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  1. Another Question??? Since the Supreme Court ruled the Right to Self Defense is inherent ...if private property owners say "NO Guns" ,,,,do they have the liability and obligation to keep you safe on their property???
  2. So is my Concealed Carry Permit now legal in NYC?????
  3. Sounds like we need lots of guys here in New York to just quit hunting. Then the rest of us will kill big bucks like in Iowa, Nebraska and Kansas. Awesome I always thought hunting was a sport to be appreciated by all who enjoy such an endeavor? Now I see it’s about whose got the biggest set of “horns” irrespective of the consequences. Losing more hunters means less voters to ensure that we can hunt in NY. As soon as the “antis” realize our political power is gone…..Just what are you going to hunt with (a cell camera approved by PETA?) because the Rainbow Unicorn and Tree Huggers Coalition of Progressive insanity will make sure that ALL hunting will be stopped. This will be done to “save the environment” because “we need more empathy and compassion for all creatures!” "Just get guys to quit hunting""? What a brilliant idea to ensure the extinction of all hunting in NY. ….and if you don’t believe that, just look at what NY is already doing to hinder what instruments we can hunt with, where and when. How about we work on improving the habitat on private lands and access to both state and federal property to improve what we already have???…maybe we should be encouraging more youthful hunters who want enjoy the outdoors and the comradery of the hunt no matter how “BIG the “rack”. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.
  4. Deer eat grass only incidentally. In the fields they are eating clover, goldenrod, and other broad-leaves, grass just gets in the way. They also eat the new shoots from the cut brush (dogwood, pokeweed, poison ivy, etc.) If you mow the field you keep up the growth. BTW IF you want the best out of the field mow only 1/3 every year. That way the amount of browse and cover is increased and with the Biden Fuel Surcharge,,,,it will be faster and cheaper. Whatever you do, don't waste your money on grass...they don't eat it.
  5. Mossberg 500 (series) I've used one for years (brand new $84 in 1977) I didn't buy the varichoke but barrels were$15 apiece so I bought 'em all including the 50cal black powder barrel (shoots fine out to 120 yds.) I've used for ducks and geese in all kinds of weather It took a swim with me in Barnegat Bay in Jersey...the water was shallow enough that it was an easy retrieve. Shook the water out and it still worked flawlessly I went home dissesembled of all the parts, washed the whole thing in hot soapy water and reoiled everything I still shoot it 40+ years later (first time everytime. It'll shoot 3" magnums and 2&3/4 shells in the same magazine. I like the top tang safety (ergonomically smarter, I'm a lefty so it's just easier. Also it kills everything dead.. I've taken deer, rabbits, pheasants fox, coyote, turkeys etc. I have 5 other shotguns (Fox s/s, Daley O/U, an 870, Browning auto and 2 others) and the Mossberg is by far the most reliable and deadly shotgun I've every used. You can't hurt it and it ALWAYS fires,if it didn't you can use it like a club. The only issue I ever had was a worn out magazine spring. Word of warming those 3 &1/2 in cannons sound nice until you actually HAVE TO SHOOT it a couple of times. Recoil is horrendous. My neighbor took shots at a turkey with it...got the turkey but broke his collarbone cause he was up against a tree. Whatever you get enjoy and be safe
  6. ENJOY every minute
  7. I called the co-op yesterday and they said: 1. The quarry isn't open yet so they don't have an exact price but figure $30/TON (I paid about $26 three years ago. Again . thank you Joe Biden) 2. I am sure a fuel surcharge (Biden again) will be added but the quarry (from Mass.) has not set a price on that 3. They were not going to loan the spreader until it warms up as the frozen clumps of lime really bother the spreader You can get smaller amount (like a dump instead of a tandem but the price is higher. (You need to do a cost analysis on price per ton based on the acres you want. I could have gone with 30 tons but buying the extra 10 tons brought the total cost/acre was worth it) BTW You need a tractor with a bucket or a lot of undocumented workers to shovel 40 tons into the spreader.
  8. This year its time for another soil sample but For me it's 80,000 lbs every 3-5 years (They drop it off, give me a spreader and in about 5 hrs its all done. I just power wash the spreader and they pick it up) Cuts the cost about to about $30/ton. (That's before the rise in diesel fuel thanks to Biden) Sure beats opening up 2000 bags and then spreading them.
  9. Belo wrote: most of what i've seen recommended is to spray, wait a few days, till, then spray again. Chances are you've unearthed some weed seeds after tilling Time for the second pass of a gylcosate is at least 14 days. That lag time allows for some of the exposed weed seeds to germinate so a glycosate will work. Depending on what you are trying to grow there are other herbicides that can be applied BEFORE any weed seeds appear (pre-emergent) saving you from the need for a second spraying. I do that with corn and beans. If you get a lot of rain you may need to spray in late June -mid July. Even that depends on just how clean (weed free) you want your fields to be. As long as what your planting develops a canopy over the weeds you will still get a crop. With soybeans I wait till late August and over seed the beans with cereal rye. As the beans drop their leaves the sunlight hitting the ground causes the rye to flourish and you'll have 2 of their favorite foods in the same field. In corn, the weeds offers both deer and small game more cover. They dawdle longer in that field., thus exposing themselves to you for a longer time during daylight hours. In late winter the animals appreciate that extra cover. In my area (4F) except for clover (boy do they hit that hard in the fall), the deer don't appreciate those "greens" everybody raves about. (In the winter I have pictures of deer walking through kale, turnips, etc, and tear up the bean field that is right next to it. (see attached and figure out what they prefer. So see what they both like and grows in you area..... and grow it. The deer need nutritious biomass all year long not just October thru December.
  10. This is my "Deer Palace" The view is spectacular. I have a high backed Desk chair on rollers, a desk, heat, solid rifle rests attached to each window,a urinal that goes into the ground, great WiFi reception (the height and wind makes hearing a challenge so it's just visual hunting. The stairway makes for easy, safe entry and exit. The stand is so airtight that I actually put in a CO detector in it. So far My shots have ranged from 15 yards to a bragging one shot kill at 389 yards. It's been up for 5 years and 12 bucks have been harvested off it. (Yes I let other people use it) I have a parking place at the stand's base. The deer literally ignore my parked Kubota 1100 utv and walk on by. Keep on improving your property and the stand will happen. Good luck and good hunting.
  11. You think deer don’t use it because once the stuff starts growing so quickly, you don’t notice just how much they eat. For marginal fields; spray the field , broadcast the buckwheat, cultipack and stand back. Buckwheat smothers weeds. In mid-August you broadcast your clover and run over the buckwheat with a cultipacker. That usually kills the buckwheat and will hold moisture in the ground allowing the clover to sprout. The clover will grow through the dying buckwheat using it as cover. Alternately If you’re afraid of not killing the buckwheat by just using the cultipacker:: spray with Round- Up. Broadcast the clover through the buckwheat. Then use the cultipacker to run over the buckwheat and increase clover to soil contact. In any case it works great and the bees will thank you too. Clover grows best when planted in August
  12. 1. Soil testing can be done instore or sent out (if you want a really detailed report) by any local feed store (A GREAT place for advice as they know what grows in that area.) If you need lime…. get it. You really need to get the pH to be correct as it improves both seed germination and health of the plot. Lime takes about 2 tons per acre/year to raise the pH level 0.2/year, so it may take time to get the pH perfect (Buy the lime in bulk as it will be cheaper than those bags. Most places that sell lime will also spread it for a nominal fee saving both time and money.) 2. Unless you have lots of equipment, you better use generic Round-Up (unless the real product is on sale) first and follow the safety precautions. I’ve used herbicides for 30 years and the third hand I now have makes farming a lot easier. (come on a little humor is always fun) 3. My Advice is: don’t spend money on expensive seed until you get the ground ready for a successful field. You can spray it then rough it up planting buckwheat. Late this summer you can spray again and then spend the money on a good white clover planting it with some confidence of success. 4. Definitely a local feed store is a plethora of great advice…..not only are they experts, the customers will offer their 2 cents and lots of times it’s spot on. 5. You can make pretty good cultipacker with a wooden door and some rocks. I bit the bullet 4 years ago and bought a Kasco no-till Eco drill. It plants everything from clover to beans and corn. I’ve planted into killed sod or freshly tilled soil. The drill does a great job and it comes with a cultipacker attached. If I had first purchased this instead of buying a lot of equipment (plow, disc, spring-tooth harrow, cultipacker etc….I would have cut my planting time in half.) 6. FYI If you have any Ash trees on the property now is the time to have them cut. They are all going to die so make some money. I took the ash, and some oak, cherry and both hard and soft maple off of 5 acres. I got enough to pay for ½ the cost of the drill or a great down payment on a 50 hp tractor with a bucket. If I wasn’t so old I could get about 200 face cords of wood off it. That way I would be letting light hit the floor and increase browse and carrying capacity of my property. 7. An old biologist said, “If you don’t have rabbits on the property, you got lousy deer habitat.” Since then, I am always cutting brush ( knee to waist high) in my hedgerows and always jump both deer and rabbits when hunting them. 8. Whatever you do enjoy it. In a few years when that big buck comes to your fields the smile on your face will be well worth it.
  13. Sorry for the delay, but you can use the advice for next year. Please Open this link ,https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-h84ff-10af48d?utm_campaign=embed_player_stop&utm_medium=dlink&utm_source=embed_player,,, listen and learn, Remember you're growing clover for deer not dairy cows. . it's a long winter in NY, Create biomass. Let's make sure we leave them as much food as we can... Happy New Year to all
  14. Before you blame your green thumb read this article on Walnut trees https://www.groworganic.com/blogs/articles/companion-plants-that-tolerate-black-walnut-tree-toxicity Walnut husks are toxic to many fish too. Unless you have timber quality walnut trees or love gray squirrels they are a pain in the butt to have around. Just make sure you have sunlight for at least 7hours or more for your ground crops to thrive. This year I made a new 1/2 acre field of oats and white clover that I seeded in mid August.....the deer were in it during daylight hours every day all deer season. Just keeps planting and see what grows there is always next year (unless you are my age)
  15. Sorghum is tricky as some varieties have a natural coating on them that the deer do not favor; others are palatable. Also it sometimes takes a while for the deer to realize that it’s not just cover but food. ( I had to plant beans for 2 years before they figured out beans were bucco A-Number 1. I’VE NEVER REALLY HAD LUCK WITH ANY OF THE BRASSICAS OTHER THAN THEY LOOK GREEN. The deer in my area (4f by Oneonta) prefer oats, cereal rye, Beans, corn and clover. Buckwheat does keep the weeds down and both deer and bees love it. NO-till whatever you want into it in August and you will have success. This year I had to replant soybeans real late. I initially used 1 pass of glycophosphate. I was worried if any beans would set so in August I broadcast cereal rye into the bean field. To my surprise when the bean leaves fell off the cereal rye grew and left a green blanket. The deer now have both beans and rye in the field and seem to spend more time in the field. Next spring the rye will suppress the weeds and when time I can spray and no-till the beans. Hopefully this will work out great. Good luck and try it all
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