaves and the nutrients from the plant leach back into the soil. The process is started over so the soil is always healthy and full of nutrients. The plants act as a fertilizer for the next generation of plants that are planted quickly after the plot dies off. Constantly having crops growing saves me from having to fertilize as often,” Woods explained.

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Posted on by Tracy Breen in Press, Turkey Hunting

Here at Redneck Hunting Blinds, we love contest giveaways. Sometimes we give away blinds; sometimes we give away chairs or feeders. Recently we gave away a guided turkey hunt. Pete Benetatos was the lucky hunter who won the hunt by participating in a Facebook hunt giveaway we did in conjunction with GrowingDeer TV. Benetatos got to hunt with famed biologist, Dr. Grant Woods who knows a few things about whitetail management and turkey hunting. The hunt took place at Redneck Farms and from the moment the sun came up until the gun was fired, Benetatos was in the middle of turkeys. “There are a lot of turkeys on that farm,” said Benetatos. Watching all the turkeys chasing each other around and trying to figure out how to get a shot was fun.”

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Posted on by Tracy Breen in Hunting Strategy, Turkey Hunting

Turkey decoys are a hunting accessory that some people love to use and some people love to hate. It seems every hunter out there at one time or another has had a bad experience with turkey decoys. I have had many bad decoy experiences. A few years ago, I was hunting in Northern Michigan and a tom was on fire...he gobbled at every call I threw his way. When he first started to respond to my calls, he was a long way off deep in the timber. He quickly covered ground and in my mind, I already had the tag wrapped around his leg and his drumsticks on the grill. The hunt went from awesome to down the drain in seconds. The bird appeared about 60 yards away when I first saw him. He was strutting and gobbling and then he noticed my decoy spread. He came out of full strut, putted one time and headed for the timber. I never saw that tom again.

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