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Lx lungbuster7 07-18-2006 10:32 PM

Biologic Hot spot
I was wondering if anyone here has used hot spot the food plot that is a no till plot that you plant in more remote locations. How well did it work growth/attracting deer. I also wanted to know since the season doesnt start till Sept 31 here in Pa when would be the best time to plant it?

Illini_Sportsman 07-18-2006 10:56 PM

RE: Biologic Hot spot
Bump this if it doesn't get any bites, please. I'm interested as well....

Illini_Sportsman 07-19-2006 12:52 PM

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Seriously, nobody uses this?

buttonbuckmaster 07-19-2006 01:51 PM

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I saw it at Walmart last night. I think it said it plants a 20yard X 20 yard plot, right? Thats really small to me. I use oats, just throw them on the ground and they come up. Deer love them and I can plant a much larger area for about $10.

Illini_Sportsman 07-19-2006 02:31 PM

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Yeah, it's supposed to be for really small plots way back in the woods or wherever you hunt, right by your stand.

gutshot 07-19-2006 02:52 PM

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I was just reading about it on the Biologic home page and it sounds like a interesting product. The only draw back that I could see is that it's only good for about 45 days. Now if you live in a deer rich area that wouldn't be bad but in a area if low deer population that not to long to get them coming in and hunt over it.

Illini_Sportsman 07-19-2006 04:10 PM

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I senta fewquestions to BioLogic about it how to clear theground prior to growing andif it should be protected from deer and be allowed to flourish before you let the deer have at it. Todd, a very helpful guy, had this to say in our conversation:

If there's still grass in your plot you skipped one of the most
important steps, which is eliminating the competition with Round-Up or some
other type of contact herbicide. If the grass is already dead, then it's
fine to broadcast Hot Spot. You need to make sure that the seeds make
good contact with the soil. Broadcasting onto a bunch of matted down
leaves of hard compacted sod will get you nowhere. The seeds need to be
able to take root.

Germinate = To begin to grow -sprout.

It depends upon if the deer are going to destroy your plot, or not, as
to whether you should protect it with P2 Plot Protector. It depends
upon average deer per square mile, the quality of your native vegetation,
if there are any agricultural crops growing and other details as to
whether you will need to protect the plot or not.

One way to tell is to put out a utilization cage. (A sturdy 3 foot
round of wire) Stake it down good so the deer can't push it over. Then you
can see the potential of your plants on the inside of the cage and what
the deer are consuming on the outside of the cage. If the outside of
your cage is all dirt, deer tracks and droppings, you need to kill some
mouths (does), devote more acreage to food plots, or protect the plots
with P2 Plot Protector.

In Wisconsin I would not plant Hot Spot yet. I would suggest waiting
until mid- to late August. The plants in Hot Spot are most palatable
right away after they germinate and then for about the first month to six
weeks of growth. The Austrian winter pea will stay palatable for longer,
but timing is everything when planting in late summer or fall.

Illini_Sportsman 07-19-2006 04:11 PM

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Sounds like the winter peas in the blend will last quite awhile. Either way, I think I'm going to give it a shot. I sent him a couple more questions, which I will post the answers to when I receive them.

txjourneyman 07-19-2006 07:37 PM

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I tried it last year and got no results, however I don't blame the product. We are in a drought here in Tx. The stuff never saw any significant rain. I have another bag and will try again this year.

Illini_Sportsman 07-19-2006 07:58 PM

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So did the stuff even get a chance to come up good?

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