In this blog, Jacob Justus, from the East Pro Staff, will discuss Scouting, Shed Hunting and Ohio Food Plots.
This past month, we made several trips to our 200 acre southern Ohio farm to work on habitat improvement projects and scout bedding areas to better learn the property.
In my experience, late winter/early spring is the perfect time to aggressively learn the area you hunt and find shed antlers.
We had hoped our scouting trip would render sheds from any of the three respectable bucks calling our farm home during the 2016 season. This includes three large ten pointers we named “Quatro”, “George” & “John Doe”.
After two days of walking, we only found two sheds – one small yearling five point and one respectable five point from the goofy looking buck we named John Doe. Interestingly enough, I have several pictures of this buck from the 2015 season. He is definitely a homebody buck who has spent two hunting seasons now on our farm.
After a month of not coming up with a name for him, my Dad, Tabb, offhandedly referred to him as John Doe and the name stuck.
John Doe put on a lot of antler growth from 2015 to 2016 and will likely be a 3.5 or 4.5 year old this coming fall. This, along with the growing history I’m gaining with him, makes me anxious to see what he might look like this summer – if he shows back up on cameras.
April is our month for making new food plots. I have four new plots I intend to plant to Frigid Forage Pure Trophy Clover. The trick will be getting them sprayed and planted in between the April rain showers.
These four plots will bring my total food plot count to about five acres spread across eight locations plus 77 acres of commercial corn and beans.
I will also put out Trophy Rocks in April and May to provide the herd with much needed minerals for antler growth.
In February, my wife Amy and I signed a contract for the commercial logging of 35 acres.
This could be the greatest habitat improvement my property has seen yet.
The opening of the forest canopy will create more bedding cover which will allow us to house 3 to 4 times as many deer.
This along with several micro-plots we’re putting closer to bedding areas has me feeling that 2017 is shaping up to be exciting!
-Jake Justus, East Pro Staff