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Old 05-26-2011, 05:23 PM
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So when are the best times to bush hog, not only to attract deer, but to avoid chopping up bunnies and such?
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I would say after the first few frosts, maybe?
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I try to wait till mid summer to bushhog in the bottomland here.
Fawns will freeze in place till then.

Since January I only got 1.75" rain so I haven't been mowing.
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id say when everythings dead towards the end of january right before spring that way the new green stuff isnt chaded by the dead briars an such and it help the dead matter turn into plant food faster too
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A bush hog isn't really a good implement for attracting wildlife. In Georgia, a disc harrow used in October through January is much better, especially for small game, but even for deer and turkey.

Discing encourages growth of native grasses and forbs that wildlife thrive on.
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where are you located?
what are you bush hogging?
what are you wanting to attract?
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Try burning in the spring every few years.
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I brush hog in late may - June to interrupt the cycle of annual weeds and allow perennial grasses and clover to predominate. Burning or disking in late winter would also encourage new growth, but burning will also suppress may trees and shrubs if it gets too big and hot.
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I make my first cut when I see the wild flowers and winter grasses going to seed, usually May/June, then mow again late September/early October. I'll put some more winter grass out for the deer's late winter foraging after that last cut. If I was running cows, I'd probably start cutting a little earlier while it's still cool, too cool for the grass to grow, but weeds are feeling good.
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This weekend I chopped up a baby rabbits nest, sent two rabbits and their mama running in different directions. Also uncovered a big pile of turkey eggs that were promptly eaten by the next day. Just trying to avoid stuff like this.


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