Latest News For Water Valley Lodge
We've Begun To Get The Fields Ready
We have started getting our food plots ready. In the middle of August we started spraying to kill back the grass in our food plots. This year we have a new sprayer designed by Chapman tractor and built by AgSpray. It operates from the cab of the tractor so there is no more stopping in the middle of every field twice to unfold and fold the booms back up. Pressure is also controlled form the Cab. It has made things much more efficient.
We have finished the spraying and are now in the middle of mowing our fields. They are looking good and it will be another week and a half to two weeks before we start drilling our fields. This year we are going to plant wheat and crimson clover. We are seeing a lot of deer and a massive amount of hog tracks.
The hay cutting has been good this year. The lodge starting putting up hay in the early spring and the tally now stands at 859 rolls. We drilled over our greenfields in the early summer with grain sorghum and brown top millet to cut for hay. It has been a little hard to dry but has cut good volume.
Plenty of Doves are in the sprayed fields now that they have been cut for hay and killed back. The quail hunting area is ready. it is a tall mix of Egyptiian wheat, grain sorghum and Johnson grass. Later on in the fall we will cut the wallking paths through it and then it will be ready for the pointers. There are several wild coveys around the hunting area already. Our bookings have been steady and this promises to be a great year.
On a more interesting note.... an alligator crawled up into the Water Valley Lodge parking lot. It seems like it was for a short visit and that it was. We are two miles to Water Valley and its creek and a few hundred yards from the Okatuppa Valley but at least a mile to its creek. This alligator is not the first seen in the Water Valley neighborhood. At the Bonner town track there are several in a lake. One thing is for sure now that alligator numbers are strong-people are going to quit complaining about beavers.
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