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Understanding Food Plot Seed Labels

  Buying your food plot seed can sometimes be a little confusing, given all the choices that are on the market today.  Each year the team at BioLogic gets hundreds of phone calls asking about the seed analysis for the blends they are buying.  Often people want to know if they are really buying good seed or are they buying less than perfect seed. 

  At BioLogic we put a lot of thought, time, and effort into each blend to make sure the end consumer is getting the best bag of seed for the money they are spending.  Before buying a bag of seed, be sure to look for the seed analysis label on the bag.  The label will tell the consumer everything about the components inside the bag, so they will know exactly what they are buying.  We get a lot of questions about the seed label and want to try to explain all aspects of the label. There are numerous items on the seed label, but one item you will really want to pay attention to. 

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Foliar Feeding Your Food Plot Crops

When using herbicides to kill the weeds in your food plots before planting, M.E.E.N. Green can be very useful. If you are using a non-selective herbicide such as glyphosate to kill weeds, the addition of M.E.E.N. Green will increase the efficacy of the glyphosate. Glyphosate has to be taken up by the weed and translocated within the plant. This is where the addition of M.E.E.N. Green comes into play. M.E.E.N. Green is readily absorbed by the weeds thereby speeding up the absorption of the glyphosate and killing the weed faster. As with any product that has to be taken up by the plant, the plant must actively be growing and not drought stressed. If weeds are drought stressed, they are not actively growing and therefore translocation of nutrients and herbicides are greatly reduced, resulting in very little control of the weeds. When using products in combination always do a small jar test to make sure they are compatible. An added benefit of using M.E.E.N. Green is that you will have some residual nutrients for your food plot to get off to a great start.

If using a selective herbicide in your food plots, such as Weed Reaper  to kill grasses, the same principles apply. M.E.E.N. Green will hasten the uptake of the herbicide greatly increasing the efficacy of the herbicide. In addition to the added benefit of better weed control, you are also foliar feeding your food plot crops. Foliar feeding helps young seedlings produce bigger root systems that aid in the growth and palatability of the food plot. Bigger root systems mean less stress on the plant during dry and cool periods. Food plots that are foliar fed by M.E.E.N. Green are more palatable to deer, because they are getting the vital nutrients they need to produce the sugars, amino acids, and carbohydrates within the plant.

For more food plot tips, read “Getting The Most Out Of Your Clover Food Plots”. Most companies will claim a lifespan of three to five years on their perennials. However, if you care for them properly a perennial stand can last for many years. Perennials like red and white clovers, alfalfa, trefoils and chicory provide dependable nutrition and attraction and are especially important for antler growth, fawn rearing and early hunting season attraction.

 

 

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Exposure to the Sun, It can be Good, Bad and it can be Ugly By Gary Howey

   Summer has not arrived and  we have had ninety-degree days, with more sun and warmer weather ahead.

  A warm sunny day can bring a lot of warmth to people, especially those of us who long to be outdoors after our long cold winter.

  When I was growing up as a kid, there did not seem to be a whole lot of concern about skin protection and skin cancer.

  As I became older, skin cancer was more of a concern as skin cancer was on the rise and if I had paid attention to what was written and said about protecting oneself from the sun, I could have avoided some pain and surgery.

  Too much of anything is not good for you”, especially when it comes to the sun, and spending too much time in it.

  Who does not want to have a nice tan, but there is a very thin line when it comes to getting a tan and developing skin cancer.

   We all need to take certain precautions as getting too much sun can turn into a life-changing event.

  It is really not that hard to figure out, if you get too much sun, it can and will lead to skin cancer!

 Some folks think that skin cancer is something others get but do not have to worry about because it will never happen to them.

  We all need to be aware of skin cancer, as it can happen to anyone at any age and we all should know what we need to do, to prevent it,.

  When a patient hears the word cancer, it will scare you to death, literally. That was the first thing that came to mind when I told that I had skin cancer.  

  I can remember vividly.  I had gone in for an annual Veteran’s Administration (V.A.) physical and thought I was home free when a dermatologist stopped in to talk with my doctor.

   I mentioned that there was a spot on my lip that had been there for a while, not a big spot, anything that hurt, just a spot that would break open from time to time.

  He looked at it, talked with my doctor and told me he thought it was “Cancer”.

 I thought he must be wrong, as it has been there forever, since I was in Viet Nam, it never really hurt and really had not gotten any larger, at least on the outside.

  There was no doubt in my mind that he had made a mistake, but when he ordered a biopsy, that is when I really started to worry.

  How could that be, I thought that I had lead a pretty clean life, never really doing a whole lot  wrong, treated people the way I wanted to be treated, this just couldn’t be happening to me.

  It had come and gone since 1971 when I was in the Army serving in the Central Highlands of Viet Nam. During an assault on our camp and our bunker, I ended up with shrapnel in my hands and face.  It was no big deal, the metal in my lip burnt a little, and I just pulled it out, and after the assault , had a medic look at it, he cleaned and bandaged the wounds, gave me a couple of pills and I went back to duty, never thinking much of it again.

  When the dermatologist asked how long it had been there, I told him thirty years, he became extremely concerned, as did I when he told the male nurse he wanted it biopsied within the next week or so.

  Of course my first thoughts were, I must have not heard him right, my hearing is not the best, so I asked him to repeat it, the next words out of his mouth were “Cancer” and we had better get a biopsy on it.

  A few days later, they performed the biopsy and I spent the next week worrying about what the results might be.

  When the tests came back, the V.A. informed me it was Melanoma cancer, the bad stuff. If it was Melanoma, I had waited way to long as Melanoma is the skin cancer that spreads out throughout the body and it did not look good for me.

  The V.A. made several appointments for me with a plastic surgeon, who told me the only way to see how far it had spread was to keep cutting until there were no signs of the cancer.

  Too say the least, I was worried, as I was in my forties then and thought there were many things I would like to have accomplished before leaving this world.

   The surgeons and my V.A. doctor set up the surgery in Sioux Falls V.A. and when it came time for the surgery, my wife drove me to the V.A., where they got me prepared and rolled me into the operating room. 

  I do not recall how long I was in there, but once I came out of it, the surgeon said, that he thought the diagnosis may have been wrong and it may not be Melanoma and that it could instead Squamous cell cancer and they thought they had gotten all of it.

 Once I heard back that it was squamous cell cancer, talk about being relieved, and today many years later, the cancer has not come back and I have become much wiser about how I prepare when I plan to spend time in the sun.  

  As many of you know, I have  always been an outdoorsmen, hunting, fishing, trapping, outside all the time and I knew that the sun could give me problems, but I never really took enough time to protect myself.

  When I guided and fished in tournaments, I did not use much, if any sunscreen because I worried about getting a scent on my hands that the fish could smell which would affect my ability to catch fish.

  Which is really STUPID?  So what if I catch a few less fish on the  trip, if I get skin cancer, I’m going to catch a heck of a lot less fish as I may die at an early age from not protecting myself from the sun.

  Ever since that day, I worry about skin cancer as you should, if you spend much time outdoors.

  You do not have to be injured, as I was to get skin cancer; you can get it by spending too much time in sun, while camping, fishing, hiking or just lying out on a blanket trying to get a tan. Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States and one that is easy to prevent.

  There are three types of skin cancer, the two most common types being Basal cell and squamous cell cancer. 

  Most people are aware of Basil cell as it is the type of cancer, that is removed by freezing or burning it off and usually found on the head, face, neck, ears, hands and arms and can be dangerous and spread if not taken care of in its early stage.

  Squamous cell is more serious as it may spread quickly if not taken care of and needs to be surgically removed.

  Melanoma is more dangerous as it spreads throughout the body rapidly, but it is less common. [Read more…]

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Re-Release of the Outdoorsmen Adventures “COOKING GONE WILD” cookbook

Because of a big demand for copies of our 196 page cookbook we are re-releasing our Outdoorsmen Adventures “Cooking Gone Wild cookbook.

It is a collection of recipes that include : Big Game, Dutch Oven Cooking, Fish, Game Birds, Small Game, Turkey, and Waterfowl.

These are recipes our Team members gathered on our travels throughout North America while filming out Outdoorsmen Adventures television series.

The hard cover cookbook is beautifully Illustrated with artwork by Team Outdoorsmen Adventures member and award winning South Dakota Wildlife Artist Mark Anderson, whose awards include winning the 2005 Federal Duck Stamp Art Contest.

In the  book you will find some great  Hunting and Fishing tips from Team Outdoorsmen Adventures member Larry Myhre .

 If you are an outdoorsmen or outdoors-women, the recipes in this book will help you to create excellent meals with the wild game and fish you bring home from your successful trips afield and on the water.

Autographed copes will be available for $14.99 plus $5.50 for shipping from Outdoorsmen Productions, 405 N. Broadway Ste 354, Hartington, NE. 68739

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Tick Borne Diseases & How to Protect Yourself Gary Howey

   If you look through your states Game, Fish and Parks, D.N.R. web page or calendars you are going to find all most of the hunting seasons, including deer, turkey, trapping, antelope and pheasant but there is one you will not find there, and that is the tick season.

   Just because you cannot find it listed, do not let that stop you from being prepared for this season in the same way you would prepare for any other season.

  Ticks are those small, sometimes minute disease-carrying insects found just about anywhere, you would find vegetation, grass and wooded areas.

   Once on your skin, they look for a warm moist area to embed themselves to gouge on your or your pets blood.

   They come out in the spring, about the time outdoorsmen and women head into the woods looking for morel mushrooms, wild asparagus or hunting turkeys.

  However, spring is not the only time you will see ticks as these pests hang around all summer on into the fall.

  There are two groups of ticks, the hard or soft ticks. In our area, you will run into the hard ticks, those we see in wooded, grassy, and densely vegetated areas.

  The soft ticks like to live in bird nests, on rodents, and on bats but either can find their way onto our bodies luckily, no species of ticks solely depend on in order to with some ticks are only found on a certain host; luckily and we are not one of them.

  Female tick can are good at what they do, and can lay an enormous number of eggs, anywhere from three thousand up to eleven thousand eggs, so we need to be aware of them and keep them from hitching a ride on us.

  There is really only one way to avoid the possibility of becoming infected with a tick borne disease and that is to avoid areas they inhabit, “DUH”, like that is going to happen, if you are an outdoorsmen or women like me who spends every spare moment we have, out in the field or woods.

  Since we know we are going to be “out and about”, in the same areas where ticks inhabit, here are a few simple precautions that can reduce your chances of a close tick encounter.

  Because ticks crawl upwards onto a host, it is a good idea to cut off any route they might have as they attempt to get on your skin. It is an excellent idea when you are out in the field and woods to tuck your pants legs into your boots.

  To keep ticks from going from your pants, under your shirt and onto your skin, tuck your shirt into your pants and for extra protection, you can tape your pant leg shut with duct tape.

  When out in the outdoors, it is a good idea to wear light-colored clothing whenever you are in an area where you may run into ticks. That way, ticks are easier to see before they find their way onto your body. [Read more…]

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The Speedy Sharp “The World’s Fastest Sharpener”

  I am a decent hunter and fisherman, one who is on an outdoor  television show each week throughout  the year, but a person who never seems to have the time it takes to sharpen myr knives, then you will want to read on as this tool makes even those like myself,  those who were poor at sharpening knives and other tools to be as close to being a knife sharpening expert as you are ever going to get.

  I recently received the Speedy Sharp, a small hand held sharpener with a carbide blade, advertised as “The World’s Fastest Sharpener” and after using it twice, I am convinced, it is the fastest sharpener I have ever used.

  It is easy to use as all you need to do to put a fine edge on your knife or other  tools, is to  hold the Speedy Sharp at a slight angle to your knife edge and tilted away from your knives surface and slide the sharpener from the from the handle to the point of the blade. Then  repeat this above step on the underside of the blade. To finish the edge, by running the Speedy Sharp, three to five strokes, giving you  a super sharp edge on your knife.

What a great product, made in the USA that allows, even someone like me who has had trouble sharpening knives and other tools to make quick work of sharpening my dullest knives. It’s an amazing product!

Check out their web site at  www.speedysharp.com

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On the Water The Firefighters/Paralyzed Veterans of America Memorial “Fishing Event” By Gary Howey

  The weather forecast for this two-day event was going to be a scorcher, but that did not seem to bother the attendees who showed up for this Memorial  event,  some were in wheel chairs, others walked with walkers, canes or assistance from family and friends, another great event allowing those with disabilities to be involved in.

  Pulling into the staging area, the sound of the lift assisting those in wheelchairs, echoed across the Arrowwood Cedar Shore boat launch parking lot.  To some, it may have sounded rather loud and rough, but to those attending the sixteenth annual Firefighters/Paralyzed Veterans of America Joel Niemeyer Memorial “Gone Fishing “event, it was music to their ears.

  With the help of the lift and assisted by several area students, the anglers  wheelchairs were tethered to by a special lift system that gently lifted them into the boats that would soon take them out onto the Missouri River, giving many of the attendees their only opportunity to get on the water and do some fishing.

  Co-host Josh Anderson and I made the trip up to Chamberlain May 23 to film this 16th annual memorial two-day fishing event.

  The event,  a memorial to Joel Niemeyer, who served as the executive director of the North Central P.V.A. for fifteen years, a strong advocate for veterans and one who truly cared about those who served and the P.V.A. members.

  According to Bill Curry, one of the many organizers and volunteers of the event, the first event had sixteen participants and this year there were fifty individuals from several states as far away as Texas invited along with fifty boat captains and their first mates.

  The boat captains, one of the numerous volunteers helping with this event furnished their boats and their time all in support of those veterans and others invited to participate in this event.

   We would be the official videographers, capturing footage of the disabled P.V.A. members: disabled anglers, firefighters’ and volunteers on the water, fishing and enjoying this wonderful event.

  Once the invitees arrived, their only cost incurred would be their South Dakota fishing license, as the P.V.A. would take care of Thursday night’s lodging at Arrowhead Cedar Shore Resort. With the volunteers and sponsors providing sack lunches, water and drinks in the boats for those on the water Thursday and Friday.  Sponsors along with local volunteers that included the North Central P.V.A., Firefighters from several states, and Veteran’s organizations would be there to provide the Thursday night group dinner held at the Oacoma’s Community Center.

  As the boats started launching, we made our way north, with some boats heading for their secret fishing spots, while others fished off the points and flats along the river near several well-known walleye fishing locations.

  Others motored to the south in the direction of the White River, with some venturing even farther south, hoping to locate that big fish hole that they had found the week before.

  The Ranger bass boat with a 200 Mercury good friend Chuck Doom had furnished us got us up north quickly and when we arrived, several boats were already working the flats, trolling or drifting one ounce bottom bouncers and spinners, or Slow Death Rigs pegged with half a  crawler and a few trying their luck with minnows.

   Others were slow trolling, 1.2 to 1.5 miles per hour pulling up to one hundred feet of line behind the boats using crankbaits, hoping to get into one of the more aggressive larger fish. [Read more…]

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Early Season Crankbaits By Gary Howey

  When Bill Christensen, Hartington, Nebraska asked if I would want to go fishing the following Monday, I was ready as I had not done much open water angling for some time.

  Bill is a crankbaiter, loves to pull cranks throughout the year, which works very well, as you can cover more ground and takes the more aggressive fish.

  I had all weekend to finish my next week’s column, and time to re-spool my two main jigging and livebait rods with lighter line, just in case the crankbait bite was off.

  When we arrived at Santee, the dock was crowded with Santee police, tribal game wardens, along with a dozen other folks who were loading up to head out and look for an four wheeler accident victim.

  They asked which way we were heading and asked if we happen to see anything to dial 911 and let them know.

   Bill’s a  crankbaiter and likes pulling # 5 & # 7 Rapala and Berkley Flicker Shads using line counter reels spooled with 14# Berkley Fireline, its smaller diameter line allowed the baits to dive quickly and deeper, yet, when needed, had the strength to land large fish.

  The reels, coupled to eight and ten-foot rods allowed us to spread out the lines, with the longer rods fished out each side and the shorter ones running straight out the back of the boat.

  Once our rigs were ready, we checked to make sure that our baits were tuned correctly, running straight in the water, as if they are not, they go through the water erratically, not running smoothly, in a way that turns off the fish.  They will also run off to the side, running shallow. getting snagged up or tangling with your other lines.

  This time of the year, with the higher water, there s a good chance there will be a lot of trash coming down the lake, grass, weeds, twigs and even logs and when this happens, we clip a small split shot about two to three feet above where the crankbait is snapped onto the line.

  The split shot on your line intercepts grass, weeds etc. from following down your line, ending up on your bait and messing up its action.

  But, It did not take us long to realize that even with a split shot above, the heavier current and trash coming downstream there was  trash getting by, fouling up the action of our crankbaits. [Read more…]

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Preparing a Dove Field: Sowing the Seeds of Success

We all know there are many options for preparing a dove field.  Wheat and millets, such as brown top, Japanese, proso, and foxtail, are common choices in this area. But my recommendation for a successful dove field is a sunflower field. At Prairie Wildlife, sunflower fields have resulted in better hunts than millet-planted fields.  On our “opening hunt” in September, bird limits were common among participants. Here are some ideas for your next dove field.

Getting Started

A textbook plot begins with a clean slate. Doves do not like to feed in thick grass or weeds so soil preparation is a key. Your work should ideally begin a year before the hunt. I have found that you should disk and prepare your plots during the late fall (fall in the north), if you plan to use a drill or planter.  By doing the prep work in advance, you get a jump start on the grass and weeds. You also help hold soil moisture in the plot to help the small plants through their most crucial period during the growing process. [Read more…]