Ohio State Chapter Of the National Wild Turkey Federation
Conserving and Sharing Our Ohio Hunting Tradition
Seed Subsidy Program
There will be a seed subsidy for NWTF members again this year. The ordering will now be through the NWTF website.
You will be able to begin ordering on February 1, 2017, CLICK HERE TO ORDER
Clover Fab Five This mix consists of four varieties of clovers; Crimson, Cresendo Ladino, White Dutch, Arrowleaf and Berseem. This mix should be tolerant of a variety of soils and climatic conditions and the plot will last for several years if maintained correctly. Can be planted in early fall or early spring depending on soil moisture and temperatures and frost-free days. Late winter or early spring plantings are frequently attained by overseeding existing small annual grain such as winter wheat. All seed is pre-inoculated. Do soil testing and make sure that soils are treated with recommended amendments. Check with your local Extension Service office for local seeding methods and times.
Pro Plus consists of Alfalfa, Medium Red Clover, White Dutch Clover and Berseem Clover. It comes pre-inoculated and a 12-pound bag will cover approx. 1 acre. It provides areas of food and cover through the winter and provides excellent nesting and brood-rearing cover during spring and early summer. It is heavily utilized by wild turkeys, deer and other wildlife. Broadcast over one acre from April into late May and in fall through September. Cover seed ¼” deep using a drag or culti-packer to insure good soil to seed contact. Soil pH should be 6.0 – 7.0.soil tested, fertilize with 5-10-15 at a rate of 250 pounds per acre and a minimum of 2,000 pounds of lime per acre.
Dove Delight This quartet of a dove mix should provide plenty of opportunities to attract doves to your property. It consists of almost equal proportions of black oil sunflower, dove proso millet, browntop millet and grain sorghum. Remember that the key to dove usage is to have a clean plot with few weeds and plenty of bare ground beneath. Plant in early summer with enough time for sunflowers to mature prior to September. Do soil testing and make sure that soils are treated with recommended amendments. Check with your local Extension Service office for appropriate seeding methods and times.
Wildlife Buffet is a good all-around mixture for almost all upland gamebirds and other wildlife and is adaptable to a wide range of soil conditions. It consists of almost equal portions of buckwheat, cowpeas, dove proso millet, browntop millet, pearl millet and black oil sunflower. It establishes quickly and provides food and brooding cover through the summer. Can plant after frost-free period in spring to mid-summer. Do soil testing and make sure that soils are treated with recommended amendments. Check with your local Extension Service office for appropriate seeding methods and times.
Triple Threat Clover Mix is a concentrated, pre-inoculated clover mix including Crimson, Patriot and Durana clovers. This mix will provide high quality food and cover for wild turkeys, deer and other wildlife. This mix is adapted to most sites and will stay established for several years with proper maintenance. Prepare the seedbed by disking or harrowing the ground. Create a smooth seedbed. Follow the recommendations on amounts of lime and fertilizer. Broadcast seed over one acre. Cover seed ¼” deep using a drag or cultipacker to insure good seed to soil contact. Soil pH should be 6.0 to 7.0. Normally can be planted early fall or early spring depending on location.
American Hazelnut is a native shrub of the eastern United States. The tasty nuts are highly prized by cooks for their easy-to-crack shells and small, sweet kernels. Squirrels love them as well ... most likely for the same reasons. Hazelnut hedges can be used as windbreaks, visual screens, and to attract wildlife.
American Plum can be a small tree or a large shrub. As a tree, it typically grows to 15’-25' tall with a broad, spreading crown. As a shrub, it suckers freely and can form large colonies. 2-5 flowered clusters (umbels) of 5-petaled white flowers (1" diameter) appear in March before the foliage. Flowers are followed by edible, round, red plums (1" diameter) with bright yellow pulp which ripen in early summer. Although the plums can be eaten raw, the quality is somewhat poor. The fruits are perhaps better used for preserves and jellies. Toothed, oblong to ovate leaves are 3-4" long and turn yellow to red in autumn. Branches and twigs are an attractive dark reddish-brown and sometimes have thorny lateral branchlets. American Plum is very hardy and drought resistant. Excellent for wildlife plantings.
Mountain Ash is a relatively small tree, but occasionally can grow to 40 feet in height. The crown is usually narrow but widens with age. It has a compound leaf and clusters of white flowers in late spring or early summer. The red to orange fruit ripens in the fall and is persistent. The fruit is eaten by a wide range of birds and small mammals. It is also a preferred browse for deer so some type of deer protection may be needed. It should be planted in areas of full to partial shade with at least 4 hours of sun each day.
Red Splendor Crabapple is an upright, more or less open headed tree, flowers are a rosy red bloom. Outstanding features are the tree's almost complete disease resistance and its small red fruit, 1cm in diameter that cling to the trees all winter. The flowering crabapples are a durable and highly useful ornamental trees that are strikingly beautiful in bloom. Crabapples remain on the tree all through winter, providing a good food source for turkeys, grouse and songbirds well into spring.
Property Review By NWTF Biologist
The NWTF Biologists have a contract with the Natural Resources Conservation Service to do work on private lands in Eastern Counties of the State. They will meet with landowners on their farms or hunting property, walk the land and visit with the owner about wildlife practices that would improve his land and then follow up with a written wildlife management plan that will assist them in the future. All of this is free to the landowner. For more information on this contact:
Lee Crocker, CF , NWTF Regional Wildlife Biologist