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post #1 of 59 (permalink) Old 11-11-2017, 05:18 PM Thread Starter
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Standing corn?

Our corn plots are still standing. Should we knock them down a few days before deer season? Maybe hit it with the brush hog to make it easier to get at? Thoughts? This is the first year the corn lasted this long.
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post #2 of 59 (permalink) Old 11-11-2017, 05:32 PM
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Youíre gonna be told that itís not legal to brush hog a corn field....not considered abnormal agricultural practice.
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post #3 of 59 (permalink) Old 11-11-2017, 06:58 PM
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Leave it standing and it will feed them most of the winter, keeping them healthy...
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post #4 of 59 (permalink) Old 11-11-2017, 07:11 PM
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You?re gonna be told that it?s not legal to brush hog a corn field....not considered {a normal} agricultural practice.

This is correct.
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post #5 of 59 (permalink) Old 11-11-2017, 07:27 PM Thread Starter
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Leaving it stand all winter is normal? The plot isn't nearly big enough to feed the all the deer that visit the food plots next to it, for several months. It might be 0.5 to 0.75 acres total. The bears already knocked some down.
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There is a big difference legally between bears knocking down corn to eat it and you brush hogging it down. The bears are a natural occurrence, brush hogging and hunting around it is illegal. Deer are perfectly capable of getting the corn on the stalk, they do it all summer.

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Just put up a sign reading: THIS CORN IS FOR HUMAN CONSUMPTION, ANY DEER FOUND EATING IT WILL BE SHOT ON SIGHT! .... LMAO.... that'll be legal... ROFL
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post #8 of 59 (permalink) Old 11-11-2017, 11:32 PM Thread Starter
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I dont have a copy of this years regulations book handy, but I can't ever remember seeing details about this in one. Genuinely curious where you guys are getting this info. (We'll just let it stand)
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This article may help to answer your question. Brush hogging the corn may not be considered a normal farming practice and thus be considered baiting. However if the corn is left standing that would make it a legal food plot. You can always call the Game Commission for an answer. A number is included in the article.
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post #10 of 59 (permalink) Old 11-14-2017, 08:59 AM
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RGrizz, all are correct about the baiting. The true term they use is "manipulated". If you personally, manipulate the crop in anyway, it becomes illegal. No need to knock it down anyway, the deer will make quick work of it, once they get hungry.

I goose hunt a lot, out of blinds, which we cover in corn stalks to hide it. When we cut the corn down from one place, and move it to the blind for camo, I must remove the actual ear of corn(food), or it would be illegal. WCO lived very close to me for quite a while, very friendly, he confirmed it.
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