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Illinois hunting and fishing

No standing corn this fall?

April 20, 2010 at 11:59 AM

This dry spring has not been great for morel mushrooms, but it may pay dividends for deer hunters this fall.

At least it could help those hunters who believe deer actually spend time in standing corn. You can count me among that group, incidentally.

More to the point, Illinois farmers had 34 percent of the corn crop planted through last weekend, which is well above the past two years when 1 percent of the corn was in at this point. And it’s on a par with 2004 and 2005.

By next week I’d expect that total to skyrocket, since we’ve have continued dry weather and many farmers are going all day and night to get planted. I’ve already heard of several farmers who are starting on beans already.

If Mother Nature cooperates this fall, the early planting could lead to an early harvest. That means less standing corn. And more deer, perhaps?

Here’s the latest crop summary: Illinois_crop_report_4-19-10.pdf

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Count me in on that group too, Jeff.  Now let’s hope Fall cooperates as well so the farmers can get the corn OUT on time.  This has been a great couple weeks.  My hay looks outstanding and I got a couple acres of grass planted and about six acres of new pasture planted.  This weekend’s rain should get it all started.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 04/20 at 12:12 PM

Count me out.  I had the best hunting ever on my families farm with the corn still in.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 04/20 at 02:11 PM

This is a great sign for this fall. Working in the grain business usually hampers Oct hunting which I was ok with, but this past fall had us drying corn till January. Harvest was Nov - January, my favorite hunting seasons.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 04/20 at 02:27 PM

The farmer next to where I hunt just got his corn out last week!!!

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 04/20 at 02:44 PM

My neighbor is shelling the 160 acre corn field next to me as we speak, and will be for a while- Jeff, you should see all the deer running out of it! NOT!

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 04/20 at 06:17 PM

what excuse will the hunters have this year if there is no corn standing?

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 04/20 at 07:16 PM

Baldwalnut, no excuses.  Different properties hunt differently.  I had great success this year but had to work harder at it.  I don’t mind working harder, just saying that I had to.  The deer on my property did hang out in the corn.  I put them there with too much pressure the first 10 days or so.  Saw a ton of deer early, then nothing.  Real simple…they figured me out and knew where to go.  Standing corn or not, I will always hunt as hard as I have to like most hunters will do.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 04/20 at 09:26 PM

baldwalnut, they will fall back to the old excuse of blaming dnr if they cant shoot a deer on every single tag while sitting on there back porch in overalls drinking pabst blue ribbon and smoking a pipe.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 04/20 at 10:23 PM

Really…. Reallly? what its all about is knowing the property you hunt. If you put in the glass time and walk your land regularly it shouldnt matter. You will know where to be when the deer are there.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 04/21 at 05:35 AM

I think Lungbuster needs to be brought back for this discussion only.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 04/21 at 09:16 AM

Thats one heck of a wide row of corn.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 04/21 at 10:16 AM

Thats one heck of a wide row of corn.

Posted by BIGPOND on 04/21 at 10:16 AM

That’s what I’m thinking, maybe it is a Florida Key Deer imported because our state numbers are so low.

Long Live the Lungbuster!

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 04/21 at 03:28 PM

its the special deer poop deer.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 04/21 at 03:53 PM

“I think Lungbuster needs to be brought back for this discussion only.

Posted by mafitz on 04/21 at 09:16 AM”

Lungbuster is back just look 2 posts above yours. He is a lot more careful what he says now but but the real giveaway is that he still cant even spell his own name!

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 04/21 at 06:31 PM

Hey now….let’s not go puttin down PBR!!!

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 04/22 at 10:25 AM

I think having large stands of corn up is going to have to effect the deers movement and the way they responds to hunting preasures.

Posted by Bwana on 04/22 at 12:04 PM

Now for the corn topic, yeah every property is different, if your not seeing deer, move to a different spot!!  In my opinion, and from what I have seen,  on the farm I was hunting, it went from night to day, the days after they cut the corn!!  And yeah in the fall when the deer know we are hunting them, yeah, I bet they stayed in the corn, they know they are safe there.  If there’s still corn standing now ,they probably wont be in it, corn is a winter food, carbohydrates keep them warm, now they are back to eating green browse!  And there is cover in the woods again, So I wouldn’t expect to see deer in standing corn fields now. Not saying they might now use them for cover!  Foods are seasonal!! Its hunting, sometimes you might actually have to, hunt them!!
  I, Foodplot Phil have teamed up with Pike Counties’ Whitetail Ridge, to offer you, Food Plot Phil’s Hi-Protein Corn, Non Genetically Modified Corn, 12% protein, food grade corn. Animals prefer this to conventional GMO varieties!! They eat the stalk, cob, and everything, its sweeter then GMO, deer walk right by gmo varieties to eat this highly desirable treat. Though, not bred for; yield, pest resistance, vigor, or round-up® ready, but a more “Natural Corn”!! The corn costs; $160/bu that will plant 3 or 4 acres (27,000plnt/ac) or if you just want to plant an acre or so, then for $60 a smaller box! Cheaper then GMO, and preferred by animals!

Sincerely,

Foodplot Phil

Posted by food plot phil on 04/22 at 12:38 PM

Buy an ad phil

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 04/22 at 02:30 PM

hanky boy- that cuts into my profit, come on hanky! what u want some corn?!?!

Posted by food plot phil on 04/22 at 09:33 PM

Deer will eat the stalk?  This I have to see.  Maybe when all other food sources are gone.  Post some video and I may buy a bag.  Deer in the Chgo suburbs eat bark off trees…I guess they’d probably eat the stalks too.  If you really want to see deer destroy corn, plant sweet corn.  Plan on seeing a lot of coons too though.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 04/22 at 09:53 PM

Phil, i spend every day in the woods dealing with deer and i would have to see that in a wild setting to believe it.  Eat the cob and stalk to.  I find that pretty funny actually.  And most of the deer arent in the corn at any time. And deer would rather have soy beans in the winter at a rate of 10-1 over corn.  Corn has carbs which are used for quick energy just like human atheletes eat it.  Deer love it during the rut when activity is at its highest.  I would rather buy higgins pod holding beans over your fully edible corn pland because higgins isnt telling me they will eat the nitrogen pods off his plants root…

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 04/23 at 12:11 AM

I guess that free ad went south.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 04/23 at 09:45 AM

10 times higher?  More ears?  Crap!  My deer will never leave the corn this year.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 04/23 at 02:35 PM

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