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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 08-27-2013, 02:21 AM Thread Starter
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game lands crops?

what do they grow and why?

because i have a new pup ,i've spent more time this summer walking some game lands and state parks.

I've noticed organized planting of corn ,soy beans, hay, winter wheat(from last year), clover, and wild sunflowers.

what do they do with these crops?
I don't see much of it on the ground come fall as they are mostly crops that need havesting.
those areas that are left standing are run down fairly quickly come winter.

basically , what looks like a wildlife utopia in summer looks like a lunar plain come fall.

are they selling the crops?
feeding something?

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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 08-27-2013, 09:38 AM
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Re: game lands crops?

Some gamelands are planted by "sharecroppers". Private individuals plant and harvest, but are required to leave a certain amount of the crop for wildlife food or cover.

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Re: game lands crops?

Farmers lease some of it for cash crops or food for their own animals (mostly corn and soy that you see planted and harvested before fall.) Recently though, the food & cover crews also seem to really be focusing on good food and cover crops for pheasant. I see lots of sorghum & warm-season grasses planted on pulbic hunting lands (which looks quite abit like corn until it matures more and produces that "flower" on top.) Those fields are left stadning thru the hunting season.

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post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old 08-28-2013, 12:52 AM
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Re: game lands crops?

Around our area some of the fields are always left uncut for game over the winter. I'm not sure what you mean by your areas left standing are run down by winter, but here it seems our farmers let enough corn standing to keep our deer well fed through the winter. Although it's hard to find deer on game lands during daylight hunting seasons, we seem to have a decent amount of deer living behind the no trespassing signs surrounding them and crossing onto game lands to feed at night. I've also noticed the planting of more and more sorghum and warm season grasses. Your location says phila. and I read where you must have an overabundance of deer over your way, maybe that's why everything left standing is wiped out by winter.
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Re: game lands crops?

well I do get around a bit while hunting.
I am also not talking about deer either , i'm more looking at it from a small game angle.

what I mean by run down is that the corn and soy are cut,
what non crop areas that are left standing are beat down by hunters pretty quickly and are of little value to game as winter cover.
last year i seen a 10 acre non crop area laid completely flat overnight by a storm. rendering it basically useless the rest of the year.
this year it again looks just as it did before the storm , but how long will it last?

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Re: game lands crops?

i work in a feed mill in armstrong county. the game commission has purchased alfalfa clover wheat turnips chicory and various other seeds for food plots and cover. the field crews are planting these themselves
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